I'm a fan of Terry Brooks, for sure...but not for the original Shannara series. Now, if you're talking the Word/Void trilogy and its tie-in to the world of Shannara through the Genesis of Shannara trilogy, then I think you've got a bitching' TV series.
It'd take about nine seasons to tell, though.
TIFF Review: 'Cloud Atlas' Is Bold, Messy & Disappointingly Unimaginative | The Playlist
First negative review I've come across. Still early days, though.Quote:
On a technical level, we suppose the film is an accomplishment, with costumes and period details mostly coming through, but in most other ways, this $100 million effort offers fortune cookie social commentary put in a blender with a handful of thinly interlocking stories, in a failed attempt to say something meaningful about the human condition, and how modes of good and evil perpetuate themselves across centuries. Too long by at least a half hour, and both dull and repetitive as it goes on, "Cloud Atlas" reaches for envelope-pushing storytelling but never delivers on its promise. [C-]
Review: 'Branded' Is An Incomprehensible Sci-Fi Mash-Up That Thinks It's Much More Clever Than It Actually Is | The Playlist
Was told by a family friend this weekend that this is one of the worst movies he's ever seen.Quote:
Jamie Bradshaw and Aleksandr Dulerayn wrote, directed, and produced the movie, and you have to think that they might have a better understanding of what’s going on than we, the audience, does. But it’s hard to muster up the energy to care. They seem to want to employ the same tactics of marketing to their movie – the screen is always lousy with extraneous text and title cards, and the frame of the movie sometimes contracts to a square 4:3 dimension, for no apparent reason. You’ve got to give them credit for ambition, but execution is just as important (by the end of the movie though, you find out who the narrator is – spoiler alert – it’s the starry cow god from the prologue! Of course!) And while, if this was a South Korean movie that someone slipped into our hands and said, “You’ve got to see it, the logos come to life!” we would probably be more forgiving, this isn’t some South Korean movie - it’s a fairly major international coproduction that also happens to be a sexless, humorless, suspense-free bore. Whatever “Branded” is selling, we aren’t buying. [D-]
They are making a Life of Pi movie, aren't they. Who ended up being a director? It went through so many directors I stopped paying attention, lol!
Really good book though. Still haven't started on Cloud Atlas yet! :facepalm:
It's kinda hard to read when you start drinking vodka as soon as you get home, you know? Well, I can read what people post on this message board drunk, haha! ;)
Ang Lee? :punk:
Yeah, Alfonso Cuaron, and then Jean-Pierre Jeunet (I think) were attached. Either of these guys would have done a good job.
Ang Lee is a good choice though. Life of Pi is such a well written story with great characters, but it's ripe for some great visuals should be a good one.
Honestly, Cloud Atlas, at worse will be an interesting failure, but I do have hope that it will be better.
Speaking of interesting failures in some peoples eyes, I rented John Carter, haha. Should had watched that in the theater, but alas, still, will watch it later or tomorrow & write about it. :O