It’s a brand new year! Or at least it was when it started, all those months ago. Here’s what I grabbed:
It’s a brand new year! Or at least it was when it started, all those months ago. Here’s what I grabbed:
Here is a thing which I will plan to update each time I add a new review. This should make it easy for anyone who is sufficiently depraved enough to enjoy what I write and craves more. There isn’t a huge amount yet, but I do have a tonne of reviews written years ago for IMDB which I haven’t posted here yet, along with all my other Album reviews for Amazon. This list will grow. For now, click on anything you like!
2001 Maniacs – Tim Sullivan
300: Rise Of An Empire – Noam Murro
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night – Ana Lily Amirpour
A Hard Day – Kim Seong Hun
A Mighty Wind – Christopher Guest
A Nightmare On Elm Street – Wes Craven
A Tale Of Two Sisters – Kim Ji Woon
After The Silence – Fred Gerber
Airwolf – Donald Bellisario
Akira – Katsuhiro Otomo
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa – Declan Lowney
Alien – Ridley Scott
Aliens – James Cameron
Alien 3 – David Fincher
Arachnophobia – Frank Marshall
Assault On Precinct 13 – John Carpenter
August Rush – Kirsten Sheridan
AWOL – Sheldon Lettich
Bad Lieutenant – Abel Ferrara
Bangkok Dangerous – The Pang Brothers
Baskin – Can Evrenol
Battle Royale – Kinji Fukasaku
Beavis And Butthead – Mike Judge
Beetlejuice – Tim Burton
Bedevilled – Jang Cheol-soo
Benny And Joon – Jeremiah S Chechik
Big Trouble In Little China – John Carpenter
Bill And Ted’s Bogus Journey – Peter Hewitt
Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure – Stephen Herek
Black Coal, Thin Ice – Diao Yinan
Blair Witch – Adam Wingard
Bloodsport – Newt Arnold
Bodyguards And Assassins – Teddy Chan
Body Shots – Michael Christofer
Body Snatchers – Abel Ferrara
Braindead – Peter Jackson
Brooklyn Rules – Michael Corrente
Brother – Takeshi Kitano
Bruiser – George A Romero
Cannibal – Manuel Martin Cuenca
Carne – Gaspar Noe
Chasing Amy – Kevin Smith
Chasing Sleep – Michael Walker
Cockneys Vs Zombies – Matthias Hoene
Commando – Mark L Lester
Conan The Barbarian – John Milius
Cronos – Guillermo Del Toro
Cursed – Wes Craven
Cyborg – Albert Pyun
Dark City – Alex Proyas
Dawn Of The Dead – Zack Snyder
Day of The Dead – George A Romero
Daylight – Rob Cohen
Dead Snow – Tommy Wirkola
Death Sentence – James Wan
Death Wish 2 – Michael Winner
Demons – Lamberto Bava
Desperado – Robert Rodriguez
Dial M For Murder – Alfred Hitchcock
Die Another Day – Lee Tamahori
Dirty Pretty Things – Stephen Frears
Disturbia – D.J. Caruso
Dobermann – Jan Kounen
Dogma – Kevin Smith
Donnie Brasco – Mike Newell
Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead – Stephen Herek
Double Impact – Sheldon Lettich
Dr No – Terence Young
Dream Warriors – Chuck Russell
Drug War – Johnie To
Dumb And Dumber – The Farrelly Bros
El Mariachi – Robert Rodriguez
Escape From Sobibor – Jack Gold
Escape Plan – Mikael Hafstrom
Embodiment Of Evil – Jose Marins
Everyone’s Hero – Christopher Reeve, Colin Brady, Daniel St. Pierre
Evil Dead – Fede Alvarez
Final Destination – James Wong
Final Destination 2 – David R Ellis
First Blood – Ted Kotcheff
Fist Of Fury – Bruce Lee
For Your Eyes Only – John Glen
Freddy’s Dead – Rachel Talalay
Freddy’s Revenge – Jack Sholder
Freddy Vs Jason – Ronny Yu
Frenzy – Alfred Hitchcock
From Russia With Love – Terence Young
Game of Death – Bruce Lee/Robert Clouse
God Bless America – Bobcat Goldthwaite
Goldeneye – Martin Campbell
Goldfinger – Guy Hamilton
Goodnight Mommy – Veronika Franz/Severin Fiala
Grave Encounters – The Vicious Brothers
Grave Encounters 2 – John Poliquin
Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
Halloween – John Carpenter
Halloween 2 and 3 – Rick Rosenthal/Tommy Lee Wallace
Halloween 4 – Dwight H Little
Halloween 5 – Dominique Othenin Gerard
Hard-Boiled – John Woo
Hard Target – John Woo
Hansel And Gretal – Yim Phil-Sung
Heartbreakers – David Mirkin
Heli – Amat Escalante
Hellboy – Guillermo Del Toro
Hellions – Bruce Macdonald
Home Alone – Chris Columbus
Horrible Bosses – Seth Gordon
Ichi – Fumihiko Sori
Ichi The Killer – Takashi Miike
Into The Mirror – Kim Sung Ho
I Really Hate My Job – Oliver Parker
Jaws – Steven Spielberg
Jaws 2 – Jeannot Szwarc
Jaws 3 – Joe Alvez
Jaws 4 – Joseph Sargent
Ju-On Black Ghost – Mari Asato
Ju-On White Ghost – Ryuta Miyake
Kickboxer – Mark DiSalle/David Worth
Kids – Larry Clark
Kill Bill Vol 1 – Quentin Tarantino
King Kong – Merian C Cooper/Ernest B Schoedsack
Kingdom Of Heaven – Ridley Scott
Last Action Hero – John McTiernan
Live And Let Die – Guy Hamilton
Loaded – Alan Pao
Macbeth – Orson Welles
Manuscripts Don’t Burn – Mohammed Rousalof
Milius – Joey Figuero
Mother’s Day – Darren Lynn Bousman
Mouth To Mouth – Alison Murray
Never Sleep Again – Daniel Farrands/Andrew Kach
Night Of The Demons – Kevin S Tenney
Night Of The Living Dead – George A Romero
Nowhere To Run – Robert Harmon
On The Road – Walter Salles
Origin: Spirits Of The Past – Keichi Sugiyama
Outrage – Takeshi Kitano
Out Of The Furnace – Scott Cooper
P2 – Frank Khalfoun
Peacock – Michael Lander
Perdita Durango – Alex de la Iglesia
Perlasca – Alberto Negrin
Pieta – Kim Ki Duk
Pontypool – Bruce McDonald
Priceless – Pierre Salvadori
Project X – Nima Nourizadeh
Rhapsody In August – Akira Kurosawa
Rings – F.Javier Gutierrez
Rogue – Greg McLean
Room – Lenny Abrahamson
Room 237 – Rodney Ascher
Rosewood Lane – Victor Salva
Rubber – Quentin Dupeiux
Rust And Bone – Jacques Audiard
Sabotage – David Ayer
Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World – Lorene Scafaria
Shanghai Kiss – David Ren/Ken Kernwiser
Society – Brian Yuzna
Sophie Scholl – The Final Days – Marc Rothemond
Staunton Hill – Cameron Romero
Still Walking – Hirokazu Koreeda
Street Trash – Jim Munro
Stripes – Ivan Reitman
Sukiyaki Western Django – Takeshi Miike
Survive Style 5 + – Gen Sekiguchi
Ted – Seth MacFarlane
The 39 Steps – Alfred Hitchcock
The Art Of War – Christian Deguay
Thelma And Louise – Ridley Scott
The Birds – Alfred Hitchcock
The Boss Of It All – Lars Von Trier
The Craft – Andrew Fleming
The Crow – Alex Proyas
The Detective – Oxide Pang
The Driver – Walter Hill
The Empress And The Warriors – Ching Siu Tung
The Evil Dead – Sam Raimi
The Evil Dead 2 – Sam Raimi
The Fifth Element – Luc Besson
The First Men In The Moon – Nathan Juran
The Gate – Tibor Takacs
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time – Mamoru Hosoda
The Green Inferno – Eli Roth
The Grudge – Takashi Shimazu
The Guest – Adam Wingard
The Happiness Of The Katakuris – Takashi Miike
The Hitcher – Robert Harmon
The House Of The Devil – Ti West
The Idiots – Lars Von Trier
The Isle – Kim Ki Duk
The Kings Of Summer – Jordan Vogt Roberts
The Last Exorcism – Daniel Stamm
The Last Exorcism 2 – Ed Gass-Donnelly
The Last House On The Left – Wes Craven
The Man From Earth – Richard Schenkman
The Mannsfield 12 – Craig Ross Jr
The Pact – Nicholas McCarthy
The Red Squirrel – Julio Medem
The Secret Life Of Pets – Chris Renaud
The Storm Warriors – The Pang Brothers
The Stranger – Robert Lieberman
The Tortured – Robert Lieberman
The Windmill Massacre – Nick Jongerius
Triangle – Hark Tsui/Ringo Lam
Twins – Ivan Reitman
Unbreakable – M Night Shyamalan
Universal Soldier – Roland Emmerich
USS Indianapolis – Mario Van Peebles
Visitor Q – Takashi Miike
We Are What We Are – Jim Mickle
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare – Wes Craven
Wolfcop – Lowell Dean
Yellowbrickroad – Jessie Holland/Andy Mitton
11 – Bryan Adams
18 Till I Die – Bryan Adams
3 Feet High And Rising – De La Soul
7800 Farenheit – Bon Jovi
A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
A Love Supreme – John Coltrane
A Night At The Opera – Queen
Abbey Road – The Beatles
Accessories – The Gathering
Afterwords – The Gathering
Air – Agua De Annique
Aladdin Sane – David Bowie
Bedtime Stories – Madonna
Blaze Of Glory – Bon Jovi
Blue – Joni Mitchell
Blur – Blur
Bookends – Simon & Garfunkel
Bryan Adams – Bryan Adams
Closer – Joy Division
Conan The Barbarian Soundtrack – Basil Poledouris
Conan The Destroyer Soundtrack – Basil Poledouris
Crush – Bon Jovi
Destination Anywhere – Bon Jovi
Diamond Dogs – David Bowie
Disclosure – The Gathering
Dumb And Dumber Soundtrack – Various
Entroducing – DJ Shadow
Erotica – Madonna
For Sale – The Beatles
Heaven Or Las Vegas – Cocteau Twins
Help! – The Beatles
“Heroes” – David Bowie
Hey Stoopid – Alice Cooper
Home – The Gathering
How To Measure A Planet? – The Gathering
Hunky Dory – David Bowie
I’m Breathless – Madonna
Into The Fair – Bryan Adams
Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette
Keep The Faith – Bon jovi
Ladies Of The Canyon – Joni Mitchell
Lazer Guided Melodies – Spiritualized
Let It Be – The Beatles
Life’s Rich Pageant – REM
Like A Prayer – Madonna
Like A Virgin – Madonna
Lodger – David Bowie
Look Sharp – Roxette
Low – David Bowie
Madonna – Madonna
Magical Mystery Tour – The Beatles
Mandylion – The Gathering
Manic Street Preachers Live In Belfast – Manic Street Preachers
Miles Of Aisles – Joni Mitchell
New Jersey – Bon Jovi
Nighttime Birds – The Gathering
Night On My Side – Gemma Hayes
On A Day Like Today – Bryan Adams
Pearls Of Passion – Roxette
Please Please Me – The Beatles
Pin Ups – David Bowie
Pure Air – Agua De Annique
Ray Of Light – Madonna
Revolver – The Beatles
Rubber Soul – The Beatles
Savage – Eurythmics
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
Sleepy Buildings – The Gathering
Slippery When Wet – Bon Jovi
Song To A Seagull – Joni Mitchell
Souvenirs – The Gathering
Space Oddity – David Bowie
Spirit – Bryan Adams
Station To Station – David Bowie
These Days – Bon Jovi
The Man Who Sold The World – David Bowie
The Marshall Mathers LP – Eminem
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
The Roads Don’t Love You – Gemma Hayes
The West Pole – The Gathering
The White Album – The Beatles
Tori Amos Live In Belfast – Tori Amos
Transformer – Lou Reed
Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman
True Blue – Madonna
Urban Hymns – The Verve
Waking Up The Neighbours – Bryan Adams
With The Beatles – The Beatles
Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
You Want It You Got It – Bryan Adams
Young Americans – David Bowie
Youth Novels – Lykke Li
1000 Zombies – Alex Cox
Atmospheric Disturbances – Rivka Galchen
Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
Dinosaurs – Navigators
Fang Of The Vampire – Scream Street
Japan Day By Day – Frommers
London 2008 – Time Out
London Free And Dirt Cheap – Frommers
Paris 2009 – Time Out
Play With Colours – The Happets
The Art Of Racing In The Rain – Garth Stein
The Devouring – Simon Holt
The Gargoyle – Andrew Davidson
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
The Invention Of Everything Else – Samantha Hunt
The Mayan Prophecies – Gerald Benedict
The Maze Runner – James Dashner
Undead – Kirsty Mckay
We’re back it again. Last time I rambled on through various Stephen King works only to realize that a single post was naive. Here we are with part 2!
We’ve already seen two versions of this – David Soul and Rob Lowe – but given how deeply it ties in to The Dark Tower as well as some other works it’s only right that we return to it.
Best Suited As A: Mini Series
It’s another book that you could cover in a single movie, but again you’d lose much of the richness, texture, and character – it’s not easy to get to know an entire town of people and then wipe them out in the space of a hundred minutes. If we wish to expand upon the character of Father Callahan, and we do, then this needs to go further.
Major Crossovers/Cameos: DT Series. Night Shift.
Following Father Callahan’s rise and fall and years int he wilderness can be divided between a Salem’s Lot series and the later DT movies. I never found those parts overly interesting in the books as they took me out of the action and Roland’s journey, but they make for stronger ties to important characters. It’s not an easy one to work out though – in the books Callahan’s adventures continue long after the events of Salem’s Lot – who would want to watch that when Ben and Mark have already slaughtered the vampires and left? Do you create some sort of after story where Ben and Mark are slaying in another part of the country and stumble upon Callahan? Or, do you take some liberties with the overall story and have the events which occur afterwards in the book actually occur before in the series? Like this: Father Callahan is a recently disgraced priest who lost his faith and path… bla bla… seeking both solitude and a reason to keep going he relocates to the sleep town of Jerusalem’s Lot. After a few slow months/years of integrating into the community, a writer called Ben Mears arrives just as a number of mysterious deaths swoop through the town.
I think that honestly works better than some tacked on coda. You can have Callahan bare his soul to Mears and co and show that he still has some way to go on his journey of redemption, which then leads him to In World and Roland. Then in Wolves Of The Calla you can fill in the blanks without spending too much time on them – we would know already that Callahan has done wrong and has been actively pursuing the good fight. This would doubly make his character in Salem’s Lot more interesting – whether or not his faith holds or not in the face of Barlow and Straker remains to be seen. Or of course, just stick to the books – the book does end with Ben and Mark returning to the town, so I guess at that point they could find Callahan and see what he has been up to but again you would need something more exciting to end the series on – more vampire slaughter perhaps, everyone loves that.
That leaves us with the two wrap around stories from Night Shift – one which takes place around 100 years prior to the events of Salem’s Lot and one which takes place a couple of years afterwards. For the first one you could film it as a short few minutes prologue and then reference its events later in the main series as Ben investigates the history of the town. For the second, it could form part of the final stages – a family travelling through, towards Derry or Castle Rock naturally, being besieged by bloodthirsty creatures only for Ben and Mark to show up and kick ass.
Another opportunity to bring in the non-horror audience, this tale has the hallmarks of being another cult hit like Stand By Me.
Best Suited As A: Movie
It’s another big book and should probably be a mini series of split into two movies, but I don’t see it getting a lot of interest outside the King hardcore, so condense into a single rip-roaring adventure and you’re all set.
Major Crossovers/Cameos: Black House/DT Series
The book has a sequel – Black House – where Jack is now all grown up. No chance of using the same actor though for that role, but there’s still potential for some characters appearing in both… The DT references only come into their own for the sequel in the books, but you can easily throw in some connections in the Talisman movie, foreshadowing and otherwise.
There’s really only one way to follow up a heroic tale of childhood adventure, and that’s with the death of a child and the destruction of a family. King’s most horrific story had a pretty good movie outing already, followed by a less pretty good sequel. If you’ve been reading these posts you’ve probably already shouted, like a loon, ‘we don’t need any more remakes’! No-one can hear you, jackass. But you’re right, we don’t really need any more remakes, especially for things like this and The Shining and many others which were done perfectly well first time around. However, this is all just fantasy so you can decide for yourself which books to adapt and slot together. Can I proceed? Good.
Best Suited As: A Movie
While the origin has its fair share of shlock, as you might imagine, theoretically you could remove much of that and have even greater impact. Don’t bill this as some gore-fest about zombie kids and cats, bill it as a horror film about grief and guilt and loss, and show the true human outcomes which such events and torments inspire.
Major Crossovers/Cameos: Misc.
There aren’t too many overt crossovers here, aside from being set near Derry. It should be simple to add in some lines about missing kids in the big city, but it being much safer out in the stick, hardy har. Alternatively, set it near Castle Rock and tie things in, or keep it further separate and tie it to the places and events of The Talisman or The Shining or The Tommyknockers or whatever. One other crossover which only comes later is with Insomnia – one of the bald doctors who works for The Crimson King is said to keep Gage’s shoe. Probably better to reference that once we get to Insomnia.
The Waste Lands
As you will know, I already said we should release Wizard And Glass first. In that series we learned all about Roland’s past and much more about his world and mission. We can reference that here through some quick snippets cut from the Wizard And Glass series, and an impassioned yet stoic speech from Roland. But the majority of The Waste Lands movie should involve bringing Jake over from his New York and restoring his and Roland’s sanity, Susannah and The Speaking Demon, finding Oy, passing through River Crossing, on to Lud, and finally to Blaine (the pain). The frantic riddle contest seems like a thrilling enough way to end things.
Best Suited As: A Movie
There’s plenty to pack in here, but it can be fairly action packed with the Lud and Shardik set pieces prime for big screen thrills.
Major Crossovers/Cameos: DT series.
No need for a lot of crossover here – potentially the New York scenes could contain something – when Jake buys Charlie The Choo Choo from Calvin Tower’s shop there could be a store on the opposite side of the street called Needful Things which makes him uneasy. Too on the nose?
The Drew Barrymore Firestarter isn’t great – it’s just Carrie with a younger girl and less interesting all around. That’s a shame though because at its core we have a decent story about exploitation and shady government types, and parenthood. It’s also a good time to introduce ‘The Shop’, a group underused in King’s works but who apparently have their fingers in a lot of pies.
Best Suited As: A Movie
There’s no reason why this couldn’t be a successful enough standalone movie – it doesn’t need a huge budget and you could always make the star a teen to give it that sort of audience/direction. A short, sharp tale of rebellion and evil dealings and the power of one girl could be just what the doctor ordered.
Major Crossovers: Tommyknockers. The Mist. The Stand. Potential Dark Tower.
As suggested in Stranger Things – messing with portals to other places rarely leads to pleasant results. It’s one of the aforementioned pies that ‘The Shop’ has been fingering. They are really only mentioned in passing in other stories, but why not make them an altogether more widespread and villainous corporation? Why not make them a wing of the Sombra Corporation? In the movie we could get a quick Passover of the experiments they have planned, conducted, and are planning – from work with deadly viruses, to attempting to make contact with alien civilizations, to their work with opening doors to other worlds than these. Their headquarters should be glossy and 21st Century bland, but offer the odd unsettling Crimson sigul or well placed 19. And should it be suggested that Charlie is a breaker, or the shining, or is somehow tied to Jake Chambers, Jack Sawyer, or Danny Torrence? Maybe we should see files or a quick flash on a screen of some of these kids as proof The Shop is looking for them? Maybe it should end with Charlie actively looking for them? There’s potential for tie in here more than what is actually there in the novel, and I think that should be exploited.
The Dark Half
A bit of a meta novel which received and okay treatment thanks to George Romero. A complex one to make successfully, why not treat it as straight as possible as a noir detective novel with supernatural elements. You have sympathetic characters, familiar faces from Castle Rock, and a terrific bad guy who just wants to live – it could be a slasher movie with that thing most slasher movies lack – an interesting, fully realized villain.
Best Suited As: A Movie
Most people will have forgotten the original by this point, and why not even many hardened fans would ask for a new version, if you make it good they will come. Who wouldn’t want to see a young family being terrorized by a cunning supernatural monster who is seemingly framing them for his unspeakable crimes?
Major Crossovers/Tie Ins: The Dead Zone. Cujo. Needful Things.
No major crossovers with The Dark Tower here, but plenty with the Castle Rock world as we catch up with Alan Pangborn and a few of the other cops and citizens of that part of the world. Depending how far you wish to take the Castle Rock side of things, there can be a lot of set up here for Needful Things – why not see Pangborn’s family as they currently are, making the events of that other work all the more potent.
It’s that rarity – a Stephen King book about aliens. I mean, it’s Salem’s Lot all over again with a small town being taken over by an evil exterior force, but you can make it about obsession, about bad men in suits, about anything you want really.
Best Suited As: A Movie
You could have another mini-series sure, but I don’t think there is enough here that we won’t have seen already, not without adding in a lot of unnecessary soap opera elements. Instead, make it an action packed siege/paranoia movie and give The Shop more overt involvement – agency staff arriving in the town and apparently ‘allowing’ things to take a certain course naturally. If they can make fifteen of those Furious movies about stealing cars, they can make a decent 100 minute movie out of this.
Major Crossovers/Tie Ins: The Mist. Firestarter. Potential Dark Tower. From A Buick 8.
Now that we established The Shop as having some dodgy dealings with super-powered kids, we can explicitly show how interested they are in ships from other worlds. We could even hint that it is in fact, their own ship, designed from parts scavenged and discovered by folks who have been travelling to other worlds than these. Another nifty one could be referring Low Men somehow, or at least their modes of transport – cars mentioned in a variety of King books and shorts which somehow have the power to suck you away completely. Lets say they harnessed such a power and created an aircraft – an aircraft which could appear and disappear at any point in space and time, and which could transport any manner of weapon or disease. If they didn’t create it, it’s something they would be very interested in getting for themselves. We wouldn’t need a whole From A Buick 8 movie then, and it would set up the outlandish cars for when we get to Hearts In Atlantis.
Lets head back to Castle Rock again. There’s a new shop in town, perhaps one which recently moved from New York, and one which claims to have exactly what you need. Whatever could anyone need in Small Town America? You’d be surprised.
Best Suited As: A Movie
Another case of the original movie being a mild diversion rather than something truly good, this has potential to work as a minor hit. It’s not going to break box office records, but it doesn’t need a huge budget either. Remember, many of these movies could work just as well as Netflix original type things rather than getting a theatrical release. It’s a big book, but again you can break it down to its most essential parts – grieving cop, mischievous bad guy who manipulates locals, carnage ensues.
Major Crossovers/Tie Ins: The Dead Zone. Cujo. The Dark Half.
Aside from the obvious Castle Rock stuff, which should have sucked the fans in by this point, is there any way we can squeeze The Dark Tower in? Should Gaunt have some connection to Sombra? Could it be made to look as if Gaunt is actually Flagg? We could have him played by a different actor, but in a short scene he could show his true face. That’s probably unnecessary and overkill, and moving too far away from the stories. Gaunt is a Flagg type character though – we know he moves from town to town doing te same thing over and over again – maybe it could end on him moving to a town yet to be featured in our movies? I’m sure more enterprising folks than me can come up with something.
I think that’s more than enough for now. If your eyes and brains can withstand further pain, follow my blog and I’ll eventually get round to a Part Three and as always, leave your comments below!
*As most of you know, the trailer dropped for The Dark Tower yesterday and it’s… good? I think? Anyway, this seems like the perfect time to publish this post and get dem clicks, boy!
Greetings, Glancers! As most of the people who visit and comments on my humble page are movie fans and avid readers, I’m willing to bet a fair few of you are Constant Readers – Stephen King fans. Therefore I’m sure many of you will be aware of the many King works heading to screens big and small in the coming months and years. In my ‘last Dark Tower’ post a couple of years ago we knew that the series was finally being made but had no clue who was going to be involved. At the time of writing (started on 30th March 2017) we know that Idris Elba and Matthew McConnaghy will be fighting for Mid-World and more before the year is out. Viral sites have already been set up, the first official poster has been revealed, a pre-effects trailer has been leaked, and a lucky few have seen some final footage (including Uncle Stevie himself). Beyond that, the trailer for the new It movie has just dropped and a couple of months back King and JJ Abrams also gave us a teaser for a new TV show called Castle Rock which seems to focus on the many famous characters and stories which King has created over his life (something I predicted in my previous post). Neither of these works seem to tie in to The Dark Tower movie, but we might get lucky and get a few connections.
All this got me thinking about something I touched on in my last post – the wish for King’s major works (not just DT related) to be released in a similar way to how Marvel was doing things – with at least one major movie and TV show coming out each year until we were all sick of it. These are the things I dwell on when I can’t sleep and if I don’t write them I won’t sleep again, so I’m expanding on that premise for this post. Here is a suggested timeline for most of King’s books and how they should have tied together Marvel style – as always, there will be SPOILERS so tread carefully, especially for those who have not yet completed The Dark Tower series. Please note that I’m not going to cover everything here – that would take an age and this is already destined to be a long, rambling post. Almost every story King has written connects to others in some way so a few standalone TV series a la Castle Rock, Haven, Nightmares & Dreamscapes could fill in those blanks – hitting a variety of short stories while also connecting to the wider world of Derry, Castle Rock, Jerusalem’s Lot, and along the beam. Use your imagination.
We may as well start at the beginning (end?) of the Tower journey. The movie would obviously serve as an introduction to Roland’s quest as well as touching upon the critical ideas of the multiverse. The only problem I see here is that maybe you would want to start the whole franchise with a more well known story – The Stand, The Shining, or Salem’s Lot. Meh, put enough effort into the advertising and you’d be fine.
Best Suited As A: Movie
It isn’t a huge book and most of the major themes and plot elements could easily be covered in a two hour movie.
Major Crossovers/Cameos: The Dark Tower series, everything.
The Gunslinger obviously ties in with the rest of the Tower series but I don’t think this book specifically has characters or scenarios which link to books outside The Dark Tower. The most problematic piece of the puzzle is the aging of Jake Chambers – these movies are going to be years apart, yet Jake should only age a few months/couple of years over the course of the whole saga.
Sure we’ve already had two version of it already but at least now we can make it part of the expanded universe and set up for the Doctor Sleep sequel. The story is strong enough and has enough history to pull in the crowds. The only problem is that Kubrick’s movie is so damn iconic that any updated version would be compared, probably in an ill light.
Best Suited As A: Movie
Take the Kubrick style and visuals, yet follow the book’s plot more closely like the mini-series, but make it scary! And make it about a boy, a father, and a mother – not just about jack going crazy.
Major Crossovers/Cameos: Doctor Sleep, IT
The Shining has a sequel, Doctor Sleep, which is set around 30 years after. Naturally this causes a problem with casting for any ‘surviving’ characters who appear in both works. For Danny you would clearly need a new actor, but Dick Hallorann, Wendy, and Jack could all appear in the sequel with the same actor in each role. Hallorann is referenced in IT so why not have him cameo there. In the same vein, Hallorann could easily reference the events of IT in The Shining depends on how the time setting works. According to the books, Hallorann saved the life of Mike Hanlon’s dad meaning Mike would be born later and help bring down Pennywise. The childhood section of It could be set either before or after the events of The Shining with Dick referencing one while appearing in the other – a throwaway line about adults not being able to see monsters or little kids being able to see things which grownups cannot would go a long way for all us geeks.
We may as will move to this one now. The teaser trailer looks promising, so I’ll be in the Cinema checking that out in a few months.
Best Suited As A: Mini-Series
IT is huge. Sure they could strip away a lot of the frills and get down to the central story of ‘bad creature kills kids every thirty years in small town – only kids can see It and decide to fight back’ but that would be missing out on a lot of the lore, and the world King created. This would be an opportunity to begin tying together the various other worlds and stories. An eight hour mini series would be best, hell, even run that out to ten. Ten single hour episodes or four two hour shots would do nicely.
Major Crossovers/Cameos: The Dark Tower. 11/22/63. The Shining. Dreamcatcher. The Tommyknockers. Insomnia.
IT. Pennywise. A creature millions of years old which can seemingly travel between universes, IT is referenced in many other King books – more confusingly, creatures which share a lot of IT’s powers and trademarks show up elsewhere. The Dark Tower references could be confusing at this point so it would be better splitting the mini-series into two distinct parts – wait for the DT series to catch up a little before the second part of IT is released. Then all the allusions to Maturin and Turtles can be shown, subtly, and would make sense. For crossovers and cameos, the timing could be problematic given that King sets certain stories in a specific time – It features Derry in the 50s and 80s. That’s not a problem in itself as it would be easy to move each period forward a few decades to bring the story up to date for modern audiences. If you move it up to date though, you lose potential crossovers – in 11/22/63 for example Jake goes back to 1958 and meets Bev and Ritchie who discuss ‘The Clown’. We can’t really have Jake going to a different point in time. Having said that, we don’t always have to follow King so closely and the filmmakers can through in their own cameos and crossovers which don’t occur in the books. Between the release of the Childhood part of IT and the Adult part, drop some references in the other movies and shows which suggest Pennywise returning – news reports of missing kids in Derry, good old graffiti etc.
The Dead Zone
A good time to introduce Castle Rock to viewers, and a story which is ripe for retelling given the current political and social climate we find ourselves in. I haven’t watched a single episode of the TV series, but I do like the Cronenberg movie.
Best Suited As A: Movie
I’ve never felt that The Dead Zone was a good fit for the big screen, but with the right director this could be a potent and intelligent thriller, if not a commercial hit.
Major Crossovers/Cameos: Cujo. Needful Things. The Body. The Dark Half.
This is where things get difficult. People have always stated that King’s novels, especially the more horrific ones, don’t translate well to screen. That’s why I think the idea of the Castle Rock TV show(or something similar) is excellent – you can dip in and dip out of each story as the characters and events crossover. It’s difficult to see any of the above tie-ins to The Dead Zone working as standalone movies in today’s market, but even more so in imagining them as individual series. So I’ll leave it up to you – create a new show which links many of the novels and shorts related to Castle Rock together, or go for the movie option. Either way, if The Dead Zone is a movie, then we still have obvious crossovers – Sheriff Bannerman is a key player in TDZ and would still be Sheriff by the time Cujo emerged from the rabbit hole. Depending on when you set The Body (Stand By Me) Bannerman could be there as a younger actor, with the same actor in current time, or even replaced by Alan Pangborn. By the time later Castle Rock stories roll around, the references to TDZ would be minor, though certain foreshadowing of the later works could be added in TDZ – Pangborn as a younger cop, the town in need of a trinket’s shop, reports of rabid dogs, a local writer by the name of Thad Beaumont becoming successful etc.
The Drawing Of The Three
We never want to stray too far from the DT series so you want to make sure the release of each entry is not more than two years apart. Here the journey truly gets underway as we meet Detta and Eddie and learn about travelling between worlds.
Best Suited As A: Movie
Another epic, this one almost needs to be divided into two parts – how much can you really cover in a two hour movie while also getting to know the new characters? You could push it to three like LOTR but you’d need to confident in getting bums into cinema seats. Lets assume it’s going to be a major success and push for a longer run time – sorted.
Major Crossovers/Cameos: DT series, The Eyes Of The Dragon
Now that we have a few other films and shows under our belt, it’s time to really play with the multiverse. New York is important in the DT canon and in The Drawing of The Three we find out how doors between worlds work. In addition to New York, why not have a door to Derry – even one which takes us to the past so that Roland can briefly encounter some of our other characters/places? This might be too convoluted though – it might be easier for Eddie or Susannah/Odetta/Detta allude to events in movies we have already seen or some yet to be released. The main crossover is with The Eyes of The Dragon as Roland refers to Dennis, Thomas, and Flagg. There should probably be a scene – possibly post credits – which shows our good friend Flagg going through a door leading to a world investigating the first outbreaks of a superflu.
The Eyes Of The Dragon
A story which occurs in roughly the same place and time as the main DT series, this one was aimed at a younger audience but with the movie it could bridge the gap between adults and younger viewers being introduced to the whole King multiverse.
Best Suited As A: Movie
I don’t see enough interest in this to work as a TV series or even mini-series. If you go mini-series it would have to be only 2-3 parts and kept cheap. Go for the movie and you can expand upon the character of Flagg, the setting of In-World, and even give a more concrete ending.
Major Crossovers/Cameos: DT series
That concrete ending could of course link up to the events of Roland’s youth, with Flagg being defeated and angry and fleeing to Gilead for his next adventure – how about a scene with him seeing a baby Roland, or taking on the name Marten Broadcloak, or meeting with The Crimson King and discussing future plans?
This is as good a time as any to unleash the biggie. King’s biggest novel, we get to watch the destruction of the world in the ultimate battle between Good and Evil.
Best Suited As A: Mini Series
Like the Mick Garris version – one of my favourite movies/shows ever, this needs to be told over a period of several hours. There are so many characters and the scope is so huge that a single movie just doesn’t work.
Major Crossovers/Cameos: DT Series, Night Surf.
We learn more about Flagg here, but we need to be careful to focus on this being a standalone story. The actor playing Flagg is the same, but in each world he appears in he needs to adapt to the times, the customs, and fashions so his appearance in the ‘real world’ should be different from how he looks elsewhere – King sees him as a modern Texas cowboy, almost as if he is mocking Roland’s more antiquated look. Aside from Flagg, I would keep references to The Dark Tower to a minimum – the destruction of Earth is really just a little fun bit on the side for Flagg. There is of course evidence in the books that Flagg doesn’t always ‘remember’ the things he has done and places he has visited, suggesting that moving between worlds can be detrimental to one’s sanity. Then again, Flagg is ancient so it is same to assume he has been the architect of the downfall of many civilizations and people never mentioned in any King story. Another aspect to be careful about is cementing the understanding that the world of The Stand is not the same as the world of It or other works. How this is done could prove difficult – a simple solution of course may be Flagg enquiring about Derry or Castle Rock only to be told by a confused cohort that no such town exists in Maine. Maybe he’s friends with Leland Gault and finds out that he doesn’t exist on this level of The Tower and could remark as such with a throwaway line.
We should have some connection though – the obvious one being Night Surf. There are a lot of side stories in The Stand – characters who lived and died – no great loss. Night Surf is a standalone short set in the same world and time of The Stand and is interesting enough to include as part of the mini-series. We could change things up so that one of our characters from The Stand was present during the events of Night Surf before making it to Vegas or Hemingford Home. Actually, Hemingford Home crops (ha) up in Children of The Corn and ‘He Who Walks Behind The Rows’ is basically Flagg so we could have a potential crossover there… yeah, that’s a fantastic idea, lets go with that. So, either we have a Children of The Corn movie and brings some actors over from it to The Stand or vice versa, or we skip that movie and have some creepy kids joining Flagg in Vegas with them calling him ‘He Who Walks Behind The Rows’ or Flagg discussing how they took over a small town after the disease landed and killed any adults who passed through.
Wizard And Glass/DT Series
The book which fills in a lot of blanks in Roland’s past. And what is this – I’m releasing it before I’m releasing The Waste Lands? Madness!
Best Suited As A: TV Series
We have another choice – either allow this to be another movie – in which case it should come after The Waste Lands – or as a dedicated mini series which goes beyond the events told in the novel. The series should focus on Roland as an infant with Flagg, Farson, more history on Gunslingers, and take us through his childhood – events mentioned in The Gunslinger, events mentioned in the comics, through his relationship with Susan and the story of Wizard And Glass, as well as killing his own mother and on to Jericho Hill (where of course he lifts the Horn Of Eld). You know what – lets go all the way and throw in The Wind Through The Keyhole too. Given the amount of material to work with, I feel like this deserves to be a dedicated series, not a mere mini series. A full season of 12, or 16, or 22 episodes. Hell break it up into two seasons if you must. The series shows us how Roland came to be the man he is, what set him on his journey, we meet Cuthbert and his original Ka-tet, and we can finish on him as an adult setting out on the beam. And yes, we should also include The Little Sisters Of Eluria. That of course sets us up nicely with the introduction of vampires… For the sake of chronology, what the series should not show is the wraparound story of the actual novel – the conclusion of the Blaine story and the meeting of Flagg in The Emerald City – let’s save those for elsewhere.
Right, any more in a single post and I would be taking the piss. I think this is going to need a Part 2. Stick around for that and leave your thoughts and imaginings for a King Multiverse in the comments!
Top Grossing Film: Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
My Favourite Film: Bangkok Dangerous.
Quite a few good films and big films this year – The Matrix, The Blair Witch Project, and Fight Club are all obvious choices. My pick though is one so very few have seen – there’s no excuse, it’s fucking glorious. Plenty of cult classics this year too.
Biggest Selling Song: Baby One More Time by Britney Spears
My Favourite Song: Unintended by Muse
I almost went for the title track, but then remembered how Unintended grabbed me. I’d heard some of their earlier EP from one of those old radio sampler cds, but it was their ballad that convinced me they would be huge.
Biggest Selling Album: Millennium by Backstreet Boys
My Favourite Album: Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Not too many huge releases this year that I could have gone for, really between this, Muse, and Lene Marlin. Californication is a beast though, a massive return to form and a huge commercial and critical success.
My Favourite Book: Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Top Grossing Film: Mission Impossible 2
My Favourite Film: Battle Royale.
A lot of strong foreign movies this year, aside from my winner. When I first saw Battle Royale I proclaimed it as the most important film of the new millennium. I still stand by that. Pick a better film from 2000, I dare you.
Biggest Selling Song: Music by Madonna
My Favourite Song: Bumblebee by JJ72
The studio version is quite lovely in its torment, but seeing it live is an entirely different beast – it transforms into a destructive, euphoric masterpiece.
Biggest Selling Album: No Strings Attached by NSYNC
My Favourite Album: The Marshall Mathers LP
I don’t think there was a better album this year, a year which also included Rated R, JJ72, Lost Souls, Brave New World, Kid A, Wishmaster, and more.
My Favourite Book: A Storm Of Swords by George R R Martin.
Top Grossing Film: Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone
My Favourite Film: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Plenty of worthy picks this year, but come on, LOTR wins every damn time.
Biggest Selling Song: It Wasn’t Me by Shaggy
My Favourite Song: Hurricane by Natalie Imbruglia
Biggest Selling Album: Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park
My Favourite Album: Origin Of Symmetry.
White Lillies Island, Toxicity, Amnesiac, Blackwater Park, and a whole host of euro and american metal and rock coming back into the mainstream. Muse raised their game and easily bypassed any and all expectations for their second album.
My Favourite Book: Black House by Stephen King
I feel like I should apologize for how limited by reading appears on these lists. At this point in my life I was reading 2-3 books a week, mostly for University. Those books were almost exclusively old – pre-20th Century, or pre-1983 at least. What spare time I had was going on King’s latest releases. He had two this year, and Black House (which I stupidly read before The Talisman) is the better of the two. Looking at what else was released in 2001, I think my choice stands.
Top Grossing Film: The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
My Favourite Film: The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
Biggest Selling Song: Anything is possible/Evergreen by Will Young.
My Favourite Song: Under The Ice by Blind Guardian
Biggest Selling Album: The Eminem Show by Eminem
My Favourite Album: Century Child by Nightwish
Night On My Side, A Night At The Opera, Highly Evolved, I To Sky, Deliverance, and plenty more personal favourites.
My Favourite Book: Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King
Some of King’s finest short stories collected here, including Little Sisters Of Eluria and the award winning The Man In The Black Suit.
Top Grossing Film: The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
My Favourite Film: The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
See above. Again.
Biggest Selling Song: Where Is The Love by Black Eyed Peas
My Favourite Song: No More Lies by Iron Maiden
Biggest Selling Album: Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ by 50 Cent
My Favourite Album: Another Day by Lene Marlin
The Music, Damnation, Dance Of Death, Absolution, Souvenirs… probably others.
My Favourite Book: The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks.
Not to be an asshole, but I was on the hype train for this before anyone else. I even started an IMDB thread about a potential movie on the book before the book was even released. Anyway, it’s great.
Top Grossing Film: Shrek 2
My Favourite Film: Dawn Of The Dead
This wasn’t a great year personally for standout films. There were some very good sequels and plenty of films I enjoyed – not many that leap out as a strong favourite. My two obvious picks involved zombies. I’ve gone for the one most would not pick.
Biggest Selling Song: Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Various
My Favourite Song: Ghost Love Score by Nightwish
Biggest Selling Album: Confessions by Usher
My Favourite Album: Welcome To The North by The Music
Faded Seaside Glamour, Once, Until The End, Leviathan, Lifeblood, and more. But my album of the year is also the album of the decade and one of the best ever.
My Favourite Book: The Dark Tower by Stephen King
Well, I had to, didn’t I?
Top Grossing Film: Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
My Favourite Film: Batman Begins
Plenty of worthy comedies and dramas, but Batman wins it.
Biggest Selling Song: Is This The Way To Amarillo by Peter Kay and Tony Christie
My Favourite Song: Something In The Way by Gemma Hayes
Biggest Selling Album: The Emancipation of Mimi by Mariah Carey
My Favourite Album: Ghost Reveries by Opeth
Counting down The Days, Dirty Diamonds, The Roads Don’t Love You and not a lot else. A pretty crappy year.
My Favourite Book: Kafka On The Shore, by Haruki Murakami
Cats. Cats everywhere.
Top Grossing Film: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
My Favourite Film: Casino Royale
A terrific year for movies and at least five I could just as easily call my favourite. I’m going to go with what might not be the best out of my favourites, but I think it just about cinches it for ‘rewatchability’.
Biggest Selling Song: Crazy by Gnarls Barkley.
My Favourite Song: Waking Hour by The Gathering
Biggest Selling Album: The High School Musical Soundtrack
My Favourite Album: A Matter Of Life And Death by Iron Maiden
Inhuman Rampage, Black Holes And Revelations, Blood Mountain, Home. Iron Maiden’s return to form culminates in their epic war-based monster.
My Favourite Book: Cell by Stephen King
I know I know, but it’s good!
Top Grossing Film: Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End
My Favourite Film: Enchanted
A bit of a crap year, actually. Even all the films which did well at The Oscars which most non-Oscars people like, I felt were a bit meh.
Biggest Selling Song: Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
My Favourite Song: Bouncing Off Clouds by Tori Amos
Biggest Selling Album: Noel by Josh Groban
My Favourite Album: Send Away The Tigers by Manic Street Preachers
As you can tell, the number of quality releases drastically shrinks with each year this decade, so by this point there is’t much worth mentioning – naturally there’s a tonne I haven’t heard so there’s bound to be plenty of great albums and songs I’ve missed. I narrowed by albums down to three, but none of them are even great choices.
My Favourite Book: Unknown
You know, I don’t think I’ve read a single book published in 2007. I mean, I probably have but I can’t think of any which likely means any I did read I didn’t particularly enjoy.
Next time I’ll squeeze the remaining years into one post and I’ll probably remove the books section as there haven’t really been too many books in recent years that I’ve loved outside of the usual suspects. Maybe that’s what happens when you get old(er).
Top Grossing Film: T2
My Favourite Film: T2
What. A. Year. The top 3 highest grossing movies in the US among my top favourite movies, with T2 maybe being my favourite movie of all time and Beauty And The Beast being my favourite Disney movie ever. There’s a bunch of other classics this year too but Arnie, Eddie, Linda, Robert and co are never going to be topped.
Biggest Selling Song: Everything I Do By Bryan Adams
My Favourite Song: November Rain by Guns N Roses
As cheesy as it is, I do love Everything I Do – especially the long version. I should pick something else though so lets go with Axl’s epic.
Biggest Selling Album: Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey
My Favourite Album: Nevermind By Nirvana
What. A. Year. My winner could have been either of the Use Your Illusions, Metallica’s Black Album, Dangerous, Hey Stoopid, and several others come close. But my winner has to be Nevermind – the so called album of a generation ‘nevermind’ the album of the year.
My Favourite Book: Ringu by Koji Suzuki
It’s a different kind of horror from the one on screen, but clinically delivered.
Top Grossing Film: Aladdin.
My Favourite Film: Fire Walk With Me
Unlike most years in this era there isn’t one film which leaps out as my absolute favourite – there are four or five which I could choose between, followed by a larger group of almosts. There are a lot of interesting horror movies this year, plenty of comedies and action hits, but for now I’ll go with Lynch’s masterpiece.
Biggest Selling Song: I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
My Favourite Song: Winter by Tori Amos
Biggest Selling Album: Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus
My Favourite Album: Generation Terrorists by Manic Street Preachers
Well, we also had Little Earthquakes, Dirt, and a few other near shots.
My Favourite Book: Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
Top Grossing Film: Jurassic Park
My Favourite Film: Jurassic Park
Another terrific year for action movies, with a host that I hold dear, but those dinosaurs stand tall above them all. There are a few close runners so stay tuned for when I eventually reach the 90s in my Oscars posts.
Biggest Selling Song: I’d Do Anything For Love by Meat Loaf
My Favourite Song: Life Becoming A Landslide by Manic Street Preachers
My favourite Manics song is obviously my favourite song of the year.
Biggest Selling Album: The Bodyguard soundtrack
My Favourite Album: In Utero by Nirvana
Also efforts from Radiohead, Manics, and others but In Utero stands alone in it’s bleak rage.
My Favourite Book: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides.
My most easily recalled memory of this is that I read most of it on the toilet.
Top Grossing Film: The Lion King
My Favourite Film: Dumb And Dumber
One of my favourite years in the history of cinema, there is any number of personal favourites I could choose from as winner. Comedy has been a bit light in my choices so far though, so I’ll go with The Farrelly Brother’s finest film.
Biggest Selling Song: Streets Of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen
My Favourite Song: Lost For Words by Pink Floyd
There’s a bunch I could choose from any of the albums below, and a host of other singles, but I thought I’d mix it up a little with Floyd’s last great song.
Biggest Selling Album: The Lion King soundtrack
My Favourite Album: The Holy Bible by Manic Street Preachers
Classics from Portishead, Nirvana, Oasis, Jeff Buckley and others but they all hold their heads in shame as they bow to the terrible majesty of The Holy Bible
My Favourite Book: Insomnia by Stephen King
Top Grossing Film: Toy Story
My Favourite Film: Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead
It was almost going to be Goldeneye but then I remembered Denver came out in 1995 and not 1996. It’s a perfect movie.
Biggest Selling Song: Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio
My Favourite Song: In Motion # 2 by The Gathering
I could have picked something from Jagged Little Pill but in the end I’ve gone for this Anneke era Gathering special.
Biggest Selling Album: Cracked Read View by Hootie And The Blowfish
My Favourite Album: The Bends by Radiohead
Brit-pop, general Indie music, and pop-punk albums were hitting their commercial and critical stride, while metal was roaring back to power in Europe. Only one winner here though. Michael Jackson and Alanis Morissette also sold a few copies of their respective albums.
My Favourite Book: Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Top Grossing Film: Independence Day
My Favourite Film: Scream
A few standouts and personal favourites this year, but Stabby Joe and co remains a landmark in horror.
Biggest Selling Song: Macarena by Los Del Rio
My Favourite Song: Darling One by Susannah Hoffs
Biggest Selling Album: Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
My Favourite Album: Everything Must Go by Manic Street Preachers
Not a lot to choose from this year, actually.
My Favourite Book: Desperation by Stephen King
Top Grossing Film: Titanic
My Favourite Film: The Fifth Element
Not a great year for huge personal favorites but a few make the grade with Luc Besson’s genre collapsing tale taking the top spot.
Biggest Selling Song: Candle In The Wind by Elton John
My Favourite Song: Sonnet by The Verve
Lovely lovely lovely
Biggest Selling Album: Spice by The Spice Girls
My Favourite Album: OK Computer by Radiohead
My Favourite Book: In The Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami
Top Grossing Film: Armageddon
My Favourite Film: Ring
A pretty crappy year for personal favourites, but there are a bunch of smaller, forgotten movies that I love. Japan’s Ring is peerless though.
Biggest Selling Song: My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
My Favourite Song: Ready For Drowning by Manic Street Preachers
Another one of my absolute favourite Manics songs.
Biggest Selling Album: Titanic Soundtrack
My Favourite Album: How To Measure A Planet?
Only a few possibilities for me this year, but with one sure winner. How To Measure A Planet? is album everyone should, nay, must hear.
My Favourite Book: Loop by Koji Suzuki
Next time around I’ll let you in on my picks from the new decade/year/millennium! Down boy!
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