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taraco wrote:The critics panning this obviosuly don't know what it is about or where to look.
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I will try to minimize the maudlin aspects of what I'm going to say here as much as possible.
Suffice it to say, my father and I had issues. Hell, the guy has been
dead eight years and I *STILL* argue with him. Someone had a saying
somewhere that he was amazed at how as he aged from fifteen to
twenty-five, his father went from knowing nothing to being a genius. I
wonder what that must be like? Not only did my dad NOT get smarter as I
got older, but everyone else (particularly his wife) starting agreeing
with me that he was a few bricks shy of a building.
But there are times, particularly those drunk sort of times, when I wish
he was still here, and I wish could be friends as two grown men are -
see each other on equal footing and not in any other capacity. There
actually were things, maybe not many of them, that we agreed on. And if
there is one single thing that I thank him for, it is introducing me
to John Carter Of Mars.
Boy, did he love those books. He only had four in his personal library,
but had obviously read more than that earlier in his life. When he saw
me reading something else, anything, in my pre-teen years, he would ask
me if I'd ever read any of the John Carter books. The Dell Rey
reissues came out in my early teenage years, and I decided to give the
things a go - in chronological order (it didn't take much persuading,
really. I mean, come on - monsters, naked girls, fighting, action - my
prepubescent self was sold).
Wow... guess what? Dad was right! These books WERE really good! And here
we had something we could discuss, talk about, and agree on. We BOTH
wondered, him more than myself, why no one had ever gotten off their
asses and made a John Carter movie. In the many years since, I've come
to discover all the failed attempts - including the one that REALLY
took me by surprise, the purposed Harryhausen film. I was already a fan
of Ray Harryhausen when I first started reading these, and could not
help but imagine all these beasties coming to life via Ray's stop
motion. Now to find out that such a thing almost happened and that, as
wikipedia tells it "Although the animator tried for several years to get
the film going, the sheer scale and expense of the project (as well as
his admitted lack of enthusiasm for the book on which the film is
based) forced him to leave the project." Lack of enthusiasm? The hell?
Has there ever been a work of fiction that screamed out more for his
And now, it's almost here. May 9th is getting closer, and when I'm there
on opening night, I'm thinking of saving an empty seat next to me.
Then afterwards, me and my dad can go home, get drunk, play his old
Marty Robbins records and talk about everything that's right and wrong
with the movie....
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cjh5801 wrote:The explanation for the transfer to Mars both seems reasonable for a modern sci-fi movie and would probably be explained by someone in the 1860s as the mystical experience described by Burroughs.
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The stuff you wrote about you and your dad was really touching. Really. Carter aside, I hope you guys found peace before he passed.
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Kaijubait wrote: I realize now that a big factor in my inability to emotionally bond with the film is the scale of time used in it. Carter's stay amongst the Tharks amounts to one or two days, the main bulk of the story takes place over about a week, and I assume that after his marriage to Dejah he spent a couple more weeks there (from his own body's condition and the condition of Powell upon his return).
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