Another crown for Emma Corrin
If you’ve binged the latest season of The Crown and want to see more of Emma, who plays Princess Di, check out Misbehaviour on DStv BoxOffice.
In it, Emma plays Miss South Africa 1970, Jillian Jessup, who represented SA in Miss World, along with Pearl Jansen (British actress Loreece Harrison), winner of Miss Africa South.
Pearl was apartheid South Africa’s first black entrant in Miss World and her presence was the organisers’ clumsy effort – by allowing two entrants from SA – to appease the world’s growing anti-apartheid sentiments.
The story – based on actual events – is set against the backdrop of the 1970 Miss World pageant in London where Sally Alexander (Keira Knightley) and her friends plan a feminist protest to disrupt the live broadcast of the show which was watched by 100 million people.
Happy anniversary, James!
It’s been a quarter-of-a-century since GoldenEye was released, if you can believe it.
Pierce Brosnan stepped into 007’s tuxedo for the first of four outings as the dashing superspy, now a Cold War relic in a rapidly changing world.
The movie was a reboot of the series, introducing a new spymaster, M (now played by Dame Judi Dench) who disdains Bond’s methods, while keeping some familiar faces like gizmo-master Q (the late Desmond Llewelyn) and set-pieces, and adding the kind of explosive action audiences were expecting in ’90s thrillers.
GoldenEye is the best of the Brosnan Bonds, and one of the best of the series – even with its sometimes-overdone action sequences, villainess Xenia Onatopp’s (Famke Janssen) cartoonish Russian accent and a trying-too-hard electronica-influenced score.
Director Martin Campbell would be called upon again, a little more than a decade later, for another Bond reboot with another new Bond – Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.
GoldenEye is available at the Google Play Store
Zero F***s Given
Kevin Hart returns to stand-up comedy after his wildly over-indulgent Netflix documentary series, Don’t F*** This Up.
Because we’re still in a pandemic, this stand-up show was filmed in front of an audience in Kevin’s living room, which is roughly the size of most people’s houses.
The Jumanji star talks about his near-fatal 2019 car crash and being caught cheating on his wife Eniko, which he publicly admitted in 2017.
It’s a lot more entertaining than Don’t F*** This Up, but it doesn’t quite have the magic of his early stand-up shows.
Streaming now on Netflix.
Sam Mendes’ remarkable World War I movie is presented in what appears to be a single, two-hour take – following two British soldiers, Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Lance Corporal Schofield, as they cross no-man’s land in the war-torn French countryside to deliver a message to Colonel MacKenzie (Benedict Cumberbatch), who’s about to lead his men into a trap set by the German army.
Sam explained to Vox.com that he wanted the story, which was inspired by his grandfather’s stories about the war, to be told in “real time”.
“In a movie that operates more like a ticking-clock thriller at times, I wanted an audience to feel every second passing and take every step with them, and also be aware of geography and distance and physical difficulty. The feeling that you are going to have to live through the story with them is accentuated by not cutting.”
The film was not actually shot in a single take, but in a series of seven- or eight-minute-long shots which were cunningly edited together to look as though it’s all a single shot.
“The pressure was immense,” Mendes told Variety.
“There’d be times where you’d get seven minutes into the take and someone would trip or a bit of mud would get on the lens or an explosive device would be off and you can’t use it. The acting could be wonderful and everything else could be right and you’d have to start again.”
The film, which was shot by Sam’s regular collaborator, cinematographer Roger Deakins, is so engrossing that it becomes hard to notice the single-shot effect – unless you’re really looking out for the spots where sequences were spliced together.
1917 is on M-Net (DStv channel 101) on Sunday at 8.05pm.