Monday, December 7, 2009

2009 releases - Movies I've seen

So from a long list these are the only ones that i actually saw. And the bold ones are the ones I liked

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Star Trek
Angels and Demons
Monsters vs Aliens
17 Again
The Proposal
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Ice Age 3
Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
Terminator Salvation
The Ugly Truth
GI Joe
The Hangover
He's Just Not That Into You
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Confessions of a Shopoholic
Bride Wars
My Sister's Keeper
I Love You, Beth Cooper

I have missed out on alot of movies due to excessive amount of studying in University. There are many movies on my TBW list.

Which ones have you seen and which ones did you like? Here is a list of movies released in 2009

Deathly Hallows- First Look!

I really am not ashamed to admit to being a Harry Potter fan!!! I can't wait =D

Sunday, December 6, 2009

30 Books to Movie Challenge : My list

Here is my list so far:

1. Rebecca - book by Daphne du Maurier (1938),  movie by Alfred Hitchcock (1940)
2. Love Story - book by Erich Segal (1970), movie by Arthur Hiller (1970)
3. Revolutionary Road - book by Richard Yates (1961), movie by Sam Mendes (2008)
4. The Princess Bride - book by William Goldman (1973), movie by Rob Reiner (1987)
5. The Time Traveller's Wife - book by Audrey Niffenegger (2003), movie by Robert Schwentke (2009)
6. The Other Boleyn Girl - book by Philippa Gregory (2001), movie by Justin Chadwick (2003)
7. The Shining - book by Stephen King (1977), movie by Stanley Kubrick (1980)
8. A Clockwork Orange - book by Anthony Burgess (1962), movie by Stanley Kubrick (1971)
9. Gone With The Wind - book by Margaret Mitchell (1936), movie by Victor Fleming (1939)
10. The Lovely Bones - book by Alice Sebold (2002), movie by Peter Jackson (2009)
11. Forrest Gump - book by Winston Groom (1986), movie by Robert Zemeckis (1994)
12. Flowers in the Attic - book by V. C. Andrews (1979), movie by Jeffrey Bloom (1987)
13. The Firm - book by John Grisham (1991), movie by Sydney Pollack (1993)
14. Atonement - book by Ian McEwan (2001), movie by Joe Wright (2007)
15. Breakfast at Tiffany's - book by Truman Capote (1958), movie by Blake Edwards (1961)
16. My Sister's Keeper - book by Jodi Picoult (2004), movie by Nick Cassavetes (2009)

30 Books to Movie Challenge

Chase92 of The Bibliophile's Lounge is hosting the 30 Books to Movie Challenge. To join just click on the picture =)

button,30 Books To Movies

Timeline: 01 Jan 2010 - 31 Dec 2010
Goal: To read 30 books that have been adapted into movies, and watch said movies
• You don't have to select your books ahead of time. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.
• If you decide to join this challenge be sure to create a post telling others. Also, please make sure you add a link back to this post so others can join in. You can join at any time!
• Non-bloggers may enter as well. If you have a blog, please post the review of BOTH the book and movie on your blog, detailing:
a) Your honest opinions of the book and movie
b) Which one did you enjoy more (book or movie?)
c) What do you think is so good about the book for it to have been made into a movie
Make sure you label the reviews with “30 Books To Movies” so it’ll be easier for me to link them.
• Series only count as one entry. For example, even though there are 7 Harry Potter books, altogether they only count as 1 of the 30 books because they belong to the same series.
• At the end of the challenge, I'll randomly pick 2 participants to receive some goodies. Note that participants are only eligible to win the goodies if they've posted all the reviews of the 30 books and movies on their blog.


Friday, December 4, 2009

2012- Wouldn't you rather die?

 *Spoiler alert*

So i sat through the entire 2 hr 38 min long movie. Yes! that is loooong!... But surprisingly it was only after the movie ended and i looked at the time did I realise how long I had actually been staring at the screen, sitting at the edge of my seat, scared out of my wits thinking about what the end of the world would actually be like!
Did i like the movie?... Im not sure...
Yes..even though it held my interest throughout, afterwards I was left wondering what exactly was I interested in? I wouldn't say that it isn't worth watching though. Go ahead.. Watch it.. Gasp, cringe, clap!
And after you're done talk about how unrealistic it was.. The whole ark thing at the end? Isnt everyone supposed to die when the world ends? The day of judgement and all that!...The ark thing has already happened once.. Do we really need to repeat history ALL the time??
But getting to the actual title of my post.. I wondered if I was in such a situation would I actually want to struggle my way to this "ark" that I have no idea how I would get on, even if I do reach it, while the whole world is collapsing around me... or would I prefer to die with the rest of the world..? And let that be the end of my suffering? And I came to the conclusion... I would DEFINITLY want to die!! And even if I did somehow have a place on the "ark" and i knew I could live while the world is completely destroyed.. Would I actually want to start building the WORLD again???? All the comfort I know in this world is gone.. Back to the beginning of time.. back to 0001!!!! Maybe i give up too easily.. But I really do like my comforts!.. The whole its-the-people-you-are-with-that-is-important-and-not-the-place.. I really dont believe in it.. Yes people are extremely important!! and yes they probably are more important than places.. But the place and things matter as well!!.. Afterall it is the little THINGS that make a life!!.. Starting all over must be hard!!! And I hate change as it is..
But is that just me?... Would the rest of the world actually struggle through this:

and this:

To get to these really ugly arks:

And then build the entire world from scratch!!
Or is there somebody else out there who, like me, would just simply die than go through all that?

Romantic Comedies - My Top 5

Probably every movie lover makes a favourite film list at one time or another. Making a top 5 list was tricky. But here are my choices:

1. One Fine Day(1996)

2. Notting Hill(1999)

3. Sabrina(1995)

4. Pretty Woman(1990)

5. My Best Friend's Wedding(1997)

Now these arent necassarily the best romantic comedies ever made. But what good is a movie that you don't enjoy watching? And i trully enjoyed these films.
Whats on your list?

Book vs. Movies: Is the book always better?

People who read frequently rarely like the movie version of their favourite books. There have been some great movies made from books, but typically they tend to disappoint the readers by not being "just like the book". A film made from an adapted screenplay simply does not have the same results as reading the book.
Books and films are different entities. While films leave little to the viewer's imagination, when you read, you are creating you own movie in a sense. The creative process undergone while reading a book is distinctly different from viewing a film.
The casting directors don't always give you what you want. As many would agree that casting Tom Hanks to play the role of Robert Langdon in Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons was a significant mistake. Highly elaborate sets may be wonderful but they may not be a faithful portrayal of your interpretation. You may find yourself disappointed by movie versions that don’t live up to your imagination.
Some might theorize that perhaps we like that which we knew first (which in most cases is the book)- You read the book, you love it, you find out it has been made into a movie, you watch the movie and end up disappointed. The problem, however, with this theory is that it should work in reverse as well i.e. if you watch the movie first, you should prefer it over the book. This does not happen nearly as often. Sure, the movie first leaves a lasting impression of how the characters look but it is usually fine to imagaine them that way when you go ahead and read the book. The details in the book end up enriching the story you already know and you still come away saying the book was better.
A perfect casepoint is the recent release Angels and Demons, an adaption of a popular work of fiction by Dan Brown. I loved the book, couldn't put it down. The movie on the other hand was a complete disaster.
Had i only watched the movie without reading the book beforehand I might have come to the conclusion that I do not wish to read such a mediocre book.
Of course there are exceptions to the every rule. There have been occasions where a filmmaker has taken a great book and managed to make an even greater movie. A few films that I considered were better than the book are:
1. The Searchers
2. Ben-Hur
3. Psycho
4. Jaws
5. Gone With the Wind
6. The Shawshank Redemption
7. The Godfather
8. Blade Runner
9. Stand By Me
10. The Princess Bride

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