Archive for January, 2009

27th January
2009
written by JohnArkontaky

Book:
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
©1922, P.F. Collier & Sons Co.
Short Story

Movie:

Director: David Fincher
Screenplay: Eric Roth
Starring: Brad Pitt, Kate Blanchett
Release: 12/25/2008
Rating: PG-13

If someone had told you about an amazing autobiography he read about a man-child who was born old and died an infant, then the next day another person were to recount a wonderfully strange documentary film about an un-aging man named Benjamin Button, you would be hearing two starkly different tales. These men share a name, yes, but with different families, upbringings, home towns, personalities, adventures, romances, and growing up in different time periods, it’s hard to say that there is only one curious case of a Button. (more…)

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11th January
2009
written by brandij

Book
Author: John Grogan
©2005
Harper Collins

Movie
Directed by: David Frankel
Starring: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston
Released: December 25, 2008
Rated: PG

Marley & Me joins the long tradition of oft-read and well-loved dog stories like Ol’ Yeller, Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, and more. In the case of Marley, the overly-friendly yellow Lab isn’t out to save lives, but rather to make them as entertaining as possible. Young couple John and Jenny decide to get a dog (after Jenny kills their houseplant, it’s only natural for her to want to try her hand at raising a puppy), and without the highly recommended research, pick Marley from the first litter they see.

As soon as they get Marley home, the antics start.  He’s playful, especially when it comes to chewing… he’ll chew through nearly anything he can get his mouth around, and a few things they didn’t think he could. His behavior training goes horribly awry, as by sheer size and strength alone he demonstrates that he is the alpha-male of the house.

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10th January
2009
written by JohnArkontaky

Comic
Writer, Artist: Will Eisner & Assoc.
Published: 1940 – 1952
Sunday newspaper supplement

Movie
Director, Screenplay: Frank Miller
Starring: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendez, Scarlett Johansson
Released: December, 2008
Rated: PG-13

Taking a classic and celebrated body of work such as The Spirit is a touchy thing. Its formula is simple yet so hard to duplicate because of the medium William Eisner chose. Placed in a Sunday newspaper, Spirit’s do-gooder deeds were recounted in a mere handful of pages. Foregoing back stories, monologues, or an assembly of other tools used to deliver sound, compelling drama, each new tale of The Spirit seems to start in what would be the climax of the story if Eisner had more pages to build up to it. The anecdotes range from hot under the collar romances to cat and mouse games with hoboes in Central City’s cavernous sewer system. But, one theme rules every page I’ve read, and that’s irony. Eisner’s short and sweet style and laden irony made for a lethal one-two combo. Frank Miller’s screen adaptation of The Spirit, though, strongly deviates from the original series’ simple essence, its spirit.

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9th January
2009
written by brandij

The Book

Author: Kate DiCamillo
© 2003
Published by Candlewick Press

The Movie

Directed by: Sam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson
Released: December 19, 2008
Rated: G

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread joins the genre of award-winning children’s books converted to animated film. The previews of the film looks like the adventures of a happy and brave mouse. Once the lights go down, the darker side of the film comes out. Desperaux is a story of lessons – lessons that the world isn’t fair. And it isn’t full of light.

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