Review: Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of tomorrowI heard a rumor flying around Hollywood years ago, that Beverly Hills Cop was originally written for Sylvester Stallone. As the story goes, Stallone liked the basic story well enough but, you know, being an Academy Award nominated writer, he felt he had to put his own take on things and so re-wrote it extremely, turning the comedy into the action film Cobra. The original went on to be successful on its own with Eddie Murphy. This illustrates the idea, well trod ground in a number of screen and creative writing handbooks, that one way of being creative is to take an idea and swap genres with it. Danny DeVito did it with Throw Momma From the Train and now Tom Cruise and Doug Liman are doing it with Edge of Tomorrow. Continue reading “Review: Edge of Tomorrow”

Review: Father Sky: A Novel

Father Sky: A Novel
Father Sky: A Novel by Devery Freeman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I first picked up Father Sky after seeing Taps, the 1981 film starring Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn and Tom Cruise based on it. The book amazed me even more than the film did.

Where the movie was an action film about loyalty, the book delves deeper into the pychology which created a loyalty for which people were willing to kill or die. In fact, they weren’t even people, really. They were kids. The leader of the revolution (sparked when they tried to close the military school where the action takes place) is a mere 15 years old. Continue reading “Review: Father Sky: A Novel”