Monday, August 30, 2010

Creative Kids

A wonderful author friend of mine has a daughter who has started making "contraptions" as he says: so young and she's already creative.  I've been sort of obsessed with 2 very different movies: Never Let Me Go, based on the amazing novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (author of The Remains of the Day, also a fantastic book and movie).  I read the former on vacation and it blew me away more than any book I've read in such a long time so I'm so excited that the movie releases next month (movie poster above, trailer below):

The children in the novel have a tragic fate ahead of them, but in the meantime they become prolific at creating art: drawings, paintings, sculptures, poetry and more, which they trade at school sales and for which their caretakers select from to create a gallery of sorts, the meaning of which is not clear until very late in the story.  I was interested that there have been several different covers for the different versions of the book.
And then a very different kind of movie: Children of Invention, featuring two adorable, enterprising kids who try to help out their struggling mother by buying a ton of supplies and getting to work on their creations.

Two very different movies to be sure, but I like how the themes are both about kids who are creating something to improve their situations in life, even though one has more dire consequences than the other.

Oh, and there's still time to enter my knit sushi giveaway, drawing is Labor Day, 9/6, so I need to get working!


tris1978ton said...

Interesting...Sounds like 2 heart-felt stories. Thank you for sharing!

Small Burst said...

These movie trailers have certainly intrigued me. I love these kind of movies and books.

Koru Kate said...

I read Never Let Me Go awhile ago & I finished it quickly because I was so intrigued as to what was going on! I had no idea there was movie in the works. A definite must-see!!

Craftiness NOW said...

hi tris1978ton, yes, they're VERY different, but i like them both!

thanks, Small Burst, i'm always looking for something new to read!

hey Koru Kate, i've been dying to talk about the book with someone! i'm so intrigued by the movie preview, especially since the screenplay is by Alex Garland, author of The Beach, direction is by Mark Romanek, who did One Hour Photo and music is by Rachel Portman whose music broke my heart in The Cider House Rules. can't wait!

thanks for stopping by, ladies!

junghwa by amy stewart said...

Hey girl! How are you? Happy belated birthday by the way. I haven't been around much. I'm sorry I missed all these wonderful things. Hope you're doing well and have a great weekend!

Craftiness NOW said...

hey amy! nice to hear from you, i hope you're feeling well since your wonderful news, thanks for stopping by :-)

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