Posts Tagged ‘Discworld’

Adventskalender 22

Dienstag, Dezember 22nd, 2009

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The Colour of Magic – Minute Movie Review

Montag, Juli 20th, 2009

Review:

The film tells the story of Rincewind, a rather incompetent wizzard and Twoflower, the first tourist on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. Based on the first two books of the most awesome book series ever written, the film treats its source material with the needed respect, while also wildly diverging from it in parts. The result is mediocre at best. There are some genuine fun moments, but the film never really catches on. The main problem is that the CGI – on which the film relies heavily – looks so incredibly sterile, fake and as if it was taken straight from a theme-park, that there is simply no atmosphere.

Random Observations:

The Colour of Magic at the IMDb

As much as I love all the Discworld novels, those first two are definitely the weakest of the bunch.

Special thanks to my friend Sebastian both for introducing me to the magic that is Terry Pratchett’s literary body (i.e. the Discworld novels) and for loaning me the film. I am eternally grateful. At least for the introduction.

The movie was made by the same creative team as Hogfather and apparently at least some of them are also working on adapting Going Postal.

If you could make a Discworld film, which novel would you adapt and who would y0u cast? I would really like to see somebody film the Watch stories.

5 Books I Love to Read over and over again

Montag, Mai 18th, 2009

It may not always be obvious, but long before I became a film fanatic, I was an avid reader. From my childhood days onwards, there was hardly a day which I didn’t spend with my nose in a book. For a long time, I read almost everything I could find – luckily, my parents had a knack for picking out great books, so that probably helped further my love for the written word. My formative years were spent in the company of Astrid Lindgren, Michael Ende and Erich Kästner and to these day I am convinced that they are the three greatest authors of children’s literature ever.

None of them are represented on this list, however, for as much as I love their books, I also feel I have outgrown them slightly. Occasionally, I pick one of them up and remember the good old days when reading was the greatest thing imaginable. Nowadays, I read much less and very erratically. There are periods – months sometimes, in which I do not turn a single page. And then there are times where I read five books a week and seem to be doing little else.

The five books (or “written works”, rather) I am going to talk about in this article are ones I treasure above all others. Not because I believe they are the best ever written or even my favourite ones, but because they are a sort of comfort food for the mind for me. Whenever I’m feeling down, I love to pick them back up and read them again. They, quite simply, cheer me up. So don’t expect great Russian literature of the 18th century after the jump, but a declaration of love for books many people would consider – maybe even rightfully so – trite.

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Minute Movie Review – Hogfather

Montag, Januar 7th, 2008

Review:

Hogfather is the adaptation of one of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. It tells the story of the disappearance of the Discworld’s Hogfather (similarities to our Santa Claus are purely coincidental) and what Death and his granddaughter Susan do to make him come back. It is a two-part made-for-TV movie that follows the story of the book very closely. Nevertheless, a lot of Pratchett’s wit and humour is lost in the translation for the screen. But considering that making movies of Pratchett’s books is often considered impossible, the result is quite good and manages to entertain for the three-hour runtime – but I would recommend reading the book instead.

Random Observations:

Hogfather at imdb.com

The cast of the movie consists of little known actresses and actors (not surprising in a TV movie), but the performances are not as nerve-wracking as is normally the case with such casting.

I’ve read every single Discworld novel (and there are more than 30), so I have very clear pictures of the characters in my mind. Most of the depictions were okay, but the look of the Wizards and of Nobby Nobbs was just off.

Apparently, the same people who made Hogfather are currently producing a movie to be called “The Colour of Magic”, encompassing the stories from the first to Discworld novels, “The Colour of Magic” and “The Light Fantastic”.