No time for a full-on post here, but I feel an obligation to mention something about the new HBO series True Detective, which is two episodes into its eight-episode first season. The series was created by novelist Nic Pizzolatto, who wrote all eight episodes. It is the story of two Louisiana State Police detectives who are attempting to solve a bizarre, occult-like murder in 1995. They are played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who each are doing work as good as any work they have done in their careers to date.
But that's not what makes the series of particular interest to Stephen King fans. Nope, that would be the fact that all eight episodes were directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. You might not be familiar with that name. Then again, you might recall that Fukunaga is allegedly going to be directing (and co-writing) two movies based on the novel It.
Prior to seeing these episodes of True Detective, I had not seen any of Fukunaga's other films. I remembered that both Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre got very strong reviews; but I never actually saw either. So while his hiring for a potential two-film version of It sounded like a good idea, it was the sort of thing that appealed to me primarily in a theoretical sense.
Having now seen Fukunaga in action, I can say this: the idea of a two-movie version of It being done in the style of these two episodes of True Detective is appealing to me in a massive way. Fukunaga is, based on what I'm seeing, fairly masterful: with his actors, with his tone, with his camera setups, with his cinematography. Some of this is undoubtedly also Pizzolatto, but Fukunaga is clearly the real frickin' deal, boys and girls.
Here is one of the striking images from the second episode:
It's arguably an intriguing image in its own right, but if you know the significance of the shape that flock of birds seems to be forming -- and know, also, the reason why it might be forming -- then things become much more compelling real quick.