It’s called Striking 12, and I saw it in Newport. It’s a kind of mashup of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl and a story about contemporary NYE malaise and self loathing. I really liked the music and the lead guy reminded me of a dude I work with. There was a moment where it got dangerously meta, with the cast commenting about the roles each played. Did not want. This was the fault of the play and not the performers, though. The show only ran about an hour and 15 minutes, so the meta part seemed like filler.
It also taught me that the moral of the little match girl is that God’s an asshole.
Here’s a sample:
I normally hate when io9 asks questions of its readers, because it’s usually something like, “what’s the most under appreciated work in sci-fi,” or, “what fantasy do you hate watch?” Today, though, they asked, “What’s the best re telling of a story from the villain’s point of view?,” which gave me lots of fodder for research, since most of my ideas are about seeing a story in a different way. Lazarus isn’t technically a villain, but I am imagining him as a vampire.
It also introduced me to Twisted, a retelling of Aladdin with Jafar as the hero.
Also reminded me I have to read Paradise Lost. And Memnoch the Devil.
That this works so well, it makes The original seem like an adaptation of a blues song.
Forwarded by a friend. It actually works surprising well. I wonder if there’s a metal cover of Oops, I did it again
I’m still trying to figure out what most fantasy comedies are missing that keeps them from being funny
It should be someone with gravitas, a veteran of sci fi comedies (without being attached to a major space franchise. I’m looking at you Shatner and Frakes.), and who is a bit of a Peter Venkman. Bill Murray is on my list, but lower down after his pitch perfect cameo in that Zombie movie. (I don’t want to totally spoil it, if you haven’t seen it) Marvel is really good about not stunt casting, mostly limiting it to Stan Lee cameos. Quill’s father needs to make sense in the role just as much as Anthony Hopkins does as Thor’s father. His previous roles shouldn’t distract. I also kind of have the idea that the dad should be a if not the villain.
Here’s my preliminary list, from least desired to most:
Kevin Bacon/John Stamos (too meta)
Kevin smith (this would take you right out of the picture)
Nic Cage (would be perfect, but problematic because of his role as a father in Kick ass)
Ron Perlman (problematic because of Pacific Rim)
Charlie Sheen (no, because Machete among other things)
Kevin Costner (I like this one, a lot)
Arnold Schwarzenegger (don’t think so)
Keanu Reeves (would be a great villain)
David Andrews (from Cherry 2000. This might be my favorite)
Fact is, most of the people I looked at have already been tapped to add nostalgia to current productions. Eric Stratton from animal House, Kurt Russell, Harrison ford, Russell Crowe, Matt Frewer (whom I’d love), everybody.