December 28, 2007
Christmas was a little gruelling. Have hung out, gone on long walks (Living in Thorndon is cool. Walking to town through the botanical gardens is better than walking home from town through the gardens.) and watched movies lately instead of being productive.
Dune was okay, and very eye candy. Without having read the book I didn’t get what wasn’t meant to make sense about the Lynch version of Dune. It was a bit choppy and summary at times, with voice over excising years at a time, but what was going on was relatively coherent, though on the whole the set up was better than the delivery.
Felt like reading a fantasy novel and didn’t have one around so went to see The Golden Compass. It was okay. Very much part one. The novels are probably way more interesting, cos there is the definite potential for depth in the world; the supporting cast in particular suffering in adaptation, at a guess.
A Scanner Darkly was well adapted. And boy is it downbeat as a film. I’d forgotten. No wonder it didn’t get a general release. Rotoscoped scatter suits are funky. PKD would be happy. Oddly, the best anti-drug
movie ever? Just through the realness of druggie loserdom.
Time to move on and do stuff.
Merry time of year.