If you've seen Lurhmann's "Strictly Ballroom," "Romeo + Juliet" or "Moulin Rouge," or watched "Gatsby" trailers, you know what you're in for: an epic melodrama that fuses old-movie theatrics and subjective filmmaking, period music and modern pop, real sets and unreal landscapes, psychological drama and speeded-up slapstick.
We see the book's Prohibition-era settings (East Egg and West Egg, New York City, and the sooty wasteland in between) through the eyes of the narrator, Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), who's writing a memoir-confession from an asylum. This framing device is inferred from statements Fitzgerald made in "The Crack-Up," and "Gatsby" often refers to itself as a book, so even though it isn't officially part of the source, it's hardly a blasphemous indulgence; still, it's one more buffer between viewer and story in a movie that already has more than its share.
Harry Potter (the later movies), Hunt for Red October, Lord of the Rings, and Pride and Prejudice (with Kiera Knightley) are some of my favorites. I am looking forward to Murder on the Orient Express. It looks great, but so much can go wrong.
I agree that Ella Enchanted is one of the worst adaptations ever!! It was one of my favorite books growing up, and I was just devastated when the movie came out. And then I had friends who had only seen the movie and never read the book which was about the worst thing I could think of! I always implored them to read the book and try to forget everything about the movie! ? I have fingers crossed about the All the Boys series too!!
After seeing a movie in theaters I rarely feel the need to go back and see it again and pay for it a second time. If I really want to see it again I could always just rent it on DVD or Netflix in the future. But sometimes a lucky movie will have me going back to see it over and over. About Time had that effect on me this past year. I absolutely loved the entire movie. I went three times to see it in theaters. It was very charming, funny, and the romantic plot was adorable.
Curious fact: Cornelia Funke based Mo, one of the main characters of the book, on famous actor Brendan Fraser, whom she mailed a copy of the book, once it was established that a film would be produced. Fraser had no idea who she was, so the first thing he did was Google her. He eventually fell in love with the book himself and ended up taking the role of Mo in the movie.11Source: -fraser.htmBest quote from the book:
I have heard many people make comments consistent with this post: The powerful visual images of a movie adaptation would detract from a beloved novel. For me, the experiences are so different, the book and the movie stand apart. I can (and do) love the LOTR novels, and can (and do) love the movies at the same time, for different reasons. Or enjoy one but not the other. When I re-read Tolkien, I admit to seeing Elijah Wood in my head, but the Frodo of the books and the Frodo of the movies are distinct characters to me.
Haha, as I was reading that bit about the book, I thought Sarah would agree with you. I haven't read the book quite as many times as she has, but I think you hit the nail on the head with your analysis. It's a unique and intriguing book, totally unsuited to being made into a movie, in my opinion. While obviously not my favorite sort of story, I can appreciate it, especially keeping in mind that Fitzgerald wrote it in the middle of the 20's, to a society that was opening up to that sort of behavior.
AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH didn't know about Three Musketeers! But. I looked it up and am now super excited about it. Like, a lot. I mean, seriously. It's got Santiago Cabrera aka LANCELOT (yes, THE Lancelot who's so sweet and amazing and awesome and sad etc) playing a main part! I've loved the book, but never seen the movie or any dramatization. So I'm really really really excited about this. Besides, BBC is just awesome. Yayz! You just made my day. :)
Worst Movie: Tiptoes. Just about every rom com McConaughey has done is bad (The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Fool's Gold, Failure to Launch, etc.), but we still can't even fathom how Tiptoes even became a real movie. The plot? McConaughey surprises his girlfriend by revealing that his entire family is little people. Yeah, that's a real movie. Watch the trailer here.
Best Movie: The Devil Wears Prada. Picking Meryl Streep's best movie our version of Sophie's Choice (which is a really good movie starring Meryl Streep!). She is amazing in absolutely everything she does, but we settled on Prada because not only is she absolutely amazing, but it's the most watchable of them all. In so much as every time it is on TV we will watch it. Every single time.
Best Movie: Requiem for a Dream. This is the weird-ass Jared Leto we know and love, in an even weirder-ass movie that has haunted us our whole lives (and we mean that in the best possible way).
Worst Movie: Alexander. This is a boring-ass Jared Leto that we didn't know was possible, in an even boring-assier movie that we actually forgot even existed until we started putting together this list.
Emily says: This movie was so unfairly beat up on the playground, and it really seems as though the culprit was everyone insisting they had seen it before they had actually seen it. So go actually see it. Then you can decide whether or not you should be wrecking its sandcastle.
The only two baseball movies that might compare are the original Bad News Bears and, of course, the film with the funniest baseball scene of all time, Naked Gun, featuring Leslie Nielsen as a moonwalking umpire at a California Angels game.
Oh Ada! What a wonderful visual and meaty post to start my Monday with! I am ashamed to admit that this is yet another screen adaptation that I am yet to see (which is really shocking because I adore Robert Redford). And it is not surprising that it is his clothes that stand out for me in this post. I can honestly say that I have never seen a man pull off a white and pink suit as well as Robert Redford in this movie. Thanks for the wonderful post Ada! x
Alex: For those who have not seen the film, we are introduced to Nick Carraway, played by doofus extraordinaire/former Spiderman Tobey Maguire, as he undergoes treatment for MORBID ALCOHOLISM and DEPRESSION and WHISKERS in an insane asylum that is somewhere on Long Island, but oh so far from the green lights and fancy dancing of his youth. Though the main action takes place in 1922, the movie starts in 1929 (stock market crash!) and Tobey is depressed (and morbidly alcoholic!) because the rich people he once looked up to and adored turned out to be, well, just ordinary lousy rich people. Also, his therapist looks and sounds a bit like Wilford Brimley?
5. LOTR: The Return of the King (2003) I felt that this movie did justice to the entire series. I remember seeing it in theatres, and I actually managed to sit through the entire thing without getting bored. The battles that took place and the struggles that Frodo faced made the audience even closer to the characters. I wanted Frodo to get rid of the ring, I wanted to get rid of Gollum, and I wanted Aragorn to become king. I think for Peter Jackson to create a bond like this to characters through a movie is a pretty awesome feat. And of course, the music was fantastic.
57. Chronicles of Narnia, the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005): I remember in 6th grade reading this book and going to see the movie in theatres. Surprisingly I liked the movie more than the book. The animation of Aslan and all of the others were done extremely well. Also, the music is awesome. The battle scene is my favorite and is one of the best parts of the movie.
48. Scream (1996): Scream is one of my favorite tacky scary movies. Although, it slightly bothers me that Matthew Lillard is one of the bad guys and also happens to play Shaggy in the real life movie. Other than that, it was a movie that scared me when I was younger, but as I got older I started to laugh at it. I think that is because I see how predictive the movie actually is. In all, this is one of the few, and I mean few, horror movies that I actually approve of.
"Have you got a church you go to sometimes, George? Maybe even if you haven't been there for a long time? Maybe I could call up the church and get a priest to come over and he could talk to you, see?"
I like movies! And in this day and age when the viability of movie-making as an enterprise is under threat, I feel like it\u2019s important for movie fans to champion them. Thanks to the waning of Covid-19, more movies came out in 2022 than were released in 2021, so this year\u2019s favorite movies of the year list has ten entries instead of just five.
I\u2019m not a real film critic in the sense that my commentary is probably amateurish, but also more importantly in the sense that I don\u2019t get invited to movie screenings or necessarily see everything that comes out. I haven\u2019t gotten a chance to see The Fabelmans or Glass Onion yet, for example, even though a lot of people love those movies. This is on my mind because as it turns out, my favorite movie of 2021 is one I didn\u2019t get to see until early 2022.
Everyone praises Cate Blanchett\u2019s performance, which is excellent. The big joke about this movie is that people get confused and think it\u2019s based on a true story about a real person named Lydia T\u00E1r. She of course isn\u2019t real, but the strength of the film is that Todd Field wrote a character who feels real, and Blanchett delivered a performance that fully lives up to that aspiration. You can\u2019t help but argue about the events portrayed in this movie because, again, they feel real. It\u2019s masterfully ambiguous in terms of what it is that actually occurred in the backstory (it\u2019s important to pay attention not only to avoid missing things, but to be clear that you\u2019re not missing certain pieces of information, they just aren\u2019t revealed), but you can\u2019t put it out of your mind and say \u201Cwell, it\u2019s just a made-up story.\u201D It\u2019s an incredible realization \u2014 it seems like a genuine solid object we should be able to kick the tires of and come to a conclusion about. 2b1af7f3a8