Monday, April 21, 2014

Progress report

So, okay, because of a problem with tendinitis in the elbow I'm taking a break from drawing, but this is what I got so far on the new book:
Rough pencils: 31 pages
Half finished: 23 pages
Almost finished: 8 pages
Finished: 36 pages

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tennis elbow

... is no fun. Okay, you get more time to read, but that's it.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Comes A Horseman

Jason Robards wants their ranch, Jane Fonda and James Caan fight back. Directed by Alan J. Pakula

Ah, those Pakula films are seldom a barrel of laughs and this is no exception. It's a pretty good film, though, a slow 70s Western set in the 40s, so besides cowboys and horses you also see cars and even a plane. The cinematography is by Gordon Willis, so of course the film looks gorgeous. Fonda is almost unrecognizable with no make-up, as a laconic ranch owner, Caan is also convincing in a cowboy hat, and following the genre rules there's a shootout at the end, but cut to a minimum, as if Pakula was embarrassed to put it in there.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Electric Horseman

Robert Redford is the has-been rodeo star advertising breakfast cereal for a big corporation, who has the chance to redeem himself by stealing their drugged up horse and setting it free, Jane Fonda is the reporter trying to get the story. Directed by Sydney Pollack.

Not the best of the Redford / Pollack films. It's not even the best of the Redford / Fonda films - Barefoot in the Park, made 12 years earlier, wins in that department. Fonda is a bit annoying in her part as the pushy reporter, or rather the role is annoying. The first half of the film is best, then it gets a bit too mushy out in the prairie scenes. And as a whole it could have been more subtle. Corporate greed has sold out American values, yes, we get it, Sydney, we get it.