Books, Television

Adaptation News: Good vs. Evil & Blacks vs. Greens

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I’ll get to the dragon news but in already filming news have I been sleeping on the fact we’re getting a new adaptation of The Stand? It’s only my favorite King book and I actually really liked then 90’s miniseries.

How in the hell did I miss that?

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Movies

It Chapter 2: Thoughts & Spoilers

Pennywise

It Chapter 2

Directed By: Andy Muschietti

Stephen King is well-known for not always sticking the landings as they say. It is probably a big part of that. The film makes fun of that as well teasing writer Bill that no one likes his endings.

Overall I have to say I enjoyed the film. Lots of positives. But I don’t think they stuck the landing and I don’t think that can be put on King either.

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Movies

Love, Simon Deserved More Love

Love, Simon

Love, Simon

Directed by: Greg Berlanti

Grade: B+

Love, Simon is based on Becky Albertalli’s book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda which was one I really enjoyed a couple of years back now. I didn’t catch this in the theater either and it didn’t seem to get a lot of attention outside the book community perhaps which is really a shame.

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Movies

Coming of Age in Iran: Persepolis

Persepolis

Persepolis

Directed By: Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud

Grade: B+

Persepolis was my Blind Spot pick for May. (Five months in and sticking with it!) I actually do remember reading Persepolis in college. The story is about Satrapi’s youth during and after the Islamic Revolution.

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The Circle

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The Circle

Directed by: James Ponsoldt

Grade: B-

Mae Holland (Emma Watson) gets the job of a lifetime working for a cutting edge tech company called The Circle. She’s only there for like a week before her life is immeasurably better. They have concerts and yoga and health care for her parents. It’s the perfect place for someone like Mae but Alice is about to fall down the rabbit hole.

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Movies

The Martian

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Directed by: Ridley Scott

Based on the Novel By: Andy Weir

Grade: A

 I’ll admit I have been waiting for this one for a while. It’s the first of a crop of exciting movies this fall and winter and based on a novel that I absolutely loved.

 So did it live up to my expectations?

 It did indeed.

 For anyone who doesn’t know Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is a botanist who accidentally gets left behind on Mars when his team thinks he’s dead. After that it’s a fight for survival for him and, once they know he’s alive, NASA. NASA is left with a ton of not very good or helpful options as time dwindles and things go wrong.

 One of the thing I most loved about this book that the movie (thank Goodness) captures is Watney’s spirit. He’s a character who is funny, extremely smart, optimistic, hopeful and forgiving. Yes, he’s human. There are times when he starts to break and Damon, whom I don’t really ever like, does a great job playing him. He was perfectly cast amongst a great cast.

 Jessica Chastain and Michael Pena were standouts among the crew and everyone on the ground did a good job although all the money stuff was with Damon. The movie was a lot of fun and like Watney, at times, very funny. I particularly loved the Lord of the Rings reference complete with Sean Bean in the room.

 The soundtrack was a lot of fun. Tons of disco but they work it into the movie so it never felt strange or out of place and the shots of Mars… I know, I know, it’s not Mars. But they were beautiful. I felt this pull when Mark was talking about it sometime or simply looking around as though you could understand him being struck and amazed by it even though he was struggling to survive it. Good job Damon and movie!

 It stays pretty close to the book. I could think of some stuff that was cut out but it wasn’t missed. My one thing is that I wished they had ended it a little earlier than they did but in the end that really didn’t matter. We saw the film in 3D and I thought it was so well done that I forget that I was watching 3D (which could be a good or bad thing depending on your taste) but if you’re at all interested in this I’d definitely recommend checking it out in the theatre.

 Recommend: Yes. I enjoyed the movie just as much as I had hoped. It’s going with Mad Max as one of the best of the year. Plus as a fan of the book I was very pleased with the adaptation.