Ender’s Game, abridged

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On November 1st, the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel Ender’s Game (Summit and OddLot) opened to mostly positive critical response and a $28 million domestic box office take. For the most part, the film succeeds as a condensed adaptation, even though it lacks some of the philosophical punch of the novel and […]

Let’s go to the movies!

book thief movie

Contenders for film awards flood theaters in November and December, and this year several adaptations of children’s books will be joining the race. Roger already mentioned Ender’s Game, which opened November 1st (I wholeheartedly agree with him both about the Orson Scott Card controversy and the love of Harrison Ford); several other upcoming films are […]

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie review


As a lover of young adult literature and a fan of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, I was delighted to hear that City of Bones (PG-13, Sony Pictures, August 2013) would be made into a film. I was further delighted to actually see the movie (I may or may not have been counting down the […]

The Silver Linings Play…book vs. movie

Silver Linings Playbook movie poster

Crossover writer Matthew Quick, author of young adult novels Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy 21, and the soon-to-be-released Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, made his debut in 2008 with The Silver Linings Playbook (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), an adult title you may have heard a little something about. It was adapted for the screen in […]

Oz, the Great and Powerful, or, Why it pays to have low expectations

Oz, the Great and Powerful

Or, Maybe I’ve Gotten Less Discerning Since Having a Second Kid. I recently saw Oz, the Great and Powerful in IMAX 3-D. Having read mostly 2-2.5-star reviews, I wasn’t expecting much. But when their grandparents are willing and available to babysit your two small children (“Go, see a movie!”), it doesn’t have to be Citizen […]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie review

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

“…one morning long ago in the quiet of the world, when there was less noise and more green, and the hobbits were still numerous and prosperous, and Bilbo Baggins was standing at his door after breakfast…Gandalf came by.” And the rest, as they say, is history, or fantasy, or folly, depending on who you ask. […]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie review

The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie poster

The long-awaited movie version of Stephen Chbosky’s 1999 novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment, October 2012; PG-13) celebrates the 90s, the mix tape, friendship, love, and the benefits both of observing life and participating in it. What could have been cloying is in fact a sensitive coming-of-age film. And though there are […]

The Princess Bride: book versus movie


I love everything about William Goldman’s The Princess Bride. I love the book, first published in 1973 by Harcourt Brace, with its romance, humor, and snark. It manages to be self-aware and meta — that guy never broke character — while still being entirely earnest and somehow avoiding the sap (how is that possible?). The […]

I speak for…

The Lorax movie poster

Dr. Seuss. Well, someone has to, because Illumination Entertainment and Universal Studios, creators of the new movie The Lorax, certainly don’t. The basic elements of Dr. Seuss’s classic tale remain: there’s a Lorax, for example, and sure, he speaks for the trees. The Once-ler is there, and he did cut down truffula trees for ubiquitous […]

The Hunger Games movie adaptation

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Excitement was rampant at a March 23rd midnight showing of The Hunger Games (Lionsgate Films), director Gary Ross’s highly anticipated adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s bestselling dystopian novel. Before 11:30pm the theater was already packed, and our mostly undergrad-aged audience was impatiently waiting to see Katniss, the Capitol, and the Games brought to the big screen. […]