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General assessment

Discussion in 'Riding the Bullet' started by Neil W, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. Neil W

    Neil W Well-Known Member

    Stephen King is probably my favourite author (in that I like both the general area he covers and also his style) and it is always interesting to see filmed adaptations of his work. Not always enjoyable, but always interesting. The problem is that it is easy to capture the physical events of his stories, but the best part of the writing is what goes on in the heads of the character. This adaptation of a short story tries to address this by various means, as a consequence of which you are never quite sure whether what you are seeing is real (whether now or flashback) or imagination, hallucination or the like.

    Mick Garris, who seems to be King's cinematic collaborator of choice, does the same sort of job here which he has done on so much of King's material - he produces a competent but relatively thrill-less TV movie. The problem here is that this is a cinema release, and so it seems reasonable to expect the stakes to have been raised. Apart from some bad language and a couple of bare breasts, it hasn't, and this film is not the one to result in my reconsideration of Garris as a journeyman director. Other directors do King much better (also, to be fair, many are no better than Garris).

    Incidentally, this isn't one of King's better stories: it recycles elements of Christine, The Talisman, and The Road Virus Heads North, to name but three.
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  2. guido tkp

    guido tkp Well-Known Member

    the man speaks 100% true...

    and while you're right, it is not one of kings best short stories...

    it was good enough that it could've been an effective little chiller in that nice, b-movie sorta fashion that just a wee bit o' talent would've brought out

    ...instead...it got mickey thinned
  3. The Nameless

    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    I'm just watching this on TV now, it's halfway through, and very confusing with its back and forth visions. I've not read it yet, I hope it will be a bit easier to follow when I finally do.
  4. The Nameless

    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    Also, (it's just finnished) I noticed on the credits "Nurse Annie Wilkes". Are there as many connections in the story as the film? Misery, Dark Towers (wish upon a harvest moon), Christine (red/white Fury)...
  5. guido tkp

    guido tkp Well-Known Member

    ...never made it through the whole ...ahem...coughcough...movie...

    that i.....consciously remember...

    but...if such things do appear...most likely (he says with a slightly more than sarcastic grin) either the...a...coughcough...screenwriter or the...ahem...coughcough...director would have tried anything they could to get an unsuspecting kingfan all foamin' at the mouth o'er their...ummmm.... monsterpiece....
  6. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    I love David Arquette just because always makes me laugh, even when he's not supposed to. He's like your old drinking buddy that you always enjoy seeing when he turns up because he's the life of the party and you know by the end of the night he's going to to something ridiculous.

    The movie would have been better if they wouldn't have gone for the predictable "cheap scares" and stuck to the story.
  7. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    The David Arquette part , the movie within the movie was my favorite.
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  8. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    I'm watching this for the first time. Oh, my goodness. It's so bad....
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  9. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    I really enjoyed Riding the bullet. It's meant to be artsy, experimental. I could appreciate the creativity of it. And loved the music.
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  10. I enjoyed it. I thought Jonathan Jackson did a great job in the central role.
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  11. OldDarth

    OldDarth Well-Known Member

    Mick Garris seems like a helluva of a nice guy but please no more King adaptations!
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  12. Maddie

    Maddie Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

    I was watching this again last night and am surprised that most , it seem, so far here, didn't like it. It is one of my favorites, second only to Rose Red. It was one of those where the movie was actually better than the story, to me. Even when it was flashbacking or you weren't certain what was real and what wasn't, it was still so atmospheric in horrifying nature and of its time period, not to mention the time traveling soundtrack. Even the cast were perfectly cast.

    Riding the Bullet is just like really going for a ride with Stephen King, traveling fast, and that is what it was! My favorite part was the when the crow was hopping around eating the roadkill and said
    what the fuk are you lookin at!
    Well, I would recommend to Everyone who hasn't seen it. :lemo:
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  13. Maddie

    Maddie Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

    That scene was actually brilliant, wouldn't 've minded seeing more of that one too!
  14. Ebdim9th

    Ebdim9th A Man's Chord and Author/bringer of Bad Dolls

    The way the film was shot, and edited, reminded me a lot of Dead Like Me. There was even an actor from that show in it, I forget his name, the curly-haired guy that wound up with the John Lennon and Plastic Ono Band concert tickets....
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  15. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    Riding the Bullet
    Silver Bullet (COTW)
    The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet

    Are we forgetting any? :umm:
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  16. Ebdim9th

    Ebdim9th A Man's Chord and Author/bringer of Bad Dolls

    Three of a kind/common theme .....somewhere in there ....death, insanity, redemption .....
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  17. RichardX

    RichardX Well-Known Member

    This wasn't the worst King movie I've ever seen. I give that honor to "Cell." My expectations were low so the acting came off as fairly decent. Why does Hollywood portray everyone at a burial dressed in black? Does that still happen? I thought that mostly ended in the 1800s but every movie scene around a grave shows everyone dressed up in all black. They must have stock movie clothes for a "burial scene." As for the movie, it is watchable but conceptually confusing on so many levels as to be a mess. What exactly was it supposed to be about? The end of the 60s, how all things are temporary except apparently for a roller coaster. Nothing seemed particularly special about the Bullet. Just a weird movie. I will have to go back and read the story.
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  18. Constant Reader XIX

    Constant Reader XIX Active Member

    I thought this movie was fairly decent, but, as previously stated here, it was mostly because I enjoy Arquette and had read the story before watching.

    My favorite Garris flicks:
    1. Sleepwalkers
    2. The Stand
    3. Desperation

    Sorry to leave out his version of The Shining, but the special effects in that one hurt my feelings really bad. (Especially Jack's eyes...)

    Garris usually at least sticks to the story's theme, so I always give his movies a chance. I'm usually sufficiently entertained, and Riding the Bullet was no exception.

    (As far as other director's who have done more than one King adaptation go, I always enjoy a Darabont adaptation.)
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  19. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    I can't say that I've enjoyed the Mick Garris adaptations that I've seen. It's too bad, because I really wanted to like them. They're just...bland. I'd love to see a network like AMC bring something to life. There's always a cinematic grandeur in the things they air and they're certainly not afraid to take risks in programming. I look at the TV version of The Stand it feels like I'm watching a video recording my inlaws made while traveling.

    I still think Rob Reiner has made the best films (outside of Kubrick's The Shining, regardless of how the author feels about it). He manages tone so well in Stand by Me and Misery. Cronenberg's The Dead Zone is outstanding as well. I would've loved to see these guys do other adaptations. Drabont has been excellent as well, although The Mist is not one of my favorites (but is one of my favorite written works).
  20. Constant Reader XIX

    Constant Reader XIX Active Member

    Ditto. (And I can't believe I forgot about Meathead!)

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