A lot of content popping today Around the Blogosphere. Before getting into vampire romance and genital mutilation, I’ll start things light with a rebooted take on “Point Break,” Cinemash-style. Human Giants Aziz Ansari and Rob Huebel are joined by “Reno 911” cops Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant in a return to the classic Patrick Swayze/Keanu Reeves surfer cop drama.
Plenty more to come, so click yourself past the break.
— Yesterday, Spout Blog’s Karina Longworth spotted a troubling anti-“Antichrist” editorial in the Daily Mail, a UK newsrag. The author of the opinion piece crucified Lars Von Trier’s controversial art-horror flick, calling for an outright ban despite having never seen the film. Karina rightly takes the the ignorant fool to task. There’s nothing wrong with negative criticisms, unless you’re basing those criticisms on a second-hand (or worse) account! (SpoutBlog)
— RopeOfSilicon writer Brad Brevet has a great editorial up on the subject of adaptations. This is an area of particular interest for me, as I devoted a full college semester to a research paper exploring the frequent communications breakdown between video games and film. Brevet sticks primarily to a books/comics focus, but the question of how faithful an adaptation should be to its source is a universal one. I would disagree with Brevet on one point: I don’t think that Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen” was particularly faithful to its source. Much of it is, but a dramatic tonal shift in the closing half hour essentially destroys any connection with Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel. (RopeOfSilicon)
— There’s an interesting — and lengthy — piece up on The Playlist responding to a recent Vanity Fair piece on the late Heath Ledger. Terry Gilliam and Nicole Pecorini are specifically called out for oversharing and making unfair assumptions concerning their fallen friend. If you’ve got the time, I recommend reading both the Vanity Fair and the Playlist response; great stuff all around. (The Playlist)
— The folks at Rotten Tomatoes have posted day two of their “New Moon” set visit. Apologies to you Twilighters for missing part one. I’m guessing you’d rather click on over to the writeups than read my thoughts on them… so get to clicking! (Rotten Tomatoes)