Never Let Me Go is a wonderfully bittersweet film and a great example of how to adapt a book into a movie. First get the author involved and make sure that you can justify your changes to him; make sure that he’s aware that a change of medium necessitates a change in what can be presented to the audience and how the story is told. Since I know that there are readers who haven’t read or finished the book and those who haven’t seen the movie, I’ll continue the review after the fold (thar be spoilers ahead, matey!). Just let me say that I think this film is very good and much better than most of the commercial pap currently showing.
I bought my copy today, with reward money from Gleebooks. Now I just need to find a big Australian flag to wear as a cape and a fake tattoo that says “love it or leave it” to wear as I watch. Oh – and a case of VB.
Having seen the last of the big Xmas movies I was wanting to see, I decided it was time to vote in the anual viewers’ choice poll. Here’s the list of films I’ve seen this year; there’s 30 of them. Funny, I thought I’d seen more, but there were a few weeks off at the start of the year, a… Read more →
Well… how do you know? I received the latest Gleebooks Gleaner yesterday, and saw thatÂ the lastÂ of my trio of classic favourite films was finally available on DVD. Mind you, there’s classics and there’s classics. Ask me to sit down and watch Casablanca with you, or The Third Man or… I’ll not refuse and I’ll enjoy myself. Ask me… Read more →
…and all hail the Ponyo theme song 🙂 As I walked out of the cinema, people were still singing away. Yeah, I know; you’ll listen and say we are all tragics. Still, we enjoyed ourselves so you can all go and be grumps elsewhere. Ponyo is a real kids movie, but it’s beautiful and has a heart-warming theme. The audience… Read more →
And he gives substance to my decision to avoid the film Australia. Not that David and Margaret’s review on At The Movies endeared me to it, although it ended with the hope that people embrace it. Anyway, Peter makes the point that a movie with such a grandiose title sets itself up as being more than a love story –… Read more →
I just came out from watching Hellboy 2 (which, by the way, I felt wasn’t as good as the first one). This however, is not a review but is instead a semblance of a mini-essay, or a rant, or a collection of semi-coherent and hopefully linked observations. As I watched the final act of the movie, it became more clear… Read more →
I saw Hoodwinked – the Little Red Riding Hood ripoff – last night. It’s fun, if not great, and the animation is not the hollywood standard fare. I was a bit diconcerted by the style for a while as the character movements are very stilted. Maybe it’s the uncanny valley at work, since I felt better about the characterisations once… Read more →