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- Janne Kirjasniemi on Beyond Good Taste at 13:38 on 30-10-2014 - link Well, that maybe true, but the joke wouldn't work at all without repetition. Somehow the length and the badness makes it so stupid, that it begins to work again. Especially as the narrator seems so earnestly convinced that the proceedings described are very serious and horrifying and not stupid and easily averted at all.
- Arthur B on Beyond Good Taste at 12:47 on 30-10-2014 - link Yeah, Lovecraft definitely wrote Re-Animator as comedy - unfortunately, it just consists of the same joke over and over again.
- Janne Kirjasniemi on Beyond Good Taste at 09:51 on 30-10-2014 - link I've always thought that Re-Animator the story was just a very comical thing(haven't seen the film). I don't know how intentional this is, but it becomes just a very surreal story once West has done his thing the first two times for SCIENCE and then just keeps creating these murderous whatevers ad nauseam. And that no-one really says anything. Like the narrator doesn't just yell at the idiot to stop making these murderous cadavers, you idiot! Or at least restrain them first over a vat of acid! But instead he helps him at first and then remains weirldy uncaring for the rest of the story. And how no one paid attention to what he was doing in the field hospital in WWI? And there were hundreds of them! I mean, good old Frankenstein evaluated his efforts as a mistake after the first time, even if he was mistaken in that, and that guy in Pet Sematary at least had proper motivation.
Shimmin on Beyond Good Taste
at 02:38 on 30-10-2014 - link
These sound pretty dreadful. I really don't feel like most Lovecraft lends itself to cinema adaptation at all, not least because he barely wrote a word of dialogue in his life.
For what it's worth, I don't have my annotated Lovecraft to hand, but as I recall Re-Animator was deliberately written as a sensationalist pastiche of his own style, which is pretty much what it felt like to me. It has its moments partly for that very reason, but it's definitely no masterpiece.
- Janne Kirjasniemi on Please Don't Be Sad, Sam Neill at 20:33 on 28-10-2014 - link It would be sweet, if he could combine it with super long and quiets takes, which would descend into satanistic cannibalist shenanigans at a moments notice. Featuring Sam Neill hopefully?
- Daniel F on Ferretbrain Presents: The Complete Works of Shakespeare Episode 11 - The Merry Wives of Windsor at 05:16 on 28-10-2014 - link I thought 'bucolic' was from the Greek boukolos, also meaning shepherd? I would assume it's related to bochilley: it always blows my mind a bit that languages from the very opposite sides of Europe can be so closely linked!
Shimmin on Ferretbrain Presents: The Complete Works of Shakespeare Episode 11 - The Merry Wives of Windsor
at 14:06 on 27-10-2014 - link
So I'm listening to this - again, because I am in another country a long way from my friends, truly it is a sad thing - and it turns out I know things!
Bucolic is indeed prancing about in the countryside. I know this because it relates to bochilley, a Gaelic word for shepherd. So it's things relating to an idealised version of the countryside.
Also, I'm pretty sure the Host of the Garter is not (sadly) a fae power-broker or group of vampire-hunters with Tudor antecedents, but someone who owns a pub.
Arthur B on Please Don't Be Sad, Sam Neill
at 12:31 on 27-10-2014 - link
It's definitely doing the Solaris thing, though with more fire and blood and explosions.
I look forward to Paul W.S. Anderson doing some sort of riff on Stalker, in which the Zone turns out to be a portal to Hell and the room which grants wishes is a direct line to Satan himself.