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Friday, March 03, 2006

Into The Darkness

Call me a sucker for the underworld. The shadowed reality. That's why if you've gotten to know me through this savage art... you know that I likes me some noir. Old school, new school. Jim Thompson, James Ellroy. Every shade in between, doesn't matter. If you know that then you know I'm looking forward to the advent of these two new projects in the near future...


Writer/director Rian Johnson's six year quest to bring this quirky film to the screen paid off nicely as it won a Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at Sundance in 2005. Check the trailer and tell me if the sight of Lukas Haas as a teen drugpin aptly named "Pin" doesn't give you a chuckle.

My other pick is based on the Dennis Lehane short story, Until Gwen. It was just announced this week that Josh Olsen will write and direct the screenplay based on the short story. I mean if either one of these storylines don't get you, you're already cold and stiff...

"Your father picks you up from prison in a stolen Dodge Neon with an 8-ball of coke in the glove compartment and a hooker named Mandy in the back seat." From here, Lehane slowly reveals the events that preceded the narrator's prison sentence, a past replete with murder, greed, lost love, and—if you're not hooked yet—stolen diamonds. -from The Atlantic

Centers on the relationship between a father who is a con man and a son who has been raised on the edges of society, without going to school and without a Social Security number. The relationship turns complicated when the son falls for a woman who helps him find his own identity. -from Done Deal


Blogger Chris Soth said...

for all the fuss about Thompson, I love Pop. 1280 a million times better than Grifters, The Getaway or the other stuff that's been made -- tho' have never seen the French version of it.


"Killer Inside Me" might be better...need a re-read.

1:47 AM  
Blogger Fun Joel said...

YES! Yes yes yes. God almighty, yes.

I still have not seen Brick, but I read it for work about 5 - 6 years ago, andloved it. The studio didn't make it for content reasons, but the thing was f-in' great. I was so happy to see it make it through production (indie) and then get acclaim and pisck-up via sundance. I will be out there opening weekend, hopefully.

You should all do the same!

6:38 PM  
Blogger af said...

I'm so ready for Brick. I've watched the trailer a dozen times. Man...I really hope it's as good as it looks. Great story behind the making of it too.

Also glad to see Josh Olsen writing Until Gwen.

7:57 PM  

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