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Topic: What are you reading?
Posted: 23 May 2017 18:27

Just finished The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock.


With a name like Donald Ray Pollock you have to figure the guy is going to be either a hick or a serial killer. Well, as it turns out he writes about both. Very dark and very gritty. It would appeal to fans of southern gothic like Cormac McCarthy or Flannery O'Connor. Not for the weak of heart.

Topic: Sea Lion Attacks!
Posted: 21 May 2017 06:53


Don't feed the animals....

Topic: what are u watching on tv?
Posted: 17 May 2017 00:38

Just binge watched "Santa Clarita Diet."

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A refreshing and surprisingly funny take on the zombie genre.

Topic: What's for dinner tonight?
Posted: 16 May 2017 21:45

I just cooked fiddleheads for the first time. Being from the West coast, we don't have them here so its rare to find them in grocery stores.


I blanched them then sauteed them in butter with black pepper and then added fresh lemon juice. Weird looking little fuckers.

Topic: What are you reading?
Posted: 16 May 2017 16:18

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas.

my fifth time reading it, but havnt read it in a number of years.

i would recommend it to everyone.

That's my favorite book. I still like to listen to it on audiobook.

I also have "The Black Count" but I haven't read it yet. Its a biography of Dumas' father who was actually the basis for the Count of MC.


Topic: latest movie that you saw or ones you wish to see
Posted: 16 May 2017 16:00

I just saw the move Vincent N' Roxxy.

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The film stars Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Alpha Dog) and Zoe Kravitz. It's a relatively dreary, slow moving love story with a somewhat violent and surprise ending that barely makes up for the preceding hour of dullness.

If you like your movies to follow a basic Hollywood formula with clear cut good/bad guys and a nice neat storybook ending....then this one is not for you. But if you are a fan of character based stories with a smattering of nihilistic violence thrown in... then I can recommend it. Just make sure you watch the whole thing. I have a feeling that lots of people would turn it off or fall asleep half way through. Even though it's only 106 minutes, it seems much longer. The ending is worth the wait though....

I give it a 6.5/10

Topic: latest movie that you saw or ones you wish to see
Posted: 16 May 2017 15:48

I have a copy with google translate type subtitles which are next to useless. It is an excellent movie but doesn't appear to have been released on DVD outside of Germany and hence, no English subtitles... <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/sad1.gif" alt="sad1">

I could only find it online with Italian Subtitles. :(

Topic: The Handmaid's Tale
Posted: 06 May 2017 20:52

I just watched the first four episodes of "The Handmaid's Tale,"

And the first thing I did was run to IMDB and go right to the user reviews section... Because I had a sinking feeling that it would be full of right wing crazies bitching about feminism, social justice warriors, snowflakes... etc.

To my chagrin the negative reviews were few and far between. There were a few though that thought this series was some newly instituted Hollywood agenda to attack the patriarchy....blah blah blah... None of which seemed to realize that the book was published in 1985.

But I digress...

This is a pretty damn good show. I haven't read the book, so I would like to hear from people that have. It's obviously updated to gel more with our modern times and technological advancements. The tone of the show is satisfyingly dark and grim. There is a dim monotony that I find perfectly suited to the story. It might be a tad slow paced for some, but the sparse dialogue is deliberate and meaningful.

If I do have a complaint, it's that they green-lit a second season almost immediately. I really wish that North America would take a cue from the Brits and know when to end on a high note. A mini-series is the perfect way to adapt a book and tell a compelling story. You shouldn't feel the need to bleed a concept dry in order to milk every dollar you can out of it.

Feminists will love it. Trump voters will hate it. Whatever. Throw the politics out the window because this is a damn good, well made fucking show.

Topic: The Movie Is Better Than The Book
Posted: 06 May 2017 20:19

Concerning the main discussion, I get the gist of what you're saying, no worries.

Yep, pretty much agreed with everything you've said from the beginning.

Back to the original question...

Any movies you think are better than the book it was based on?

Topic: The Movie Is Better Than The Book
Posted: 02 May 2017 23:28

The Hobbit movies were significantly more extensive/ambitious/grandiose than the book actually was. And ironically, this is the one book adaptation that I'm most inclined to despise and to accuse of what's described in the OP (ie. perverting a literary work for commercial purposes).

To put things into perspective, the original The Hobbit book contained 95,000 words, while The Lord of the Rings contained 450,000 words. The latter was nearly 5 times the magnitude of the former, and yet Peter Jackson managed to produce two trilogies of equal length out of each. And whereas The Lord of the Rings trilogy was admirably congruent with what's featured in the books (ie. no major omissions/additions), The Hobbit felt like the producers simply magnified one of Tolkien's lesser novels to recreate the commercial success that The Lord of the Rings movies previously had.

For those not familiar with Tolkien's work, The Hobbit book essentially was a children's tale narrated in an innovative/eloquent way, while The Lord of the Rings (published 17 years later) took the exact same fantasy world and elevated it to something that's quite a bit more mature and elaborate. That pretty much summarizes Tolkien's legacy actually: taking a genre that was traditionally intended for kids (ie. fantasy) and giving it epic proportions to captivate adult readers.

I truly wish that they'd have respected that contrast/evolution with the movies, but instead they used the material of The Hobbit to present a monumental cinematic saga, which the book really wasn't (and never aspired to be). Plenty of superfluous characters/storylines were added, the original ones were completely aggrandized/denatured, the overall trilogy felt unnecessarily long and tedious. As someone who enthusiastically read Tolkien in his youth, I just couldn't get any sense of familiarity; and consequently, I developed virtually no interest whatsoever in the movies. The Hobbit should have been a lighthearted 2-hours movie, in my honest opinion. Proof that more isn't always better.

Regarding the overall discussion, I believe that two scenarios can occur: on one hand we have immensely illustrious literary works that are adapted into movies (eg. The Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina, etc.), on the other we have movie producers who use unknown/average books as source material (eg. Million Dollar Baby, Full Metal Jacket, etc.). As was expressed in the OP, it'd be pretty damn hard to ever equate the greatness of the former through cinema, especially since the particular literary style of the author is totally lost in the process. However (and I don't have any specific example to present), I'm confident that plenty of mediocre books also inspired exceptional movies. The film industry doesn't receive much credit for that though, because... well practically no one ever bothers to read those obscure books, right?

And I'd tend to disagree that the majority of adaptations are disparaged anyway. Even the movies mentioned in the OP received quite a lot more praise than otherwise, and you could add plenty of other successful titles to the list (eg. Forrest Gump, Silence of the Lambs, Misery, Scarface, etc.). Really, I think that the line "the book is so much better" is mostly intended as "the movie doesn't exactly capture everything that the book was about" in a lot of cases. Which is fair enough. And which mostly gives literature its own merit/respect, more than it truly denigrates the art of cinema.

About the whole 'literature vs cinema' debate, call me an illiterate moron but I actually much prefer movies to contemplate works of fiction. I read plenty of French classics in my youth (eg. Balzac, Dumas, Maupassant, Hugo, Camus), but nowadays the majority of what I read is mostly factual/historical/encyclopedic stuff. Movies allow me to plunge into a vivid story and then reach a certain interrogation/realization/whatever in under 2 hours; books hardly provide me anything additional but are considerably more time-consuming. Some people love to lose themselves in detailed descriptions or stylistic literary efforts, and that's great, but I rarely have the patience for that myself. So yeah, I'm part of the crowd of simpletons who often has to wait for movie adaptions to appreciate certain literary works. Sue me, haha.

I agree completely with your take on the Hobbit movies, although I still watched them with anticipation. There was far too much extraneous "action movie" stuff added in that I felt detracted from the subtle fairly tale feeling of the Novel.

i do think that most people that read a book, and then witness that book being turned into a popular movie... will inherently display a notable sense of intellectual superiority when conversing with someone that has only watched the movie. Just discuss Game of Thrones with someone that has read the books.....

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