Like old moviesYou will like thisA Hollywood of drugs and special effects where computer animation and sampling have reduced
the movie industrymovie industry software manipulation Except for what one starry eyed young woman wants to do dance in the movies It s an impossible dream "But Alis Is Not Willing "Alis is not willing give up With a little magic and a lot of luck she just might get her happy ending after allMovie aficionados delightEnjoy A wonderful wistful look back at Hollywood with a disenchanted and bitter drunk who rediscovers his passions through the determination and zeal of a film student and dancer I really loved everything about it Storyline 35Characters 35Writing Style 35World 55Wow I read for experiences like thisDon t go looking for a summary or review This is one of those that is best encountered without prior nowledge If you re one of those that absolutely needs some sort of preview accept this view spoiler Neuromancer meets the Great Gatsby hide spoiler I adore Connie Willis and I have trawled through her major and popular works with absolute glee Now I m left with the leftovers The three starers And while it does hurt to say that a little it is great to recognise that even those you worship have their no so greats "But it s also promising that the worst I have read from Connie is still three star worthy Remake is set "it s also promising that the worst I have read from Connie is still three star worthy Remake is set the near future where Hollywood has gone so far up it s own ass that it is not making any new material at all Well not live action anyway Computer graphics have gotten to the level where they can mimic any actor and can replace any actor and alter any footage in a pre existing movie So what you get is constant remake after remake gritty reboots starring John Wayne rom coms starring actors and actresses in their primes when they could have at least been grandparentgrandchild In this world we follow the main character unnamed throughout He works altering footage for the studios freelance by inserting executives lovers into old footage and officially deleting alcohol from old movies Yes they have gone that far Our main character meets a mysterious and different young lady at a schmoozing event One that hasn t had surgery took look just like Marilyn She tells him of her dreams to dance in old school musicals But no musical has been made or remade for years But just as uick as she comes into the scene she disappears Until the main character spots her face again in the line of his work What you get is a bit like a Philip K Dick in that the mysterious female drives the main man crazy and she is always elusive and mysterious But this is Connie Willis. Connie Willis's acclaimed time travel novel Doomsday Book swept the major science fiction awards the year it was published Now in this new novel Willis explores the timeless themes of emotion and technology reality and illusion and the bittersweet place where they intersect to make art It's the Hollywood of the future where movie making has been computerized and live action films are a thing of the past It's a Hollywood which Humphrey Bogart and So you get better characterisation than Dick But for a Willis you do draw the short straw I did find that I did not sympathise much with the main character He was a bit of a douche So that does detract from your enjoyment somewhatThere are still typical Connie Willis isms here with a bit of dramatic tension and a nerd like obsession for details Connie really does now how to write the nerd But it is pretty light on her strengths humour characters that you fall in love with and dramatic tension Maybe a person familiar with Hollywood output from 1930 1950 would "appreciate this a bit but still it s no Doomsday Book or To "this a bit but still it s no Doomsday Book or To Nothing of the Dog A clich of clich s is still clich When I heard about James Dean being reborn using CGI in a new film I immediately thought of this book It s not a popular Connie Willis book and I d give it 35 stars if I could because for all the subject matter is not lighthearted it s set in a future where all films are just remakes of earlier films starring famous dead actors it feels very light It s short too it took me a little over an hour to read it But Willis comes off as eerily prescient nowadays when Peter Cushing can reprise a role after his death and as noted James Dean can play what the directors of the film are calling a secondary leadI like the use of classic films throughout as the main character Tom struggles between his innate selfishness and his attraction to the idealistic young dancer Alis who only wants to dance in the movies despite the musical having died a painful death in the 1960s It s unfortunate that it s such a slight story because there s some interesting commentary here on the nature of Hollywood and acting and even love It s an enjoyable story for all it suffers by comparison to some of Willis s other powerful books And maybe that s an unfair comparison but there you goMy rating earns that other half star because the one truly magnificent thing to come out of this book is Willis s happy ending or rather epilogue the one truly magnificent thing to come out of this book is Willis s happy ending or rather epilogue Casablanca which is one of my favorite movies of all time Her solution eeps the heartrending but perfect ending to the movie while delivering a coda that is even powerful Most of the time I love Connie Willis books Sometimes though they just never take flight This was unfortunately one of the latter It s not bad there just wasn t enough meat there to sink my teeth into and lacked that sense of either madcap frenzy or unbearable tension that some of her other works have had Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read wh. Arilyn Monroe are starring together in a remake of A Star is Born and if you don't like the ending you can change it with the stroke of a ey A Hollywood of warmbodies and sim sex of drugs and special effects where anything is possible Except what Alis wants to do which is dance in the movies Tom offers to make her dream her reality He'll digitize her face onto any actress's she lies Ann Miller Ruby Keeler even Ginger Rogers What Tom doesn't under. .
Y I came to this decision hereIn the meantime you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook Fun fact it took me so long to get around to reading this particular novel that it ceased to be about the "Future And Became The Present Rather Sad "and became the present Rather sad not tragic It s clear how much Willis loves old movies Got to watch me a whole slew of musicals and I thought I d ick things off with Holiday InnLibrary copy A Willis comedy Novella for movie loversIn the future they don t film new movies any they just reprocess old ones with new software changing whatever faces dialog settings they want At least if the rights aren t in litigation The heronarrator is currently processing a batch of films for ILMGM removing all Addictive Substances including alcohol and tobacco So in Casablanca maybe Rick will
own an ice cream parlor Hero meets Alice at a Hollywoodan ice cream parlor Hero meets Alice at a Hollywood Her dream is to dance in the movies But of course no one makes any movies these days and the musical has been dead for even longer From here it becomes sort of a romantic comedy girl pursues dream guy sells out to studio Alice says she doesn t like Gene Kelly but she s living the Debbie Reynolds part from Singing in the Rain There are tons of references to old films especially Fred Astaire musicals and the narrator likes to use movie based similes as do many of the other characters The movies taught us how to talk and they taught us how to act Might not be as much fun if you re not into classic movies My judgments of Connie Willis books are always a little unfair Of her works I read Doomsday Book first and loved it and I come to every new read hoping it will be just as good as that masterwork And some of them are Blackout All Clear To Say Nothing of the Dog I tend to like the books in that same time travel universe established in Doomsday Book while the self contained novels that satirize an industry or a genre Uncharted Territory Bellwether and yes Remake I don t tend to connect with There s just nothing terrifically incisive in Remake s take on Hollywood Perhaps it would have been cutting edge back in 1995 before Fred Astaire had danced with a vacuum cleaner in a commercial but even then I suspect the observations that there are execs using their power to get sex and actresses using sex to try to get power and that there are drugs everywhere would not have been particularly fresh It s all a bit old hat That said Remake is certainly well written The characters are well drawn and engaging and the overall mystery if that s the word intriguing I d recommend this to Willis fans before I d recommend Bellwether I m not. Stand is that Alis doesn't want to look like she's dancing She wants the real thing And as Tom finds himself seduced by Alis' impossible dream he begins to learn that even in a world of technological miracles there are still some things that just can't be fakedA tour de forceConnie Willis deploys the apparatus of science fiction to illuminate character and relationships and her writing is fresh subtle and deeply moving The New York Times Book Revi.