Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Rereading Bernard Prince

...Hermann and Greg's updating of classic adventure strips like Terry and the Pirates.
They have basically the same main characters: The hero, the boy and the clown. Compared to Caniff's strip, though, Bernard Prince has no interesting female characters. There is no Burma or Dragon Lady. What it does have is mother nature as a villain. Volcanos, tornadoes, deserts, jungles: Hermann excels at drawing these things. And it's just interesting to see how his drawing style changes from the first couple of stories to the last album, Le Port des Fous.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nick Drake

19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974

Life is but a memory
Happened long ago
Theatre full of sadness
For a long forgotten show
Seems so easy
Just to let it go on by
‘til  you stop and wonder
Why you never wondered why


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Gone Girl

Another disappointment from Fincher. As with Girl Dragon Tattoo, it is well made, but easily forgettable. Try something else, Finch. You've already made one of the best films about murdering maniacs. Except one scene toward the end, involving a lot of blood, the film lacked the Fincher touch. The Game was a disappointment too, but at least it had some great, creepy scenes. I just didn't buy the story. What works on the page, doesn't necessarily work on screen. And the whole media satire part feels pretty tired. Rosamund Pike is good in her part. Ben Affleck has some of the same qualities as Tom Cruise: he's hard to relate to. You just want to punch him in the face. If it had been Mark Ruffalo or someone like that the film automatically would have been more compelling.