Thanks again, Stu, at Popcorn Nights for starting off the conversation regarding Ang Lee on the 13th and to all who stopped by to comment. I learned more about Lee because your ideas and insights had me thinking. What? You missed out? That’s okay, contribute now right HERE.
Nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction in 2012, Ben Fountain‘s novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk has been adapted into a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Jean-Christophe Castelli. Ang Lee is the director, and its release date is scheduled next year on U.S. Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2016. Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel, Garrett Hedlund, Chris Tucker, newcomer Joe Alwyn, and Ben Platt star.
Ang Lee is leading the way to a new level of film-making whether we want him to or not. Lee’s film is unique because he will be the first to film in 120fps/3D. I’m not a technology geek or someone who pretends to know why I should be impressed with the innovation, especially since I dislike CGI in general. I admire the director, so I will have reconcile my apprehension and hope that filming faster is a nifty trick instead of ruining a good story.
Here’s an interesting explanation regarding the next leap in imaging technology by Hiroshi Ohtake, Senior Research Engineer, Imaging & Storage Devices Research Division, Broadcast Technology No.48, Spring 2012 http://www.nhk.or.jp/strl/publica/bt/en/ch0048.pdf
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is described as a comedy/military drama about young Private Billy Lynn and his company serving in Iraq. They are recalled home by the government and portrayed as heroes in a publicity event. Elements of a dark comedy thematically speckled with disenchantment, retrospection and enlightenment? Sounds like a coming-of-age story to me, and I’m excited for it. First, though, I’ll check out a copy of Ben Fountain’s novel at the library.
JANUARY’S TOPIC: Welcome excellent reviewer, Tom, at DIGITAL SHORTBREAD. He’s a graceful writer with smart insights, and he’s helping me host the film, The Revenant. Because the film is released in the states on January 8 and the United Kingdom on the 15, I’m going to post the Lucky 13 Film Club event on Monday, January 18 to maximize attendance.
Remember, no one is an expert and everyone has an idea and an opinion, so come join us all in 2016!