December 8th, 2003

Dark Tower

The Curmudgeon Returns

I'm sure I get credibility points for decrying the modern era as being a pale shadow of past times -- say, earlier this year. We saw Wil Anderson's latest stand-up show 'Licence to Wil' yesterday, and I'll have to admit I didn't think it was quite as good as his recent 'Jagged Little Wil'. But it was still damn funny, so that's alright.

Just prior to that we saw Richard Franklin's Visitors, which again had trouble living up to previous work. It was well made and interesting, but didn't really use its potential. Full review to come.

Still, the weekend wasn't all disappointment and dismay, and the opportunity to be cynical in the presence of my peers. We saw the first episode of The Stand miniseries, which was excellent. I've had a few problems with the early eps previously (most of which can be brought back to budget constraints and changing times), but this time they got swept aside by the performances and writing (it probably is Steve's best teleplay), and some solid direction. Good stuff.

I also got another 150 or so pages through Dan Simmon's Ilium, which is looking up -- perhaps because I finally got the bit where he gave some clue as to what was going on. Previously I'd been treating this as some sort of historical reconstruction, which wasn't making much sense to me (this probably won't make sense to you if you haven't read it). One bit of speculation on a character's part gave an alternative explanation, with which I was happier. I've still got 80 pages to go, so we'll see how it all pans out. I still think the writing isn't quite up to the events being portrayed.

In the midst of that I managed to do some RPG work, and have my parents over for a pleasant lunch. So full doom and gloom shall be postponed for just a little.