Daily Archives: January 11, 2013

Hyperarmitagemania? RA & the Stendhal Syndrome


Stendhal Syndrome, also known as Florence Syndrome, Hyperkulteremia:  a pyschosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations, when a person is exposed to art, particularly when the artwork is beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single space. The term can also be used to describe a similar reaction to a surfeit of choices in other circumstances, such as when confronted with immense beauty in the natural world.


Fainting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The condition is named for French writer Henri-Marie Beyle, better known by his pen name Stendhal, who described his experience with the phenomenon during his 1817 visit to Florence in the book “Naples and Florence: A Journey from Milan to Reggio.”

Since the early 19th century, there have been many descriptions of people becoming dizzy or faint while taking in Florentine art, especially at the Uffizi. But the term “Stendhal Syndrome” was not termed until 1979, when it was described by Italian psychiatrist Graziella Magherini, who observed and described more than 100 similar cases among tourists and visitors in Florence. (information provided by Wikipedia)

If Mr. Armitage, with all his physical beauty, grace and natural elegance can be perceived as a work of art in his own right, my question is this: can being exposed to large amounts of such a gorgeous creature as Richard Armitage tend to evoke a similar response in those who admire him? Not that I’ve actually fainted or had any hallucinations–but I have felt discombobulated (confused) and more than a little dizzy at times.  Especially in recent months, when we’ve been bombarded with so much Armitage beauty in video interviews, in new photo shoots, red carpet events, et al. Overwhelmed by it all at times, but in a good way.

Which brings to mind that old pop song–with a slight change of wording.

“I’m so dizzy my head is spinning, like a whirlpool it never ends,

and it’s you, RICH, making it spin, you’re making me dizzy . . .”

“Dizzy” by Tommy Roe




If you want to see all of “Staged” . . .


Then improve the odds by visiting director Darren Denison’s Facebook page and “like” it. The more interest shown, the greater the likelihood we will get to see all 15 minutes and not just that wonderful teaser of a trailer!


Thanks to Ali at RANet for the heads up!

Here are a couple of color screencaps from Staged Denison shared on his Facebook page; I have done a bit of embellishing.  That last one puts some serious thoughts into my head.



Guyday Friday: Sir Guy is DAP


I have a new Kindle book, Better Than Great: A Plenditudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives, designed to help journalists and fiction writers come up with descriptions beyond “great” and “amazing” and “wonderful.” I had fun browsing through it in the wee hours and snaffling some I thought would be suitable for Mr. A and his ChaRActers.

How about this one for Sir Guy? Dead-ass perfect.  Perfect smirk, perfect strut, perfect smoulder. Perfect gaze. Perfect supercilious eyebrow.  Just dead-ass perfect. Finger-licking fabulous is a good one, too, although Lucas and his choccie-covered doughnuts really come to mind there . . .








Mr. Vincent & I see eye to eye.


 But even with McKellen and the other returning cast members of Lord of the Rings, in the end it’s Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield who steals the film. Here again Jackson knows where to butter his bread — Armitage is simply wonderful as the grim dwarven king trying to do the impossible. Armitage shoulders most of the load — in the end it’s his movie — and that’s a good thing.

Quote by John Vincent at Airlock Alpha blog site from his review of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Bold type is my own.   Read the entire review here:  http://www.airlockalpha.com/node/9484/the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey.html

I saw this quote at Richard Armitage Net and of course, it delighted me. I suspected others would see Richard as THE star of the film–after all, as PJ himself said, you can’t take your eyes away from RA when he’s up there on the screen. Seeing more praise heaped upon this modest-and-oh-so-deserving man’s broad shoulders just makes me wear the biggest, silliest ol’ grin.

And it’s good when it comes from someone I assume was not an RA fan (at least, not until he saw this movie) and someone who doesn’t see Sir Peter as a sort of infallible genius.  Vincent was candid in his thoughts about The Return of the King and The Lovely Bones. Somehow, that makes his words of praise for the film, and particularly for Richard, mean more to me.

I am so glad Sir Peter’s latest effort exceeded his expectations–and that this new face in the Jackson fantasy universe totally wowed him.

I'd say he's in the center of this composite pic for a very good reason--he is the soul of the film.

I’d say he’s in the center of this composite pic for a very good reason–he is the soul of the film.

Guyday Friday: Great Moments in “Hair Acting”



Before there was Thorin and his magnificent mane, there was Sir Guy and those long, tousled locks in S3 of Robin Hood. Dirty and tangled, it served as a curtain a half-mad and booze-soaked Guy hid his shame, grief and self-loathing behind; later, t’was such a becoming, lustrous crown for his handsome-and-don’t-I-know-it! head. Sir Guy flicked and tossed and shook that amazing hair in a most unforgettable sort of way. Give Mr. A an A-plus for excellence in hair acting! (Well, acting all around, of course.)

How many people would love to see Richard play another role requiring S3 Guy hair?