Noteworthy Book-Movie Adaptations

This isn’t a list of the best book-movie adaptations, or a list of movies that are better than the books or vice-versa. I just think these are some of the most interesting combinations of film and writing that I have come across and of which I have something to say.  Jurassic Park Whenever I getContinue reading “Noteworthy Book-Movie Adaptations”

The Setting Of [Prisoners]

During my first watch, I didn’t notice if Prisoners stated it was located in a certain town or city or state, and I didn’t feel any need to go back and check. The setting spoke for itself, lending weight to the story without any overt mention of how that area’s way of life could add to theContinue reading “The Setting Of [Prisoners]”

Is Ivan Drago Overhyped? [Rocky IV]

Ivan Drago is often revered as Rocky’s most feared opponent, living in infamy as the man who killed Apollo Creed and as one of the greatest boxers of all time. And yet… I’m not sold. I’m not. I don’t think Drago was that great of a boxer. I don’t even think he was Rocky’s greatestContinue reading “Is Ivan Drago Overhyped? [Rocky IV]”

Can We Talk About [Vice]?

Something’s been bothering me this whole movie, and I just figured it out… I loved Vice, but it seemed to slip by everyone in the movie world, raising some hackles, receiving some congratulations, but generally untouched, like a film leper. …the whole thing’s liberal. It’s got a liberal bias. So I wanted to talk about whyContinue reading “Can We Talk About [Vice]?”

Dream Levels and Spaces [Inception]

Inception, quite obviously, is all about dreams. Dreams so real they consume and become the abstract place you occupy, so well-conceived people can walk through them and not notice a difference from the world, so meticulous they can convince people they are reality.  These dreams free up director Christopher Nolan to conjure moments in a movieContinue reading “Dream Levels and Spaces [Inception]”

On Trial [The King’s Speech] vs [The Social Network] (Best Picture)

One of the best conversations in film is debating ‘who should have won.’ In these posts we going revisit the great award debates, and decide, in hindsight, who should’ve won. One of my favorite years for Best Picture nominees was 2011. I wouldn’t argue it had the best movies out of any year, but theyContinue reading “On Trial [The King’s Speech] vs [The Social Network] (Best Picture)”

May You Live Forever [300]

300, on the surface, is a muscled up, no nonsense, punch you in the nose, energy filled, masculine head-trip. But the movie is based on Greek history and as such it borrows from the heart and learning that was so important in Greek oral storytelling.  So there is real depth to a seemingly shallow and muscle-boundContinue reading “May You Live Forever [300]”

The Not-so Repetitive, Repetitive Approach Of [Palm Springs]

Love stories and life have three things in common (sorry for the bullshit opener but I swear this will work)…  They get monotonous An amazing person can help get you through them Palm Springs provides a fresh take on them The layers of commentary in Palm Springs leaves the movie open for so much significance and interpretation, butContinue reading “The Not-so Repetitive, Repetitive Approach Of [Palm Springs]”

The Glare Of The [Friday Night Lights]

My first exposure to Friday Night Lights (movie, book, and TV show) was through the responses from others who had seen the film or show (not many, if any, had read the book) and were heavily involved in football (some in Texas). Unexpectedly, this offered me a unique vantage point on the impact of the story, whichContinue reading “The Glare Of The [Friday Night Lights]”