Pondrings on: The Brendmeister!

Long ago, in a time far away, – twas the night of the Cineworld Halloween Party, held in the glorious upstairs of Walkabout, Glasgow. I was dressed as Rick O’Connel, as portrayed by Brendan Fraser in the Mummy movies. I wore a fashionable leather wristband (“The Bracelet of Anubis”), a dirty shirt, twin holsters for my .45s and I even grew my hair to emulate Rick’s floppy curtains fringe.

Heck I even lost out on pulling one of the most attractive blondes in the world because she addressed me of Indiana Jones (“Am I wearing a fedora? No. Do I have a whip? No. I’m Rick O’Connel!” and so I went home alone with my pride intact.

The point I’m making is I IDOLISED Mr. Fraser. He was the new Han Solo in my life. Obi Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace was awesome, yes, but Rick O’Connel was a dashing adventurer – my kind of hero. Dirk Pitt would come later, nearly 6 years later – and Lara Croft wouldn’t take the stage until Angelina Jolie in 2001….but well, I liked her for other reasons.

Brendan’s irreverent characters and adeptness for self-mockery – see “George of the Jungle” or “Looney Tunes: Back in Action” (the latter of which is an underrated classic full of some of the funniest stupidity since Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and features Timothy Dalton as Brendan’s Dad, and the only cinematic appearance of the best Batmobile ever after Batman Returns – until obviously The Flash (2023), later this year.) But he isn’t just a great laugh – see “The Quiet Man” with Michael Caine. Or “Crash”.

Now, fast forward to today. Or rather, last week, and he gets the Oscar for his performance in “The Whale”. I haven’t seen the film yet – I am afraid to say I was not able to make the cinema during its limited release – but I am 100% sure he’s brilliant in it. I have no doubt.

The trouble is… I was lambasted for liking him. Everyone loved Tom Cruise and Keanu Reeves but I wasn’t allowed to like Nicolas Cage or Brendan Fraser – they weren’t cool enough to be termed role models. It’s a sad truth that everyone loves them (just like everyone loves Abba)– but won’t admit it. Except me. I didn’t care what other people thought of my film tastes –  I still don’t – so hence my choice of “cosplay”, and hero.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not comparing Brendan Fraser to Nicolas Cage. One is conscientious, warm and humble, the other is Nicolas Fuckiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing Cage. But the point stands.

And now Brendan has won an Oscar and everyone is saying how awesome he is. I’ve always known that! I don’t need Hollywood to let me know it’s okay to think he’s great.

I was a fan of Brendan Fraser before it was cool.

Pondrings on The Cursed Child

Now first a disclaimer, I have neither read the book or seen the play.

Ok now that’s done with here is the news: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is entering production as a film. Warner Bros announced this late last week.

There’s no confirmation that the young stars of the original HP will return: Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have found success on their own now- will they really want to return to the franchise? Of course there will be an immense amount of money on the table…

The play dealt with the young progeny of Harry and Draco (Albus and Scorpius, respectively) and that’s about all I know.

My brother – who HAS seen the play, has informed me it may not transfer well to the screen…and that much of it is fan service.

Is that a bad thing? Star Trek Picard is appealing to the fans by reuniting the next generation crew. The Flash movie is bringing back Michael Keatons Batman. Heck, we’ve got another Indiana Jones this year. So maybe fan service is the new awesome.

With the spiralling of the Fantastic Beasts franchise (the Secrets of Dumbledore performed poorly at the box office and we may not see another of the franchise), then it’s not surprising the studio are considering other avenues.

Pondrings on: Pondrings

Just what are Pondrings I hear you ask…well as you can probably guess they are a slight abbreviation on ponderings. Which isn’t a word at all; welcome to my mind.

You see, I’ve been meaning to do something like this for a while. I keep aboob of the news in the entertainment world and beyond by way of random news feeds, like-minded friends and my own fervent curiosity.

And I think I have a way with words that might make such info nuggets entertaining in their own right. My bias towards the melodramatic, the trivial and the geekery hopefully appeals to the other dingbats out there.

I can’t predict quite what I’ll be talking about. Off the top of my head the coming days might include Pondrings on The Cursed Child, or Toy Story 5, or How to Train Your Dragon, or …or… the travesty that is the DCU. You know, niche stuff .

This is your warning. Enjoy if you want but you don’t need to ☺️.