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  • #31
    Originally posted by Michael Moorcock
    I was impressed by James Spader's playing in The Practice, especially the episode where he finally confronts his partners. I know this sounds strange, but there were nuances in that scene which I would like to see in at least one Elric scene where his cynicism and wit are understood in a particular context. Spader's character, incidentally, is somehow sympathetic, though his actions often aren't.
    I have to agree strongly with that. Spader is brilliant in a lot of the things he does, but I've rarely seen anything as textured as his performance on that show. You should despise him for his actions, but he is oddly the most likable or at least sympathetic character on the show. Though I would never insult Elric by comparing him to a lawyer :lol: I have always seen him that way-- the character with whom you shouldn't sympathize, but clearly do. I really hope Elric shows up on the screen with that cynicism, wit, and charm. And eyes that gaze sardonically

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    • #32
      Hi,
      Just a quick note, like and dislike do not equal better or worse. I for one enjoy the tone of say, the Elric works over the LOTR stories because I find the LOTR to be far too weighted down with self reference material, however I refuse to stand in judgement concerning which is the more acccomplished work. I personally consider Mr. M. a more versatile writer with more voices {thank you Mother London}than the esteemed Mr. T. and my humble opinion should threaten no one. I am excited that Mr.M. is retooling the Elric story for translation to film and cannot wait to see what he comes up with since he wrote the original stories as a young man. I am equally elated to learn there are going to be three films. Considering the short attention span of humanity at this point in our evolution, I believe it would be unrealistic to hope to hold audience interest for more than three films well before the first one is released. Mr.M. mentioned something about the director's desire to be somewhat like the Matrix and I hope they are talking about introducing seldom used storytelling devices to the cinematic debut of our sardonic albino. :)
      "But I'm tryin', Ringo, I'm trying real hard to be the shepard."

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      • #33
        Please all hurry to see the other thread, sensational findings by Japanese journalist:[broken link]
        Last edited by Rothgo; 04-09-2010, 08:33 AM.
        Google ergo sum

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        • #34
          Originally posted by LEtranger
          Please all hurry to see the other thread, sensational findings by Japanese journalist: [broken link]
          Cut it! I never saw the point with april fools day or practical jokes.
          Last edited by Rothgo; 04-09-2010, 08:33 AM.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Theocrat
            Cut it! I never saw the point with april fools day or practical jokes.
            Theocrat, you're absolutely free to cut anything you like from tomorrow on. :lol:
            Google ergo sum

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            • #36
              Yeah..
              *lol And maybe i'll add you to my city walls! :)

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              • #37
                I've always enjoyed April Fool's jokes and miss The Guardian, which has done some wonderful ones (anyone else remember the weather-changing machine -- Bob Calvert was convinced by it -- or the Sans
                Serif stories ?). I enjoyed the BBC Spaghetti Harvest joke, too. I'm not sure if there's a 'point' pard, to such jokes, except they lighten our load a little sometimes. As I tried to explain while having my root canal done this morning, I was fooled by a good one today. So thrown, in fact, that I forgot to do one on Linda. I had considered having them tell her that they'd had to remove all my teeth and that the bill was going to be $55,000, but I didn't think that was fair, given her circumstances...

                Glad you agree with me about Spader, Doc. I'd like to show that episode to any actor who is tested for Elric. Strange how a TV series has brought out the best in him, too -- usually it's the other way around.
                Wish we could get him in the movie in some part. Rakhir ?
                I'm not sure he'd wear the ears.

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                • #38
                  Gee MM, what did you think of Spader in Crash? Obviously, the film was more Cronenberg than Ballard, but just as to Spader's acting...

                  As for Shindler's List, I was in the store the other day and noticed this plexiglass box on the shelf. I really don't know what the hell it is, but you'll find a very expensive copy of the Shindler's list DVD within. This might be an amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...v=glance&s=dvd

                  WTF? What does one do with the plexiglass case? Are people supposed to put this thing on the wall as a prized possession? Does it sit on the coffee table? What?

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                  • #39
                    Didn't like what I saw of Cronenberg's Crash. Linda got it out from Blockbuster, but I'd heard it was a bowlderised version, so decided not to watch it. Crash has always made me uncomfortable, anyway, but Spader seemed a very good choice for that role, if you were going to
                    'Americanise' it.
                    I suspect you're write about Schindler's List. A kind of ikon to show people that you are sensitive to Jewish suffering, maybe ? Such ikons
                    have been manufactured for some time. I suspect that some of the
                    anti-slavery stuff of the 1800s was meant to show the person's sensitivity. The trouble with sentimentalising issues of that enormity, I suppose. It reminds me of how people used to claim (in Europe at any rate) that they were socialists, basically as a badge of their 'humanity'.
                    Then for a while people were 'feminists' for much the same reasons.
                    And there was also the whole hippy thing, of course. I could be misunderstanding the Schindler stuff, but I have a very bad feeling about the whole thing, anyway. Robust moral outrage doesn't usually come in plexiglass boxes.

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                    • #41
                      Originally posted by Michael Moorcock
                      I'm getting dyslexic in my old age. 'You're write ?' Right ?
                      You got Americanize rite, dough.

                      Re-reading your Fortress of the Pearl at the moment, and have gotten up to Oone's confidential disclosure to Elric of the Dreamthiefs craft.

                      As I can't find in the frontispiece to the Gollancz volume of Elric of Melnibone the complete series I was wondering how many of the titles you were intending to Trilogise?

                      Revenge of the Rose, for instance has a wholly different exotic milieu, as does FotP. Are you considering making passing references to the them as they would stand in their own right.

                      :roll:
                      \'You know my destiny?\' said Elric eagerly. \'Tell me what it is, Niun Who Knew All.\'
                      Niun opened his mouth as if to speak but then firmly shut it again. \'No,\' he said. \'I have forgotten.\'

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                      • #42
                        I tried to watch Crash, fell asleep durning it though. It was THAT exciting I guess... It's ok. My friend said it sucked. Oh well. Wow. That must have been back in '98 or '99. Time flies!
                        \"Bush\'s army of barmy bigots is the worst thing that\'s happened to the US in some years...\"
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                        • #43
                          Michael,
                          Just a quick wish for a speedy recovey from your root-canal.
                          Ouch.
                          "But I'm tryin', Ringo, I'm trying real hard to be the shepard."

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                          • #44
                            Originally posted by Michael Moorcock
                            Glad you agree with me about Spader, Doc. I'd like to show that episode to any actor who is tested for Elric. Strange how a TV series has brought out the best in him, too -- usually it's the other way around.
                            Wish we could get him in the movie in some part. Rakhir ?
                            I'm not sure he'd wear the ears.
                            He's one of the people who makes me want to watch TV. His character is a bit of an anti-hero, much like everyone's favorite albino. Spader also manages to keep from going too far over the top, which keeps him from being cartoonish.

                            Could Rakhir be as sardonic as Elric? And if you could get Spader to wear the ears, could you get him to carry the bow? Hmmm....

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                            • #45
                              Forgot to add...

                              Not that I'm president of the James Spader fan club or anything, but I did like Crash. Maybe like is the wrong word. I found it deeply disturbing, of course, but it certainly created a response in me. Maybe that says something about me that I won't like if I think about it too much. :D

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