It’s really funny how a year passes and you read how you visualised your future to occur. Not many could have predicted the best moments of 2017’s and the near-cataclysmic opportunities we faced.
Still, it’s all about what we expected to happen versus what really did, and comparing my year now with what I wrote back in 2016 gives me an indication that we aren’t always in control of our lives as much as we’d like, and I’ll point it out in the best moments below:
In this month’s Movie Trailer Watch, I point out the few arrivals that make me stop, rewatch and think, “WTF?” Those WTF trailers that don’t really show exactly what’s going on or understand their meaning. Alternatively, they have seemingly crazy summaries that make you wonder, “WTF?”
A Wrinkle in Time
Chris Pine and Oprah Winfrey star in a film about time travel. It’s a time travel show featuring wonderful sets, gorgeous graphics and visuals that will spin you out of control. I think that pretty much covers it, unless you can tell me what the plot is, then I’ll include it here.
Liam Neeson sits in a chair and is suddenly given an offer he CAN refuse, but doesn’t. Why though? I mean why the f***?
A Norwegian sci-fi fest about a girl with supernatural ability falling in love with another girl and being tested. Nicely shot, everyone’s thin and the message of diversity against your own mind plays quite well. But again, WTF?
Better Watch Out
America has its share of horrors, thrillers and comedy, but throw all three into a mix and you get a WTF trailer that gives you an unexpected surprise. Enjoy it.
This movie is bonkers, pure bonkers and the title gives nothing of it away. The central plot is about money and jealousy, love and jealousy, sex and jealousy. And Afros, so many Afros. It looks too crazy to be real but here it is, someone paid money for it and it’s on.
Christian Bale puts on his best Batman voice with a bulldog moustache, facing off against other people that don’t like him out in the Wild West. Rosamund Pike supports with a solid American accent, but you have to ask where it came from. I mean, what is this movie about???
My friend Jennifer attends the San Diego Comic Con, leading and organising the zombie-walk beyond its gates and joining thousands of other revellers in weird appearances and fandom discussion panels,
But besides the costumes and the parties, one of the exciting features are the reveal trailers for upcoming movies, televisions series and videogames, and this year’s banquet is no exception. So here’s a pick of some of the best.
Stranger Things 2
The boys are back in 80’s America and the thrills and spills get creepier than ever, as young Will Byers reveals more about his experiences in the alternative reality than the sleepy townsfolk are willing to admit, and powerful Eleven makes her dramatic return.
Star Trek Discovery
To me, it’s still a Abrams-esque show rooted more in extended human emotion than full blown facts and theories which made the originals so lovable, but seems Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs et al might be able to pull off a fantastic new reboot for TV once more.
A horse, a horse, my kingdom for horse, cried King Richard as he lay bleeding on the battle field.
But when you hear the hooves of a horse trampling the dirt in the distance, the only thing you should be doing is running and getting the heck outta there. Love this show.
And just out of the blue, legendary comedian Seth MacFarlane comes through with a homage to the original spinoffs with the Orville, mimicking everything about classic Star Trek but with a humorous twist.
I like popcorn movies; they’re fun and genuinely escapist from all the drudgery we deal with daily. So let’s indulge and watch short-haired Chris Hemsworth get bromantic with Mark Ruffalo’s CGI.
And let’s all welcome the beautiful Tessa Thompson to her full-blown action hero role.
It’s been a while, Will, whatcha been up to? Separation still messy? Ah well, nevermind, we’ll console you by reminding you how “Will-esque” you portray yourself in a separate rendition of “Alien Nation”, but this time with orcs and elves.
Daredevil raised the bar, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage hung on its coattails, and Iron Fist barely hung on with a lit-up finger. Combine it all together and we’ve got a new series teaming the four up against a brutally honest Sigourney Weaver. And Stick. And Electra. And the Punisher.
Might as well call it Daredevil Season 3.
If you haven’t listened to Willem Dafoe speak, watch this trailer just for his voice, then head to the bathroom and try to watch the fear from your heart. So lovable, so gorgeous.
So your boss wants to know 7 things about South Africa, but is completely too afraid to ask.
And we’re talking relevant questions by the water-cooler in case he looks stupid or worse. Like bankruptcy, divorce and gout.
Don’t fret though, here’s a fantastic list of alternative facts about South Africa you can pass along to your employer in the form of an anonymous Post-It note sitting underneath his mouse. Keep Reading
Every podcast with most veterans will include a soundbite that goes something along the lines of “I love playing the villain.”
The antagonist is the best thing about a movie, regardless of the protagonist chosen as the film’s blockbuster drawcard. From Gary Oldman in Dracula, to Darth Vader in Star Wars.
And in comedy, it’s no different. Here’s my Top Five Classic Comedy Villains you have to see.
Alan Rickman in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”
While Jesse Eisenberg’s performance as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman “chewed the furniture”, Alan Rickman gorged upon his lines with relish…and mustard.
It had tremendously help from Kevin Kostner’s wooden Robin Hood to make Rickman’s antics and larky comments that much richer.
Gary Oldman in “The Fifth Element”
In stand-up a joke can be told the same way throughout, yet the performance will constantly change the nuances of the punchlines. And one could’ve delivered a better “Jean-Baptist Emannuel Zorg” quite like theatre great Gary Oldman.
This multi-layered Brit lavishes his character with a Southern drawl and neurotic energy that can never be copied, imitated or perfected.
Thomas F Wilson in “Back to the Future”
Range is a gift and a talent for any actor, and Thomas F Wilson’s many turns as “Biff Tannen” in Back to the Future.
Consider this: he played a rambunctious teenager twice, a self-made business bully and a subservient lacky, a conniving old man AND a villainous, dirty cowboy. Across three movies. I’m still trying to think of a more widely known role any other actor has yet achieved.
Oh and coolest fact I’ve found about a movie yet, Back to the Future is banned in China as they consider time travel “disrespects history.” This means that, potentially, half of the world has never seen Back to the Future.
Rick Moranis in “Spaceballs”
For all the choices above, this list needs a campy, straight-shooting actor who knows when to have fun, and Rick Moranis shone in Mel Brook’s Lucas-blessed parody “Space Balls”.
He provided everything a comedic director would ask for, “Just go out there and be funny.” and Moranis definitely did.
G.W. Bailey in “Police Academy”
While R Lee Eremy as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket” epitomised true military authority most teenagers despised, G.W. Bailey’s turn as the underrated leader Lieutenant Harris in “Police Academy” galvanised the comedic version.
Campy and Napoleonic, the character was the butt of the group’s jokes and the source of recalcitrance for many a youth then and today.
And there you have it. Hope this cheered up your day from the long weekend.