Review: Revival

Revival
Revival by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s something to be said for Stephen King. Actually, there’s a lot to be said for him and the main thing is “the guy can write.” He has a way of creating characters you instantly know and his books (both good and bad) are eminently readable. You can whiz through a King novel, even the big ones, in no time. The pages seem to turn themselves. And for the most part, if you can stop about 20 pages before the end, you’ll think King is the greatest writer this generation has ever seen. Continue reading “Review: Revival”

Review: The Mist

mistMovies based on Stephen King stories are like rivers in the old west. You never know how deep they are or what’s waiting just below the surface. Often, they’re not very deep, choosing instead to try and slavishly adhere to the printed word. The results range from good (Kubrick’s The Shining) to bad (King’s version of The Shining). And then there are the Stephen King stories adapted by Frank Darabont. These are in a whole different class and they are very, very good. The Mist, the latest collaboration between these two, easily joins its siblings, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, as a film which out shines its source material. Continue reading “Review: The Mist”

Review: 1408

Before we can really talk about this film, we need to talk about definitions. This is where a lot of film critics run into trouble. We look at movies differently than normal people. In fact, just the other day, my own mother asked me if there were any films I actually liked. Now the reason for this is because we, sometimes, expect more from a film than possibly the filmmakers themselves. Continue reading “Review: 1408”