If the sheer number of Leonard adaptations is remarkable, what is more remarkable still is how few of them are any good.
No one was more aware of, or blunt about, this disappointing onscreen record than Leonard himself. His first crime novel, The Big Bounce
, was twice adapted for film, in 1969 and 2004. Leonard memorably described the earlier effort as the “second-worst movie ever made”; it was not until he saw the 2004 version, he later said, that he knew what movie was the worst.
Television Without Pity
re-capper Jacob Clifton
has written a short steampunk story for Tor.com. “There’s a level on which the story is an indictment of using steampunk as a fashion or trend. It came about because I wanted to see what would happen if you substituted Jane Austen for Jules Verne in the steampunk equation...” The Commonplace Book
The King's Speech is an extremely well-made film with a seductive human interest plot, very prettily calculated to appeal to the smarter filmgoer and the latent Anglophile. But it perpetrates a gross falsification of history.
- Christopher Hitchens on the historical revisionism of The King's Speech
. The LA times suggests that this, along with the History Channel digging up footage
of King George VI not really stuttering all that badly at all, might be the beginning of a backlash
against the film, which has been gaining Oscar momentum
since it's SAG Award wins
. With The Social Network, 127 Hours
and The Fighter
also having a basis in reality, is today's film making too hung up on the "true" story?
Welcome to District 9.
Director Neill Blomkamp turns his sci-fi short "Alive in Joburg"
into a full-length feature film
- examining xenophobia
in an allegory of Apartheid
, set in a slum recalling District 6
of Cape Town
in South Africa.
Imagine a world without lightsabers—where, instead, every big Star Wars finale consists of a 10-minute slap fight. Thank the maker we’ll never have to witness such a spectacle, because magical and impossibly high-tech weapons are staples of nearly all of our favorite entertainments! ToyFare Magazine presents the 50 Greatest Fictional Weapons of All Time
With the Bourne Ultimatum
released, that would appear to be it
for the series. Not so
for the books
, even though original author Robert Ludlum
has been dead for six years
. This type of thing isn't exactly
new, but do these ghost-written books do the originals justice
, or are the authors' estates just cashing in
FBI 101 -- "Essentials for Writers," an "exciting and informative" interactive workshop for writers being offered to members of my union -- the Writers Guild of America, East - by the FBI Office of Public Affairs and FBI New York. ...
-- Very interesting account of a workshop the FBI puts on for writers in NY.
What's in it for the FBI? ...The only question we have for you is 'Will it show us in a good light?'" ...
"It has always been as if I carry chaos with me the way others carry typhoid. My purpose in writing is to transcend my existence by illuminating it."
Crime novelist Edward Bunker
, who died last Tuesday at age 71 (LATimes obit)
, became at 17 the youngest inmate at San Quentin
after he stabbed a prison guard at a youth detention facility. It was during his 18 years of incarceration
for robbery, check forgery and other crimes that Bunker learned to write. In 1973, while still in prison, he made his literary debut
with "No Beast So Fierce
", a novel about a paroled thief James Ellroy called "quite simply one of the great crime novels of the past 30 years" and that was made into the movie "Straight Time
" starring Dustin Hoffman. Also a screenwriter ("Runaway Train"), Bunker appeared as an actor in nearly two dozen roles
, most notably as Mr. Blue in "Reservoir Dogs
." (more inside)
The Rocklopedia Fakebandica
is an exhaustive compendium of non-existent musical acts from television and film. Need to know the complete lineup of Evar Orbus and His Galactic Jizz-Wailers? It's here