Monday, February 11, 2008

A nice surprise movie-wise (a rhyming title!)

Did you know that there is a film being made of The Informers by Bret Easton Ellis? Well I sure didn't. I found out via Wikipedia, greatest source of information this side of Google.

It turns out that the film has finished filming, and is in post-production, but has yet to have an official release date announced. I'm not 100 percent sure if even the film has a studio to distribute. Either way, this is good news. Anything new to do with Bret Easton Ellis is a good thing.

Pretty much
The Informers is a depressing collection of sort-of-not-really interconnected short stories that Ellis wrote around 1985 before being published with Less Than Zero. The stories are sparse and minimalist, and you can definitely feel Ellis' journalism training at work. On the other hand, there's also a definite amateurish feel to the stories, in particular, the one about the pseudo-vampire is unappealing and uninteresting. Ellis' epistolary story is also terribly dry and boring. There are, however, a couple gems that hit the right chords emotionally and, in terms of fiction, technically. The story about the dudes remembering their dead friend is especially good, very complex in dialogue and in theme. I would say about half the stories are worth reading. The other half... well not so much.

So a film based on this "novel" would be one of those movies in the "hyper-link" style, that is to say, an ensemble cast that interconnects in a variety of ways. This "hyper-link" cinema is a new term that describes the Altman style of plot: wide and disparate. I don't much care for the term "hyper-link" as it makes me think of navigation. Rather, these films should be called multilinear films. Or just simply "Altman-esque" as it used to be called when P. T. Anderson was making flicks.

The cast of
The Informers seems kind of cool: Billy Bob Thornton, Christina Ricci, Rhys Ifans, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Brandon Routh. There's also Chris Isaak, whom I'm always pleasantly surprised by when acting.

Here's the poster. I don't much care for it but I understand what it's going for. It's too robotic rather than mannequin-ish.
So I guess we shall see sometime in the future. I will probably post something about Ellis' film adaptations closer to when this movie comes out. Ellis and film have an interesting relationship....

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