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Stephen King’s The Stand   Leave a comment

Finished watching The Stand. I forgot how much I liked that show. Gary Sinise, Rob Lowe, Bill Fagerbakke. “M-O-O-N that spells moon.”

I watched it back when it was originally on TV in 1994. I don’t remember my reaction then, other than that I liked it, and after watching it, I read the book. (That’s big for me, I NEVER see the movie first. In fact, I’m taping Under The Dome, and will not watch it until I finish the book. Which I just started.)

(This morning.)

Jamey Sheridan was creepy as hell. If they do make the Dark Tower books into movies (AND THEY SHOULD REALLY REALLY DO THIS) they should get him to reprise Flagg. So he’s older. So what? He aged well.

jamey sheridan

(Sheridan in Law & Order:Criminal Intent, and as the devilish Randall Flagg)

Speaking of aging well, here’s a recent random pic of Rob Lowe.

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His character was really interesting, and very much against type. Yeah, he was a pretty boy, he couldn’t help but be, but it was still a very different role for him.

And here’s a pic of Gary Sinise, because I like pics of Gary Sinise.

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And speaking of aging well, (let’s just roll with this, shall we?) Bill Fagerbakke. A favorite of mine from his role as Dauber on Coach-

COACH-- Bill Fagerbakke

and then as Tom Cullen in The Stand-
bill MOON
M-O-O-N that spells moon….

And Bill aged well, too. Here he is today:
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About the only actors I didn’t really enjoy in The Stand were the two women. I think the reason I didn’t get into Laura San Giacomo was her clothes. Whoever did costuming for the show missed the boat with her. And with Molly Ringwald as well. They dressed Molly as if it was 1962 and she was an Army wife. It was ridiculous, and it was only Gary Sinise’s acting ability that convinced me Stu was really in love with Franny.

I wanted to like Molly Ringwald’s character. There’s not a lot of Franny’s out there, and we must stick together. And I loved her in so many other things-The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Tempest – but she was just so – awkwardly WRONG in this role.

Still, I enjoyed watching it again. I teared up when Mother Abigail told Larry and Ralph to come home. I respected Lloyd’s loyalty to Flagg. And I crowed like a fangirl when I recognized the face playing Teddy Weizak. In 1994, I wasn’t a huge Stephen King fan. I’d only read one or two books, and had no idea what he looked like. Today I do, as he may be one of the most recognizable authors next to J.K. Rowling. And his just-slightly-over-acted-yet-happy-making-because-hell-he’s-Stephen-King take on Teddy made me smile every time he was onscreen.

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Laura San Giacomo and Stephen King

One last word: “Don’t screw with my disco, Nadine.”

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So a writer walks into a bookstore….   1 comment

….and there’s no punchline, because we all know she walked out with books.

Today’s purchases:

monster
Monster by Walter Dean Myers.

“FADE IN: INTERIOR: Early morning in CELL BLOCK D, MANHATTAN DETENTION CENTER.

Steve (Voice-Over)
Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I’ll call it what the lady prosecutor called me … Monster.”

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The Gunslinger by Stephen King
I already have a copy of this, in electronic form. It was the first book I bought when I got my first Kindle. My friend Janice loved the Dark Tower books so much she convinced me to read them. Now, don’t get me wrong. I respect Stephen King with all my heart, but – the man writes

    HORROR

novels! I read Firestarter years ago, and The Stand, and most of Needful Things, and a few years ago I read Tommyknockers, because it had a spaceship in it, so I could pretend it was science fiction. But on the whole, I am not a Horror reader. I don’t like being scared. It – well, it scares me. But Janice convinced me that these were not horror, and I gave this first one a shot. Fell in love, read all of them over the next few months. Have spent the past year or so trying to decide on whether or not I’m brave enough to read Salem’s Lot.
So this copy is not for me, but for my son, who wants to read them ‘in real book form’. I insist that e-books are just as real, but I get what he means, so I got him a copy today.

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5 Centimeters Per Second by Makoto Shinkai. I saw the movie a few years ago, and they made a manga version of that. I’m a sucker for manga, in case you didn’t read my last post. So this one is for me.

I love bookstores.

Listening to: abingdon boys school