Thursday, March 24, 2016

A few words about some movies and a book

I wrote three more articles recently for Sequart. The first one delves into why Pretty in Pink still resonates with audiences thirty years after its release. The second looks at life lessons from the ridiculously underrated Michael Keaton flick The Paper. The third is my exploration of the key themes in Stephen King's novel The Shining and how Stanley Kubrick took the film in some other directions.

I wrote about The Shining after finishing the book a week or so ago. I've read plenty of King's books over the years but had avoided that one due to my immense respect and love for Kubrick's film. I always thought that King's book couldn't compare—even though it's the source material and that's a fairly backwards way to look at this. Silly me. The book is definitely one of King's best, at least that I've read (my favorites remain Salem's Lot, The Stand, and all of the Dark Tower books). It was a trip reading this book after becoming a parent, too. It's really all about the dark underside of families and how even parents with the best intentions can feel frustration in their weakest moments. Hopefully not to the level of, you know, chasing your kid through a haunted hotel with an ax (in the movie) or a mallet (in the book). That's just unseemly.

Great book, great movie. Happy to have read it finally. Now I've moved on to reading Garth Ennis's Preacher and my goal is to burn through the entire run of the series (thank you, public library for having them all!) before the AMC show starring Dominic Cooper starts this spring. We'll see how that goes. Maybe I'll even write about it.

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