Books and Films

Posted: June 10, 2015 in graffiti living
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Akira Kurosawa has a lot to answer for.

First of all, it’s partly his fault that I’m obsessed with Japan (I know they don’t still have Samurai, but that’s not the point — I’ve watched his films since I was a child), second many classic Westerns are remakes of his films, and last but not least, his films are amazing and he was a cinematic genius.

Films that are better than the books (a rare thing indeed):

Bladerunner (one of my favourite films of all time, and a very early influence of mine)

Fight Club (has all the good stuff from the book, but makes more sense, is more entertaining, and has a better ending)

Naked Lunch (the William Burroughs novel is unfilmable and would be banned in every country if it ever did get made, so instead David Cronenberg’s film is a bizarre mish-mash of reality and fiction focusing on the writing of the book. And it features insect-typewriters that talk.

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