What Makes A Good Actor?

I don’t know about any of you but when I watch a film I want to enjoy. I want to be engaged and entertained by it. But you can’t enjoy that film if you’re not satisfied by its contents; and one of the main problems with bad films are the the actors. To me, aside from the plot, the actors are the most important part of the film. If your good; brilliant. If you bad; you just ruined a potentially good movie. Now I’m going to voice my opinion of what a good actor is.

Firstly he/she needs to be dedicated to take on the role of that person. For example Heath Ledger took on the role of the Joker with dedication and was superb at it. He locked himself away in his hotel room for a month to make sure he was in the right mind for the role. He dedicated himself for making his Joker persona perfect and aced it with flying colours. Actors like him that spend time on their characters and making themselves just like the character is exactly the kind of attitude a good actor should have. Making sure you have everything right, even things as little as an accent or look in their eye.

Another important aspect is being able to clearly act what you need to act, this means using the right tone of voice, uses the right gestures, have the correct facial expressions required to give the scene an effect on the viewer. Take Danny John-Jules for example. He once had to play a dimwitted, boisterous lunatic. If he stood there not moving at all and not using a range of vocal tones his character would be a disaster. Clear conveying is very important for acting.

A good actor must also keep character at all times. Not once must s/he go out of character. It’s such an essential to make sure you can keep a consistent character throughout the film or else it just becomes a sloppy mess. For instance Chris Eigeman. He once had to play the part of a cocky, self centred git. But instead his character was all over the place. His acting was poor, his voice was always the same, and not once did he come across as cocky.

One more crucial component of a good actor is simply the ability to make what you’re doing look genuine. You they have to feel what they should be feeling and express that for the audience to see. The actor needs to be able to take what the character if feeling and express it though his own body to make us feel what they are feeling. If someone is supposed to be scared and you see it in their eyes an effect is created which has an effect on the reader.

This is some of the components I think make up a good actor. If you think differently or have anything extra to add, leave a comment and I’ll get on it as quickly as possible.

Red Dwarf X: Series Review

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As much as we don’t want to believe it the new series of Red Dwarf is over. After years of agonisingly waiting for a glimmer of hope that it would return came, it went. But this will be six weeks of my life I will never forget. Each episode brought us half an hour of jaw aching laughter and an indeterminate amount of memorable moments. We couldn’t be happier with what Doug and his crew did with this series.

The crew returned in all it’s glory: Lister searching for his lust again. Rimmer being a miserable sod. Kryten back on cleaning duty; and the Cat, well, being the Cat. I thought the original cast coming back to reprise their roles was a genius idea. It just wouldn’t have worked at all without them. They’re a one of a kind crew; irreplaceable (but oh how America tried).

Bring comedy shows back to it’s roots, Red Dwarf X brings back live audiences for Red Dwarf. In my opinion I love when there is a live audience, the laughter of the public is like fuel for the actors. They thrive off they’re reactions and praise, increasing proficiency in their performance as their roles as Dwarfers.

The ideas were unique and fresh, an essential for any Tv series that wants to keep going strong. Red Dwarf made a new set of episodes the likes of which I had never seen.

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Red Dwarfs new opening is consistent as always!

Episode one. Trojan. The crew come across an advanced ship called ‘Trojan’ which Rimmer uses to make his brother think he is a captain in the space core. Whilst as a side story Lister is on hold while he desperately waits for a stir master.

Episode Two. Fathers and suns. Lister disciplines his son (himself) which leads to Lister no longer having a job at Red Dwarf while Kryten and Rimmer instal a new, female, computer to replace our beloved Holly.

Episode three. Lemons. In India 23AD the Dwarfers find Jesus Christ, take him three million years in the future, and remove a kidney stone through his urethra. After all is well Jesus goes back to the past to undo a big event in history.

Episode four. Entanglement. An episode so lengthy you’d need to be a super computer to remember everything the first time around. Rimmer is lost in a poker game which ends up spawning a hilarious number of events thanks to a quantum rod Cat and Kryten were exposed to.

Episode five. Dear Dave (my personal favourite of the series). Poor Lister misses the human race and thinks it’s about time to find another species to settle with (unbeknownst to him that the vending machine on B deck fancies him). Meanwhile the Cat has a bad day with both a lack of fashion and toilet paper.

Episode six. The beginning. An appropriate name for this series conclusion. Making reference back to the first episodes name entitled “The end”. An unfathomable amount of references to the first episode are made here. Red Dwarf gets a bit gory and a side of Rimmer comes out that was thought impossible to be inside him. This episode made me applaud during the credits I was that impressed. It’s a sin for and Red Dwarf fan to miss this.

The series lived up to my expectations and more. The final episode of this series is just indescribably amazing. It explains so much and makes so many referrals (including the inconclusive eighth series). If you’ve never watched Red Dwarf this would be a good place to start. It’s a brilliant show filled with so many incredible gags and humour it would make David Cameron laugh until he chokes. I’m incredibly please with how this turned out and I hope a new series might be in progress in the future.

Top 5 Red Dwarf episodes

With the new series of Red Dwarf on, giving us what we’ve been waiting for and giving young viewers a taste of Red Dwarf, I thought I’d go back and highlight some of the best of Red Dwarf. This is an opinionated list of what I believe to be the top 5 episodes of Red Dwarf.

5. Tikka to Ride

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All I want is a curry!

The first episode of series 7. Tikka to Ride sees the lads racing back in time in order to get a curry, which, consequently, causes them to botch up the Kennedy assassination and create an alternate universe. This was the first episode of Red Dwarf to not use a live audience but instead recorded voices. This was due to time restrictions and so they could try filming with four wall surroundings. It’s also one of the more, grosser episodes, as we see Lister and Cat eating what they believe to be chicken. They are then told by Kryten that it was actually the dead pedestrian they saw on the road earlier, much to They’re disgust. This episode was a big risk by the producers, which turned out to be a big success. They twisted a conspiracy into a Red Dwarf episode which ends with Kennedy having to kill himself as they mucked time up so much Oswald was unable to shoot Kennedy himself.

4. Body swap

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Let the orgy commence!

A classic episode in series 3, beautifully crafted, amazingly put together and just a timeless classic. This episode sees Lister and Rimmer swapping bodies so that Rimmer can help Lister lose weight. But soon he starts to pig out immensely because he was unable to touch anything whilst in a hologramatic state. Lister then wants to swap back and finds out Rimmer has done horrible things to his body. The lip sync for this episode is incredible as well as the overall episode. This is a must watch for any newcomer who wants a taste of Red Dwarf. You’ll be giggling through the whole episode and will remember it forever.

3. Backwards

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I think he’s a bit teed off ‘cuz we’ve just uneaten his pie.

Only Red Dwarf could take something so simple, so small and so unnoticeable and turn it into something so amusing you’ll choke. This episode marks the beginning of a new era for Red Dwarf, taking the show one step further and adding Kryten as a permanent Dwarfer. In this episode the Dwarfers seem to find themselves in a universe where everything is backwards! Eating, sleeping, reliving yourself, all done backwards. All except for them. Rimmer and Kryten get a career performing things ‘backwards’ to people whilst Lister and Cat try to bring them back home. The producers of this got a camera and utilised it in a way that turned this episode into a work of art. A stroke of genius. This episode will surprise you on how much you’ll laugh at stuff just because its going backwards. The highlight has to be when Lister is unbeaten up by a man which cures his black eye and cracked back.

2. Back to Reality

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No. No no no please no! I don’t wanna be called Dwane Dibbley!

Back to Reality indeed. The boys find out that Red Dwarf is just a game and they have just been playing it. This is the most hilarious one of series 5 and probably has the most memorably character of all time. They wake up and realise what rubbish lives they all have, especially the Cat who finds out he is a buck tooth nerd called Dwane Dibbley! The moment when they all remember who they are and collect they’re things is full of chuckles, both big and small. Series 5 as a whole was quite disappointing and lacking the Red Dwarf feel compared to the rest of the show, but believe me when I say this episode makes up for it completely. The highlight of this episode for me has to be the Cats reaction to being Dwane Dibbley. A truly genius idea with originality and humour that you’ll never forget.

1. Meltdown

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Get him out of that damned nappy! Don’t you have any pride man? Don’t you want to win this war?

This is my most memorable and favourite Red Dwarf episode of all time. This series 4 finale is filled with numerous gags, unless references and unbelievable plot. In this episode the boys arrive at wax world, a place inhabited by droids made of wax. The droids are making army’s and the people in those armies are not quite what you’d expect. Rimmer takes control of the good side whilst lister and Cat escape from the bad side. The plot is fresh, unique and unforgettable. With guest appearances like never before, including: Hitler, Gandhi, Elvis Presley and mother Teresa. Taking advantage of the endless characters they could use they beautifully turn historic icons into laughing stocks. The ending theme was even revamped and sung by Elvis in this episode too, a brucey bonus if you ask me. If you want to see a nun and an Indian engage in hand to hand combat, Elvis training an army and Winnie the Pooh being tied to the stake then this is the episode for you! It cannot be beaten and is certainly unforgettable, every last smegging second of it!

So there you have it. My list on what I believe to be the top 5 episodes of Red Dwarf. If you disagree or have any suggestions of your own top 5 episodes then go ahead and comment. I might have to change the list if I agree.

Red Dwarf X: Trojan Review

Last night was the premiere of the brand new smeging series of Red Dwarf, and did it deliver the goods? You bet your arse it did!

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It’s been 13 years since the last ‘proper’ episode was aired. After such a long break there’s no way you’d ever expect to see them performing just as well and beautifully as they did back in the good old days. But that’s where your wrong! They shot straight back into red in all they’re smeggieness! Trojan had all the aspects of the youthful crew and even exceeded that of a lot of episodes. This is one premiere you couldn’t have afforded to miss.

Red Dwarf always had a strange sense of humour, often getting most of its laughs from the boys being, well, boys really. Only Red Dwarf dared to send Lee Harvey Oswald plummeting to his death, mock the blood writing trick and have laser shooting stuffed penguins. Trojan has extended the humour even further than it was before. Making fun of things as simple as pig races and head squeezing.

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Your thinking… I’m squeezing your head too tight!

The special effects of Red Dwarf were always impressive for the time it was made In, but I never thought they really mattered until I saw Trojan. This episode uses modern day special effects and looked stunning. Absolutely stunning. Rimmer’s glitches, the swirly beach balls of doom and the laser gun effects. These were the more noticeable effects and they took Red Dwarf to a new step of technology. They created an atmosphere that takes you closer to Red Dwarf than ever before, and that’s just amazing.

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I have a serious case of beach ball eyes.

The actors. Oh yes, the actors. I must admit when I saw the poster they looked like old, incapable men that are bring back what was not meant to be. But boy was I wrong, they brought back a brilliant show in all it’s smegging glory! Lister is just as lazy as ever. Rimmer is just a bossy and resentful as before. Cat, the one and only, has yet to lose his touch, and Kryten is still the loveable, oblivious android he was before. When I saw them back on the big screen, I was blown away by they’re ability to still act like a bunch of self centred kids. Cat especially, and I bet my hat that you just could not find another man so capable of acting a character like the Cat.

The plot for Trojan was: silly, stupid and hilarious just like it should be. With Lister refusing to put down the phone because of his insane desire to have a stir master; and Rimmer trying to impress his brother (who finally appears in present time on the show) by pretending to be a captain. I even feel like they took Rimmer to the next step by showing just how selfish and cruel he can be by having his brother die, believing that Rimmer had lived the dream whilst he had a life not even worthy of living.

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You’ve only got one Lamborghini?!

One aspect of the episode that caught my attention was the lack of Holly, the ships computer. Although the episode was very humorous and true to the original, I felt like that lack of Holly didn’t really work. Holly would always crack a wise one or point out the obvious in his traditional mundane way. Will Holly return later? No. The truth is that Holly will not return because of the little mishap in Back to Earth when Lister accidentally drowns Holly. Although Back to Earth was a one off special, it is still counted as part of the Red Dwarf series.

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Alright dudes? How’s it goin in groove town?

The only thing that really let me down was the missing explanation on how they survived in “Only the Good…”. It doesn’t explain how Rimmer survived and how Red Dwarf stopped crumbling. But on a more understanding tone, it would be for the best if we could believe our interpreted endings were how they survived.

As a whole this looks like it will be another smeg-tastic series that is bound to get more exiting with every new episode. Remember, every Thursday at 9pm on Dave. See you there smeg heads!

Back in the Red!

Folks the boys are back in the new upcoming series of red dwarf! Which will be airing on the “Dave” this October! Some of the younger audiences may not have heard of Red Dwarf as the original series was first introduced over 20 years ago so later I’ll remind you all why Red Dwarf was the number 1 sci-fi in Britain!

The new series was announced over a year ago now and the excitement is building as the time of Red Dwarf draws closer. What’s even more exciting is that the entire original cast is returning! That’s right every last one of them! Another juicy nugget of information we have are the episodes names which are as follows:

1. Trojan
2. Farther’s and suns
3. Lemons
4. Entanglement
5. Dear Dave
6. The beginning

This is all the information we have been provided with on the new series and from what some of these episodes names are we can tell this will just as good as the old series. Red dwarf X will also be going back to its roots much to the enjoyment of many long term fans like me, and from what the trailer looks like it seems like Red Dwarf X is going to be a smash hit in October! This new series of Red Dwarf will be the first full length series In almost 13 years! Thats right 13! It’s no wonder why Red Dwarf fans such as myself are getting excited. After 13 years of silence the boys are back! So let’s take a look at what made Red Dwarf what it is today.

Obviously the most important part of Red Dwarf was its characters, and Red Dwarf gave us four unforgettable characters that changed British television forever: Dave Lister, Arnold Rimmer, Cat and Kryten 2X4B – 523P.

First off we’ll start with Dave Lister, self proclaimed space bum. He became the last human alive after a drive plate wasn’t fixed in properly by none other than smeghead Arnold Rimmer. The radiation leak killed everyone onboard except for Lister, who was put in stasis after bringing an unquarantined animal onboard the ship. He was released 3 million years later by when the radiation levels were safe. But what makes him such a memorable character? Being the last human alive you’d think he’d be smart, fit, and handsom. But what we get is instead a self loathing, lazy, unfit, dumb, curry munching guy with no sense of ambition. All of these components make a bad character right? This is what you’d think but somehow all of these bad components combined together work. They work and make a character that has kept us laughing for years. Lister has done many bizarre things, but nothing more memorable than: getting pregnant, killing JFK for a curry, playing pool with planets and many more outrageous adventures. But none of those compare to my personal favourite Dave Lister moment when he uses the AR machine to have sex with women.

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Moving on we now come to our favourite smeghead Arnold Rimmer, bronze swimming certificate silver swimming certificate. Without him Red Dwarf wouldnt be what it is today. He has been eaten alive, stolen a cats body and even kicked death in the balls. This smegger really gets around, but whats his story? Well he is the 2nd technition on the mining ship Red Dwarf and his worked his whole life in an attempt to be captain of the ship, only to fail ever time by passing out mid-exam. He decided the ships fate when he failed to fix a drive plate, causing the ship to leak radiation killing him, and everyone else onboard. 3 million years later the ships computer Holly brings him back as a hologram to keep Lister sane. Sure you might think, “Lister and Rimmer don’t get on, it will never work” but truth is, their constant petite rivalry is one of the key element of humour in Red Dwarf, but it doesn’t compare to the time he stole Listers body to be alive again (as holograms can’t touch anything until he acquired hard light in series 6) and thats all you need to know about this moody little smegger.

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We now give you the cat! The cool cat of the crew, who’s also a snappy dresser. He evolved from 3 million years of natural selection between cats after Lister hid his unquarantined cat, keeping it safe from the radiation leak. He appears human in form but contains all thecharacteristics of a cat, such as: being egocentric, meowing and even having a very high sense of smell. He cannot live with himself being uncool and unfashionable as his whole life depends on his “beautiful ass” and his delusion that he is the most important person in the universe. The cat has no respect for the crew, having no care wether or not they perish. Someone like this is bound to get on our nerves right? No, the cat brings laughter and amusement where ever he goes because of these components. Some of his highlights include: his alter ego Dwane Dibbly, his stupid wit often being the Dwarfers only hope and getting the blue midgets to dance with him. There’s just no one else like him, you could not find another actor to play the cat as well as Danny John-jules. This is the cat that brings all the boys to the yard.

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Finally we have Kryten. The android that made pinkerton look smart. He appeared in series 2 episode 1 as a one off appearance, but the public domain demanded for more and starting with series 3, he became a regular. kryten is a robot designed for cleaning and did all of the ships work without any emotion, but with the help of Lister, Kryten was able to break his program completely by series 6 and gain emotion. No ones sure wether it’s his emotionless replies to hilarious situations or his stupid choices in emotional situations but he has an unknow personality that makes him the number one greatest robot in the history of British television. He has been full of hilarious gags and quotes since he was first rescued from the nova but none more memorable than the time he threw a party for a woman on her period, unaware that it’s supposed to be personal. Kryten is a design of pure genius, moving away from the cliche and stereotypes of robots in a sci-fi. He is a one of I kind android.

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Without this set of perfectly imbalanced characters Red Dwarf would be nothing. Now that your minds have been refreshed about our beloved heros we should move onto the next element, the plots. Obviously being a sci-fi the plots will be supernatural, futuristic and completely outrageous. Red Dwarf uses all this with its own little sprinkle of its secret ingredient to make it Red Dwarf. The stories utilise every sci-fi trick in the book and combines it with the characters, this create stories like no other. From pregnant men to transforming emohawks. From wax droid world to a backwards London universe. The stories are unique, far fetched and utterly fabulous, right down to the shutters and battleship grey walls.

Red Dwarf X is bound to contain every element of the original series and maybe plots even more silly and ridiculous that will tickle our funny bones and make us laugh like hyenas. Maybe the new series will even tell us what happened at the end of series 8. As lots of Red Dwarf fans know series 8 ended with Red Dwarf being eaten by microbes and Rimmer being chased by death whilst the others are safe in the mirror universe. We were only left with the words “The end… The smeg it is!” And now after 13 long painful years we will finally witness how they all survived. I don’t know about any of you lot but to me this is going to be one smeg-tastic series!

So grab your popadoms and get blasted into the Red Dwarf spirit for this October! It’ll be your most memorable one to date!