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The Keanu Reading List
ARYA
2011-05-19 10:07


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I wonder if he's read The Little Prince? That might be a good ice breaker if you should run into him. ;)

ARYA
2011-05-19 10:15


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He said he liked the movie A Clockwork Orange, but did he read the book? I did. :)
ARYA
2011-05-20 23:10


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Just for anyone might be interested...


Splice director Vincenzo Natali has been trying to make sci-fi Neuromancer for years, and finally he’s got his chance.

The adaptation of William Gibson’s seminal novel was shopped around Cannes this week, and was finally picked up by a distributor.

With the film rights also bought, filming is expected to commence early 2012, with locations including Canada, Istanbul, Tokyo, and London. Pre-visual effects work has already begun.

Released in 1984, Gibson’s novel kicked off the cyberpunk craze, the plot following Case, a computer whizz who lives his life in cyberspace. He's hired by a mysterious employer to "pull off the ultimate hack".

Collider spoke to Natali about the film last year. Here’s what he had to say:

“Splice is about evolving our bodies. Neuromancer is about evolving our minds, and how we’re going to merge and interact with machine consciousnesses in the future. Which I also think is inevitable, and I don’t think The Matrix begins or even attempts to go into that territory.

“In fact The Matrix, in some respects is like a Philip K. Dick book, it’s really about what is real. And Neuromancer flirts with that, but I think it’s more about our evolution. It’s also tonally much more realistic.

“The Matrix which I really liked, is a movie that’s very much based in comic-book reality, and kind of relishes in it. Whereas my approach to Neuromancer would be to treat it quite realistically.”

Source: Collider

Read more: Vincenzo Natali’s Neuromancer to film in early 2012 | TotalFilm.com

Donna_J
2011-05-20 23:30


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They are going to see Neuromancer? Great!I want this movie, because the book was good!
LucaM
2011-05-21 00:21


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... he's partially right about The Matrix, in the sense that it has both a PKD and a comic book feel to it. BUT that's only the first movie. The sequels went much further than that. although, yeah, still PKD territory. mostly.

the way I see it, the difference between Phil and W.Gibson is that while Phil was a true visionary and a philosopher of his own kind, Gibson is more of a... can't remember the term he invented, but it's a person who can 'smell', 'feel' and predict trends. Besides, his last three 'mainstream' novels are exactly about that: predicting fashion and social trends. Gibson is more of an analyst. Exercise of imagination : what would PKD make of the internet, twitter and all this? Him who had to imagine colonies on Mars as a subterfuge for the human subconscious?

and I beg Natali's pardon, but the Matrix does begin to go there (how we’re going to merge and interact with machine consciousnesses in the future.) The difference is that the Matrix movies are a beautiful metaphor about duality becoming ONE, in a video-game setting (with highly unrealistic moments), while Neuromancer (and actually the Sprawl trilogy)is an analysis of a very possible and near future.
Completely different points of view. both trilogies end in a similar note, though ;)

sorry, will shut up now :D

ARYA
2011-05-21 00:50


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I appreciate your commentary LucaM. I am mostly familiar with the Matrix so its good to hear your comparison. Did you see No Maps for These Territories? Cool documentary about Gibson.

@donna, yeah, since I never did get around to reading it I am happy they make it into a movie!

ARYA
2011-05-21 00:52


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a bit more of why the Matrix trilogy makes the filming of neuromancer possible.



According to Natali, the time is ripe for brining Gibson’s masterpiece to the masses — and this is primarily due to the influence of a far younger sci-fi giant, The Matrix.

“…The Matrix, for instance, gives you is the opportunity to make ‘Neuromancer’ in a culture that is already aware of what The Matrix is,” said Natali in an interview with Slash Film last year. ”I mean, the very word ‘matrix’ is in Neuromancer. It was borrowed by the Wachowski brothers for their film. I think that’s a good thing, because I don’t even know how someone would have been able to make that film 10 years ago or 15 years ago, because it’s so abstract. I don’t even know how people understood the book when it first came out. I think I read it in the late 1980s, but in 1984, how would people even understand it, because it was just so far ahead of the curve?”

ARYA
2011-05-21 00:58


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http://www.digitaltrends.com/entertainment/neuromancer-film-adaptation-begins-pre-production/

http://www.digitaltrends.com/entertainment/neuromancer-film-adaptation-begins-pre-production/

LucaM
2011-05-21 01:10


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He's right about Neuromancer the film riding on the coattails of the Matrix ;)
and yes, Neuromancer was a rather 'unfilmable' novel; it would have been hard to make it 10 years ago not only because it's abstract, but think of all the special effects required. it needs a certain look...

yes, I have seen that documentary. it explains a few things about Gibson and his universe...


Q: what is going to save us ?
A: acceptance. Acceptance of the impermanence of being and of the imperfect nature of being – or possibly the perfect nature of being , depending on how one looks at it.
[…] acceptance that this is not a rehearsal but this is it. This is the deal, this is your life.
[…] the fridge magnets…the New Age ones…they have a certain (?) truth to them .


( approximate quote) I’m not trying to predict the future […] I think we live in an incomprehensible present and what I’m trying to do is to illuminate the moment. Make the moment accessible .

ARYA
2011-05-21 06:34


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Thanks LucaM. This is it. This is the trip. This the best part, this moment.
I am working on BE HERE NOW. Thoroughly enjoying my iced tea and reading Gibson's take on impermanence. :D
Chiara
2011-08-23 18:10


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I could add Jack Kerouac`s On the road.Besides,he mentioned Oriana Fallaci in the one of the interviews,but didn`t say the title.
ARYA
2011-08-23 20:54


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I have not read it anywhere but I bet he's read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
AdriannaM.
2011-08-23 21:11


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Be Here Now by Ram Dass? I love that one :)
Softie
2012-04-01 03:11


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Here are a few more:

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley. (I think everyone should read this, especially Americans)

http://www.amazon.com/The-Autobiography-Malcolm-Alex-Haley/dp/0891902163/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333221594&sr=1-1

Vineland by Thomas Pynchon. (Loved it, it's wacky and funny, and one of the easier Pynchon books to read.)

http://www.amazon.com/Vineland-Classic-20th-Century-Penguin-Pynchon/dp/0141180633/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333221905&sr=1-1


The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky

http://www.amazon.com/The-Karamazov-Brothers-Fyodor-Dostoevsky/dp/1613821514/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333220789&sr=1-1

Novel With Cocaine by M. Ageyev (This one looks really heavy!)

http://www.amazon.com/Novel-Cocaine-European-Classics-Ageyev/dp/0810117096

Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings by Jorge Luis Borges

http://www.amazon.com/Labyrinths-Selected-Stories-Other-Writings/dp/0811200124

I've noticed that many of the books he reads are really heavy. Even before I became interested in him enough to see what he reads, I had tried to read a couple of the books he's mentioned (i.e. Journey to the End of the Night) but they were intensive. Celine in particular was a little too dark for my mind-state at the time, and 'Novel with Cocaine' seems the same way. It seems really, really fascinating though. It has a very 'male' pov if you know what I mean. They are definitely mental trips.

gulbie
2012-04-01 18:02


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thank you Softie! I downloaded the novel with cocaine and I started the reading. until the page I read is not hard but keeping the reading maybe it changes.
Softie
2012-04-02 06:04


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Cool! I hope you come back here and let us know how it's going as you read it! This is on my summer reading list for sure.
gulbie
2012-04-04 03:47


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yes, I'll do it for sure! I think I'll finish the reading this week end. and Ill give my impressions.
Anakin McFly
2013-01-11 14:28

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As a random note, I love how he mentioned Cloud Atlas in a 2008 interview, and four years later was at its movie premiere. :D
SaneSun
2013-01-11 17:36


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I just started reading Cloud Atlas, mainly because of that interview...
ARYA
2013-06-10 07:40


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The Russian Club translated a bit of the Chinese Bazaar article and they quote him as having read Cosmopolis by Don Delillo that was recently made into a movie that was not that memorable to me.

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