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David Webb, my hero...

Movie night at the OK Corral: because we had so much leftover dessert, we invited Steve's brother back for another round, along with his vast DVD collection, and while the children went off to the bedroom to watch Peter Pan and Bridge to Terabithia, we watched, among other things, Pan's Labyrinth
It's in Spanish and it's very good. It seemed like a children's movie, with a child star, fairies, a faun and a hidden labyrinth in the woods, but it's so not for children (and is an R16)! It centres round or just after the Spanish Civil War and the violence is horrifically graphic! OMG! The special effects are brilliant, too, and it's very moving. But not for children, or the squeamish...

We also watched The Bourne Ultimatum, finally. I have talked about this a long time ago in another time, and my feelings haven't changed. I love, adore, hold close to my heart the character in the books, David Webb. I have hated the movies, and have avoided the third one up 'til now. It was definitely, as people said, the most exciting and easy to follow of the three movies in this series, but OMG Matt Damon is just so foul, such a poor actor, so ugly, so un-David Webb-like that I felt physically repulsed by his continual presence on the screen! Steve asked me who I would pick to act the part instead. First I thought of Richard Chamberlain and Chris said he was actually in the original - did I know that already? I don't know! Then I decided someone like William Hurt perhaps. I mean, Webb was a NE history professor! Honestly, there aren't many of those that look like Matt Damon. Not sure who else could do it, I'll have to think about it. I had such a clear idea of what he is like in my head, I can't translate that to a real person though. Do you understand that? It's like, years ago I went out with a rampaging Tolkien fan (twenty years before the Peter Jackson thing), and he never liked artists' renditions of the hobbits and suchlike, because he had an image in his head that they never matched, even though he couldn't reproduce that himself. I would love to know what he thought of LoTR!

Do you ever imagine your favourite book characters in action, and who would play them? Hmmmm... books I've read... I've never liked the people playing The Saint, such as Roger Moore, Ian Ogilvy or even Val Kilmer. I have this secret image of Simon in my head that I can't quite express, just as above. It's like we can carry images that are not necessarily transferable to paper or real life. Does that make a movie director all that much more talented because they can capture that?


Dec. 28th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC)
Gail bought me Pan's Labyrinth for my birthday (by request). It's an incredibly powerful film!She wanted to borrow it for Christmas and we said not till she's had the baby. I think it ought to be 18 rated (for violence) with a warning for pregnant viewers. But I was very, very impressed. I think it's one of those films that will stay in my memory for a very long time. Did you notice that the Spanish title calls it The Faun's Labyrinth with no mention of Pan, who after all, does not make an appearance!!

I often don't like films of books I love - Chocolat is a case in point, even though I adore Johnny Depp and the film is brilliant in its own way. A really good book gives me such a comprehensive picture of the characters that the screen has a job convincing me that the actors are really them!! Then, if it's a good film, I treat it like a stage play of a favourite story and look at the acting, sets, direction etc. rather than losing myself in the plot.

I have Hogfather to watch this week - we don't have Sky TV so we have bought the DVD - and anyway, we enjoy films on our DVD projector/big screen. Terry Pratchett was closely involved in the film so I'm hoping that it really will be the author's vision! Colin has bought me Sharpe's Challenge and we have both just finished the book about its making so that should be good too - and I've seen all the Sharpe films but never read the books!
Dec. 29th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was wondering about the Pan reference too, because the whole faun thing was pretty dominant! And I agree, the violence was extremely graphic, mingled with beautiful fantasy!

I really liked the film Chocolat but I haven't read the book, although I do have a copy. One of those things I've been saving for a rainy day... perhaps I loved the cooking of chocolate scenes, they were just orgasmic *g*

Dec. 29th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
Yes, they were, and the chocolate scenes in the book are equally so - but the book is centred on people's thoughts and feelings more than their actions and I found it more intriguing. Also, a sense of magic realism permeates the book - as it does in all her writing, and I felt the film didn't quite 'get' it - quite apart from changing the ending!
Dec. 29th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
Okay, gonna read the book now!



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