Malamud Is The Case

I’m too busy to put together a proper LitKicks posting today, but I have to report that Snoop Dogg is starring in a new movie, The Tenants, based on a 1972 novel by Bernard Malamud. I like to see Snoop taking on a serious role (not that I had any problem with Soul Plane, because I didn’t) and I’m sure this film will be better than the last attempt at filming Malamud, the dreadful The Natural, in which a middle-aged Robert Redford portrayed a rookie baseball player whose every home run managed to smash a spotlight for maximal cinematic effect.

I haven’t seen The Tenants yet, nor have I seen Factotum (Matt Dillon as Charles Bukowski), A Good Woman (based on Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windemere’s Fan) or Tristam Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story (though I did find the time to visit this last film’s suitably metafictional website).

Let’s be truthful — I almost never get to a movie theatre, and if I ever see one of these new films it will be because they play it on some late-night indie cable channel. Which is how I just now finally got to see the 1998 version of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations starring Ethan Hawke and Robert DeNiro and set, incongruously, in and around a sprawling Florida estate. I was surprised how affecting this film was; it reminded me why this is my favorite Dickens novel.

At this rate, I guess I’ll get to see Factotum and the Snoop Dogg movie around 2014.

5 Responses

  1. FactotumI’ll probably have to
    Factotum

    I’ll probably have to wait to see “Factotum” on DVD- my town only has one small cinema and they normally only show the most mainstream stuff. I actually was very fond of “The Natural” film when it first came out in the 80’s, but tried to rewatch it 2 or 3 years ago and found it very ponderous.

  2. DVDs & good books=good
    DVDs & good books=good movies

    If you have a laptop and a projector you can watch films with the same silver screen feeling as many a multiplex in the USA. All the movies I see nowadays are DVDs and many aren’t worth the US$ .62
    that I pay for them but the last one I saw, The Human Stain, definitely was.

    I’m not trying to hijack the thread but wondered how many posters here could list good books that made good movies, e.g., Last Picture Show. I saw Great Expectations but could never get into the book which I owned until I sold it. I liked Wolfe’s Boy’s life and the film with DeNiro and Leonardo. I also liked Ordinary People, the book and the film.

  3. Another one starring
    Another one starring DiCaprio- Jim Carroll’s “Basketball Diaries” was quite decent as was the film adaptation of Pat Conroy’s “The Prince of Tides”–in my opinion.

  4. Sticking with the DiCaprio
    Sticking with the DiCaprio thread, Total Eclipse is a great movie based upon the Rimbaud/Verlaine relationship.

  5. Tristram ShandyNearly every
    Tristram Shandy

    Nearly every book-adapted movie is doubted by fans of the original as “this could never be adapted to the screen” or “what a terrible idea.” With Tristram Shandy, I cannot be cynical. It’s just not in the spirit of the book. I would much rather be disappointed later, and with my expectations I almost certainly will.

    Soul Plane 4ever!

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