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To Film Critics Who Love Books: Could I Just Get a Movie Review? … Probably Not, But I Had to Ask

Having just battled through the difficulty of writing a post about my favorite Stephen King horror adaptations, I was dismayed by several recent reviews for Cloud Atlas (2012) – the Wachowski siblings’ adaptation of David Mitchell’s best-selling novel.  I have not read this novel, but I feel like I have.  I mean, I am now well aware of the differences in narrative structure between the film and the novel, thanks ... Read More »

Finally, Stanley Kubrick’s Elusive Fear and Desire

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this article on a scale of 1 to 10?):  2   In 1952, at the age of 24, director Stanley Kubrick borrowed about $10,000 from family and friends to make his first feature film, Fear and Desire (1953), based on a script by his personal friend, Howard Sackler (who later won the Pulitzer Prize for The Great White Hope in 1968).  At the time, Kubrick ... Read More »

The Innocence of Muslims: The Trailer That Changed The World?

Unless you have been living under a rock the last week and immune to the ever-escalating media coverage, the YouTube clips purporting to be a trailer for a movie entitled “The Innocence of Muslims” (in short form and long form) – portraying Mohammad in less than flattering terms – was recently translated into Arabic and sparked a series of violent protests in half a dozen nations in ... Read More »

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Fincher’s Remake v. The Swedish Original

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this article on a scale of 1 to 10)?  5   In my opinion, director David Fincher made two of his best films within the grim serial killer subgenre – Se7en (1995) and Zodiac (2007) – each of which is quite different from the other.  Rooney Mara, who plays the title character in this latest adaptation Stieg Larsson’s posthumous and wildly successful ... Read More »

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