Monday, 13 October 2008

Monday musing

The London Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday and it's a big week for screenings with Frost/Nixon, Synecdoche, New York and something called Quantum Of Solace among those scribbled in my Filofax (yes, I still use one of those).

It seems that Ridley Scott is intent on battling David Fincher for the title of director with the most cool sounding projects in development, having added Joe Haldeman’s 1974 science fiction novel The Forever War to a bulging slate that already includes Nottingham (his next, apparently), Brave New World, Child 44 and Gucci.

"I first pursued Forever War 25 years ago, and the book has only grown more timely and relevant since," Scott told Daily Variety. "It’s a science-fiction epic, a bit of The Odyssey by way of Blade Runner, built upon a brilliant, disorienting premise."

In terms of this weekend's US box office, however, Scott's Body Of Lies came a rather disappointing third behind new release Quarantine which benefitted from good reviews and a brilliant template, and last week's number one Beverly Hills Chihuahua which is clearly appealing to many, although heaven knows why.


J.D. said...

Yeah, it's a really sad state of affairs when BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA rocks the box office two weeks in a row. Altho, hardly surprising. With the way things are nowadays with the economy going down in flames, I think people want some mindless, escapist fare and not reminded of the sorry state of the world with BODY OF LIES. Bad timing... d'oh!

Mark Salisbury said...

Or they wanna be scared to death. And not by their banks/pensions going belly up!

Schmid4Brains said...

Sad News! An actor who you prolly know, has died suddenly.

Mark Salisbury said...

Actually I never met him although I have met his dad a few times. By all accounts he was a rather troubled soul, but he leaves behind some powerful performances, notably in Pola X.

Ones thoughts are obviously with his family.