Over at Press Play, there's a new video essay by Nelson Carvajal accompanied by a new text essay by me, all about Werner Herzog, under the general title "The Mystery of Werner Herzog" .
Showing posts from September, 2012
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A group of friends and I saw Midnight's Children in its New England premiere as part of the Telluride at Dartmouth program at Dartmouth College. (I saw a bunch of the films last year , but don't have time this year and, in any case, am not as enthusiastic about the selection as I was last year.) The group of us had very different reactions to the movie, with some people extremely enthusiastic about it. For me, it was unfulfilling, and seems a perfect illustration of two general rules: 1.) novelists should not adapt their own books for the screen; 2.) Great books don't make great movies. A surprising amount of the plot of Salman Rushdie's original novel is retained in the film, and this seemed to me the heart of its problem. A novel of 500+ pages has the room to let its incidents spread out and breathe; a 148-minute film can only include the majority of those incidents if it spends very little time on any of them. And that's what happens. The movie zips alon
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Crickets have taken over The Mumpsimus recently, mostly because I've been working on some projects and have started the new school year. This will be a fragmentary post trying to capture a few things that seem to me worth capturing before too much more time passes and I enter senescence. After a hiatus due to some technical reconfigurations at Boomtron, The Sandman Mediations have now resumed with a few thoughts on the first part of The Wake . I'll finish up The Wake in the coming weeks, then continue with Endless Nights , after which I plan to stop. I made one last video essay before classes started up again, this one on Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales . I'm hoping to make another on Eastwood's Gran Torino soon, but not sure when I'll be able to steal the time.