Thursday, June 30, 2011

NEWBERRY WINNERS-->MOVIES

My twerp Snarkey's Machine let me know that Jeff Bridges wants to make a movie of The Giver. Bridges would be great as the Giver, but it could be very bad if done heavy-handedly (picture clueless right-wing editorial writers saying, "This is what Obama's programs will lead to!) Also, how would they handle one of the big reveals (HIGHLIGHT TEXT BELOW TO SEE SPOILERS):

As you read the book, you gradually realize the people's lives are so regimented that they no longer perceive colors. I suppose you could film in black & white, which viewers who haven't read the book think is an artistic choice, but gradually realize that it's the way the world really is to the characters when Jonas starts to see colors. I don't know if that would work as well, though.

Speaking of Newberry Award winners, I've always considered A Wrinkle in Time unfilmable (everyone said the TV movie was horrible, so I didn't bother trying it), but some commenters on the WIT Facebook page suggested Hayao Miyazaki or Guillermo Del Toro for the job. Intriguing! I have a weakness for King of the Wind, the timely story of two Arab immigrants who face prejudice before finding success and happiness (OK, one of them is a horse, I had a phase). A live-action version of The Chronicles of Prydain seems plausible, with all the fantasy around lately. Alexander manages to make fantasy fun without being fluffy and he doesn't take things so bloody seriously (*cough*J.K.Rowling*cough*). New York Magazine has some ideas as well.


What Newberry Award winner do you think would make a good movie?

Thursday, June 09, 2011

MY BUBBLE



This is real heavy metal, by the way.

So, this guy whose name I swear I'd never heard but appeared to have gone to my high school tried to friend me on Facebook. His main interests were the band Stryper and Republicanism, so I didn't add him. I mean, really, Stryper? I thought teens in the 80s only listened to them because they liked metal and their parents forbade any other band as a direct path to the worship of Satan. When you leave home, you throw away their records and listen to real metal.

But then I read this article that said we are all getting trapped in a bubble of like-minded people who parrot our ideas back to us, due to social networks and rss feeds and apps only giving us the people/opinions/stories we want to hear. And I thought--maybe I was wrong. Or maybe I'm OK, because I do have a lot of weird interests that make it pretty hard to find people who are on the same page with everything. I have social network connections with people around roleplaying games, anime, kung fu movies, punk rock, feminism, horror, The New Yorker, libraries, public transportation, corporations not having all the rights and none of the responsibilities of people, stoner rock, psychotronic movies, Apple products, my college, TV Tropes, cyberpunk, steampunk, art toys, lowbrow art and indie comics.


What do you guys think?