Golden Globe nominees Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor
12 Years a Slave
What do you think of Ellison's comment about our 'celebrity drunk culture of bitch-ho rap and wannabe gangsta homies '? He's not one to mince words.
Rarely, in a lifetime of endless filmgoing and decades of serious cinema criticism, is one honored, privileged, rewarded by having seen a motion picture that is memorable down to one's core. Having seen “12 Years a Slave,” I cannot remember being as mesmerized, as touched, as stopped stock-still since the night I first saw Stanley Kubrick's anti-war film “Paths of Glory.” It is that nonpareil a film.Even the dullest among us, chained to jobs and lives we detest, cherish the word and the evanescent concept of freedom. Above all else, what “12 Years a Slave” burns into our awareness — as no other film has achieved — is the absolute power of the slavemaster over every moment of the blacks' existence. It is a tyrannical and capricious power greater than any monarch's. For these yearning, brutalized chattel, freedom is a goal that will never be reached: Pain and death stand in the portal.This is a superbly reenacted chapter of a 200-year-long stain on American honor. Today's celebrity-drunk culture of bitch-ho rap and wannabe gangsta homies not only do not comprehend that stain, but disgrace the courage of their forbears when they pull it as “the card.” It miraculously manages to combine the “Gone With the Wind” pastel mendacity still extant in parts of our land, with the shocking Grand Guignol gruesomeness of reality.The direction, by Englishman Steve McQueen (whose previous films frankly gave me the creeps) is a bit finicky. But such carps are beyond notice in a film as praiseworthy and memorable as “12 Years a Slave.”Fantasist Harlan Ellison has written or edited 75 books; more than 1,700 stories, essays, articles and newspaper columns; two dozen teleplays and a dozen movies. His best-known works include “Deathbird Stories,” “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream” and “Memos From Purgatory.”
The Variety piece includes John Green on The Spectacular Now writers Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter, the dynamic duo that is also behind the adapatation of The Fault in our Stars. I'll be posting that in its' entirety too; I LOVE these guys, the hottest book to movie scripters working right now. Besides The Fault in our Stars, Neustadter and Weber also have Coraline, Me Before You and Where'd You Go Bernadette in the works!