The latest film in the Marvel Universe series feels like
nothing so much as a season finale. And since Joss Whedon was once the master
of creating season finales that were both emotionally satisfying and
thematically resonant, it’s good to have him in charge for the second Avengers
movie, Age of Ultron.
I’d like to compare it to the epic scope of Buffy’s “The
Gift” but it feels more like Angel, if anything. Things change, the world moves
on – and the best you can do is keep fighting. And embrace change.
Tony Stark has always been flawed, but by the third film in
his own trilogy, he seemed to have found an emotional peace. But with that
peace comes the idea that he can use his technology – his faith in machines
being his tragic flaw – to create a replacement for the Avengers. He births an
army of robots to calm the populace and fight alien foes.
Robert Downey Jnr’s Stark is such a towering figure in the
Marvel Universe films – and to make him partly the villain of this new film is
“What year is this?” Dale Cooper asks in the final scene of Twin Peaks: The Return, the last of many
unanswered questions left as the 18-part feature film concluded a week ago.
It’s far from the first time we’ve seen someone who looks like
Dale Cooper lost for answers over recent months. But it might be the first time
we have definitive proof that he’s in over his head.
Mr C, Dale Cooper’s doppelganger, who was first seen in the
original series’ finale back in 1991, returned to the town of Twin Peaks with a
goal in mind. Mr C was flexible, though. He had to be; he’d set so many things
in motion over twenty-five years, if he’d remained fixated, he would never have
come as far as he did.
Dougie, Dale Cooper’s tulpa – created by and from Mr C,
wandered aimlessly through life, but slowly made every life he touched better.
Plans change and Dougie changed with them. Slowly but surely, Dougie pieced
together Cooper’s past life and became richer for it.
Agent Cooper, the third part of this T…
Last year, Garry Starr explored every genre of theatre in
order to try to save it. Now that he’s saved theatre, he wants to make sure
actors out there know how to be the best skilled actor (or, skactor) they can
be. Garry has written a book called “An Actor Pretends” about the history of
Chapter by chapter, Garry’s vast knowledge of being a triple
threat is explored on stage in front of our very eyes. He explains how to
audition for a director when you’re waiting on them in a restaurant. He tells
us how to act when we inevitably move to Hollywood and get botox and we can’t
move our face. And then there’s his unconventional method for learning lines by
Rubber-faced actor and comedian Damien Warren-Smith is so
damn charismatic that he’ll have you on his side within minutes – and have some
of you up on stage as part of Team Garry, if you dare. If you don’t want to participate,
don’t sit in the front row like I did; though my moment in the spotlight only