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…

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Youth in Revolt

The first trailer is here for the film adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, American Pastoral. This will be the directorial debut of Scottish actor Ewan McGregor who stars as the father, partnering with Jennifer Connelly, of a troubled teen played by Dakota Fanning. The trailer gets the trendy treatment of a song over…

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…

Ring Around the Rosy

Love & Friendship (2016). D/W: Whit Stillman. DP: Richard Van Oosterhout. Starring: Kate Beckinsale/Xavier Samuel/Morfydd Clark/Emma Greenwell/Justin Edwards/Tom Bennett/Jemma Redgrave/James Fleet/Chloe Sevigny/Stephen Fry. (Based on Jane Austen’s epistolary novel Lady Susan) Writer and Director Whit Stillman’s newest venture, Love & Friendship, is out in theaters just in time to save us from the comic book…

Leave the Bare Necessities Alone

The Jungle Book (2016). D: Jon Favreau. DP: Bill Pope. W: John Marks. Starring: Neel Sethi. Voice talents of: Idris Elba/Ben Kingsley/Bill Murray/Scarlett Johansson/Giancarlo Esposito/Lupita Nyong’o/Christopher Walken. (Based on Rudyard Kipling’s novel) It is simply hard to forget the 1967 Disney animated version of The Jungle Book. ‘The Bare Necessities’ tune has become synonymous with…

Women on the Verge

The first trailer from Universal Pictures has dropped for the film adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ novel The Girl on the Train. Directed by Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) and re-located to New York City (the novel was set in London), the film stars Emily Blunt as alcoholic Rachel Watson whose intrigue into the…

View From the Top

High-Rise (2016) D: Ben Wheatley. DP: Laurie Rose. W: Amy Jump (adapted from J.G. Ballard’s novel). Starring: Tom Hiddleston/Jeremy Irons/Luke Evans/Sienna Miller/Elisabeth Moss/James Purefoy/Keeley Hawes/Dan Renton Skinner/Louis Suc. High-Rise is true to its name as the film explores the life and destructive times of residents of a new residential complex in 1970s era London presumably.…

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Freaks and All

Add this one to your reading lists for the summer. Here is the first trailer for the Tim Burton directed adaptation of Ransom Rigg’s 2001 novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It is set to release in the US on September 30th. Looks like French actress Eva Green might have finally found a role where…

The New Face of Marvel

Deadpool  (2016) D: Tim Miller. DP: Ken Seng. W: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick. Starring: Ryan Reynolds/Morena Baccarin/T.J. Miller/Ed Skrein/Brianna Hildebrand/Stefan Kapicic/Gina Carano/Leslie Uggams/Karan Soni. Deadpool has already become the sixth biggest R-rated box officer grocer of all time in just two weekends of release. Without going into statistics it’s safe to say that’s impressive for…

Such a Pretty Picture

The Danish Girl (2016) D: Tom Hooper. DP: Danny Cohen. W: Lucinda Coxon. Starring: Eddie Redmayne/Alicia Vikander/Matthias Schoenaerts/Ben Wishaw/Amber Heard/Sebastian Koch. (Based on the novel by David Ebershoff) 2015 was certainly the year of high profile transgender projects and media attention. With shows like Amazon’s Transparent and Netflix’s Orange is the New Black winning awards…

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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…

A Golden Time For Love

Carol (2015) D: Todd Haynes DP: Edward Lochman. W: Phyllis Nagy. Starring: Cate Blanchett/Rooney Mara/Sarah Paulson/Kyle Chandler/Jake Lacy/John Magaro. (NOTE: Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel originally titled The Price of Salt) Every now and then a movie lives up to its hype. The buzz around Todd Haynes new film, Carol, has been strong since…

Look Through The Window

Room (2015) D: Lenny Abrahamson. DP: Danny Cohen. W: Emma Donoghue. Starring: Brie Larson/Jacob Tremblay/Joan Allen/William H. Macy/Tom McCamus/Sean Bridgers. (NOTE: based on Donoghue’s book of the same name) This year’s Oscar race will be a dense one in the best actress category. Between Saoirse Ronan’s performance in Brooklyn, Cate Blanchett’s performance in Carol, and this performance…

Final Embers

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015). D: Francis Lawrence. DP: Jo Willems. W: Peter Craig & Danny Strong. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Natalie Dormer, Elizabeth Banks, Willow Shields, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Mahershala Ali, Michelle Forbes. (NOTE: Based…

Over and Done With

Spectre (2015). D: Sam Mendes. DP: Hoyte Van Hoytema. W: John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade & Jez Butterworth. Starring: Daniel Craig/Christoph Waltz/Léa Seydoux/Ralph Fiennes/Ben Wishaw/Naomie Harris/Andrew Scott/Monica Bellucci/Rory Kinnear/Jesper Christensen/Dave Bautista. (NOTE: Based on Ian Fleming’s characters from his James Bond series) Oh how the mighty do fall. The newest entrance into the James…

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.…

Man on a Planet

The Martian (2015). D: Ridley Scott. DP: Dariusz Wolski. W: Drew Goddard (Based on Andy Weir’s novel of the same name). Starring: Matt Damon/Jessica Chastain/Chiwetel Ejiofer/Jeff Daniels/Kristen Wiig/Kate Mara/Sebastian Stan/Michael Peña/Aksel Henne/Mackenzie Davis/Donald Glover/Sean Bean. Ridley Scott’s newest venture has sky rocketed in the box office over the weekend. The Martian will probably put Scott back…

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Where The Money Is

Just announced as the closing film of AFI Fest 2015, The Big Short is an adaptation of the Michael Lewis novel. Lewis also penned the novels of The Blind Side and Moneyball, both films which made money and received critical attention. The film stars Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, and Brad Pitt among a slew of other…

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A Tale of Two Jungles

One of my favorite Disney animated features is coming again to the big screen in their live action (meaning CGI) adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. If this will do anything hopefully it will dispel my horrible memories of the 1994 live action version directed by Stephen Sommers. This version will play into our…