Friday, January 9, 2009

Books in to Film 2009

Although book lovers often loath the movie adaption of their favorite story, I enjoyed many of the books-to-film movies I saw this year including The blockbuster Twilight and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

From the Examiner:
01/09 The Reader: Starring Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet, this adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's emotional book about post-Holocaust guilt and the power of the written word -- and the ability to read it -- received mixed reviews in its limited release in December. Critics generally praised the performances of Fiennes and Winslet but said the film "simply doesn't capture the chilling intensity of its source material."

01/09 Not Easily Broken: Based on T.D.Jakes' book of the same name about a marriage that goes through trials and comes out all the stronger for it, this movie promises to appeal to both Christian and mainstream movie-goers.

01/16 Defiance: Starring Daniel Craig (the hottest man in the history of the world), Liev Schreiber (not so bad looking himself), Jamie Bell, and George Mackay as Jewish brothers who join the Nazi resistance movement in their native Poland during World War II, Defiance is based on Nechama Tec's Defiance: The Bielski Partisans. I'll be sitting in line on opening night for this one, definitely.

01/23 Hotel for Dogs: Adapted from the Lois Duncan novel of the same name, this Dreamworks/Nickelodeon collaboration stars Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin as orphans who care for stray dogs. Also features Lisa Kudrow, Kyla Pratt, and Don Cheadle. Animal lovers will go nuts over this one.

01/23 Inkheart: A promising looking adaptation of Cornelia Funke's paeon to books and booklovers everywhere. Stars Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany (the second hottest man in the history of the world, though frankly he looks a bit weird with that hair), Helen Mirren, and Andy Serkis (my precious).

02/06 Coraline: Based on Neil Gaiman's horror novella of the dangers of getting what you think you want, this delightfully surrealistic film adaptation (that irresistibly reminds me of The Nightmare Before Christmas) features the vocal talents of Teri Hatcher and the ubiquitous Dakota Fanning.

02/06 He's Just Not That Into You: Who knew that a self-help book could spawn a major feature film starring the likes of Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Scarlett Johansson, and Drew Barrymore? Originally written by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, the film version of He's Just Not That Into You focuses on several twenty and thirty-somethings involved in relationships where one person is more "into" the relationship than the other.

02/13 Confessions of a Shopaholic: Based on Sophie Kinsella's frothy pink chick-lit novel, the movie stars Isla Fisher as the very-in-debt financial journalist Becky Bloomwood.

02/20 Youth in Revolt: C.D.Payne wrote the delightfully black humored six-part novel of the trials and tribulations of the adolescent Nick Twisp that this movie is based on. This movie adaptation, like the book, promises to become a cult classic.

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