Kong Very Good Not Great

Two elements were at constant loggerheads – restraint vs passion. Its obvious that PJ loves the Kong concept. His passion allowed him to create some incredible moments but it also seemed to overpower his restraint. Many sequences were amazing but went too long and had too many moments. Some of the shots were just too busy.

Moments such as the sunsets and ice sliding were amazing. It showed Jackson’s genius but to me this is a film where he he was too close to the material.

New York looked amazing!

On Steve Vernon’s exhortation we rented House of Wax 2005 version. Had a hoot with it. Great use of wax even if the rest of the film was a bit of generic.


Ebert Raves About Kong and Peter Jackson!

Here are two excerpts from his review on Kong:

“King Kong” is a magnificent entertainment. It is like the flowering of all the possibilities in the original classic film. Computers are used not merely to create special effects, but also to create style and beauty, to find a look for the film that fits its story. And the characters are not cardboard heroes or villains seen in stark outline, but quirky individuals with personalities.

The result is a surprisingly involving and rather beautiful movie — one that will appeal strongly to the primary action audience, and also cross over to people who have no plans to see “King Kong” but will change their minds the more they hear. I think the film even has a message, and it isn’t that beauty killed the beast. It’s that we feel threatened by beauty, especially when it overwhelms us, and we pay a terrible price when we try to deny its essential nature and turn it into a product, or a target. This is one of the year’s best films.

No further words are needed.

Peter Jackson’s Kong – Another Big Christmas Present!

Its official! PJ has released another Christmas masterpiece! Check out the reviews at

Kong Reviews at Rotten Tomatoes.

It is currently sitting at 20 very, very positive reviews out of 21 total reviews.

Thank You PJ!

Ultimate geek dream wish/fantasy – Peter Jackson directing a live action version of the Dark Tower series!

Pasta and Prose Night

Finally hooked up with Mike Kelly last night. He graciously went out of his way to pick me up and drive me down to the very bottom of downtown Toronto to meet with a bunch of local writers.

We had ample time to have great discussions on a number of topics, thanks to the rush hour traffic.

Once there we hooked up with a number of writers where even more breeze shooting and laughs were shared. Quite a bit of fun.

Cribbing off of Mike’s LJ entry – I need to write these names down for posterity and because I will never remember everyone there were:

Gemma Files – author of The Emperor’s Old Bones
Sephera Giron
Amanda Foubister, chairperson of World Horror Con 2007 to be held in Toronto on March 29 – April 1
Simon Strantzas
Donald Pulker
David Nickle – Karen (David’s better half)
Michael Rowe
Derek Sullivan
Phil and Diana Barron
Stephanie Bedwell-Grime
Stephen Barrington

Drinks were drunk, tales were told, food was consumed, deals were made;-) – none by me though, and praise and critiques exchanged.