First off, I’d like to thank everybody who wrote in with their thoughts on the last Cynamatic. Chatting with Roger Ebert was certainly a lot of fun for me, and I hope that the end result of that conversation was equally as interesting for you. It amazes me, to some degree, that talking to actors and directors and fellow critics still manages to floor me from time to time.
(A quick personal story. Just about the time that I’d figured myself over ever being “star-struck” again, I was at the premiere party for the film Almost Famous. And so there’s Cameron Crowe and Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn and Bill Crudup and Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Jimmy Fallon, and they’re all nice people, but…whatever. They’re just people. And then I look out over the large crowd of raised cocktails and heads and see this one red baseball cap on a guy that I could swear was director David Fincher. And so I proceed to have a small, barely noticeable seizure and find myself thinking “Ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod,” like some little girl who thinks that Justin Timberlake just winked at her. So I guess you never get over it. Not really. Turns out, though, that it wasn’t Fincher. It was Tim McGraw, country-singin’ husband of Faith Hill, who, while not exactly seizure-inspiring, does manage to stimulate some form of reaction.)
But anyway…on to the business of the day…
This one isn’t so much a column as a request.
Two issues of Cynamatic that you’re likely to see sometime in the near future are going to involve themselves with a topic much-discussed around this site: books that should be made into films. There’s any number of deserving titles that could fall within this list, but we’re going to try to narrow it down to a tidy group of ten. I’m going to choose the first five of my own accord, but the second five is all up to you…
Starting today, I’d like for you all to e-mail me with your recommendations for books that you’ve read and adore and would love to see made into movies. Feel free to make as impassioned a plea as you can possibly make, and if I like the plea, as well as the idea, I’ll be sure to print it. Suggest formats such as film, television, live-action, animation, etc. Suggest actors, directors, producers, visual palattes…Anything that you think would add up to the perfect imagining of your favorite book, short story or graphic novel.
I’ll actually try my best to read some of the suggested materials, but I’m choosing these five based off of your recommendations. This is 100% your call. My opinion will only matter if I’ve read any of the pieces and heavily agree with one title over another.
Otherwise, it’s all up to you.
So start reading, bitches!