Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I Missed My Tayter for THAT?

***large sigh***

***and another***


I don't want to diss Unca Stephen (King) or anything, but last night's Desperation was so bad, I fell asleep halfway through the three hour-long fiasco and dreamt of a bespecled little being named Stephen who popped up from the heating duct, skittered over to my bed, then crawled onto my head and proceeded to make doo-doo in my hair.

I woke up screaming, of course, but not because of the nightmare -- I realized I'd forgotten to record the American Idol finale.

I forsook my darling Taylor Hicks, my Tay-Tay, my sweet, lumpy, ticcing Tayter, for nothing.


At 11:16 AM, Blogger Redneck Nerdboy! said...

You didn't miss much. The whole show was kind of like watching a dead man smoke a joint. Boring!

At 11:19 AM, Blogger Redneck Nerdboy! said...

By the way, I apologize to everyone who finds the words "dead man" offensive,

I also apologize to the marajuana advocates who argue that smoking grass is indeed invigorating and healthy, may you and your family find comfort in rockin' the ganj'.

Dang, the lawyerization of America has taken a toll on my blog-commenting!

At 11:24 AM, Blogger Darrell said...

I'm a huge fan of the Stephen King novel Desperation. I think it's one of his three best books (with The Shining and The Stand) but this made-for-tv movie was total crap. What a total let-down. You'd have been better off with the season-finale of House, which we Tivo'd and really enjoyed.

At 11:36 AM, Blogger Victor said...

I love Stephen King, his newer stuff not so much but I'll always fondly remember lieing in the sun on a summer day and shivering with fear as I turned page after page of the "Shining". Finished the book in a day and fried myself to a crisp doing it.

But translating his work to film, well with a few exceptions it really hasn't been all that great, I don't know why he writes with such strong emotional imagery you'd think you'd be able to transfer that easily to tv and movies.

At 11:58 AM, Blogger David Niall Wilson said...

Stephen King's books and stories translate fine to film - but only in big budgets and only in the right hands. His books are multi-layered and dense, but the movies tend to chop out only the shocking highlights and gloss over any real content...

We recorded Desperation and watched IDOL and HOUSE - Idol was sort of boring..though Daniel Powter was good. Taylor won by a landslide according to - who are nearly always right. The "singles" written for them were boring, unoriginal, and WRONG...and I hope not indicative of what some idiot thinks these two should go on to sing...time will tell.

We never watch House, by the way...this is the first time all the way through...but it was very good. Other than the TOTALLY gross tongue thing JESUS what were they thinking? It was well written, well played...very cool.

We'll watch Desperation just because our son will make us (lol). I won't expect much and will be less likely to be disappointed that way.

DNW (who would KILL to be involved in scripting The Gunslinger) (Hugh Jackman doing Clint doing Roland is my choice)

At 2:40 PM, Blogger Editor at Large said...

We also blogged about "The Hicks Factor" recently, even though we stopped watching Idol two weeks ago - after the amazing Chris Daughtry was rudely jettisoned. We also stopped watching Desperation about ten minutes into it, when it became desperately apparent that it was going to be another futile attempt to make the invisible visible. And King himself wrote the teleplay - which tells us either that a) he should stick to what he knows (writing novels), or b) the producer and director should stick to what they know (whatever that is).

At 7:12 PM, Blogger Granny said...

The only two King books that worked on film for me were Stand By Me (The Body in Different Seasons) and Misery.

The movies go for the gore and miss all the psychological stuff.

Oh and Shawshank Redemption (also from Different Seasons).

The Stand is my favorite but I didn't like the miniseries.

At 10:24 AM, Blogger Ms. Lori said...

Yeah, that's what I heard, Jas. Last night's results show was GREAT, though! SOUL PATROL!!!!!!!!

Darrell, I, too, love the novel, which is why I was so excited to see the movie. Thought they might be able to do the book justice. Alas, alas...

Victor, King's the man, but he needs to just stick to writing stories and let the screenwriters and directors do their thing.

David, I totally agree with: "...but only in big budgets and only in the right hands. His books are multi-layered and dense, but the movies tend to chop out only the shocking highlights and gloss over any real content..." And, as I said to Victor, King should just stick to his stories and leave the visuals to the experts.

Hey, Editor, as you can see, I agree with what you said about King sticking to what he knows best. Will go check out your Hicks Factor post. RESPECT THE TAYTER!

Ann, Shawshank is one of my favorite films, also Misery and The Green Mile. The Shining (Kubrick's) is another one I love. I enjoyed The Stand (my fave King book) very much as well, but hated the hokey ending.

At 12:39 PM, Blogger maddogg said...

I agree. I was so honked off that I missed House to watch Desparation. I made it about half way through and decided that my time would be better spent sleeping. I know King's books are fantastic, and they can make great movies with the right work. Too bad it was a made for tv crap fest.

At 12:45 PM, Blogger Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

Catch up over at Susan DiPlacido's Neon Fiction Blog. She does fabulous blow-by-blow...

So sorry you missed it. It was absurd and corny and weeeeird, but damn, I'm proud of Taylor. He got David Hasselhoff to cry when he won!


At 1:11 PM, Blogger Ms. Lori said...

Maddog, I'm looking forward to Nightmares and Dreamscapes (TNT, July 2). Guess I'm a glutton for punishment. This one might be good, though...His short stories seem to transfer well to screen.

Jordan, I already did! LOVE her AI recaps. Nobody does it better. Oh, and I DID see my Tayter win last night -- I only missed the Tuesday finale.


At 3:44 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

I hope Nightmares and Dreamscapes isn't a let down as well. I had read that desperation was bad so i watched Idol. I was so glad ole Taylor won. I love SK but i have to agree over here with all that his stuff doesn't always come out too well out of print.

At 7:16 AM, Blogger Alice said...

Victor, completely agree; most Stephen King transfers to film have been complete screw ups (IT, anyone) - but the books are good, and anyway, the films are still enjoyable as horror if you haven't read the books, and comedy if you have.

Sorry you missed out seeing your 'bo' Lori pet. I'll have to go with Redneck on the whole concept being "like watching a dead man smoke a joint. Boring!" but still, each to his or her own, eh?

And by the way, Redneck, yeah; the FPC and claims culture of America and the UK can have that effect.

Only if you let it, though.



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