Monday, October 27, 2008

Millar Piece

Back to Ed Champion's Reluctant Habits

My piece on comic writer Mark Millar is up at Ed Champion's culture blog:

When the credits rolled, many people watching last summer's film adaptation of Wanted didn't really know Mark Millar. The audience may have known that he created, with artist J.G. Jones, the comic book series that the film was based upon. And "based upon" is important. Despite Wanted's (potentially offensive) violence, the movie was scrubbed of some of the comic's more controversial details. But unlike Alan Moore, Millar didn't demand that his name be removed from the film. No, Millar was content to leave his name in Wanted's credits. If he hadn't, the 38-year-old Scot might risk missing out on mainstream attention...


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Gran Torino

Eastwood with a Gun: Returns

The trailer.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Morrison's Superman

Grant Morrison Talks All Star Superman

Newsarama has a good first interview with Grant Morrison discussing the best Superman story in many years, All Star Superman:

I’ve told this story in more detail elsewhere but basically, we were trying to figure out how to “reboot” Superman without splitting up his marriage to Lois, which seemed like a cop–out. It was the beginning of the conversations which ultimately led to Superman Now, with Dan and I restlessly pacing around trying to figure out a new way into the character of Superman and coming up short...

Until we looked up to see a guy dressed as Superman crossing the train tracks. Not just any skinny convention guy in an ill–fitting suit, this guy actually looked like Superman. It was too good a moment to let pass, so I ran over to him, told him what we’d been trying to do and asked if he wouldn’t mind indulging us by answering some questions about Superman, which he the persona and voice of Superman!

We talked for an hour and a half and he walked off into the night with his friend (no, it wasn’t Jimmy Olsen, sadly). I sat up the rest of the night, scribbling page after page of Superman notes as the sun came up over the naval yards.

My entire approach to Superman had come from the way that guy had been sitting; so easy, so confident, as if, invulnerable to all physical harm, he could relax completely and be spontaneous and warm. That pose, sitting hunched on the bollard, with one knee up, the cape just hanging there, talking to us seemed to me to be the opposite of the clenched, muscle-bound look the character sometimes sports and that was the key to Superman for me.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Gaiman's Latest

The Graveyard Book Disappoints

When you read an author regularly, your expectations for their latest work are typically high. I came to Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book knowing though it was a children's book (advertised for the 9-12 crowd) that there should be some level enjoyment for an older reader. That wasn't the case.

Gaiman's previous youth novel efforts, chiefly Coraline, were critically acclaimed for their ability to hold an audience of any age. I found the The Graveyard Book ponderous at 300 pages. Gaiman constructed the novel as a series of connected short stories, and I wish some of those stories had been shorter. Perhaps a serious cut would have given the book greater forward momentum. Instead The Graveyard Book is a laborious read.

I haven't read any other reviews of the book, but I hope the target audience enjoys The Graveyard Book more than I did.


Friday, October 17, 2008

Funny Obama

Barack Obama Roasts at the Al Smith Dinner



Thursday, October 16, 2008

Final Debate

Back to the 60s with a Re-Creation of the Final Presidential Debate



Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Catch That?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Great Goal


Monday, October 06, 2008

Politics Issue

My Favourite New Yorker Issue of the Year

How did the New Yorker hook me as a reader back in 2004? The Politics Issue. It's out this week, and some of its articles can be read free online here.



Friday, October 03, 2008

Ottawa, FYI

Ottawa Senators Pre-Game Ceremonies Not Safe

From CBR:

Director Zack Snyder told IESB that Frank Miller is writing the graphic novel that the movie's sequel will be based on. Events will take place between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Plataea, the battle that narrator Dilios (David Wenham) is at the end of "300." There's a whole year between the two battles and plenty of room for more story.

Completely unnecessary save for the people who organize the Sens' pre-game entertainment.


Press Conferences

Newcastle United's Joe Kinnear Shows Us How It's Done

From the Guardian:

JK Which one is Simon Bird [Daily Mirror's north-east football writer]?

SB Me.

JK You're a cunt.

SB Thank you.

JK Which one is Hickman [Niall, football writer for the Express]? You are out of order. Absolutely fucking out of order. If you do it again, I am telling you you can fuck off and go to another ground. I will not come and stand for that fucking crap. No fucking way, lies. Fuck, you're saying I turned up and they [Newcastle's players] fucked off.

SB No Joe, have you read it, it doesn't actually say that. Have you read it?

JK I've fucking read it, I've read it.

SB It doesn't say that. Have you read it?

JK You are trying to fucking undermine my position already.

SB Have you read it, it doesn't say that. I knew you knew they were having a day off.

JK Fuck off. Fuck off. It's your last fucking chance.

There's much more in the link above.


Sheva Scores

Finally, Andriy Shevchenko Scores for A.C. Milan

Story here.


Thursday, October 02, 2008

Last Word

If There's One Final Piece on the U.S. Election, This Is It

The New Yorker's editors have published their endorsement for the 2008 Presidential Election, titled "The Choice."

It's a magnificent summation of the importance of this election, and definitely worth reading.