Splendor in the Page

Nocturnal Animals (2016) W/D: Tom Ford. DP: Seamus McGarvey. Starring: Amy Adams/Jake Gyllenhaal/Michael Shannon/Aaron Taylor-Johnson/Isla Fisher/Armie Hammer/Ellie Bamber/Karl Glusman/Laura Linney/Michael Shannon/Andrea Riseborough/Robert Aramayo. (Based on the novel Tony & Susan by Austin Wright)  It is rarity in the world of film adaptions to find a film that manages to improve upon a novel with such style as Nocturnal…

One Size Fits All

The BFG (2016) D: Steven Spielberg. DP: Janusz Kaminski. W: Melissa Mathison. (Based on the novel by Roald Dahl). Starring: Mark Rylance/Ruby Barnhill/Penelope Wiltern/Rebecca Hall/Rafe Spall/Bill Hader. A grand premiere in Cannes and a good showing at the box office, The BFG is on its way to becoming a children’s classic film adaptation. This was the…

The Rights of Romance & Death

Me Before You (2016). D: Thea Sharrock. DP: Remi Adefarasin. W: Jojo Moyes (based on her novel of the same name). Starring: Emilia Clarke/Sam Claflin/Janet McTeer/Charles Dance/Stephen Peacocke/Jenna Coleman/Samantha Spiro/Brendan Coyle/Matthew Lewis/Vanessa Kirby. Usually obtaining the rights to a highly profitable bestselling novel is a coup. With the adaptation of Me Before You by the…

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A Screen Giant

Here it comes. The big screen Disney adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Directed by Steven Spielberg with a John Williams score, the film takes on the mighty children’s book that is tender to many a reader out there. Mark Rylance (currently in Bridge of Spies out now) steps into the giant’s shoes. The first teaser…

All That Shimmers

Brooklyn (2015) D: John Crowley. DP: Yves Bélanger.  W: Nick Hornby (based on Colm Tóibín’s novel of the same name). Starring: Saoirse Ronan/Emory Cohen/Domhnall Gleeson/Julie Walters/Jim Broadbent/Fiona Glascott/Jesscia Paré. One of my many pleasures in reading is seeking out books that are to be adapted for the screen. This has lead me to read many…

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A Room of One’s Own

I have delved back into reading a large stack of adaptations that are coming our way. I started with The Martian moved onto Brooklyn and am now reading Room. Written from the perspective of a five year old living in a solidarity room with his mum, the new film has already gotten acclaim from the Toronto film festival.…

Love in the Country

Far From the Madding Crowd (2015). D: Thomas Vinterberg. DP: Charlotte Bruus Christensen. W: David Nicholls. Starring: Carey Mulligan/Matthias Schoenaerts/Michael Sheen/Tom Sturridge/Juno Temple/Jessica Barden/Bradley Hall. (Based on Thomas Hardy’s novel of the same name) Heading into summer we are hit with a barrage of huge films, from budget to scope to locale. Thankfully smaller gems…