RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS Digest V3 #365

From: Peter Davis ( yourflesh@worldnet.att.net)
Date: 03 Aug 2000

> Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2000 10:40:04 +0200
> From: Paul Duncan < Paul.Duncan@asml.nl>
> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Bunker
> Peter D: <Kinda surprised there hasn't been any commentary regarding
> Steve Buscemi's directorial turn at Eddie Bunker's "Animal Factory,"
> which aired this past Sunday night on Cinemax. Wasn't bad 't all...>
> Here in the UK we haven't heard a thing about it (other than Bunker
> being grumpy and saying bad things about Buscemi). Can you expand on
> your opinions... is it like the book? Who's good in it? etc.

I think Bunker's disposition is generally pretty disgruntled from what I've heard so I'm not at all surprised he might feel that way toward Buscemi. Willem Defoe is believable enough in the role and Bunker is all over the place in the background. Edward Furlong was a little tough to buy at first but his acting is generally strong enough to transcend the limitations his visage initially congers. Read the book well over 5 or 6 years ago so from the best I could remember the film seemed to remain pretty faithful to the source material (and Bunker di co-author the screenplay). Can't remember the hispanic character actor's name (butt-ugly guy who's in everything: Dusk to Dawn; Heat, etc) but he had a co-production credit for the film and is always imensely believable. Being a former con does of course give him the proper "pedigree." Was the movie fantastic? No. Was it a worthy entertainment? Definitely. A welcome surprise on a Sunday evening...not worth complaining about. I was greatful.

Wondering...can someone explain why it is Bunker's more well known on British soil? I read his latest memoir and was substantially underwhelmed. Kind of a let down, really, seeing as how worthy his fiction is.

-Peter D. Your Flesh Mag

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