04-04-2017, 10:17 PM
Today I saw 'Moonlight' and 'Under the Skin' and I can't wait to rewatch both of them.
14-04-2017, 01:30 PM
Hidden Figures: directing is a bit dated and filled with very predictable gimmicks, still a great story well told
21-04-2017, 10:43 PM
I just watched high rise convinced I'd be appalled but it's actually good fun. Not the ballard film I wanted to see but once I got over that I enjoyed it.
21-04-2017, 11:13 PM
21-04-2017, 11:15 PM
I expected to. But put more effort in. Why did you hate it?
21-04-2017, 11:20 PM
Just seemed so bland and cheap, like a three part ITV drama featuring one big name actor. Completely failed to grasp the point of the book and turned it into a 70's lord of the flies instead.
21-04-2017, 11:27 PM
I agree with all that but still managed to enjoy it. I don't like Wheatley. I don't like his pantomime style. I don't like how his films all look made for TV. He's vacuous and he (like so many others, inexplicably) keep making homages to the video for sabotage by the beastie boys.
It wasn't a Ballard film and I really really would like to see a ballard film. It should be easy. They're cinematic novels. Apparently Nic Roeg wanted to film high rise and it's a great shame he didn't.
21-04-2017, 11:39 PM
I was impressed with the unflinching violence in Kill List, a Field in England had a few moments as well, so I was prepared to give him a chance.
Have to disagree about the cinematic potential of Ballard though. His prose if the key to all of his work. His stories explore the internal life of the future and his style is a kind of NLP that attempts to evoke those anxieties in the reader. Thats why crash failed, it could only ever offer the narrative, without the sensation.
22-04-2017, 07:14 AM
I suppose I think the typical ballard story
Succesfulish middle class cold fish protagonist in closed system sliding precipitously into chaos/Entropy
Finds slipping the shackles of civilization congenial
Is something that could be translated to screen without to much bother.
The plots tend to be almost like computer games.
Get to the final stage, Battle the final boss.
There's always a love interest
There's always a threatening powerfully built man as a rival....
There's effects you can achieve with prose which you can't simulate in cinema, you can't recreate the experience of a book with added moving pictures but ballard is a lot more filmable than a Burroughs or a Joyce or a Celine or whatever I would of thought
22-04-2017, 07:34 AM
The key surely is that the descent into chaos is always welcomed on some level. the protagonist, his physically powerful rival and the 'final boss' all relish the opportunity. Their world becomes much smaller in one sense but much larger in another. The scope for action is greater. They are thrown back on their own resources. They make things with their hands. They kill. Each day is concerned with the struggle for survival.
One of ballards major themes is that modern life is boring and breeds a will to madness. That's something you can explore on the cinema screen.
23-04-2017, 11:59 AM
Didn't like High Rise much at all, ended up getting bored and wandering off. Like Droid, I liked Ben Wheatley based on Kill List and the fact that A Field in England got made at all. The more of his films I see though, the less impressed I am.
Born to be Blue, the reimagination of Chet Baker's life in the late 60s, is very good* - it really benefits from not having to slavishly recreate every episode in his biography. Likewise, I really enjoyed the first hour of the Jimi Hendrix biopic, restricted as it was to a very specific period when he was living in London (it went on a bit towards the end, unfortunately) - appreciated the character assassination of Eric Clapton, too.
* must rewatch Let's Get Lost at some point, but not sure i can deal with the bleakness right now
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