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.
posted by Rustic Etruscan
on Jan 3, 2014 -
The Manchurian Candidate remake
has all the makings of a cunning piece of republican political propaganda. The most obvious theme of the movie warns a politician war hero is a danger to the country.
The movie has all the makings of a good thriller. However, the script and screen play are so heavily slanted the movie comes across as a commercial just like other movies geared towards one political ideal.
posted by lightweight
on Aug 12, 2004 -
Fantômas is the Lord of Terror, the Genius of Evil, the arch-criminal anti-hero of a series of 32 pre-WWI French thrillers written by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain. He carries out the most appalling crimes: substituting sulfuric acid in the perfume dispensers at a Parisian department store, releasing plague-infested rats on an ocean liner, or forcing a victim to witness his own execution by placing him face-up in a guillotine.
In 1912, Apollinaire founded the Societe des Amis de Fantomas
which included prominent artists and writers. Magritte
considered Fantomas to be a major influence in many of his paintings. Fantomas was not only a comic book but also spawned
films, tv and radio shows and plays. (There is, of course, a modern band
as well)(I read the Mexican comic book
as a child)
posted by vacapinta
on Sep 14, 2002 -
Jurassic Park III comes out today
and is getting surprisingly good reviews (I'm going to see it in a couple of hours
)! Most seem to have the tone of "Not great cinema, but a fun popcorn-chomper summer movie
". Thank god, because this has been a mostly sucky year at the movies so far...
posted by hincandenza
on Jul 18, 2001 -
Waiting with bated breath for the conclusion of Stephen King's online serial? Touck luck.
Even though I don't care that much for King, I'm disappointed that this experiment failed.
posted by harmful
on Nov 28, 2000 -