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1. CROUCH END

 

Disclaimer 1:
Iím taking my students to Hampsted, London in September.

Hamsptead is not that far from Crouch End, a couple of kms and two tube stops.
You can even walk there if itís a nice day.
So allow me to touch wood and try to dismiss this story as absurd and totally unlike.

A more *fictional* setting wouldnít have hurt, both for the credibility (oxymoron?) of the story and for my tranquillity, too.

J

 

Disclaimer 2:
Though Iíve become pretty old
J Iíve been educated in modern times; so I belong to the school that has learned to do off with any attempt to compare books and movies as childish, anticultural, antihistorical and  a bit stupid as a whole.

 

Still I must say that with short stories this axiom might be (Iíve just said, *might*, mind you!) modified.
Because the reading // watching time become approximately equal thus dialogues can be virtually identical and, besides, a short story is technically defined as a one-plot, one-time, one-setting (differently from the novel) thus rendering its visual dramatization much easier than that of an ordinary novel.

 

 

That said, Crouch End is a hell (no pun intended) of a ride into a well-known quarter of London which will be easily appreciated by all Stephen King die-hard fans.

A little bit naÔve for the others, maybe, because Lonnie and Doris seem too much like actors out of the Scary Movie series; they go where they donít have to go, they do what they donít have to do but they donít go where they have to go.

Some clichťs too many, all and all, but in the end the story works and keeps you stuck up to the very end of it.

Much more than the rendering of his many novels (see above) here the constant reader can find *exactly* what he was supposed to; and this, far from belittling Kingís work, is a really good achievement for an author who plays with fantasy and imagination and has ever hoped to become a good director, too.

44 minutes which wonít make history but sure will give you the creeps.

 

 

 

 

2. BATTLEGROUND

 

In the wonderful site, www.liljas-library.com, Lilja says *This is that kind of story that canít be done semi good. Either all the toy soldiers would look pretty silly or they would awesome.*

I think this is quite with *any* Kingís story, when it comes to his *impossible* stuff, re: the Langoliers (first off the top of my head) .

She then adds *Theyíre awesome*

Well, I donítí quite agree theyíre awesome, but theyíre sure much much better than the ridiculous Langoliers (to quote an example).

Besides that, what I really found awesome in this rendition is:

1. William Hurtís performance.

Top of the game, brilliant, definitely flawless.
Iíve never seen a better Hurt since *minor god*, I mean it.

2. The directorís choice to make it a silent film. It stresses the thrill and adds to the suspense.

Great short movie, really.

You wonít miss it.