Posts Tagged ‘Daniel Keyes’

PODCAST:

S3E2M – Flowers for Algernon (movie)*

SHOW NOTES:

“Well, we did it. We murdered everyone. And not even a thank you or a hug. Probably because they were all dead.”

This iconic line is nowhere found in either movie based on “Flowers For Algernon.” Which is a shame. Because we had to watch both movies, one of which has Matthew Modine in the role he was born to play: an insufferable mentally inferior drip. But watch them we did. Oh how we did.

The three panelists/bitter enemies/lifelong friends/mostly bitter enemies—preferred the older, Classic Coke version of “Flowers For Algernon.” This movie was called “Charly” and it did not feature Matthew Modine. It was pretty dull and hard to watch. On the plus side it had Peter Parker’s uncle in it. Spoiler—he doesn’t die in this one. He did win an academy award for his early portrayal of a dynamic Forest Gump.  So, yeah, we watched this over the internet, hunched over our computer screens, counting the minutes of life ticking away as the flashes and pops sent messages to our brain.

That was the good one. The second one “Flowers for Algernon,” the one no one should watch and those that made it should answer for, was not as good. Some might call it bad. Others might call it justification for attacking an American Embassy. It has Matthew Modine, the answer to a question no one asked. The actor who resembles a bowl of soggy cheerios, but lacks their charm. It was terrible knowing this movie existed, worse watching it, intolerable to think we may be perpetuating it. Burn that movie.

So, in short, read the book, avoid the movies. Which won’t be hard since they are only available online.

-Wilk

 

WRITTEN FILM REVIEWS:

Film: “Charly (1968)” by Ralph Nelson (Cliff Robertson)

Ryan: 3 Stars “…I recommend the older version…”

Wilk: 2 Stars “…I would never watch it again…it’s not terrible, its just not that great or relevant…”

Rick: 3 Stars “…I sort of liked it…”

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TV: “Flowers for Algernon (2000)” by Jeff Bleckner (Matthew Modine)

Ryan: 1 Star “…it felt more contrived…”

Wilk: 1 Star “…[explicit] terrible movie…”

Rick: 1 Star “…that performance was so shallow it just kind of powered the movie under the water…”

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

On the book episode we mentioned that “Flowers for Algernon” is very popular in Japan. Indeed, its been dramatized at least twice since this writing: http://asianwiki.com/Flowers_for_Algernon and http://asianwiki.com/Flowers_for_Algernon_(Japanese_Drama).

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

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PODCAST:

S3E2B – Flowers for Algernon (book)*

SHOW NOTES:

In our second show this season we covered a classic and acclaimed book. Things got off to a rough start when someone decided he was going to fact check all the words used that he did not understand, this further digressed into a quizzical 3rd grade discussion about basic mathematics terminology.

After this sabotage attempt, the debate picked up. Wilk blasted the book’s concept and basically wrote it off for the rest of the show. He continued to cherry pick digs on his co-hosts while providing almost zero insight on the book’s qualities. The stunt resembled a vacuum of intergalactic negligence, as it unfortunately sucked all traces of positive energy from the show.

Eventually we made it out alive, and even got to caressing each other by the end of the recording.

-Rick

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

Ryan: 3 1/2 Stars “…A journey of self that is both compelling and crushing in its introspection…

Wilk: 3 Stars “…It’s better served as a short story. The story wasn’t character driven and the events were not all that exciting…

Rick: 4 Stars “…A story that compels you to invest with the main character, Charly, as he tragically experiences a precipitous rise and fall from his innocent humble beginnings…

(Click the links to read full written reviews on Goodreads.com)

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

On the show we mentioned that Daniel Keyes received SFWA’s Author Emeritus Award. Here is a link to his acceptance speech at the 2000 Nebula Awards on Scott Edelmen’s YouTube Channel where he reflects on his success with “Flowers for Algernon”:

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S3E2P – Preview Episode (Flowers for Algernon)* 

SUBJECT MATTER:

Book: “Flowers for Algernon (1959 short story – 1966 novel)” by Daniel Keyes

“The beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse.” (from Amazon.com)

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TV: “Flowers for Algernon (2000)” by Jeff Bleckner (Matthew Modine)

“This is the touching story of a gentle, mentally-handicapped man who faces the chance of a lifetime and the hard changes that come with it. After undergoing experimental brain surgery to increase his intelligence, Charlie (Matthew Modine, Have Dreams, Will Travel; TV’s Weeds) is emboldened with his newfound genius, but finds himself questioning the value of his intellect and struggling to accept his former self. He confides in Algernon, a lab mouse who has had the same procedure, and his teacher, Alice (Kelli Williams, TV’s The Practice), who he begins to fall for. Adapted from Daniel Keyes’ timeless novel, Flowers for Algernon is an acclaimed drama of self-discovery, the unbreakable bonds we form with those who understand us, and the capacity we hold to change.” (from Amazon.com)

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Film: “Charly (1968)” by Ralph Nelson (Cliff Robertson)

“This is the touching story of a gentle, mentally-handicapped man who faces the chance of a lifetime and the hard changes that come with it. After undergoing experimental brain surgery to increase his intelligence, Charlie (Matthew Modine, Have Dreams, Will Travel; TV’s Weeds) is emboldened with his newfound genius, but finds himself questioning the value of his intellect and struggling to accept his former self. He confides in Algernon, a lab mouse who has had the same procedure, and his teacher, Alice (Kelli Williams, TV’s The Practice), who he begins to fall for. Adapted from Daniel Keyes’ timeless novel, Flowers for Algernon is an acclaimed drama of self-discovery, the unbreakable bonds we form with those who understand us, and the capacity we hold to change.” (from Amazon.com)

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.