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Director-writer Jim Mickle on what it was like to read Joe Lansdale’s novel Cold In July, which Mickle has adapted into a movie.
Mickle’s put his finger on one of the things we love, love, love about Joe Lansdale: his virtuosic range, often within a single page.
Yesterday I told Joe Lansdale that he must be the most productive person in the world. Not only has he written somewhere north of 40 novels, but he also emailed me a clip from the animated movie Son of Batman, for which he’s the screenwriter. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg as far as his in-addition-to-writing-novels career goes.
That irrepressible talent must run in the family, because I read that his daughter, Kasey Lansdale, has just been selected as the Country Music Association’s artist of the month. Read her debut spotlight here.
To better understand how the Lansdales, père et fille, keep their wells of creativity full, listen to their interview with The Library Police.
(Photo courtesy of Joe O’Connell)
In our early 20s, my wife and I didn’t have any money or real jobs. We were going to college and doing day labor in Nacogdoches. What we didn’t have was a house we owned. The one we were living in rented for very little, but it had some drawbacks. One was an outhouse. The […]
Joe Lansdale has profound insight in the writing life and its purpose.
Cold In July, director Jim Mickle’s film adaptation of the Joe R. Lansdale novel, premiered Saturday night at the Sundance Film Festival and quickly received an abundance of excellent reviews.
- "Certainly, COLD IN JULY is the most purely-entertaining film this year’s edition of the fest has yet to offer, and action fans will have a field day with this." (JoBlo)
- "Mickle’s bracing sense of style and cinematographer Ryan Samul’s moody visuals keep it gripping until the final bullet is fired.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
- “Mickle and his team do some remarkably confident work here.” (Film Threat)
- "Director Jim Mickle and his writing partner Nick Damici once again prove that ‘genre filmmaking’ is nothing to apologize for." (The Salt Lake Tribune)
- "The flick looks great, the score is nice and big and it’s unlike anything I’ve seen, so it wins points all around." (Ain’t It Cool News)
Congratulations to Lansdale! Do we really have to wait until the summer to see this movie?
Director of Programming Trevor Groth: Another thing we noted this year is the use of genre elements in films throughout all of the sections. We've got riffs on horror, thrillers, musicals, sci-fi, even westerns, and you see that in the Dramatic Competition. Life After Beth, for example, fuses zombie and young love. Cold In July and Sleepwalker are both thrillers, which you might expect to see in Park City at Midnight, but they’re playing in Dramatic Competition.
Lansdale, Joe R. The Thicket. Mulholland: Little, Brown. ISBN 9780316188456 $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316248754.
In a matter of days, Jack Parker loses his parents to smallpox, his grandfather to murder, and his sister to kidnappers. With the help of a cunning bounty hunter and an ex-slave grave digger, he sets out on an epic journey across turn-of-the-20th-century East Texas to rescue his sister. A coming-of-age Western “laced with bravado, good humor, action, and heart.” (LJ 9/1/13)
Congratulations to Joe for the much deserved honor!
Halloween is tomorrow, and we must know: what are you reading?
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is right up there at the top. I like all of her stuff that I’ve read, but this one, and the film made from it, are most likely my favorites. I like the graphic, the mild, the creepy, the insane, but this haunting, little, slow-reveal ghostly thriller is a gem.
So what about you? What’s your #halloweenreading?
In a way, this is 2 separate reviews for The Thicket - one for folks who haven’t read Joe Lansdale before and another for those who are familiar with the man. If you’re among those who fall into the first group, you couldn’t have arrived at a better jumping off point than right here with his latest work.
A wonderful review from a true Joe Lansdale fan. Thank you.