Saturday July 07th 2007, 10:37 pm

So, saw the Transformers movie, and I think I agree with Slate, that the original Transformers movie was better than this version. The sad fact of the matter is that Michael Bay is a terrible filmmaker. And yes, the special effects were great and the Transformers are freakin’ cool, but the script was nonsensical, and […]

TV, Movies, Videogames and Books

Tuesday April 24th 2007, 9:21 pm

One thing I’ve been thinking about with the death of book review sections and the superiority of book review sections in certain other countries is that it’s indicative of a larger cultural issue — that books and literature are increasingly being pushed to the sidelines and that the readers of them are becoming more and […]


Saturday December 02nd 2006, 4:47 pm

Sometimes I get really depressed about the novel industry, in inability to make a living, the lack of promotion by publishers, the way the whole system seems rigged against the writers. Sometimes I think, you know what? I should just be a screenwriter. They have to go through all the same kind of bullshit as […]

Hacked to Death - Will the novelization survive the DVD era? By Grady Hendrix

Wednesday June 28th 2006, 7:55 pm

Hacked to Death - Will the novelization survive the DVD era? By Grady Hendrix
Novelizations are interesting. Logically, a novel adapted from a movie could be just as unique and interesting as a movie adapted from a novel. Unfortuntely, this is rarely the case, but according to the Slate article linked to above, it is happening […]

Alan Moore on V for Vendetta

Thursday March 16th 2006, 7:29 pm ALAN MOORE GETS BEAT

What happened, at DC, they’d been asking if we’d do the Charlton characters and then they said, we don’t want you to use the Charlton characters, can you come up with your own. I said yeah we can and we were assured, if you come up with characters of your own, […]

The Vendetta Behind ‘V for Vendetta’ - New York Times

Sunday March 12th 2006, 12:42 pm

The Vendetta Behind ‘V for Vendetta’ - New York Times
I’m officially a big fan of David Itzkoff’s new Science Fiction column over at the Times.

Subjects: criticism, fiction, movies, sci-fi

Narrative gaps and guns

Friday March 10th 2006, 1:54 pm

Silliman’s Blog: 01/01/2004 - 01/31/2004
An old post from Ron Silliman on narrative in movies vs. novels; here he discusses the House of Sand and Fog:

Disregard for a moment that there are enough gaps in administrative due procedure & simple bureaucratic process to drive a semi through, the narrative problem for the film is not that […]

V for Vendetta

Monday February 27th 2006, 7:10 am

Just saw an early screening of V for Vendetta.
There are some things they changed from the book, made more sentimental, a little less pro-anarchy. However, it is still a paranoid, pro-terrorism, pro-violence, anti-fascism work that resonates with modern times more than ever. It is also a terrifically good movie.
They finally made a good movie from […] Illegitimate dad of ‘Kong’

Sunday January 08th 2006, 1:39 pm Illegitimate dad of ‘Kong’
Racist and filled with topless women, the gorilla movie “Igangi” preceeded King Kong by 3 years and made four million dollars in the middle of the depression.

Subjects: movies

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