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Subj: Re: New banner! Thanks Superman's Pal! So which did you like better -
Posted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 at 03:34:18 pm EDT (Viewed 734 times)
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Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 at 06:01:54 pm EDT (Viewed 704 times)

    1. I don't think King's works have ever done well on (pre-internet) TV after Salem's Lot. TV became too restrictive after the 70s. At best, his TV movies are best seen as extra-long commercials for his books.

My only counter to that is the 90s It, which while poor on some fronts (sitcom adult cast, giant spider), effectively entered the pop culture of everyone I know, at least. The kid cast and their half of the story is fairly decent. Curry as Pennywise is the MVP.

    Erm... not that his movies have always been great...

A lot of them were probably dead on conception because a lot of his novels are too long to trim to feature length and for some reason they decided to pad out some short stories to feature length (Graveyard Shift, The Mangler).

The Stand really needed the length of the tv miniseries and was fairly ambitious for tv at the time. The casting is not that great. Aside from Gary Sinise and possibly Rob Lowe it comes across soap opera-ish.

From what I remember, Sometimes They Come Back was a fairly decent tv movie.

    2. I think the actors were much better, and in particular, I think Weber was the death knell the TV version.
    3. Ultimately, I think Kubrick spins a story even better than Stephen King.

    His movie seems less concerned with plot or even characters and more with the overall feeling. Which worked in its favor.

    4. I ♥ Jack!

Jack is a great screen presence. But King is right he's just Jack being Jack. For better or worse.

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