02 January 2006

Mistah Kurtz...he dead.

Sometimes you can't help but feel that the Universe is whispering in your ear. First it was Peter Jackson's King Kong, and its heavy dependence on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness as a theme. And now I'm reading Lucius Shepard's Viator, which has, you guessed it, a definite Heart of Darkness thing going on.

It's an amazing book so far. Which is what one expects, really, from Shepard. In this case, it feels a bit like Heart of Darkness channelled through H.P. Lovecraft and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. What's not to like in that? The end result of all of this, though, is that I think I'm going to be rereading Heart of Darkness soon.

And speaking of good stories, I watched A Very Long Engagement (2004), the Jean-Pierre Jeunet movie with Audrey Tautou, not to mention a number of other actors from Amelie. It's got a darker tinge to it than Amelie, and is a disturbing look at the utter madness of war in general, and World War One in particular. But like Amelie, its message is hopeful, as if Jeunet wants to paint a picture of a screwed up, nasty species that is, nonetheless, amazing and wonderful and something he can't help but love. Highly recommended.

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Anonymous melina said...

i really enjoyed "engagement"...good flick indeed.

1/03/2006 12:00 PM  

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