Happy 2011 from Bradley on Film!
I kicked the new year off in the nicest possible way this morning by going to see The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader—in good old-fashioned 2-D—with the Wife, the Daughter, and the Boyfriend…the Daughter’s Boyfriend, that is, not mine. It really rocked: as I recall, it’s much closer than Prince Caspian was to the novel, which is one of my three favorites in the series, the others being The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Magician’s Nephew. The element about which I was most concerned, the Dufflepuds, was well handled, further cementing my conviction that it’s probably best these films weren’t made before the advent of CGI (double-edged sword though it may be), and I love that except for Liam Neeson as Aslan’s voice, they’re cast largely with unknowns, which helps to immerse oneself in the story.
I’m not sure what comes after “above and beyond the call of duty,” but whatever it is, John Scoleri has done it. After plugging Richard Matheson on Screen there and elsewhere for months, he has now included it in his year-end round-up on the bare•bones e-zine website, which I herewith quote verbatim: “This year also saw the release of Matthew Bradley’s Richard Matheson On Screen , which will not come as news to many readers of our blog. If you’re a Matheson aficionado, you’ll definitely want to include this book in your library. Bradley covers everything you could ever hope to track down (and then some), and draws upon numerous interviews with Matheson, making this the permanent record on the subject. I’d go so far as to say that Bradley knows more about the filmed works of Matheson than Matheson himself, and we’re lucky he’s chosen to share his knowledge with the rest of us.”
Speaking of John, he and his partner in crime, Peter Scoleri, launched their new Outer Limits site, We Are Controlling Transmission, today, and I can’t wait to check it out. They have invited me to weigh in on two second-season episodes, Jerry Sohl’s “The Invisible Enemy” and “Counterweight,” so look for news on those as we roll along, as well. Meanwhile, Bradley out.