Drama

2nd August
2009
written by JohnArkontaky

Book
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Published: 1954

Movie
Director: Peter Jackson | Released: 2003
Screen Play: Fran Walsh
Starring: Vigo Mortensen, Ian McKellan, Elijah Wood, John Rhys-Davies, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Kings is the final chapter of J.R.R. Tolkien’s LOR series. Like its predecessors, the movie has a fair share of accurate portrayals of the book’s journey, and throws in its own elements as well. It is hard to argue against the book or film, unless you want to argue against one of the most beloved authors of all time or groundbreaking, record-shattering filmmaking. Still, like most stories passed down through the ages, The Return of the King has changed with the times. And if for nothing else, we can set the record straight here and now…
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30th July
2009
written by brandij

Book | Author: Jodi Picoult | Published: 2004My Sister's Keeper Book Cover

Movie:
Director: Nick Cassavetes | Released June 2009
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Abigaail Breslin, Joan Cusack

Jodi Picoult certainly knows how to tug at your heart strings with medical dramas surrounding children, and the choices that parents must make. In both the written and on-screen versions of My Sister’s Keeper, you find yourself asking “What would I do?” If you’re looking for an answer, however, you’ll find the answer quite different between the two telling.

My Sister’s Keeper is the story of Anna, her dying sister Kate, and the decision that may kill them.

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27th May
2009
written by JohnArkontaky

Book | Author: Dan Brown | Published: 2000

Movie:
Director: Ron Howard | Released: March 2009
Starring: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Skellan Starsgard

Yin and Yang. Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie. Books and movies. Angels and demons. All of these duos are opposing forces, yet they intermingle in an unending cosmic balance of good and evil. Books are often heralded as the better over a screen adaptation in terms of storytelling. But, movies more often rake in the bigger bucks and popularize the title.  Dan Brown’s thriller prequel to Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons resurrects the ancient rivalry between science and religion. And since Ron Howard has taken both of Brown’s bestselling novels and turned them into big production movies, perhaps Howard and Brown are now interlocked as opposites thriving for dominion over the same title. Preferably the movie would coincide with the novel in a tidy screen adaptation, but we all know that never happens. So, what demons does Howard have floating about this time?

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13th May
2009
written by JohnArkontaky

Book:
Author: Dan Brown | Published: 2003

Movie:
Director: Ron Howard | Released: 2006
Starring: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautao, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno, Paul Bettany
The Da Vinci Code is as controversial a novel as it is brilliant. Love it or hate it, this story’s depth and insight into the past–and using the past as a window to see our present–is something to admire. And it’s no mystery that this international blockbuster would eventually be made into a movie. The curiosity and fascination the book sparked in people obviously would make for a king’s ransom at the box office. So, is this the holy grail of screen adaptations, or another dead end on the quest for truthful screen adaptation?

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6th March
2009
written by JohnArkontaky

Book:
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Published: 1954

Movie:
Director: Peter Jackson
Screenplay: Fran Walsh, etc.
Starring: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Bernard Hill, Ian McKellan, John Rhys-Davies
Release: December 2002

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Two Towers is the second installation of J.R.R. Tokien’s Lord of the Rings saga. Director Peter Jackson took greater departures from this book than the previous adaptation in part one, The Fellowship of the Ring. He seems to have stuck to his award-winning formula, in that he added more conflict, and romance than Tolkien focused on in the book. Some of the risks Jackson took were difficult to swallow and even nudging up to cheesy for commercial fans, let alone stout Tolkien fanboys. Besides adding some soap-opera elements to the film, Jackson decided to play Jenga with Tolkien’s sequence of events as well. (more…)

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