As John le Carré has managed to adapt in recent years to a publishing world more consciously catered to film adaptations - naturally, it's where the money is - so that the likes of The Constant Gardener and A Most Wanted Man have raised the integrity of the otherwise disposable airport novel, it's interesting that following the 2005 film version of Gardener, the latest adaptation of the author is a return to one of his more intricate stories, 1974's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Posted Friday, September 16, 2011
Firstly, a brief contextual confession: I've never read Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, and before today was unfamiliar with its plot. But then, the same thing goes for many other films reviewed here: Submarine, 127 Hours, Brighton Rock, The Ghost, Incendies, The Killer Inside Me, Never Let Me Go, Rabbit Hole and True Grit are all adaptated from novels or plays. (Plus, these things even out: next week I'm seeing a film adapted from one of my favourite novels.) So, though I never felt the need to embark upon disclaimers for any of those other films listed - probably because none of them were written in 1847 or are perceived as canonical texts - it might be worth noting at the outset here that this review is of a film adaptation of a book I've never read and whose innumerable previous adaptations I've never seen.
Posted Friday, September 09, 2011
Kes - which made my Top 100 list, at #17, last week - has been restored by MGM and is being re-released in the UK by Park Circus this Friday, September 9. The extended theatrical run at the Southbank coincides with the BFI's Ken Loach retrospective, which runs through October 12 after launching this evening with a screening of his debut feature film, Poor Cow (1967).
Posted Tuesday, September 06, 2011
|You, the Living (Du levande), 2007|
As I wrote around this time last month, the Filmspotting forum's annual Top 100 Films poll ends tomorrow, and I've just submitted my ballot; you can see the full list at the bottom of this entry. First, though, some observations...
Posted Saturday, September 03, 2011