The Amazing Screw-On Head (2006)

A 2006 adaptation of a one-shot comic book, “The Amazing Screw-On Head” was a pilot that failed to be picked up for series. It was written by Bryan Fuller, in the time in-between “Wonderfalls” and “Pushing Daisies”. [There are no spoilers for this very short animation in this review.] The art style really stands out,…

Wonderfalls (2004)

Bryan Fuller’s short-lived comedy-drama “Wonderfalls” centres on a directionless philosophy graduate working a retail job who receives cryptic directions from seemingly inanimate animal figurines. It was the first television show Fuller ran (albeit together with Todd Holland) from start-to-finish, as “creative differences” saw him leave the first show of his own, “Dead Like Me”, early…

The Royal Succession (1957) by Maurice Druon

The first two thirds of “The Royal Succession” work in much the same way as the first three books in this series, even bringing some focus back onto the financial aspects more present in the first book. Then when the many story threads start to converge, most notably Guccio and Marie’s (who were the highlight…

American Gods: Season 1 (2017)

In this TV adaption of “American Gods”, brought to life by Bryan Fuller of “Hannibal” and Michael Green of “Kings”, Neil Gaiman’s story is transformed from an ambling picaresque into an ultra-stylish experiment in television storytelling. [This review contains spoilers for the first season of the show. No book spoilers except at the very end,…

A Nasty Business (1862) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A very well-realised look at the great gap between self-perception and social reality, classes, and ultimately what one thinks about themselves and what others actually think of them. Dostoyevsky portrays his protagonist and his exploits in such excruciating deal that it’s both infuriating and invites the reader to cringe often. The story just escalates, and…

Carrie (2013)

The 2013 version of “Carrie” doesn’t really iterate on the story in any meaningful way. Even Bryan Fuller’s dismal 2002 adaptation iterated on De Palma’s excellent 1976 adaptation by including the asides and cutaways that Stephen King’s original novel was all too full of. The closest this version comes to iteration is a few token…

Carrie (2002)

A very early effort from Bryan Fuller, the 2002 version of “Carrie” was a backdoor pilot intended to begin a television series centred around Carrie, the horror icon from Stephen King’s original novel and Brian De Palma’s excellent 1976 adaptation. This version of “Carrie” is much, much more faithful to the book than the 1976…