Saturday, April 24, 2010
It was windy and cloudy yesterday, and got cooler last night so it put me in the mood for something suspenseful, moody, mysterious, and a bit scary. I thought Harry Potter's Half-Blood Prince would work. I'm a bit of a Potter fan, and read the first two books, but my reading time has been in short supply lately as I've spent most of it getting my house in order to put on the market for sale, and updating it, etc. At any rate, I enjoyed the movie and it pretty much fit my mood. It's a bit long at two and a half hours, and probably would work well over a cable network like Showtime, etc. as you could watch segments of it at a time. I'd started the movie several weeks back, but didn't watch the finish. So I plugged it into the DVD player and started it at the beginning to refresh my memory. It's a good arc in the Potter films as it now shows the characters growing up. It's starting to set the stage for the dark side of things, and I think those actors like Helena Bonham Carter fit their roles rather well.
I really enjoyed the second half of the film where everything goes dark in mood, and the dark forces meet up at the Weasley's house, how angles were shot in certain architectural parts of Hogwarts, and the overall mystery of who is the Half-Blood Prince and why is there one. It ended on an interesting note too as I have not read the latter books and wonder if Harry will continue to unravel the mystery alone (not betting on that one) and how it all will play out.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Hey Oscar Wilde!
It's Clobberin' Time!!!
Sometimes I like just surfing around the web just to see what's out there. The web is contagious fun, addicting, and a marvel. I can see or would like to think five years down the road, we'd all have our little iPads or knockoff iPad-looking devices sort of like on Star Trek. And on them would be our favorite books, comics, movies, emails and manuscripts, and they would come with an earphone jack to receive phone calls or listen quietly to a movie and so forth. A camera lens would be cool too so you could see who you are talking to--I'm just sayin' Steve Jobs... It would be a self-contained media center. The idea is so cool. But back to cool web sites, I thought I'd post this one which is simple enough in concept: Who is your favorite figure/author/character? This question is posed mostly to comic/graphic artist, and they draw their favorite figure/author/character, etc. Like everyone else I have all sorts of heroes, which you can read on my blog profile. They range from anyone like: Frank Zappa, Paul Atreides, Jack Kirby, Spock, Charles Bukowski, and on and on. At any rate, who are yours? Here's the web site to check out: http://heyoscarwilde.com/
Sunday, April 04, 2010
I read the book Parker: The Hunter last year when it came out. A friend of mine, Dave C., loaned it to me. He was really into crime novels, movies, and comics so it's a natural he'd be drawn to something like this. He had an overall interest in graphic art, comics, film posters, and all manner of the arts. He's now deceased, but a swell guy nonetheless. At any rate, I'd loan him some stuff and he'd return the favor, or I'd burn him a CD or buy an extra copy of a book and give it to him and vice versa, and though we'd already established a friendship and had similar interest; this helped the bond as well. At any rate, it's a good graphic novel with art by Darwyn Cooke, and was taken from the novel written by Donald E. Westlake who goes by the pen name of Richard Stark as well. It's a pretty quick read, and the art work is a graphic knock out. The story is about a guy that gets hired to do a heist, and then gets double-crossed in the process. From there it becomes a revenge novel, and I have to say after it was over I really wanted to try and find the real novel to see how it compares. Sadly I haven't found a cheap copy of the novel yet, as I've been too busy. At any rate, I notice that TCM last night was showing Point Blank, the 60's movie made from the same novel starring Lee Marvin.
The movie that was directed by John Boorman and had many notable stars. It was a very strange experience. I'm guessing the time frame of the 60's had something to do with it as it had a rather strange, psychedelic, sort of vanguard way that it was presented. A lot of the plot was non-linear and hard to follow, and it differed from the graphic novel too in some of the plot, so even though I enjoyed the film and performances, I was still left with the feeling at some point in time I should search out the book. So the next time I'm browsing around in a used book store, I'll try to remember to search for it. From what I've read on the web, Point Blank has been already remade too. The newer movie stars Mel Gibson and is called Payback (1999).