I love Death Note, but this movie is not Death Note. It may bear the title of “Death Note”, but it’s really not. It doesn’t surprise me that this movie is bad. I fully expected the American version of Death Note to be bad, but I didn’t expect it to be quite as terrible as this.
What is Death Note?
In case you’re not aware, Death Note is an anime about a Japanese high school honour student named Light Yagami who finds a shinigami’s notebook, which allows him to kill anyone whose name he writes in it—usually by heart attack. Light decides to use the notebook to become, as he puts it, “the god of the new world” by killing all the world’s criminals, followed by anyone else he sees as unworthy to live. A brilliant detective named L realizes early on how dangerous “Kira the Saviour” is and makes it his goal to catch the serial killer.
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I use Scrivener by Literature and Latte for all my writing. I’ve already written a review of that app so I’ll just sum it up by saying that it’s a fully-featured studio for writers; it has virtually everything you’ll need to write and organize any writing project. Sometimes, however, you just need to map out a few ideas, and for this purpose Literature and Latte created another app: Scapple.
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This cartoon… This is the one that broke me… I feel drained after watching this. Before there was Peter Jackson, there were three cartoons almost unrelated to one another, and I made the mistake of deciding to review all of them. The first was a children’s animated TV special by Rankin/Bass that removed almost every element that made The Hobbit great. The second, based on the first half of The Lord of the Rings, was at least for adults, even if it was a poorly-rotoscoped cartoon that payed little attention to the subtleties of the book. The third, which I’ll be reviewing today, is called Frodo: The Hobbit II, but it’s more commonly known as The Return of the King: A Story of the Hobbits.
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I’m supposed to be the one with cynical, even nihilistic tendencies. Why is it that I’m the one having to stand up and defend humanity as not being irreparably broken? I once wrote an article about the differences between Epic Fantasy and its largely American counterpart Sword & Sorcery. This article will be somewhat similar, except that I didn’t really have much of an opinion on the quality of Sword & Sorcery. Grimdark, on the other hand… I can’t bloody stand it.
Continue reading The Grimdark Genre and Why I Hate It
I don’t know if I can offer Scrivener any praise that’s not already been said, and even as I write this I’m terrified of simply regurgitating what many, many others have written on the subject. Still, not enough people know this app exists, so if I can make even a few people aware it’ll be worth it.
To put it simply, Scrivener is the app that all writers desperately need. Most writers, wholly unaware of Scrivener, write their stories using an application called Microsoft Word, which is only slightly more efficient than using a typewriter, which is only slightly more efficient than writing the whole book by hand. Granted, countless masterpieces have been penned by all three of these tools, but countless masterpieces were painted with white lead before there was a non-toxic alternative.
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There’s been some controversy concerning Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit, with some criticizing decisions such as making a three-part movie, the addition of original background characters, and many even pettier complaints. Some have even gone so far as to say that it “wasn’t very true to the source material,” despite staying far truer to its source than almost any other adaptation has. When I’ve listed the reasons for which these changes are all either insignificant or necessary to adapt the story to an utterly different medium, I’ve heard people retort that it was “the worst possible way to do it.” As someone who has read and loved many books, so many of which have been horribly bastardized in film adaptations, I cannot help but wonder… Have these people ever even seen a bad adaptation?
It is for this reason that I decided to compile a list of truly abhorrent adaptations, movies that actually did exactly those things of which Peter Jackson has been falsely accused, including earlier attempts to adapt Tolkien to the screen. In fact, many of the films on this list go beyond even the craziest of accusations, and it’s hard to believe that some of these actually exist. Rest assured, however, that these abominations do indeed exist, and rest assured too that they are all bloody awful!
Continue reading Top 10 Worst Book-to-Film Adaptations
Last year I reviewed the 1977 Rankin/Bass cartoon adaptation of The Hobbit. Today I’ll be taking a look at another such cartoon: Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 attempt to bring The Lord of the Rings to the screen. As I did with the Hobbit cartoon—and as I’m planning to do with the final instalment in the cartoon trilogy—I began by live-tweeting as I watched Bakshi’s film, the highlights of which can be found here. As I had feared going into this, Bakshi largely failed to capture quite what he needed to capture with this one.
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I’ve heard some people say that Tolkien’s work is “light-hearted and child-friendly.” If you ever hear someone say this, you can show them this meme.
If you ask me what I think of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, my answer will likely depend on what day you ask me. Some days I’ll say I liked it; some days I’ll hate it. In all honesty, however, my feelings towards Harry Potter are best described as “confused,” because there are a lot of things I really like about the series and a lot of things I really hate. All things considered, I usually wind up mostly ambivalent towards Rowling’s best-known work.
Continue reading “Harry Potter” Book Series Review
With my review of Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings cartoon still a while off, I’ve decided to review something else in the meantime. For the past little while, I’ve been working on a review of J. K. Rowling’s wildly successful Harry Potter series. Let’s get this out of the way for those who might be worried—I don’t dislike the Harry Potter series, so you can expect a more positive review than most of the stuff I’ve been posting recently. Hooray!
I’ll be reviewing all seven books in a single article, which should explain why it’s taken me so long (despite only beginning to write the review over the weekend, I had been planning it for a long time before that). So now you know what my next few big projects are! I hope you’re as excited as I am about this, and if so, then you can expect to see a new review up within the next few weeks.