Monday, September 22, 2014
I received access to a complimentary stream of this movie in exchange for a review.
The Scribbler’s first incarnation was in graphic novel form. Daniel Schaffer was both writer and artist of the 96 page graphic novel. Schaffer also wrote the screenplay for the movie adaption. The story centers around a woman struggling with multiple personality disorder. When viewers meet Suki she is transitioning to a halfway house after intense treatment. She is given a portable device that will continue slowly erasing her various personas until her “true self” remains.
From the opening scenes of this film the viewer is thrown into the mindscape of a Suki. Every shot matches the upheaval of Suki as she transitions to a halfway house armed only with the device she must use on herself regularly to keep her “freedom”.
This movie asks the viewer to suspend disbelief on a lot of fronts. One that so many mentally challenged people would live unsupervised in one location, Two that a device to burnout extra personalities exists and that it would be put into the hands of someone who was mentally unstable, and Three that it would take the police a really long time to start questioning someone, despite the large body count amongst the half way houses residents.
Moving past that however Katie Cassidy does a very proficient job portraying Suki and the Scribbler. The interplay between the two of them is one of the most enjoyable parts of this movie. Unfortunately there are too many over the top moments that limit the exploration of their dynamic, and make the viewer question if anything in the film is truly “real”.
The ending slants the story more towards a Superhero type origin story, then fevered imaginings. The supporting cast : Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Eliza Dushku give solid performances. The very much fit into the directorial vision of John Suits. There are some fun bits throughout the movie but the more esoteric scenes seemed to drag the film off topic.
This film does however make me interested in the source material. I was really intrigued by the origins and powers of The Scribbler.
Friday, September 19, 2014
I love this cover! I was also in a Fantasy State of Mind when I snapped this up for a buck at a library book sale. Then it set on my shelf for 2 years :/
So this week I finally started reading it and…. It was OK. A bit of a struggle but because it was a challenge read I struggled through.
Like many fantasy stories our character Tungdil is thrust into a grand adventure. Tungdil has lived as the only dwarf in a kingdom of humans for some time. He is the towns blacksmith who finds himself revisiting his lost people while delivering an important message.
I liked Tungdil but many of his adventures are stereotypical Fantasy story tropes. It can be hard to have a fantasy novel not be “business as usual” , what makes an individual story stand out is the authors vision. I never really felt anything new about the authors style and I never really felt super attached to any of the characters. I did however find the action scenes enjoyable . So overall this read was a mixed bag for me.