Posts Tagged ‘Action’

16th February
written by JohnArkontaky

Author: J.R. Tolkien
Published: 1954

Director: Peter Jackson
Screenplay: Fran Walsh
Starring: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellan, Orlando Bloom
Release: 2001Rating: PG-13

It was only a matter of time before someone made a film of The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R. Tolkien’s first book of the The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The story is a masterpiece. The characters each have their own plight and rite of passage. The conflict and journey are epic. But it’s a slippery slope to try and adapt a timeless story such as this for the big screen. To quote a character from the story, “Stray but a little and you will fail.” Fortunately, Tolkien proves to be a wonderful guide in his wizardry and craft, and paved a clear path for director Peter Jackson and screen writer Fran Walsh. All they had to do was follow the map. (more…)

10th January
written by JohnArkontaky

Writer, Artist: Will Eisner & Assoc.
Published: 1940 – 1952
Sunday newspaper supplement

Director, Screenplay: Frank Miller
Starring: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendez, Scarlett Johansson
Released: December, 2008
Rated: PG-13

Taking a classic and celebrated body of work such as The Spirit is a touchy thing. Its formula is simple yet so hard to duplicate because of the medium William Eisner chose. Placed in a Sunday newspaper, Spirit’s do-gooder deeds were recounted in a mere handful of pages. Foregoing back stories, monologues, or an assembly of other tools used to deliver sound, compelling drama, each new tale of The Spirit seems to start in what would be the climax of the story if Eisner had more pages to build up to it. The anecdotes range from hot under the collar romances to cat and mouse games with hoboes in Central City’s cavernous sewer system. But, one theme rules every page I’ve read, and that’s irony. Eisner’s short and sweet style and laden irony made for a lethal one-two combo. Frank Miller’s screen adaptation of The Spirit, though, strongly deviates from the original series’ simple essence, its spirit.