Thursday, April 2, 2009

"The Informers" Has Finally Arrived

Bret Easton Ellis, an author whose work I've enjoyed, but has left readers wanting more--he's only published one book in the past 10 years--wrote a collection of short stories (interconnected and published as one book) called "The Informers". That was 1994. The book consists of 13 chapters with different narrators, usually being cycled in from the previous story. It's typical Ellis subject matter: glitz and glammer in the '80's. They've been trying to make a film adaptation of it for many years now, and it has finally made its way to the big screen, albeit for limited release (on April 24th). I was surprised to find out that Brad Renfro has a starring role in it. If you do not recall, Brad Renfro played many troubled characters in the films he acted in, and he was troubled in his actual life as well. He had a terrible drug addiction, and died from a heroin overdose in January of last year.

I once knew a guy that absolutely loved this book. In fact, he is the one who introduced me to Bret Easton Ellis (not personally, but his work). He suggested I read "Glamorama" and try to explain any of it to him. I couldn't. Although, we only met once, and then never really spoke to each other again. Such is life. Here is the trailer for the movie. I didn't really enjoy the book, and the movie looks just as bad. Your thoughts? [Note: the trailer is explicit].

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