News Harlan Ellison (1934-2018)

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    This thread started as a general thread about Harlan and his work - and it still is.

    But recently I have been reading his book "WATCHING", which is full of essays - as opposed to reviews - about many different films.

    I thought it might be interesting to see what films he loved and what films he loathed, with a few choice quotes from his essays/reviews.

    I have to admit that some of the films he praises have vanished into obscurity - and he attacks some that are now regarded as classics.

    Do you agree with everything he says?

    Or is he talking out of his glass hand?


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    As a writer of short fiction, and especially as an editor, Ellison really assisted the transfer of "Sci-Fi" of the mid-century to the "Speculative Fiction" of the '70s and '80s and beyond. Some of his stuff is so experimental that I don't really care for it, but even so I can recognize how important it was. Dangerous Visions might have been the most important publication of the genre between 1965 and 1980.
     
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    GOTHIC (1986)

    After listing who he considers the only 7 "genius directors" in the world, who were alive at the time...

    Altman
    Coppola
    Fellini
    Kurosawa
    Resnais
    Kubrick
    Bunuel


    ... he added an 8th as a "guilty pleasure", which was KEN RUSSELL

    Then he said of Russell's then current film, Gothic....

    of which he said....



     
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    MICKEY ONE (1965)

    Harlan Says....




     
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    NB:

    Joe Dante liked MICKEY ONE too....



     
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    JOE (1970)


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    At the end of the film he needed his friends to....




     
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    Peter Boyle on playing the title character in the movie "Joe"



     
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    PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED (1986)

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    One less intelligent writer in the world.

    And I can't see many replacements coming along.

    RIP Harlan.
     

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