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2013-11-04 08:44:12 PM
I loved him in Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Lakeview Terrace.. but otherwise, meh? Has he done anything else worth checking out? I know he does like a dozen movies a year..
 
2013-11-04 08:45:27 PM
I'm trying Ringo, I'm trying real hard to be in a Stephen King movie that isn't The Shining or doesn't involve prisoners that doesn't suck.
 
2013-11-04 08:54:28 PM

W. T. Fark: I loved him in Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Lakeview Terrace.. but otherwise, meh? Has he done anything else worth checking out? I know he does like a dozen movies a year..


Sam Jackson answering the phone...."I'll do it, motherfarker!  Hello?"

I dunno, he's been in almost every movie ever made after 1993. The Long Kiss Goodnight was underrated, IMO. Shaft was cool. That one movie where he yells a lot and faces some manner of creature was good. How did he not make it into the last King Kong movie? "That's one big gatdamned motherfarking ape!" No, that would have gotten them an 'R'.
 
2013-11-04 09:08:27 PM

W. T. Fark: I loved him in Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Lakeview Terrace.. but otherwise, meh? Has he done anything else worth checking out? I know he does like a dozen movies a year..


The Avengers, 1408, Black Snake Moan, Coach Carter, The Incredibles, Basic, Formula 51, Unbreakable, Rules of Engagement, The Red Violin, 187, A Time to Kill, Jungle Fever, Eve's Bayou, Die Hard 3
 
2013-11-04 09:14:04 PM
One of the few Stephen King books I've never read. Just seemed sort of the same ol' same ol' to me. I think that was when King was relearning how to write again after that weird post-accident time that resulted in masterpieces like Dreamcatcher, which was made into a movie starring Morgan Freeman's eyebrows and Donnie Wahlberg as a retarded space alien.
 
2013-11-04 09:14:36 PM

ArkAngel: W. T. Fark: I loved him in Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Lakeview Terrace.. but otherwise, meh? Has he done anything else worth checking out? I know he does like a dozen movies a year..

The Avengers, 1408, Black Snake Moan, Coach Carter, The Incredibles, Basic, Formula 51, Unbreakable, Rules of Engagement, The Red Violin, 187, A Time to Kill, Jungle Fever, Eve's Bayou, Die Hard 3


Ohh shiz, how did I forget Unbreakable? I love him in that movie. As for Avengers, the movie was great, he is not.
 
2013-11-04 09:16:21 PM

Confabulat: One of the few Stephen King books I've never read. Just seemed sort of the same ol' same ol' to me.


I read it but I barely remember it. They were zombi-ish but I think more intelligent. It was alright.
 
2013-11-04 09:18:43 PM
'It' really needs to be remade. So much potential... the book was amazing.
 
2013-11-04 09:19:12 PM

itsdan: Confabulat: One of the few Stephen King books I've never read. Just seemed sort of the same ol' same ol' to me.

I read it but I barely remember it. They were zombi-ish but I think more intelligent. It was alright.


It sounds like that movie Signal which I watched a fair amount of the other night until I got drunk enough and passed out.
 
2013-11-04 09:20:35 PM

W. T. Fark: 'It' really needs to be remade. So much potential... the book was amazing.


IT reportedly is being remade, as two movies.

Pet Semetary is coming back from the dead again too.

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/new s/ ?a=89547
 
2013-11-04 09:21:08 PM

Confabulat: It sounds like that movie Signal which I watched a fair amount of the other night until I got drunk enough and passed out.


After a quick googling, yep same concept. People who were on the phone or use their phones later 'turn'. Then there's some kind of insect like hive mind.
 
2013-11-04 09:29:46 PM
He'd be one bad NO FO.
 
2013-11-04 09:51:40 PM

W. T. Fark: 'It' really needs to be remade. So much potential... the book was amazing.


This x a brazillion.
 
2013-11-04 10:29:47 PM

shanrick: W. T. Fark: 'It' really needs to be remade. So much potential... the book was amazing.

This x a brazillion.


And of course The Stand. It could have been sooo much better. Though some of the casting was good....
 
2013-11-04 11:30:57 PM

Confabulat: One of the few Stephen King books I've never read. Just seemed sort of the same ol' same ol' to me. I think that was when King was relearning how to write again after that weird post-accident time that resulted in masterpieces like Dreamcatcher, which was made into a movie starring Morgan Freeman's eyebrows and Donnie Wahlberg as a retarded space alien.


Didn't that one also have Earl and Captain Winters?
 
2013-11-04 11:33:21 PM

Deedeemarz: shanrick: W. T. Fark: 'It' really needs to be remade. So much potential... the book was amazing.

This x a brazillion.

And of course The Stand. It could have been sooo much better. Though some of the casting was good....


The Stand needs to be rewritten first.

/Hand of God my ass
 
2013-11-04 11:34:52 PM

Deedeemarz: shanrick: W. T. Fark: 'It' really needs to be remade. So much potential... the book was amazing.

This x a brazillion.

And of course The Stand. It could have been sooo much better. Though some of the casting was good....


OK, I get this. I'm not going to rail on people who don't think the video adaptation was as good as the book because they're everywhere and they've already been beaten up. But maybe instead of trying to get somebody to capture your favorite book in a nice 90-200 minute movie in a satisfactorily way, you should spend more energy convincing people that watching a 5 hour movie pays off.

There is no way a movie can do a book any justice. Ever. Wait...except maybe "Flatland" but that's about it.
 
2013-11-04 11:39:57 PM

W. T. Fark: 'It' really needs to be remade. So much potential... the book was amazing.


Unfortunately it is hard to do a faithful adaptation and not be arrested for simulating child porn.
 
2013-11-04 11:40:28 PM

fusillade762: Confabulat: One of the few Stephen King books I've never read. Just seemed sort of the same ol' same ol' to me. I think that was when King was relearning how to write again after that weird post-accident time that resulted in masterpieces like Dreamcatcher, which was made into a movie starring Morgan Freeman's eyebrows and Donnie Wahlberg as a retarded space alien.

Didn't that one also have Earl and Captain Winters?


It did. Dreamcatcher is one of my most favorite movie memories ever. I watched the movie in a multiplex, all alone. I was the only person in the entire place. About halfway though I considered leaving because the movie was so horrible but then I started noticing just HOW horrible it was, and besides, I had an entire movie theater to myself. Then I busted out the weed pipe and soon enough, there was Donnie Wahlberg turning into a retarded alien and you couldn't have made me leave, if you were there to suggest it.

I left the theater that day a changed man.
 
2013-11-04 11:41:45 PM
Sam Jackson is awesome, I just wish he's do more Jackie Brown or Black Snake Moan material.

He was great in Django.
 
2013-11-04 11:53:27 PM
The below link seems appropriate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2Bih48rAtw
 
2013-11-05 12:03:45 AM

Confabulat: One of the few Stephen King books I've never read. Just seemed sort of the same ol' same ol' to me. I think that was when King was relearning how to write again after that weird post-accident time that resulted in masterpieces like Dreamcatcher, which was made into a movie starring Morgan Freeman's eyebrows and Donnie Wahlberg as a retarded space alien.


Eh, the only King adaptations that are any good are the ones set in prisons...

/If you must count the Overlook as a prison, then go ahead...
 
2013-11-05 12:30:29 AM
Cell was a crappy novel.
 
2013-11-05 12:32:25 AM
Cell was when I gave Stephen King a chance after a long hiatus.  It was a good book until the end.  It's like he couldn't think of an ending so he just....gave up.

Spoiler:  Something is about to happen, and then nothing does.
 
2013-11-05 12:33:12 AM
In the novel, Tom is a small, effeminate homosexual.

Sam Jackson would be better suited to play the Raggedy Man, who I was hoping he'd play when I first read this bit of casting news earlier today.
 
2013-11-05 12:59:14 AM

STRYPERSWINE: Cell was when I gave Stephen King a chance after a long hiatus.  It was a good book until the end.  It's like he couldn't think of an ending so he just....gave up.

Spoiler:  Something is about to happen, and then nothing does.


Yeah, I was with him right up until the end.  Even more fun is the fact that I live in the area they had to walk through, so I was getting a kick...
 
2013-11-05 01:06:09 AM

itsdan: Confabulat: It sounds like that movie Signal which I watched a fair amount of the other night until I got drunk enough and passed out.

After a quick googling, yep same concept. People who were on the phone or use their phones later 'turn'. Then there's some kind of insect like hive mind.


I have read The Cell and watched The Signal. They are the same concept, there are more supernatural things going on in the cell, which they may or may not put in the movie.

The Signal is one of the good multi-director movies out there. I'm surprised there's not more mainstream movies like that out there. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Sin City. Brothers movies don't really count. Actual good solo directors in their own right coming together on a movie.
 
2013-11-05 01:37:21 AM

Mugato: I'm trying real hard to be in a Stephen King movie


When you make it big, give a shout out to us Farkers when you're on Leno.
 
2013-11-05 01:39:55 AM

Mugato: I'm trying Ringo, I'm trying real hard to be in a Stephen King movie that isn't The Shining or doesn't involve prisoners that doesn't suck.


IlGreven: Confabulat: One of the few Stephen King books I've never read. Just seemed sort of the same ol' same ol' to me. I think that was when King was relearning how to write again after that weird post-accident time that resulted in masterpieces like Dreamcatcher, which was made into a movie starring Morgan Freeman's eyebrows and Donnie Wahlberg as a retarded space alien.

Eh, the only King adaptations that are any good are the ones set in prisons...

/If you must count the Overlook as a prison, then go ahead...


I think you two are forgetting "The Mist" and "The Dead Zone."  Both those flicks are pretty goddamn awesome.  "Carrie," "Stand by Me,"  "Misery,"  and "Christine" are fine movies. Hey wait a damn minute there are a bunch of good Stephen King adaptations.  Plenty of bad ones too, but let's not toss the farked up "Children of The Corn" babies out with the bathwater.
 
2013-11-05 02:02:42 AM
There are good Stephen King novels, there are so-so Stephen King novels and there are bad Stephen King novels. Cell was the worst.
 
2013-11-05 02:06:18 AM

loooongview1: Mugato: I'm trying Ringo, I'm trying real hard to be in a Stephen King movie that isn't The Shining or doesn't involve prisoners that doesn't suck.

IlGreven: Confabulat: One of the few Stephen King books I've never read. Just seemed sort of the same ol' same ol' to me. I think that was when King was relearning how to write again after that weird post-accident time that resulted in masterpieces like Dreamcatcher, which was made into a movie starring Morgan Freeman's eyebrows and Donnie Wahlberg as a retarded space alien.

Eh, the only King adaptations that are any good are the ones set in prisons...

/If you must count the Overlook as a prison, then go ahead...

I think you two are forgetting "The Mist" and "The Dead Zone."  Both those flicks are pretty goddamn awesome.  "Carrie," "Stand by Me,"  "Misery,"  and "Christine" are fine movies. Hey wait a damn minute there are a bunch of good Stephen King adaptations.  Plenty of bad ones too, but let's not toss the farked up "Children of The Corn" babies out with the bathwater.


I liked Cujo as well. Not sure whether that's a popular opinion
 
2013-11-05 02:10:13 AM
Terrible story with a lazy ending. Made me stop buying his books.
 
2013-11-05 02:16:53 AM

red5ish: There are good Stephen King novels, there are so-so Stephen King novels and there are bad Stephen King novels. Cell was the worst.


Worse than, say....Gerald's Game?
 
2013-11-05 02:20:28 AM

W. T. Fark: I loved him in Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Lakeview Terrace.. but otherwise, meh? Has he done anything else worth checking out? I know he does like a dozen movies a year..


Uh, does the phrase "Hold on to your butts" not ring a bell?
 
2013-11-05 02:25:30 AM

HotWingAgenda: Mugato: I'm trying real hard to be in a Stephen King movie

When you make it big, give a shout out to us Farkers when you're on Leno.


y'all forget about 1408?
 
2013-11-05 02:30:06 AM

ArkAngel: W. T. Fark: I loved him in Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Lakeview Terrace.. but otherwise, meh? Has he done anything else worth checking out? I know he does like a dozen movies a year..

The Avengers, 1408, Black Snake Moan, Coach Carter, The Incredibles, Basic, Formula 51, Unbreakable, Rules of Engagement, The Red Violin, 187, A Time to Kill, Jungle Fever, Eve's Bayou, Die Hard 3


What, no love for the Star Wars prequels or Snakes On A Plane?

/man, I sure HOPE there's no love for those. I'd like to think we as a society have finally confronted any mistaken affection for those trainwrecks and moved on.
 
2013-11-05 02:47:43 AM
I really liked the book, too bad they're gonna ruin it with a movie.

/Still
 
2013-11-05 02:49:50 AM
Gah, ipad fark up, was going to mention how Congo ruined my childhood with the abomination of a movie, after it being one of my favorite book.
 
2013-11-05 03:04:55 AM
He should let Darabont write and direct the ending to this like he did "The Mist". Cell the book had a very disappointing ending. I had to go look at another copy to make sure mine wasn't missing pages.
 
2013-11-05 03:11:14 AM

EdgeRunner: ArkAngel: W. T. Fark: I loved him in Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Lakeview Terrace.. but otherwise, meh? Has he done anything else worth checking out? I know he does like a dozen movies a year..

The Avengers, 1408, Black Snake Moan, Coach Carter, The Incredibles, Basic, Formula 51, Unbreakable, Rules of Engagement, The Red Violin, 187, A Time to Kill, Jungle Fever, Eve's Bayou, Die Hard 3

What, no love for the Star Wars prequels or Snakes On A Plane?

/man, I sure HOPE there's no love for those. I'd like to think we as a society have finally confronted any mistaken affection for those trainwrecks and moved on.


SOAP wasn't bad.  It knew what it was and didn't take itself too seriously.  It was a fun popcorn flick.
 
2013-11-05 03:27:26 AM

RatMaster999: STRYPERSWINE: Cell was when I gave Stephen King a chance after a long hiatus.  It was a good book until the end.  It's like he couldn't think of an ending so he just....gave up.

Spoiler:  Something is about to happen, and then nothing does.

Yeah, I was with him right up until the end.  Even more fun is the fact that I live in the area they had to walk through, so I was getting a kick...


Has he ever written a satisfying ending? I will never forgive him for the ending to "The Dark Tower" after wading through all seven books hoping for some awesome payoff.


As for Cell, it didn't get truly terrifying until it absorbed Android 18.
 
2013-11-05 03:43:26 AM
I hope they change the ending.
 
2013-11-05 05:57:34 AM
How is this different from Dollhouse's "Epitaph" episodes...?
 
2013-11-05 06:01:43 AM
I am a huge King fan but this book was awful. Shallow and pedantic.

Everyone needs to just focus on the damn Tower. And it had better not suck, or it's hard calibers for everyone involved.
 
2013-11-05 06:01:48 AM
I have read an awful lot of Stephen King, and let me tell you, The Cell is definitely in the lowest tier of his books.  Terrible book. The only redeeming thing about a movie would be if the Bill Simmon's "Unintentional Comedy Scale" were through the roof.  I seem to recall laughing outloud at some of the more ridiculous things in the book.

The concept of the book is absurd, and from there it follows a pretty formulaic path.

Unexplained event, people die!
Everybody panic!
Figure some things out.
Some people are power hungry douches.
Can we beat this thing?
Resolution.
 
2013-11-05 06:17:04 AM
It should be cheap to film, just cast a bunch of iPhone users posting in the Fark politics tab as zombies, and you won't even need to use makeup.
 
2013-11-05 07:19:16 AM
Just before it came out, EW had an excerpt from the first chapter, which took place in the Back Bay near the Transportation Building

My wife bought that issue at a kisok .... near the Transportation Building.

So yeah, I'm getting a kick....

And King said he fudged the geography of Route 1 near Malden to prevent gawkers, so I didn't get a kick out of that....
 
2013-11-05 07:32:56 AM
"Cell" was the boook that made me give up on King.  I used to read almost everything but this was just a boring and worse let, LAZY book.

Just plain awful.
 
2013-11-05 07:51:33 AM

W. T. Fark: I loved him in Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Lakeview Terrace.. but otherwise, meh? Has he done anything else worth checking out? I know he does like a dozen movies a year..


Django Unchained.
He was Uncle Ruckus.

And cell phones do make people murderous beasts.
They steal and kill for them.
They kill behind the wheel because of them.
Little Chinese kids die in factories making them and are poisoned by the components.

But keep lining up at the Apple stores.
You look so hip, people.
 
2013-11-05 07:55:15 AM

buntz: "Cell" was the boook that made me give up on King.  I used to read almost everything but this was just a boring and worse let, LAZY book.

Just plain awful.


11.22.63

Try it. I been listening/revisiting King for the last two years while commuting, this book is probably one of the best he's ever written, including his older books.
 
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