Brief Reviews

My apologies for the lack of new reviews over the past few weeks.  I find that “real life” gets in the way occasionally and I can’t seem to find the time to give things I’ve read the attention they deserve to write a review worthy of the readers.   That said, here are just a few notes on some things I’ve read and watched the last few weeks that sort of fit here and sort of don’t: Continue reading


A Few Notes on Film Adaptations

Note: Spoilers for the following movies and books may be present in this commentary: Lord of the Rings, The Da Vinci Code, Eragon, Interview with a Vampire, Queen of the Damned, Simon Birch, The World According to Garp and The Stand.

True, the number of regular book readers is less than the number of regular movie watchers, but combine book fans with movie fans and you have a financial force to reckon with.  Case in point: Lord of the Rings.  Fantasy films have historically belonged to a niche audience, sometimes moving into the realm of cult classic but rarely garnering top box office dollars and never an Academy Award.  What was special about LotR and can it be applied to other film genres?  Continue reading

Charles Simic, Simic, Simic

Well, I told my readers that I’d have a review of Charles Simic’s My Noiseless Entourage.  Upon reading this collection of poetry, I was so moved by Simic’s work that I’ve decided to submit that particular review for publication.  Still, I owe it to the readers here at S & I to give some kind of idea of my thoughts about the collection, so here goes: Continue reading