This is my promise to you, cybersphere. I, Nefny, do promise to try and be a little less cynical in my daily goings around town and will try and see the light side of life and people, again. In order to maintain this change in perspective and hopefully help my optimism blossom, I will keep an occasional series of blogs about things I love and why i love them …in no apparent order, on no apparent theme, with no apparent reason. Just things I love.
Number 1. Kurt Russell
5 words. Big. Trouble. In. Little. China. A great film, made even greater by Kurt’s willingness to send himself up. Bruce Willis would have been too knowing, van Damme and his ilk too self-believing but Russell MAKES this film. He’s a trucker, for godsake! When will action stars realise that they genre that they work in is high camp and by aiming to promote some sort of zen message (I mean you Seagal), they make themselves ridiculous? When? This is surely one of the biggest concerns that our planet currently faces!
But…Kurt. He’s just wonderful in this film, and pretty much everything else too. Point in hand – he turns up in films which I’d forgotten he was in and its always a nice surprise! Stargate anyone? Had too much of James Spader? Lets cut to a shot of Kurt to liven things up. Even my boyfriend greets him like a long lost darts partner in the pub; ‘Ah, Mr Russell, forgot you were in this’. We know there are some quality moments ahead. The fact that he topped the Onion’s underrated actor list says it all. Never won a major acting award? Who cares when you’ve got some hot wheels and are welcome at every roadhouse in the state……..
No one else would be as good in The Thing or Escape from LA. He genuinely seems to have fun in his roles. He is the thinking woman’s Patrick Swayze. All hail the Kurt!