Thursday, April 19, 2012

Rust and Bone at Cannes

Hello all,

So the official selections for Cannes have been announced, and Rust and Bone is in contention. Some really good films this year, by a lot of great directors, starring many wonderful actors. Here is some of the coverage:

Cannes Stuff 1

Cannes Stuff 2

Cannes Stuff 3 (no women directors on the lineup, which seems a fair thing to bring up)

All best, Craig.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Reaction to HRT article in Esquire

Hello all,

Got this from an eagle-eyed reader today.

Really, there's hasn't been much said to me personally about this article at all. I'll present this one cleansed of commentary seeing as I said my piece in the article itself.

Reaction to "Miracle," HRT article

All best, Craig.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Sarah Court Audiobook

Hi All,

Have you had a chance to read my last book, Sarah Court? No?

You FOOL!

No, okay, you're not a fool. That was way out of line. I take it back. I'm off my meds—or I'm on them, more accurately, but not ones a doc prescribed. Okay, I'm huffing Dristan out of a grocery sack in my backyard shed. So what? My sinuses are clear as a bell, I'll have you know!

Okay, so none of that is true. Except the Dristan-huffing part. What is also true, kimosabe, is that the fine folks at Audible have put out an audio version of Sarah Court. What's that, you ask?

What, are you some dummkopf?

Sorry! Sorry. Meds again. Dristan, you horrible mistress!

An audiobook is a book in audio form. A book read in dulcet tones by a voice actor. It's a gas. You should go check it out. You can even listen to a little sample of it—like auditory honey sliding into your ear canal, it is!

What, you've got something better to do with the next 7 hours, 34 minutes of your life?

I highly doubt that, you no-friend-nik!

Whoo! What a rancid human being I am when I'm all Dristaned up. I'm switching to Nasonex—the same satisfying high, none of the meanspirited behavior.

Thanks to Brett and Sandra at ChiZine for working this out. It's very cool, sincerely.

Sarah Court audiobook

All best, Craig.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Fighter trailer from years ago ... hated on YouTube

Hello all,

So I'll link below to a YouTube clip of "The Fighter," which was a bookshort (basically, a book trailer) from way back in 2006, I think. I came across it today while watching something completely different, but it popped up the list of other videos running down the right-hand side of the screen, showing videos I might like.

Now Bookshort aren't uncommon nowadays, though it's probably still up in the air whether or not they're very effective. This one was done by Mark Hesselink, a young director and a very cool guy; me and my brother and my friend Neil got terrifically drunk with Mark on night at Hoops Sports Bar on Bloor, not far from Florida Jack's, the boxing club where I'd be drubbed scant months later.

We got hammered and sang karaoke, I recall (foggily ...) I sang Danzig's "Mother," because, well, I got to screech out: Mwwwwwwuthaaaaa! Tell your children not to walk my way / Tell them not to hear my words / What they mean / What they say ... [lower] Mwwwwuthaaa-ah-ah ...
[A LOT LOUDER]: MOTHA!

Then Neil decided to sing "American Pie," the long version no less, and he barely knew the words so we had to get up there and help him sing that ... the extra lyrics with the joker trying for a forward pass and etc that don't end up on the radio version. What a nightmare.

Anyhoo, all of which is to say Mark's a great guy. And I dug the video, realizing that it's a pretty tough task to translate a book into a movie in 3 minutes ... lots of directors can't manage that feat given 30x more screen time.

But what first struck me was the views: 300k + That's not a lot compared to "Billy Bit Me" or "Dramatic Squirrel" or "Whatshisname After the Dentist," sure, but it's not insignificant.

Second were, of course, the comments. Repellant. It's probably hard to pinpoint the lowest point of the internet, the cesspool where are the emotional feebles, racist morons, prune-faced hags, Darwinian horrors, sadsack incompetents go to spew their torrents of doltish lack-wittery, but the Youtube commentariat may be the worst, the scummiest hive of scum and villainy in existence.

Anyway, sorry Mark. I thought it was pretty damn good.

BOOKSHORT

All best, Craig.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Un(e?) Trailer

Hi all,

A surprise this morning. Scroll down to watch the trailer, if you'd like.

Rust and Bone trailer

All best, Craig.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Website Update

Hi all,

Guess what? It's time for a website update! I was looking at it the other day and realized, alas, I'm not 30 anymore (as my ancient bio notes), nor do I live in Calgary. So time to clear out the cobwebs. Some new articles and a few golden oldies to read. Or not. New agent, some film stuff, this that and the other. I'll be updating more often, surely, with a new book on the way and whatever else happens to crop up.

WEBSITE

You read! You read!

All best, Craig.

Monday, April 2, 2012

First Look At Rust and Bone

Hi all,

I'm totally just copping the title of the blog post I'm linking to for the title of my own blog post. I'm a lazy disenfranchised wretch, what can I say?

Now it doesn't really look like Ms. Cotillard is doing too much in this photo, just staring really ... maybe wistfully, maybe distractedly, maybe at the craft services table where someone is eating the apple she'd sort of earmarked, in a distant non-possessive way, for herself—I don't really know. But she looks good doing it, and there's a little plot synopsis so okay, I'll post it.

MOVIE STUFF

or here, for a bigger rundown:

MORE MOVIE STUFF

All best, Craig.