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Book Trailer Thursday: The Hunger Pains

Book Trailer Thursday: The Hunger Pains

Do you breathe oxygen? Are you a fan of The Hunger Games? Watch this cinematically styled book trailer for National Lampoon’s parody The Hunger Pains and let us know if you are, to borrow phrasing from our reviewer Michael Cart, either “affronted or enchanted.” “I always knew I was gonna kill a bunch of teenagers, […]

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Reading the Screen: The Hunger Games
By March 31, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games, in cinemas now, is based—you probably know this, but just in case—on the 2008 novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. The story’s about a teenaged girl, Katniss Everdeen, who competes in a to-the-death contest against other teens in a widely popular reality show. It’s an intriguing story with a premise […]

Some of the Hunger Is Missing from "The Hunger Games"

Some of the Hunger Is Missing from "The Hunger Games"

Warning: Here be spoilers of book and film. Turn back lest ye be spoiled. Seriously. I mean it. I saw the Hunger Games. I didn’t see it twice in the same weekend like I did with Star Trek, because, alas, I’m not quite the nerd I used to be. However, I did take a road […]

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Godfather Sequels & Prequels (And I Starred in One of Them!)

Godfather Sequels & Prequels (And I Starred in One of Them!)

There’s a lot of hubbub around Ed Falco’s new prequel to The Godfather, called The Family Corleone. Seems like Paramount, who was not a fan of the two post-Puzo sequels written by Mark Winegardner, wants to “protect the integrity and reputation of The Godfather trilogy” by preventing the publication of Falco’s book. Too bad, I […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Frankenweenie

Book Trailer Thursday: Frankenweenie

Even master of imagination Tim Burton draws inspiration from the most classic of classics, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Remaking a short film he created almost 30 years ago, Burton’s feature-length, stop motion-animated Frankenweenie will hit theaters in the spooky season of Fall 2012. This time Frankenstein is a kid named Victor whose “monster” is his beloved […]

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Reading the Screen: The Adjustment Bureau
By February 29, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: The Adjustment Bureau

Have you seen The Adjustment Bureau, the recent movie based on Philip K. Dick’s 1954 short story “Adjustment Team”? It’s a good movie, with a mind-bending premise and a rather touching love story, but oh boy is it different from its source material. In the movie, a politician (Matt Damon) stumbles onto a secret organization […]

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Closing the Book on 2012 Oscar Winners
By February 27, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Closing the Book on 2012 Oscar Winners

When the 2012 Oscar nominations were announced, many people noted how many of the nominess had been inspired by books and short stories—surely a feel-good testament to the power of the printed page. But the winners tell a different story: not even the magic of Harry Potter could keep the literary A-list from being largely shut out. […]

Reading the Screen: The Woman in Black
By February 22, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black, the new movie starring Daniel Radcliffe as a young British solicitor who comes to a small market town to tidy up the affairs of a deceased client and gets a bit more excitement than he bargained for, is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Susan Hill. If […]

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Reading the Screen: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists
By February 6, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

In case you haven’t heard, Aardman Animation, those wonderful folks who brought us Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, are doing a stop-motion version of Gideon Defoe’s splendidly wacky 2004 comic adventure, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. The movie is scheduled for release in March, and I think, if you’re a fan of […]

2012 Oscar Nominations and Their Literary Antecedents
By January 24, 2012 2 Comments Read More →

2012 Oscar Nominations and Their Literary Antecedents

This isn’t the first blog post to note the many literary antecedents of this morning’s Oscar nominations, but it may be the most comprehensive. I’ve linked the movie titles to the Booklist reviews (when available) of the books and stories that inspired them. Read on, and let me know if you see anything I’ve missed. […]