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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

The Right Amount of Yes

Wild (2014). D: Jean-Marc Vallée. W: Nick Hornby. DP: Yves Bélanger. Starring: Reese Witherspoon/Laura Dern/Gaby Hoffman/Thomas Sadoski/Keene McRae/Michiel Huisman/Kevin Rankin. (Based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of the same name) Setting out on the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995, beginning at Mojave and ending at the Bridge of the Gods, writer Cheryl Strayed attempted to literally…