Speaking of Thelma & Louise...
» The Counselor | the Cormac & Ridley Tag Team
I am curious about Cormac's ability to adapt his obvious skill in writing the novel ..
.. into the theater of cinema, non-adaptively. Cormac is known to set before his dinner guests literary plates that are rich, but not easily digestable. So I wonder if some will choke on his challenging cinematic story.
With Ridley directing. Lots of talent there. All the top leading men in one film. Most promising.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of my all-time favorites. I even love the ride at Disneyland. How could these Film school students say such a thing?
So it might be a few decades before viewers can say, "Oh, I see what he was saying."
(Certainly they have assembled the talent to make whatever statement they like.)
The critics of Stendhal's day were pissing on his novel out in front of his house (figuratively speaking).
And sure 'nuf, come 1880, Stendhals writings experienced a resurgence of interest.
No, Stendhal did not live long enough to see his novel appreciated .. a novel now considered one of the best. Ever. Of all time. In any language.
For me, Cormac's writing has that same prophetic quality. Or at least something that feels similar.
Give Cormac 50 years and I think you will find that his writing wears well. Remarkably well. Time will tell.
Many of his other titles have been made in to film. Why not this one?
Anyway, I also took note of what Ridley said about Cormac's art »
"I think he writes the truth. Cormac is a writer's writer. Reading this script -- it was so fast and precise and crystal clear. It's like there's a series of cogs in a very clever clock. The cogs start to engage and -- a good word is dread. "
"What else has he done?" he asked.
When I got to Blade Runner, he said, "Blade Runner? That's like the best movie ever. A cult classic." He went on about what he liked about it. Eerily prophetic. So I told him the story about my furniture crafting friend.
Mr. Scott has assembled for himself a cast consisting of some serious testosterone, no? The chemistry with the girls must be inflammatory. Downright combustible. Very sexy cast.
Stays with you. Very cool the way it shifts your perspective to satellite-orbiting heights.
.. I later found myself thinking about how George made those "figure-8's" out in space .. sort of the diagram of an orbital electron .. around Sandra and the space station.
And how very amazingly cool, in real life, that must be. Boner city. He was thinking out loud » "That reminds of the time...".
My mom used to take me to the Hayden planetarium there in New York .. where they would turn down the lights to very dark, and show high definition images of the stars and galaxies on the curved ceiling there.
To be honest, tho, I am not really crazy about the idea .. of the ship I use to get home catching fire .. every time I need to go home. Feel me?
"Oh, you mean that your Porsche catches on fire every time you go home? Uh, I think I'll just ride with Bob. Thanks, anyway."
The intensity of Gravity reminded me of (surprisingly enough) of » The Terminator (with Arnold) .. in that the distress of the relentless threats can be emotionally fatiguing.
While there to see Gravity, I also saw some previews, of which » Out of the Furnace .. looked most interesting. It sports a surprising number of Academy Award winners and nominees (6). Lots of talent.
And Casey Affleck. Wow. At first it seemed like he might be getting acting roles because of his brother. But now, it seems he has gone beyond Ben. He is in there with the big boys and holding his own.
I read somewhere that actors, as a group, tend to have more testosterone than any other. Certainly a believable statistic.
» Mr. Edward Snowden
.. that, while he is there in Russia, he should look into conducting a comparative study ..
Because, if I am not mistaken .. both books seem to be saying a similar thing .. certainly heading in the same general direction. And then apply this comparison to the way governments govern (sometimes irrationally).
Residing there in Russia, after having lived here in the States .. gives you an international perspective. An authoritative platform from which to speak .. beyond what a tourist can glean in a mere week or 10-day visit ..
.. especially if you can get out into the smaller villiages and explore and meet people there.
.. some 50 years after the novel was originally written ..
.. as tho English-speaking peoples were suddenly looking for answers better than what they were getting from their leaders at the time.
» Dostoevsky Anticipates Kahneman?
Kahneman's book (2011, from the book's own inside-flap) » "challenges the rational model of judgment and decision-making."
While the Russian's 'gateway' novel (1864, also taken from the inside-flap) is » "an assertion of man's essentially irrational nature."