So Harvey Weinstein is in the firing line for multiple claims of sexual harassment by many people. By women who have experienced encroaching encounters with the film producer, and many men who claim to have witnessed the same.
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.
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.
Check out our latest comedy movie, “The Biltong Shop”
THE BILTONG SHOP (2017) – A Comedy Movie
A lonely shop attendant overwhelms his latest customer with emotion and dried meat.
Nelson de Gouveia, Werner Bestbier, Joe Emilio
Idea and Camera by Nathan Brooks
Written, Edited and Directed by Nelson de Gouveia
Produced by To The Sky Productions, 2017
Check out our latest little comedy shortfilm:
TITLE: Driving Test
TAGLINE: A Driving Instructor struggles to teach a student the basics.
CAST: Joe Emilio, Nelson de Gouveia, Cara Ruthernberg