The Raven

Poe exercising his second greatest talent: starting bar fights.

As the movie’s opening helpfully informs us, Edgar Allan Poe was found in a bad state in October, 1849, in Baltimore, and died not long thereafter. “In a bad state”, for Poe, was very likely code for “falling down drunk”, but no one’s absolutely sure of that, or even exactly what he died of, though it certainly might have been liver failure. The movie has him found on a park bench, though some sources claim he was found in the gutter, while others say it was in a pub, but hey, I don’t think anyone’s shocked at the idea that a Hollywood movie dramatized the facts a little too much.

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Guy Pearce wonders if he has time to slap his agent for getting him this role.

I don’t usually notice a lot of the behind the scenes names, I have to admit. There are the big ones, of course, that lots of people notice, like Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, but for the most part I have a hard time keeping track. This is perhaps a side effect of being an utterly untrained sort of movie critic. But I do remember the name Luc Besson, the writer-producer who came up with the idea for this flick.

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