Re: Re: RARA-AVIS: Thompson movies
Fri, 3 Jul 1998 17:45:06 EDT In a message dated 7/3/98 5:14:23 PM, you wrote:

<<Also "After Dark, My Sweet" and "The Kill-Off"

I just had the extreme displeasure of seeing THIS WORLD, THEN THE FIREWORKS
the other night. It was the antithesis of everything that makes great Jim
Thompson. Badly acted (Billy Zane may make millions off the same character in
several flicks), horribly scored (the "composer" veers from Peter Gunn rip-
offs to variations on Ricky Ricardo's Baba-Loo tunes), and worst of all,
condescending. The best thing about Thompson is that he makes the assumption
that his readers CAN read and think at the same time. Not so the writer and
director of the film. Thompson's novella left things up in the air at the
climax. The movie not only spells it out, but rubs your face in it. I had high
hopes for this one, but I can see that any future Jim Thompson novels will
probably suffer from the Quentus Tarantitis syndrome.

Peter Enfantino
bare*bones/deadline press
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