Thank god for some good quality, brand new entertainment!
We’ve not been up to watching just anything, and Disney & Co will only take you so far.
But Staged on BBC One was like discovering diamonds when all you were looking for was limp, used, teabags. We were feeling grotty, but trying to make the best of things with Indian food delivered to the doorstep, when our smiles grew wider and wider as we watched David Tennant and Michael Sheen quarrelling in their respective locked-down homes.
It’s a rare thing when both the audience and the performers are in the same – albeit different – boat. They got to see how the other actors lived, and we got to see how they live, and we – almost – met Michael’s neighbour, and we wouldn’t dream of trying to hide our empty wine bottles. Not that we have any, of course.
David and Michael, ably assisted, or not, by their director and their finance woman, their respective spouses, and sister, and three heavy-weight actors in some great cameo roles. I can just about see myself writing a drama and casting Judi Dench. Although I realise she’d have to turn me down.
All three of us would have said we’d want to watch it very soon again, were it not for the fact that the Resident IT Consultant never says stuff like that, so it was just Daughter and me. But we will. It was like medicine. For the virus.
And their hair grew as we watched. Or so it seemed.
Posted in Drama, Television
Tagged Adrian Lester, Anna Lundberg, David Tennant, Georgia Moffett, Judi Dench, Lucy Eaton, Michael Sheen, Nina Sosanya, Samuel L Jackson, Simon Evans
I seem to be watching the Avengers films back to front. Having started with The Avengers a couple of weeks ago, Daughter then sat me down to watch Captain America. As she put it, ‘you liked him, didn’t you,’ so there I was, watching the previous film before I knew what was happening.
Not that I suffered, but I don’t expect I’ll watch all of them. And I don’t think the order matters. I knew nothing about Captain America before these two films, but the second film did rather give away the fact that he wouldn’t die. On the other hand, it’s not something heroes normally do.
This is good, simple, adventure stuff. Not totally realistic, but close enough. And fun. We had a discussion about the size of Chris Evans, which I felt was Hagrid in reverse, and that seems to have been about the right guess.
Some of the scenery struck both of us as very familiar, and before we’d even investigated it, Daughter reminded me that I had, actually, blogged about this once before. And I had. Memory like a sieve, is what I have. They got blown up in our home town, so to speak.
The plot might not be terribly original, but the writing’s good, and offered many useful quotes: ‘I thought you were dead.’ ‘And I thought you were smaller.’ Nice period feel, with something of Where Eagles Dare about it.
Now that I – as the last person on Earth – have seen The Avengers, I suppose it’s pretty pointless to ‘review’ the film. But it wasn’t bad at all. Noisy enough that none of my crackling food wrappers could be heard. I even knew who some of the actors were, although not as many as I had thought.
For some obscure reason I was under the impression the film boasted lots of cameos from famous names. I might have had the super-powered men and women in mind, and to me Stellan Skarsgård is always famous. I admire a man who doesn’t have to sound so frightfully Swedish all the time.
Thor and Loki didn’t seem very Norse, either. As ‘always’ a good baddie is British.
I came to this film cold. Not literally, seeing as it was a hot and humid day, but with no preparation. I had not seen the other films, whatever they might be. I hadn’t even had time to check out the links to useful clips Daighter emailed me. But that just goes to prove that any idiot can grasp what went on (as much as you can any adventure film these days) in The Avengers.
Bad things happened. Good people were kidnapped by baddie. Other good people (super powered) were assembled by a mastermind to help fight the bad guy and put the world right again. They did, with the help of a lot of kicking and lots of noise. Some parts of Manhattan are still intact.
So, all is good. Until next time.
I did admire the Hulk’s way with Loki. More people should be that decisive.
Posted in Film
Tagged Alexis Denisof, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, Robert Downey Jr, Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Stellan Skarsgård, Tina Benko, Tom Hiddleston
I didn’t know Manchester could stand in for New York. I also – briefly – didn’t know who Tommy Lee Jones is. Luckily someone on facebook reminded me. There are these actors whose names I always forget, and he is one of them. I neither like nor dislike him, but I have seen Men In Black.
One name I have no problem with is Dominic Cooper, who also appears to have been visiting our very own Manhattan. I don’t like him much, though. And the third name mentioned is Samuel L Jackson, who I just googled, and I think I’ve seen him before. Maybe I should get out more?
The film they are working on is Captain America: The First Avenger , and I have to admit to knowing nothing about that, either. But when I’m next in Manchester I will have to go and check out ‘Manhattan’.