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Our Candle of the Month for February is – AMORTENTIA – which as you know is the strongest love potion in the wizarding world and a natural choice for February. Subscribers – your candle has already been dispatched and should be with you soon. If you wish to order this candle, you can find it […]
Ok so actually it’s not a movie, it will be an eight part TV series on ABC TV (Australia) but I loved the book and so I am really excited about it, more so than some of the book-to-movie offerings that are around this year. I think anyone who read the book, will be really […]
Series based on The Ladies Paradise tells story of a young girl in 1890s working in department store after death of her fatherThe writer of Lark Rise to Candleford is to return to BBC1 with a new series based on French novelist Emile Zola’s The Ladies’…
I came across this on the BBC’s website a couple of weeks ago (World Book Night) and it just keeps getting better and better! Basically they are featuring a lot of book related programming this year – hurrah! on both their tv channels and radio stations. I already got all excited about The Crimson Petal […]
Our book-to-movie selection this month is A Christmas Carol; in particular the version with Patrick Stewart as Ebenezer Scrooge. I’m sure you all know the basic story but here’s some information about this version: In the Victorian period, Ebenezer Scrooge is a skinflint businessman who loathes the Christmas season and begrudges having to give time […]
Our Book-to-Movie member choice for Halloween is Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant based on the book of the same name by Darren Shan. If you want to join us in discussing the book, the movie, or both, then grab a copy of the DVD and visit the discussion thread (you will have to be […]
Our Book-to-Movie member choice this month is P.S. I Love You based on the book of the same name by Cecelia Ahern. If you want to join us in discussing the book, the movie, or both, then grab a copy of the DVD and visit the discussion thread (you will have to be logged into […]
We have a great movie in our Book-to-Movie club this month. The Last of the Mohicans. Details are below and discussion can be found in this board (you will have to be logged into the forum to access this board) The Last of the Mohicans (1992) a Michael Mann film based on novel by James […]
We have two movies for you this month since they both had the most votes on the poll. The first is The Road, based on the book by Cormac McCarthy, and the second is The Count of Monte Cristo, based on the book by Alexandre Dumas. For the discussion, we will be watching the James […]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Joss Whedon knows his comic books and has a sense of humour – just what the director of The Avengers will need
It’s the news every fanboy has been wanting to hear: Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, is reportedly on the shortlist to direct the forthcoming Avengers movie, the Marvel studio venture which aims to unite the publisher’s best-known characters in a colourful clash of superhero might. Reports on iesb.net say that Whedon is vying with the likes of The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier and other candidates for the chance to bring the highly anticipated ensemble superhero flick to the big screen.
There are myriad reasons why appointing Whedon to take on the movie would be a very, very good idea. Firstly, he’s a comic book geek who probably knows more about the characters – most likely Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk and Ant-Man – than any other mainstream film-maker on the planet. He’s written some of the best Marvel comic book material in the past few years in the shape of his foray into the X-Men universe, Astonishing X-Men, and was even set to bring DC’s Wonder Woman to the big screen a few years ago.
Secondly, Whedon has a sense of humour, and God knows, The Avengers is going to need that. The film needs to follow Iron Man’s breezy, bombastic tone while avoiding too much camp: never an easy task when dealing with multiple multicoloured superhuman types in shiny costumes. It must avoid the brooding tedium of the two Hulk movies, yet maintain a sense of tension: whoever takes this on will have to ground this fantastical set of characters in some sort of believable reality, and do it without hamstringing them. It’s a spectacularly tough task, and an even harder one in the wake of Matthew Vaughn’s revelatory Kick-Ass, which is going to make a number of future superhero efforts look drastically earnest and horribly dated.
Third and finally, Whedon deserves a proper directing gig. He may be best known for his writing work, but this is a film-maker capable of balancing exciting action sequences with cool dialogue and strong characterisation: just watch Serenity, his full-length follow up to sci-fi series Firefly – probably the finest space opera film since The Empire Strikes Back, if you need convincing. The Cabin in the Woods, his forthcoming self-penned horror movie, looks like a fascinating postmodern take on the Evil Dead mode, but Whedon really sings when he’s given the chance to take mainstream fare and put an unconventional spin on it: this is the guy who co-wrote Speed, lest we forget. He also pitched himself as the man to save Terminator last year – what an interesting proposition that would have been. Marvel should let him fiddle with the screenplay too, while they’re at it.
Personally, I would avoid plumping for Leterrier, the latest graduate of the Luc Besson school of hacks (see also Pierre Morel). No doubt the success of Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans remake, which arrives in cinemas this weekend, will determine the Frenchman’s chances, but a more considered guiding hand is surely required. A Leterrier Avengers would tick all the right boxes and look decent enough, but the film needs those little touches of class that only a Whedon-type can deliver if it is to open up the golden age of comic book movies that Marvel desperately wants. The publisher-turned-ministudio hopes to cross-pollinate its characters on film in the same way it does on the page, but as Sam Raimi found out to his cost with the ill-fated Spider-Man 3, too much Spandex tends to spoil the superhero soup.
Do you agree that a Whedon Avengers might be the only way to stop The Avengers going the same way as the Fantastic Four? Or would you plump for a more orthodox director?
The scriptwriter of Kick-Ass and now a new film, the Debt, is clearly a considerable talent
Would one even be aware that Jane Goldman had co-scripted the new film Kick-Ass, were it not for her marriage to Jonathan Ross? First, much was made of the use of bad language in the film, with pointed reference to Ross’s own enthusiastic swearing, as if the source of all bad words might be found at the couple’s home in London. And second, much was made of Goldman’s apparel at the film’s UK premiere: a very low-cut dress revealing what Gok Wan would term “giant puppies”, that was ogled with somewhat confusing amazement by her spouse of 22 years. Surely he had noticed before?
The couple’s romantic history is well known: Goldman had a crush on Ross when she was an immensely precocious 16-year-old newspaper columnist. The legend states that sheer tenacity propelled her up the aisle at 18, up-and-coming TV presenter bagged. Yet if the leisurely life of a cosseted wife had been Goldman’s objective, she had a funny way of showing it. She carried on working, not off the back of her husband’s high profile but as a staff- writer on a computer games magazine. The quick arrival of three children was not converted into nannies-and-lunch, either; Goldman started writing books, mining what people would dismiss as kitsch culture aimed squarely at the teenage-boy market.
And while it could be argued that Goldman’s minor and decorative contribution to Kick-Ass is primarily connected to Ross and free publicity, another film, The Debt (not yet released), confirms this is most likely wishful thinking of a spiteful and negative sort. For those involved assert that, while Goldman again shares the script credit, it is largely her own creation.
The Debt is certainly a departure, about the long psychological shadow cast by a Mossad assassination conducted in 1965, and stars Helen Mirren. It is an intelligent, politically astute and complex thriller, owing much to the easily discerned fact that a lot of hard work was put in at the script- writing stage, rather than in the editing suite (as is, sadly, more common in the business at present).
The only sane conclusion is that, at 39, Goldman is a very considerable talent, with a future in the film industry a lot bigger than her breasts. Even.