Friday, August 1, 2008


I love Euro-Pop, and though I know I should probably be embarrassed about it, I've been listening to alot of McFly recently. Especially "Transylvania."

Besides the shiteous intro, I really like the song and the hook has been in my head for about a week straight now.

Perfect music when feeling good at the beach.

"Who-oo is your lover?/ 'Cause I couldn't tell..."

Books (as in reading)

So I was going to start of list of books that I have read recently, much like the list of movies that I have watched recently, but then decided not to as I am embarrassed at how little I read now, something which I really need to change.

Anyways, two books that I have read recently and enjoyed are I, Claudius by Robert Graves (especially if you are interested in antiquity) and City of Thieves by David Benioff.

I just realized that I don't even know David Benioff, but I kinda hate him. He's in his mid-thirties, is an extremely accomplished author turned screenwriter, and he he's married to a hot-ass actress. This, however, did not stop me from enjoying the book.

Sorry, David, no hard feelings. I'm just kidding. 

When's the movie coming out?

He opened his eyes, those pale blue Cossack eyes, and smiled at me. We both knew he was going to die. He trembled, lying on the backseat beneath his greatcoat, his teeth very white against his blue lips. I have always believed that smile was a gift for me. Kolya had no faith in the divine or the afterlife; he didn't think he was going to a better place, or any place at all. No angels waited to collect him. He smiled because he knew how terrified I was of dying. This is what I believe. He knew I was terrified and he wanted to make it a little easier for me. 
But even Kolya couldn't hold the smile for long. He closed his eyes again. When he spoke, his mouth was very dry, his lips sticking together as he tried to form the words.
"It's not the way I pictured it," he told me.

-Lev Beniov, "City of Thieves"

I love the ambiguity of the last line.

Picture of Dorian Gray

Colin Firth (my celebrity look-alike) has been cast in the Picture of Dorian Gray opposite Ben Barnes. A really great book (and again, very Greek), as they continue to line up a really great cast. 

Tons of people have tried, but none have been able to pull off a good adaptation. Here's to hoping this is the one.

My favorite quote from the book:

"Harry, every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is  merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the colored canvas, reveals himself. The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul."
-Basil Hallward

I love it, and cannot agree more. Mr. Wilde, you are a genius.

(Photo is of Ben Barnes playing Dakin in the History Boys, my favorite play ever. Sorry, Oscar)

And the Greek epics continue...

Columbia Pictures is adapting Xenophon's Anabasis. Thank you 300 for bringing the sword and sandal back into vogue. I love movies set in antiquity, and I love the Anabasis. Truly epic.

In case anyone out there is looking, I still haven't sold the rights to my screenplay about Ancient Greece. In fact, I haven't even shown it to anyone yet so if you are interested, hit me up. I'll let you option the rights for cheap!