April 1, 2011
The adaptation of any novel to film will always be fraught with the perils of weighty expectation. Haruki Murakami ‘s 1987 novel Norwegian Wood is no exception. Translated to English 13 years after its Japanese publication, it has reaped perhaps more feverish expectation in the lead to its recent cinematic release than many of its literary contemporaries of the last ten years. By this I discount the cash-cow behemoths of Harry Potter and Twilight; which to me are a new breed of genre unto themselves: the teen-aimed novel series adapted to ’dolla sign’ franchise variety . That’s not to slander this type of movie as void of merit ; production accolades are unavoidable, they have their target audience and generally the hopes and expectations of that audience are met, but there’s a big difference between this kind of project and the cinema-as-art adaptations of say, in recent years, Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man. Read the rest of this entry »
April 8, 2010
Beware of Spoilers of ‘The Twist’, even though it is obvious enough if you’ve ever seen the trailer or, in fact, any movie ever.
August 13, 2009
I had rushed to the cinema on opening day to see the latest installment in the ever-so-popular Harry Potter series in the hopes of writing something for the blog and having it posted by the evening. Ever the punctual sort, here I am sitting down to start it several weeks later. The problem I ran into, in addition to my poor attention span and generally lazy attitude towards life, was that I really didn’t have anything to say about it at all. Yes, it’s well made. It’s perfectly diverting, it delivers the action and fantasy that Potter fans have come to expect. It is in no way a bad film. I just didn’t care.
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May 7, 2009
I believe the new Star Trek film, like the others, can’t be experienced in a vacuum. Film viewing is, as with all art, a subjective experience, but the Star Trek franchise these days depends so much on not only what you’re seeing on screen, but what you already feel about the decades worth of films and TV series that have come before it. I was a fan as a kid, and I still enjoy reserving nuggets of nerd knowledge about Jeffrey tubes and inertia dampers in my head, but aside from the original series, I’ll quite happily avoid almost any Star Trek property (because it’s not felt like much more than a property for a long time now). I’ll even admit to only watching the original series (TOS, for those in-the-know) for it’s camp factor, and occasionally trying to parse the progressive points it tried to make from time to time. In short, my relationship with the series isn’t very strong, and I have long since resigned myself to the fact that is now mostly for the hardcore geeks to enthuse over, and not many others besides. In fact, growing up, it was such a social stigma that I was shocked there was enough of an audience to carry the plethora of films and shows through. There were more than I thought at the time, but I don’t think anyone can argue that the audience has somewhat diminished over the last decade. So here comes the reboot. Sort of.