With Catching Fire coming out in a few months, I've been thinking about film adaptations of books and, although occasional, book adaptations of films. Sadly, I've been very disappointed with some of the adaptations, but I've also been very impressed.
If history repeats itself, something out there to be released this year will change the game. If the pattern holds we will have a major smash hit that will not only make a lot of money for its studio but will also blaze a trail in terms of what the next decade of blockbusters will look like.
The more you love The Hobbit the more you'll hate this sorry commercialized excuse for an adaptation. Peter Jackson may look a bit like a Hobbit but don't let that fool you. He's Hollywood all the way.
It was mezmerizing to walk through the huge workshops where characters and props were being assembled and where those from the first two films of the trilogy were being stored. The tools and costumes of middle earth were coming alive right there!
The journey will be long, the challenges daunting, the popcorn very likely stale. But that doesn't matter now -- the grand epic that is the three-part, film adaptation of The Hobbit is upon us with the release of the first installment: An Unexpected Journey.
Next week sees the last, major genre film debut of the year with the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in glorious 3D and an innovative high frame-rate (HFR) projection system (advance word: bring Dramamine).
For a book with "Solitude" in its title, it sure has lots of characters! After recently reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, I've been thinking about whether novels are better with large casts or small casts.
Every movie, like Rocky's whole life, has a million to one shot. So what happens to all the scripts that get finished, make it into the right hands, get announced in the press -- and then wind up on the scrapheap?
Should Capitol Hill be looking to Hollywood for better scripts? Actor George Clooney thinks that while Democrats have accomplished a great deal for the U.S., they "have done a terrible job so far" of getting this through to Americans.
I did something terribly old-fashioned. I read the book. The final book, I mean. It was complex, poignant, logically worked out, and frequently moving, all after suspension of disbelief. It contains messages important for the times. I enjoyed it quite a lot.