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October. 7, 2010

October 8, 2010 1 comment

Here’s my daily update on the progress on “Christchurch Bells,” my novel about a writer dying of a brain tumor, his ex-wife’s ghost, a dead cheerleader, the destruction of a town’s movie theater, and a raven singing “Babe” by Styx.

PROJECT: Christchurch Bells

DEADLINE: January 15, 2011

PRESENT WORD COUNT: 7,063

GOAL: 100,000

Bits & Pieces:

  • I like the idea of Sandra Bullock for the lead in Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity.” After a year that’s balanced between winning an Oscar followed by the exposure of her personal life and scandal, this is precisely the sort of post-Oscar win project as actress like Bullock needs. Her Best Actress win in “The Blind Side” was for a movie many saw as relatively lightweight, so working with Cuaron, a director unafraid of challenge, is just the right move to show the win wasn’t a fluke or a mistake on the Academy’s part. Bullock’s likability both on screen and in general has never been in question (her good-natured acceptance of her Razzie for “All About Steve” the day before her Oscar win shows that), but she’s generally maintained a limited range with comedy and light drama. Efforts to step out of that have ranged from promising (she was praised for her role as Harper Lee in “Infamous,” the same role that earned Catherine Kenner a Best Supporting Actress nod a year prior in “Capote”) to abysmal (the less said about  “Premonition” or “In Love or War,” the better), but “The Blind Side” and occasionally interesting choices like “28 Days” or her small role in “Crash” hit at a greater range than she’s offered. Cuaron’s plans for “Gravity” are ambitious, to say the least, and Bullock is a far less likely or traditional choice for a sci-fi epic than earlier options such as Angelina Jolie or Natalie Portman, both who were in negotiations for the role, but in this blog’s opinion that makes her the far more interesting choice. Cuaron will push Bullock harder in this role than she’s ever been pushed, and with fingers crossed may show Bullock has far more actor-ly chops than we’ve suspected.
  • DC Comics’ decision to drop prices back to $3.99 from $2.99 is the smart move in a time where not only is everyone’s wallet a little lighter, but monthly comic book sales have been consistently on the decline. While this blog appreciates what DC was doing, reintroducing backup features, something that was long a staple of comic books, nearly four bucks is a lot when you consider some of us remember when the price went from 35 cents to 50 cents. So many comics fans now wait for the trade paperbacks, but nothing really beats that trip into the store on a Wednesday and picking up on the story where you left off last month.
  • The Bride and I are fans of urban fantasy and that’s been what we’ve been utilizing as nightly bedtime reading. We just started the third in Patricia Briggs‘ “Mercy Thompson” series, and anyone who’s read the Sookie Stackhouse novels would do well to check these out. Briggs’ Mercy, a walker who can change into a coyote, must navigate the politics of vampires and wolf packs much the same way as Sookie, but the emphasis here in on the organization of the werewolves and werewolves as the resident heartthrobs, while vampires are portrayed in a most rote and unromantic way. Ohm and there’s gremlins too. Well worth the read.
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Oh sweet Jesus just make it all stop …

That sound you hear is the slow, painful back alley rape of your childhood.

I’m not entirely sure how you manage to take a pair of perfectly reliable comedic actors like Tom Cavanaugh and Anna Faris and plop them into one of the most blatant pieces of crap  to ever sully a movie screen. Go back and look at any animation with Yogi and Boo Boo; that wouldn’t have passed muster on a mid-90s Saturday morning cartoon. Compound that with the obviousness of ZERO interaction between the real-life characters and the animation. Consider “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” Twenty years old and it managed to create a better illusion of animation and real life existing in the same plane than this thing.

And oh my God, could Cavanaugh look LESS enthused about being in this thing? Faris, who’s a far better comedic actress than she’s given credit for, has been in enough turkeys, this doesn’t shock us much, but Cavanaugh almost looks like the guest hosts on “Saturday Night Live,” like he’s reading the lines from cue cards just off camera.

I’d criticize Dan Ackroyd’s involvement in this, but hell, his integrity disappeared so long ago he just has the studio make his checks out to “CASH.”

Plea to Hollywood: Stop. This is it. This is enough. No more. No more raiding the collective childhoods of two generations in an effort to slap a name we may vaguely recognize in an effort to score easy cash. Find something original. Find something NEW, for the love of Pete.

Oh, and this thing being in 3-D just means it gets to suck in one extra dimension. Just sayin’.