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(Onion AV Club)   "James Franco, how does it feel to ruin a classic William Faulkner novel?" "Soooooooooooo good"   (avclub.com) divider line 60
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2013-05-14 10:01:20 AM
I watched that trailer expecting it to be a funny or die sketch. It wasn't. I'm confused.
 
2013-05-14 10:04:13 AM
I actually think this has some potential to be a very serious film and not in any way shape or form ruin the classic. Listen to Franco's interview on WTF recently, the man is a very serious actor with some real directing and acting chops.
 
2013-05-14 10:24:15 AM
another five star review from the av club
 
2013-05-14 10:26:24 AM
He will be cast aside an anime body pillow.
 
2013-05-14 10:49:33 AM
/obligatory
 
2013-05-14 10:50:08 AM
What?  The sogood.gif is too large?  GAH
 
2013-05-14 10:57:50 AM
By definition, it is impossible to ruin a Faulkner novel, as they were ruined when written.
 
2013-05-14 10:58:37 AM
alfa.gifs-planet.com
 
2013-05-14 11:01:38 AM
cdn.thefader.com
 
2013-05-14 11:09:50 AM

palelizard: By definition, it is impossible to ruin a Faulkner novel, as they were ruined when written.


Nailed it.
 
2013-05-14 11:11:57 AM

simplicimus: palelizard: By definition, it is impossible to ruin a Faulkner novel, as they were ruined when written.

Nailed it.


Burn the heretics.
 
2013-05-14 11:12:39 AM
farm2.staticflickr.com
 
2013-05-14 11:13:02 AM
Just like how he ruined Howl.

/Wait, he didn't, he was very good in it.
 
2013-05-14 11:15:10 AM
www.poetryfoundation.org
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Now, now. I'm sure that this Franco fellow will totally be able to capture Faulkner's essence of the traditions, history and charm of the south.
 
2013-05-14 11:25:12 AM
To be fair, he ruins everything.
 
2013-05-14 11:25:41 AM
FTFA: In the meantime, we should thank our lucky stars that the movie isn't just several hours of a tweed-clad James Franco sitting on a stool and reading the book aloud-because that was totally a possibility.

Actually, I'd probably watch this. Sounds more interesting than the actual film.
 
2013-05-14 11:34:12 AM

0Icky0: To be fair, he ruins everything.


I wouldn't go that far, you must not have seen 127 Hours.
 
2013-05-14 11:34:59 AM
James Franco does goofy projects sometimes, therefore it's impossible for him to do anything serious and I hate him!
 
2013-05-14 11:41:06 AM
I wouldn't mind this overplayed meme if they at least got it right.

Or is the point that they're intentionally getting it wrong? Like when people act as if it was Anne Frank who was the one who had to hide in the attic for three years.
 
2013-05-14 11:42:38 AM
He was good in Howl, and this trailer didn't look that bad.
 
2013-05-14 11:44:09 AM
Speaking of Franco, I'm still trying to figure out if "This is the End" is really a movie or some April Fools joke..

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1245492/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
 
2013-05-14 11:44:32 AM
my mother is a fish
 
2013-05-14 11:51:48 AM
James Franco, how does it feel to be a successful working actor in Hollywood and anger some spiteful guy who submits snarky headlines to a website?

"Sooooo gooood".
 
2013-05-14 12:07:40 PM

mjones73: Speaking of Franco, I'm still trying to figure out if "This is the End" is really a movie or some April Fools joke..

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1245492/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


It's been in development for a long time.
 
2013-05-14 12:16:55 PM

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: FTFA: In the meantime, we should thank our lucky stars that the movie isn't just several hours of a tweed-clad James Franco sitting on a stool and reading the book aloud-because that was totally a possibility.

Actually, I'd probably watch this. Sounds more interesting than the actual film.


Fire him and hire Walken. Book it, done.
 
2013-05-14 12:22:10 PM

moothemagiccow: mjones73: Speaking of Franco, I'm still trying to figure out if "This is the End" is really a movie or some April Fools joke..

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1245492/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

It's been in development for a long time.


And I think it looks farking hilarious.
 
2013-05-14 12:24:22 PM
James Franco! I was just thinking about him today. And every day.

Brilliant actor, easy on the eye too. I'd James his Franco.
 
2013-05-14 12:32:42 PM
Every actor does bad movies. Not every actor does good movies. Franco does some good work.
 
2013-05-14 12:33:03 PM

moothemagiccow: another five star review from the av club


AV Club gives letter grades, not stars.
 
2013-05-14 12:34:27 PM
I liked Franco only because he doesn't seem to take himself or his craft that seriously (hence a mix of goofy roles and serious ones), yet he apparently got a bit butthurt when Marc Maron burned him with a fairly light yet direct jab on a podcast so I really don't what to think anymore of the whole "he doesn't take himself too seriously" part. So, in conclusion, I like dogs.
 
2013-05-14 12:37:00 PM

YodaBlues: moothemagiccow: mjones73: Speaking of Franco, I'm still trying to figure out if "This is the End" is really a movie or some April Fools joke..

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1245492/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

It's been in development for a long time.

And I think it looks farking hilarious.


Oh I think so too, I plan to see it.
 
2013-05-14 01:06:24 PM

palelizard: By definition, it is impossible to ruin a Faulkner novel, as they were ruined when written.


Count me in as another "THIS!"

/Worst book I have ever read.
//Wife argues it is The Scarlet Letter
///But she hasn't read this craptastic fail fest

crazylegsbill: my mother is a fish


Aaaaaaaaand this.  The only redeeming quality of that awful book, is that this single line/chapter sticks in my mind so easily, which greatly simplifies some of my argument for why it is the worst book ever.  That line...IS AN ENTIRE CHAPTER!  Oooooo, don't forget to bevel the edges of the coffin just right too...WTFaulkner...
 
2013-05-14 01:43:03 PM

simplicimus: palelizard: By definition, it is impossible to ruin a Faulkner novel, as they were ruined when written.

Nailed it.


10pts.  Expect lots of troll chow.

Faulkner isn't for everyone.  It takes a level of involvement that is often beyond the ability of most readers, who would be better off sticking with the classics, like Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries.  But if you have the mental capacity to understand not only the words on the page but the time and place that is being described, Faulkner can be amazingly rewarding.  I'm not knocking the written word as pure entertainment (I have a library with thousands of pulp sci-fi paperbacks, some of the worst- and most entertaining- writing known to mankind).  I'm just saying that entertainment is only one aspect of the written word.

Reading Faulkner requires an investment of your time, attention, research, and most of all your, I don't know what to call it- soul?  Compassion?  Will to understand?  Whatever- you get out of it what you put into it.  I wouldn't recommend a steady diet of Faulkner (or any other deep literature), but for those times when you are willing to put in the work, I guarantee you it will repay your efforts a hundredfold.
 
2013-05-14 02:00:49 PM

crazylegsbill: my mother is a fish


One of the greatest lines in literature.
 
2013-05-14 02:11:45 PM

crazylegsbill: my mother is a fish


Came for the fish. Leaving satisfied.
 
2013-05-14 02:24:07 PM
Freaks and geeks was awesome.
 
2013-05-14 02:32:08 PM

tillerman35: simplicimus: palelizard: By definition, it is impossible to ruin a Faulkner novel, as they were ruined when written.

Nailed it.

10pts.  Expect lots of troll chow.

Faulkner isn't for everyone.  It takes a level of involvement that is often beyond the ability of most readers, who would be better off sticking with the classics, like Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries.  But if you have the mental capacity to understand not only the words on the page but the time and place that is being described, Faulkner can be amazingly rewarding.  I'm not knocking the written word as pure entertainment (I have a library with thousands of pulp sci-fi paperbacks, some of the worst- and most entertaining- writing known to mankind).  I'm just saying that entertainment is only one aspect of the written word.

Reading Faulkner requires an investment of your time, attention, research, and most of all your, I don't know what to call it- soul?  Compassion?  Will to understand?  Whatever- you get out of it what you put into it.  I wouldn't recommend a steady diet of Faulkner (or any other deep literature), but for those times when you are willing to put in the work, I guarantee you it will repay your efforts a hundredfold.


I appreciate many genres of literature. Few writers lay down the challenge,  "I dare you to read this". Maybe James Joyce.
 
2013-05-14 02:55:30 PM

tillerman35: simplicimus: palelizard: By definition, it is impossible to ruin a Faulkner novel, as they were ruined when written.

Nailed it.

10pts.  Expect lots of troll chow.

Faulkner isn't for everyone.  It takes a level of involvement that is often beyond the ability of most readers, who would be better off sticking with the classics, like Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries.  But if you have the mental capacity to understand not only the words on the page but the time and place that is being described, Faulkner can be amazingly rewarding.  I'm not knocking the written word as pure entertainment (I have a library with thousands of pulp sci-fi paperbacks, some of the worst- and most entertaining- writing known to mankind).  I'm just saying that entertainment is only one aspect of the written word.

Reading Faulkner requires an investment of your time, attention, research, and most of all your, I don't know what to call it- soul?  Compassion?  Will to understand?  Whatever- you get out of it what you put into it.  I wouldn't recommend a steady diet of Faulkner (or any other deep literature), but for those times when you are willing to put in the work, I guarantee you it will repay your efforts a hundredfold.


Fark off. Some people can dislike an author just because they don't like his writing.
 
2013-05-14 03:03:17 PM

simplicimus: I appreciate many genres of literature. Few writers lay down the challenge,  "I dare you to read this". Maybe James Joyce.


I gave up on Only Revolutions after about 30 pages.

Infinite Jest is one of my favorite books and there are very, very few people I would ever recomend it too. I should try reading some Faulkner, for some reason he's just never crossed my plate.
 
2013-05-14 03:47:22 PM

Pr1nc3ss: Fark off. Some people can dislike an author just because they don't like his writing


They certainly can. It's when you start saying things like "this author sucks at authoring" simply because you don't like them that you start sounding like a semi-literate cretin.
 
2013-05-14 03:51:51 PM
To be honest, I don't really get why people hate Franco.  I haven't seen all his movies, but the ones I can think of haven't been horrible, and I can't even think of them as being worse off for his presence.

Also McBride is probably like John C. Reilly, he can be serious or play the part of the ass clown.  Playing an ass clown is probably fun.
 
2013-05-14 03:58:02 PM
James Franco is supposedly trying to cobble together a Blood Meridian movie.  If done well, that might be the greatest movie ever made.  Just get the guy from The Proposition to direct.  And don't be afraid to cast a black guy as Judge Holden.
 
2013-05-14 04:22:06 PM

Cagey B: Pr1nc3ss: Fark off. Some people can dislike an author just because they don't like his writing

They certainly can. It's when you start saying things like "this author sucks at authoring" simply because you don't like them that you start sounding like a semi-literate cretin.


Don't be a tard - any comment on the internet is automatically prefaced with 'In my opinion' - because what follows is by definition the opinion of the poster.
 
2013-05-14 04:42:48 PM

Cagey B: Pr1nc3ss: Fark off. Some people can dislike an author just because they don't like his writing

They certainly can. It's when you start saying things like "this author sucks at authoring" simply because you don't like them that you start sounding like a semi-literate cretin.


Overly generous
 
2013-05-14 04:54:31 PM

Cagey B: Pr1nc3ss: Fark off. Some people can dislike an author just because they don't like his writing

They certainly can. It's when you start saying things like "this author sucks at authoring" simply because you don't like them that you start sounding like a semi-literate cretin.


Yep. I have no idea why so many people confuse something being good (or having merit) with what they personally do or don't like. There are probably more great works that I don't like than that I do, and a whole lot of things I like that I don't consider very good at all.
 
2013-05-14 05:04:18 PM
Danny McBride is going to make an awesome Jethro Tull.
 
2013-05-14 05:33:03 PM
it looks good.
 
2013-05-14 05:45:58 PM

Jster422: Cagey B: Pr1nc3ss: Fark off. Some people can dislike an author just because they don't like his writing

They certainly can. It's when you start saying things like "this author sucks at authoring" simply because you don't like them that you start sounding like a semi-literate cretin.

Don't be a tard - any comment on the internet is automatically prefaced with 'In my opinion' - because what follows is by definition the opinion of the poster.


I see you're new to this whole discussion thing. Allow me to clear some things up.

"I don't like William Faulkner" - Completely subjective statement, based on individual opinion. Unarguable statement of preference.

"William Faulkner is a bad writer" - F*ckwitted declaration of ignorance. Dismissed by pretty much anyone familiar with American literature, save some guy at Bumfark Community College who considers poems composed by Koko the Gorilla the highest expression of written narrative.
 
2013-05-14 05:47:29 PM
I am so farking sick of Franco's pseudo-intellectual bullshiat.
 
2013-05-14 07:05:59 PM

tillerman35: simplicimus: palelizard: By definition, it is impossible to ruin a Faulkner novel, as they were ruined when written.

Nailed it.

10pts.  Expect lots of troll chow.

Faulkner isn't for everyone.  It takes a level of involvement that is often beyond the ability of most readers, who would be better off sticking with the classics, like Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries.  But if you have the mental capacity to understand not only the words on the page but the time and place that is being described, Faulkner can be amazingly rewarding.  I'm not knocking the written word as pure entertainment (I have a library with thousands of pulp sci-fi paperbacks, some of the worst- and most entertaining- writing known to mankind).  I'm just saying that entertainment is only one aspect of the written word.

Reading Faulkner requires an investment of your time, attention, research, and most of all your, I don't know what to call it- soul?  Compassion?  Will to understand?  Whatever- you get out of it what you put into it.  I wouldn't recommend a steady diet of Faulkner (or any other deep literature), but for those times when you are willing to put in the work, I guarantee you it will repay your efforts a hundredfold.


When I was in HS I absolutely loathed Faulkner. A few years later I picked up A Light in August (can't remember why) and it devastated and amazed me. He is such a fierce, honest, uncompromising writer. Once you understand what he is doing and why, it's impossible to stop searching him out.
 
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