KIERAN SHEA’s fiction has appeared in dozens of venues including Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thuglit, Dogmatika, Word Riot, Plots with Guns, Beat to a Pulp, Crimefactory, and Needle: A Magazine of Noir ...as well as in some beefy-looking anthologies most of which will make you question the tether of his shiny, red balloon. To his self-deprecating astonishment he's also been nominated for the Story South’s Million Writers Award twice without sending the judges so much as a thank you note. He co-edited the satiric transgressive fiction collection D*CKED: DARK FICTION INSPIRED BY DICK CHENEY and his debut novel KOKO TAKES A HOLIDAY is out now from Titan Books. Kieran divides his time between 38°58′22.6″N- 76°30′4.17″W and 39.2775° N, 74.5750° W.
Last night I watched two movies back to back because of sleeplessness. I haven't watched anything in a while and found the experience kind of cathartic. Think I can go a while now without seeing anything else. Went classic with a re-watch and examination of Peckinpah's STRAW DOGS for raw violence, followed by the compromised, miscast, weak-paced comic adaptation--WANTED. James McAvoy and Terrance Stamp tried, really-really tried to save this film with respectable acting metal, but, alas, no cigar. Angelina Jolie is a black hole of worthless talent, I could just imagine the production people on set scuffing their shoes between takes mumbling, "Man, she sucks." Heck, it's no frail secret that Hollywood mines the graphic novel/comic market but it seems like so many misses with the barely the occasional bingo. This absolutely mystifies me to no end. Why? Because the storyboard is RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU, HOW CAN YOU GET SO LOST? Here they had WANTED (which is a smoking story as any geek knows) all laid out for them. And now they're going back to the well and trying again. An adaptation of RED by Warren Ellis. Oh. A trained killer goes for revenge on the people who trained him? And I love Ellis! But they're casting Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis? Aw, man...haven't we been down this road before? *Sigh* What would Sam Peckinpah do?
Posted by Kieran Shea at 7/22/2009 06:28:00 AM