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Old 03-12-2016, 07:27 AM   #16
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And as far as Straight King adaptations go, I'm really enjoy 11.22.63 so far. Solid stuff.

I watched Cronenberg's film of The Dead Zone again recently, and i think it's a very well-made work. It's a very somber film, the setting and the direction creating a tragic mood from the outset that carries all the way through. It may be episodic, but as a character piece it works.

Curious about 11.22.63
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Old 03-12-2016, 03:57 PM   #17
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Exactly why it's a poor choice.
My thought is: It could be a great choice, but he's just going to play it as Jesse and it's not going to work.
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This was my reaction when I first saw Ashley's take on the series, as that was my favorite of the books, easily.

I seem to be in the minority of also enjoying Wolves of the Calla, as it just felt like an old school Western to me.

The last two books are extremely mixed bags, as King disappears (or I should say appears) up his own asshole. I enjoy meta stuff, but much of what he did was ridiculous and eye-rolling.

Coincidentally, I'm currently reading The Wind Through The Keyhole, and considering it seems the most like Wizard/Wolves, enjoying it pretty well so far.
I'm assuming based on these posts that you two both recall that Wizard and Glass is my least favorite book reading experience of all time.


I liked Wolves of the Calla, actually. I kinda forgot about it, because it's almost entirely inessential to the rest of the story (as is the next book, come to think of it), so it just felt like King kinda stretching things out for no great reason, except to tell a really fun story. I mean, he basically wrote a cover version of Seven Samurai, so that's cool.

I also don't like that he's been pulling a JK Rowling with the series lately and writing so much side material for it. Just let it rest. Or to be a real King nerd, lye still.

Anyways, I'll watch this, but ultimately I'm still going to have to know that

 
It's all a huge meaningless waste of timeeeeeeeee...journey, not the destination, right? UNLESS THERE IS NO DESTINATION.
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Old 03-12-2016, 06:31 PM   #18
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And as far as Straight King adaptations go, I'm really enjoy 11.22.63 so far. Solid stuff.

Yes, I've been watching this also, although I'm behind. Good call.
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The other, and overriding, trouble with a tv or movie attempt at The Dark Tower is that they're about forty years too late. Roland Deschain was so clearly modelled on a late 1960s/early 1970s Clint Eastwood that I cannot picture anyone else's face.
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The other, and overriding, trouble with a tv or movie attempt at The Dark Tower is that they're about forty years too late. Roland Deschain was so clearly modelled on a late 1960s/early 1970s Clint Eastwood that I cannot picture anyone else's face.
This.

I mean, King's admitted that Roland is Clint Eastwood, right?
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...I just saw that Elba is playing Roland. I'd assumed it was McConaughey and Elba was Walter...um...ok.

I love Idris Elba, he's one of the best actors working right now, but I 100% do not get that casting choice. I trust him to make it work though, cause, yeah, he's incredible.
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This.

I mean, King's admitted that Roland is Clint Eastwood, right?
As good as, yes.
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...I just saw that Elba is playing Roland. I'd assumed it was McConaughey and Elba was Walter...um...ok.

I love Idris Elba, he's one of the best actors working right now, but I 100% do not get that casting choice. I trust him to make it work though, cause, yeah, he's incredible.
He's fantastic in and of himself, but it feels like an... awkward move. Like I said, zero expectations.
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Although, even in the nineties (if he was interested) Eastwood could probably have pulled it off. The books strongly suggest that Roland isn't an especially young man (well, no sense beating about the bush, he's fucking ancient).
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Yeah, I wish this had happened while Eastwood still could've done it.

Hell, I think Eastwood could still do it now, the problem is how long is it going to take to get the series done? Eastwood's no longer a young man.
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All this is assuming he'd be interested and in all likelihood he wouldn't be. But hypothetically, sure.

I predict the series (if it is a series) will take as long as the novel took to write. So, upwards of twenty eight years.
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I think Eastwood kinda finished the whole Western thing the best way he possibly could have.

Also, I didn't realize he hadn't been in a film in 4 years, nor that I can name almost every movie he's been in since the 90s. He's really choosy with roles, these days, isn't he?
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He certainly wasn't choosy before, considering some of the crap he starred in and directed.
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I was surprised to see he'd only been in 68 roles, period. I'd assumed it'd be a lot more than that, because, yeah, he's been in some weird shit.
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I assumed that for the last fifteen years or so he was only in the movies he directs. There may be exceptions.
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