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Fair documentary about reclusive writer
Documentary about the life and work of famous American writer J.D. Salinger. Features interviews with friends, family member and former lover. Contains rare footage of the writer himself. The influence that the author's work has had on the world is discussed at length, including the famous cases related to it (murders of Reagan and Lennon). Interesting, but incomplete. Helps to shed some light on the mysterious writer, but in a somehow superficial way. His early life as a writer is almost ignored, which is very sad. Remains a must-see for all Salinger fans, and a good biographical introduction for new readers.
Damien: Omen II (1978)
'Damien'is a a fair sequel to the first Omen, but somehow redundant. It's almost the same story, but with less action and more not-so-interesting dialogues. Damien's behavior changes from an extreme to another at one point in the movie, which is a bit unrealistic. The plot is exactly the same as in the first Omen, except in that one Damien knows who he is and what is happening. There is a lot of things that are left unexplained, and a lot of details who seem to be there for nothing. A lot of scenes focus on the Thorne industry, but in the end, nothing really happens to it. There is some entertaining scenes, but all in all, it is kind of disappointing.
The Shadow over Innsmouth
I've heard so many bad comments about that movie that I was kind of stressed out when I bought it. 'The Shadow over Innsmouth' being one of my favorite Lovecraft stories, I was scared that they had screwed everything up by adding too much new things. Even though the story has been modernized, Gordon stayed faithful to the original work for the most part, which is great. The mood of the movie is really similar to the mood you get when you read the story. So for that part, it's a good adaptation. He changed some things, like the presence of some kind of fish princess, but it still is OK. It fits in the mood.
The only disappointing thing is that there is way too much gore for a Lovecraft story. Gore is OK, but in that case it breaks some magic in the movie. Plus the old drunkard tells a lot of very important things, crucial to the understanding of the movie, but you can't understand a word he's saying. I had to explain everything to my friend who hasn't read the original story.
But all in all, this is a great movie, and a beautiful Lovecraft adaptation, even though I would've cut some scenes and changed little details here and there, but eh, no one's perfect.