David and I got to go see Insurgent recently and it was interesting. It has been a while since I finished reading the book, but I remembered a lot of the important points and often watching the story played out in a movie will bring back those memories. With this movie it was not the case because there were points that were similar, but then there was a lot that went a completely different direction as well. Some of the problem is that they hit some of the larger points, but then missed the bigger picture of the story. Some of this stems from the ways that they changed the first story, but then there are a lot of things that seem to get changed due to time. The biggest thing though is that it felt like the movie was telling a different story. (Spoilers for Insurgent after the jump) Continue reading
So another year another season of LitFlix. Even though these do not necessarily get the most views I still really enjoy doing them so we are going to continue in the tradition. Now this year there will be a few changes to the LitFlix with the change in our family dynamic coming soon. For one thing it is just not feasible to see all the movies in the theatre. This means that we are going to move more of the LitFlix to be based on rental times instead of the theatre release (although here I will still list theatre release as that is the dates that we have). The other thing is that just because there is a movie based on a book does not mean I am going to do a LitFlix on it (Fifty Shades of Grey). So without further ado here are the movies based on books that I will be diving in to, three of which are continuations in a series. I have heard about other movies that are supposed to be released, but until there is an official date I am holding off on adding them. Are there any other movie / book adaptations that you think I should take a look at? Continue reading
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Tagged Divergent, Far From the Madding Crowd, Insurgent, Jungle Book, Litflix, Maze Runner, Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, Mockingjay, Mortdecai, Scorch Trials, The Gunman, The Seventh Son
This weekend David and I went and saw Divergent in theaters. The quick take on the movie is that it was an enjoyable ride. It was not the best movie that I have been through, but it kept me entertained for two and a half hours. Now I admit that I am a bit biased because I read all three books in a week. I really enjoyed the book series and in some ways I will admit it tainted my view of the movie because I knew what was going to happen beyond the first movie. Knowing where it all goes definitely made it a different experience for me. At the same time I thought the movie did a good job of capturing the story and general feeling of the first book.
There were certain scenes that they changed to up the action, but overall I thought they kept pretty faithful to the book. The two places that I found the most changes were in the mental spaces and some of the violence. (Spoilers for Divergent after the jump.)
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Tagged books, Dauntless, Divergent, Dystopia, Four, Litflix, mental spaces, Movie, simulation, Tris, Violence
For a while now I have thought that trailers give too much of the movie away. Recently with the Lego Movie, while they did not give all the jokes away or the plot for that matter they did give away almost all the Batman jokes. I still loved the movie, but I had seen the various trailers so much that the Batman jokes ended up feeling kind of old. It made me wonder about whether watching as many trailers as we do is actually a good idea if we know we are going to see the movie.
I do not know if it is just recently or if I am watching more trailers / specials, but they seem to be giving more away. One way is that there seems to be an increase in showing clips from the movie. Even at other movies they will do special presentations of a big name movie that is coming out. The idea is to get people who want to see that other movie coming to the other movie, but it is also giving a way a moment from the big name movie. The problem is by watching all these trailers and features you are missing out on seeing the moments for the first time in the context of the movie. It does not ruin the movie, but if I am going to see it anyway, why not go in unspoiled. Continue reading
Last year was big for movies based on books. We had Warm Bodies, Beautiful Creatures, Mortal Instruments, Catching Fire, The Hobbit, and more. It has been a fun journey seeing how studios have chosen to interpret the books in to the movies and see where they hit or missed the mark. So now it is a new year and there are new Litflix coming out. So here is the list of all the books turned movies that I am going to be examining over the next year.
There is definitely something to be said for reading the book before seeing the movie. I will admit it might taint the experience a little bit, but I still find the practice fascinating. Sometimes when you are too familiar with the story you can be distracted from the story being told. At the same time if the book is good then it can be difficult to watch a movie that seems to totally veer away from the story that was told. So we will see what this new batch of Litflix brings and feel free to join in. (This is not a complete list, but there are only so many books I can read and movies that I can watch in a year.) Continue reading
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Tagged books as movies, Divergent, Edge of Tomorrow, Gone Girl, Litflix, Mockingjay, Noah, The Fault in Our Stars, The Giver, The Hobbit, The Maze Runner, Vampire Academy