In Film on March 4, 2012 at 11:21 am
- Short but illuminating interview with Terry Gilliam over at Bleeding Cool. If he ever can manage to get his version of “Don Quixote” off the ground and completed it’ll rival Brazil as his masterpiece most likely. I love that man.
- New Game Of Thrones teaser. What a beautifully shot show:
- Darron Aronofsky’s next movie is going to be an adaptation of the “Noah’s Ark” story starring Russel Crowe? Umm… okay. And not only that but there’s a very peculiar quote floating around from Darren on the legend:
“Noah was the first person to plant vineyards and drink wine and get drunk. It’s there in the Bible – it was one of the first things he did when he reached land. There was some real survivor’s guilt going on there. He’s a dark, complicated character.“
Aronofsky also created a graphic novel called Noah, it’s got some vivid yet stark artwork:
- Cool little Lord of the Rings/Abby Road mashup:
In Links on February 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm
- Ever wondered what The Lord of the Rings saga would be like told from the point of view of Sauron and the forces of Mordor? No? Me either. Naw, Russian writer Kirill Eskov has. He took the concept “history is written by the victors” and ran with it in the vast universe Tolkien created. The Last Ringbearer takes place during but mostly after the final battle of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Here’s what a recent reviewer wrote of the novel and some of the characters:
“…the wizard Gandalf is a war-monger intent on crushing the scientific and technological initiative of Mordor and its southern allies because science “destroys the harmony of the world and dries up the souls of men!” He’s in cahoots with the elves, who aim to become “masters of the world,” and turn Middle-earth into a “bad copy” of their magical homeland across the sea. Barad-dur, also known as the Dark Tower and Sauron’s citadel, is, by contrast, described as “that amazing city of alchemists and poets, mechanics and astronomers, philosophers and physicians…
“Gandalf refers to Mordor as the “Evil Empire” and is accused of crafting a “Final Solution to the Mordorian problem” by rival wizard Saruman, he obviously serves as an avatar for Russia’s 20th-century foes… Mordor cultivates learning and embraces change, [this] recalls the clash between Europe in the early Middle Ages and the more sophisticated and learned Muslim empires to the east and south. Sauron passes a “universal literacy law,” while the shield maiden Eowyn has been raised illiterate, “like most of Rohan’s elite” — good guys Tolkien based on his beloved Anglo-Saxons.”
Yeesh. Heavy stuff. And now, apparently, the first legitimate English translation of the novel is available online (for free).
- Wired.uk info-graphic detailing the ebb and flow of organized crime on a global scale. The transcontinental crime industry currently is, in terms of amount of money alone, larger than the entire economy of Spain.
- Excellent op-ed about how Apple is taking an extremely cut-throat stance when it comes of its take for digital subscriptions on their iPads. In many cases, content creators — your Newsweeks and Sports Illustrateds and Daily Suns — get around 70% of the profit. Bold, considering they’re only a middle-man. This will not fly when the tablet industry becomes a more thorough and varied business in years to come.
In Sonny's Thoughts on November 13, 2009 at 9:06 am
The best closing line to any episode of The Simpsons has got to be: “Tell him I’m going to the backseat of my car with the woman I love, and I won’t be back for 10 minutes!” This, astonishingly, was released in 1990, titled “Life On the Fast Lane“. 20 years ago. What happened since then? If I were to graph out my liking the Simpsons since it debuted back then to now, it would probably look like a plateau with steep ridges coming up from a valley, with hills to the East (fairly steep incline up to a fairly flat peak, fiarly sharp decline down to a low point, then up only a smudge). Wait, so my taste for the show resembles the Rohanian capital of Edoras? That’s just weird. I was probably the happiest n.e.r.d. EVER when word got out a two-part adaptation of The Hobbit was being made and that Guillermo del Toro was directing in Peter Jackson‘s stead. I might be stoned in the street for this… but honestly, the only bad thing about The Lord of the Rings film trilogy was the directing. The production design, the acting, the locales, the effects, almost everything about it was stellar BESIDES Jackson, yet he gets all the credit (I guess it was “his vision”). And I know, “yeah but Jackson won Best Director!” blah blah. It’s shit. Best Director is a joke. You wanna know you NEVER won Best Director? Oh, just Hitchcock, Altman, Fellini, Kubrick, Bergman, Lynch, Lumet, to only name a few. Seriously, Best Director means less than even the Nobel Peace Prize now-a-days. Might as well throw that award at the Simpsons’ writers for plotting The Simpsons Movie around environmental disaster.