This. Exactly. Which means: ignore the way that Lestat quickly became a Gary Stu, and make him (and all the other vampires) composites of the way they're seen by different characters. That is, make them original characters who have recognizable facets of the way they imagine themselves and each other to be. » 8/19/14 10:48am Today 10:48am

I don't think he did, no: King's novel has a strong supernatural element, yes, but it's first and foremost a story about substance abuse and domestic violence; Kubrick's film, on the other hand, is... kind of a mess, actually. It has some visually stunning elements, but Kubrick's usual clinical detachment undermines… » 8/18/14 10:52am Yesterday 10:52am

Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon has spent more weeks on the Billboard Top 200 than any other album: 862. 741 of those weeks were consecutive, with the album refusing to leave the charts for nearly 15 straight years, 1973-1988. Apocryphally, there was supposedly a West German record plant that manufactured… » 8/15/14 8:16am Friday 8:16am

Personally, I think every Hollywood screenwriter who thinks "watching people fall in love is interesting, watching people in love is not" ought to be locked in a room with the Powell/Loy Thin Man franchise. It doesn't need to be a whole Ludovico Technique-ish thing with straps and eye prongs; I'm more than happy to… » 8/13/14 8:53am 8/13/14 8:53am

Exactly. Y'know what was made out of Colin Baker coming back as the Six after previously playing a Gallifreyan guard? The answer to a trivia question for hard-core Whovians, that's what. End of story. And I think that's all anyone would care about Capaldi's return: the revised question would be, "What two actors… » 8/13/14 7:30am 8/13/14 7:30am

Not to kick a dead horse, but in two of Mr. Abrams' other, more recent science fiction projects, we see (1) a character marooned on a planet in one star system watch a planet implode in another star system (the planet in the other star system appears in the sky several times larger than Earth's Moon appears in our… » 8/12/14 7:43am 8/12/14 7:43am

No, Shakespeare bought into the ridiculous propaganda of Henry Tudor. In fact, Richard III was a generous and loving King before his completely accidental and unavoidable decapitation at Bosworth Field which his nephew had absolutely nothing to do with. Henry Tudor, unfortunately, was trying to cover up his own lack… » 8/11/14 6:31pm 8/11/14 6:31pm

Sooooo... Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is about a telekinetic child beauty pageant contestant in the late 1960s...? Huh. That's... not how I remember it. I should read it again? Or I'm thinking of a different book, one about a kid named Charlie and there's a chocolate factory in it? » 8/07/14 4:25pm 8/07/14 4:25pm

Another way that bad sequels can hurt good movies is they can draw attention to faults that you might not have noticed otherwise. The Star Wars prequels end up drawing a lot of attention to inconsistencies within the original trilogy, and on a technical level they rub your nose in Lucas' weaknesses as a writer and… » 8/06/14 10:50am 8/06/14 10:50am

So, first of all, the public domain status of HPL's works is complicated. Which I mention because it's (1) an interesting subject if you're interested in copyright law or if you're interested in HPL or both, and (2) because there's simply a lot of confusion about this (so many people seem to think HPL's work is… » 8/01/14 10:35pm 8/01/14 10:35pm

The romances on nuWho are my least favorite thing about the rebooted series: I just can't help feeling there's something icky about an alien in his 900s macking on a 19-year-old human. But the Doctor and Romana? That totally worked for me, still does, even if she was only in her mid-hundreds when he was in his… » 7/30/14 7:56am 7/30/14 7:56am