Charlize

She was a super-spy in Atomic Blonde, a furious road warrior in Fury Road, now she’s immortal! …

Because, of course she is! …

 

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

If you haven’t seen Beetlejuice yet, go forth, find it somewhere and watch it with great gusto and enjoyment … then came back here and watch this.

If you have seen Beetlejuice, put on your trashiest frock/top-hat-n-tails, get your booze and shrimp cocktails ready, annnd …

This is Gelsey’s YouTube channel which also features Gelsey and her father, doing The Time Warp (from The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and most recently, A Spoonful of Sugar (from Mary Poppinsamong other fun stuff! (OK, ‘St James Infirmary’ isn’t exactly ‘fun’ but she is singing it in the shower, wearing a long black dress, and gloves, so there’s that)

May the 4th Be With you

Last year the 9-movie Star Wars saga ended with Rise of Skywalker. (for better or worse, depending on your point of view. Not counting ‘solo’ and ‘Rogue One’) Which, with the hindsight that we now have in 2020 and the tectonic shifts the coronavirus and Covid-19 have brought about (and will continue to do so for the rest of the decade as country after country with little or no health-care resources, stable economic bases and governance, and less-than robust food security, add one more burden to their already breaking shoulders), created a certain grim symmetrical bookend to the last 43 years, that otherwise might’ve been missed.

There was (eg, The Mandalorian) and will be (eg, Taika Waititi – he, of the fabulously successful ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ – has just been tapped to co-write and direct a new Star Wars feature film) more Star Wars-ian stuff, but it is essentially the end of an era.

Just as there was a (mythically proportioned) ‘Golden Years of Hollywood’ so now the last 50 years of western cinema can claim a similar appellation. Perhaps we can call it ‘The Birth of Special Effects and CGI Era’. (a bit long and it doesn’t acronym-ise very well either – TBSECE)

The force, (or as it’s known for just one single day every year, a bit like Brigadoon  really, ‘the 4th’) as Yoda describes it, is another name for the energy that so many of us have seen come into its own of late. What ‘life on Earth’ might just be like if everyone strove for balance rather than the accumulation of ‘wealth’. Or perhaps it’s a desire to experience that balance for more than a few fleeting moments, as we realise on deeper and deeper levels just how far out of balance we truly did fall.

‘May the force be with you.’

 

‘Do, or do not. There is no try.’

Luke – ‘I don’t believe it.’ … Yoda – ‘That, is why you fail.’

Blithe Spirit

Taking a break from the Pandemic of the 21st Century, we switch to something completely different.

I first saw the 1945 version of Blithe Spirit on Bill Collins ‘Golden Years of Hollywood’ in Australia, (sometime in the 80’s) where he would entertain us with all sorts of ‘Hollywood-ish’ anecdotes from that era before he presented the film of the week. It was where I fell in love with movies, and I owe a great deal of the vast collection of movie trivia tucked away in the dusty corners of my brain to him.

The 1945 version starred the delightfully dotty Dame Margaret Rutherford as the delightfully dotty Madam Arcati.

In this (to be released in May, but that’s probably not going to happen now, unless it goes straight toDVD/streaming) 2020 version, Dame Judi Dench (who isn’t at all dotty) takes up the banner, and looks to do the dottiness justice …

 

-oOo-

Just like the rest of the world, the entertainment industry is being turned upside down too … productions shutting down, releases being delayed, etc. I wonder if we’ll see the likes of movies making hundreds of millions of dollars on the first weekend of their release again … interesting, and uncertain, times indeed.

Women of a ‘Certain’ Age

What do the movies Wonder Woman, Dark Fate, The Force Awakens, and Halloween, (the most recent one) have in common?

Women who went from ‘princesses’ to warriors, from one end of their acting careers to the other.

In Wonder Woman, Princess Buttercup (of The Princess Bride’ fame) becomes General Antiope. In Dark Fate, Sarah Connor, the waitress, becomes Sarah Connor the Terminator killer. Princess Leia becomes General Organa in The Force Awakens. And Laurie Strode, teenager, becomes Laurie Strode, grandmother, and Halloween serial killer, killer.

Robin Wright, (Antiope/Buttercup – Wonder Woman) is 63. Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor – Terminator: Dark Fate) is 63. Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa – Star Wars: The Force Awakens) would’ve been 63 too. Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie Strode – Halloween) is 60. (Happy 61st Birth Day for the 22nd Nov, Jamie)

So, to those of us ‘of a certain age’, may we continue to train the new age of women warriors, beat the snot out of time-travelling androids, set an entire galaxy that’s not as far away as we think afire with rebellion, and stand firm against masked men armed with petty agendas … thusly emulating our beloved elders …

 

Rebels, one and all

Rebels, one and all

(I have no idea who created this image, but I thank you)

Some Days, This Is All You Need To Make It Better

35 years later and she’s still …

Mistress of Evil

Well, well …

Maleficent is at it again. Turns out she was never just another fairy.

I Was There At The Beginning And I’ll Be The At The End – My One And Only Trailer For Star Wars: Episode IX

I only watch the first trailer for movies that I’m excited about, so this is it for me. Now comes eight months of an extended, excited kind of torture.

Me, as I'm watching this ...

Me, as I’m watching this …

My One And Only: Endgame

It’s almost here … the finale of the journey begun with Tony Stark way back in 2008. On the 26th of April next year, we will know …

From this moment forth, ’til then, mine eyes shall be closed to all things Endgame-y.

My One and Only Aquaman Trailer

Everything you wanted to know about the Aquaman movie in one trailer …

It’s going to be amazing, but maybe they could’ve saved some of this stuff for the actual movie. Still, with my memory, I’ll have forgotten most of it by the time actually I see the movie!