Reviews by drouhardte
Does Justice to the Book
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Pratchett’s work really translates wonderfully to film. I suspect that the complexity and completeness of his world has threatened filmmakers in the past, but thus far there is a 100% success rate in the conversions. While I found Hogfather to be a little more immersing (there were more fantastical elements pushing that particular story of Ankh-Morpork), Going Postal is a very welcome addition to the slowly growing Pratchett-on-film collection. It’s well-cast and convincingly acted (special honors to Claire Foy and Ian Bonar for terrifically fun performances), and the story is, of course, wholly rewarding. There’s little not to enjoy here, from the introduction of the new communications technology (hint: mobile!) and the way that the business owner “plans” to implement it, to the thick layer of mucus that seems to be perpetually secreted from a particularly evil character’s skull. If you enjoy Douglas Adams, Terry Gilliam, or the wild and wacky film version of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, you’re probably already aware of Pratchett. If not, get started!
Fast and Fun
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This was such a relief after my horrible experience with Henning Mankell's 'The Man from Beijing.' Colfer has a complete story here with all the connections - the ones you can see coming and quite a few that you can't. He's clever without being obnoxious, his protagonist is very witty (allowing us to hitch a ride with an otherwise probably difficult-to-associate-with character), and his imagination vivid. The noir here fits right into the story, allowing us to believe the unbelievable and root for the ethically questionable. A fun, fast-paced summer read that'll have you scratching your head a few times over.
Sneak Attack
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This is one of the albums I pull out if a gathering is preemptively losing steam. Within the first few seconds people are tapping their toes, slapping their hands on their knees, feeling reinvigorated and ready for another board game. They're great songs if you want message, they're great songs if you just want a song, they're done in a great way, and they won't leave your head anytime soon.
zzz
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My wife found this film satisfying, but I was bored out of my gourd. Very little happens. What does happen is difficult to go along with, which either is a result of, or results in the difficulty I experienced in trying to care about the characters.
Danson steals the show
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While the whole show is a great deal of fun (if terribly male-centric), Schwartzman and Galifianakis are quickly and entirely trapped in the shadow of the force that is Ted Danson. Which is not to say the show's imbalanced or herky-jerky in any way; Danson's character comes and goes like a raven, at moments where creation or tricksterism are called for in ways that we can only hope to understand someday far into the future. Worth watching for the stories, but a must-watch for Ted.