Posts Categorized: films

Miss Peregrine Movie Screening + Tim Burton Handprint Ceremony Recap

Miss Peregrine Movie Screening + Tim Burton Handprint Ceremony Recap

Last week, I was invited to a really fun event: a screening of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children + Tim Burton’s Handprint Ceremony! I was really excited to see the film after seeing the fantastic trailer, especially since I am excessively fond of Eva Green. I haven’t read the books yet, but I can’t imagine anyone more perfect to play Miss Peregrine. Even though I worked in movie publicity for a long time, I’d never been to a handprint ceremony before, so I was also interested to see what that would be like. (I always think of that old I Love Lucy episode with John Wayne, heh.) Mr. Darling and I got there early and were put into a press pen while we waited for everything to begin. There were a ton of journalists there, as well as a pretty big crowd of tourists. That’s typical for Hollywood and… Read more »

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Game of Thrones: On Fandoms and Criticism (and crossing the line)

Game of Thrones: On Fandoms and Criticism (and crossing the line)

There’s an interesting trend I’ve noticed online, particularly in the last month or so as the show got deeper into its controversial fifth season: people love to hate on Game of Thrones. “Now wait a minute, Kim,” you might be saying. “Are you trying to say I have no right to hate Game of Thrones?” Of course not. You have every right to think Game of Thrones is the vilest piece of misogynist trash you’ve ever had the misfortune to behold. What I’m talking about is the hate-on: the disturbing phenomenon of people who attack media (and its fans) with gleeful relish seemingly for no other reason than: 1. It feels good to put down what other people love and 2. It gives the hate-oner a sense of moral superiority. Let’s get into it. It’s okay to not like something. I feel like this goes without saying, but I really,… Read more »

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An Ember in the Ashes: 5 Great Book-to-Movie Adaptations with Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes: 5 Great Book-to-Movie Adaptations with Sabaa Tahir

I really enjoyed An Ember in the Ashes, and I enjoyed meeting author Sabaa Tahir when I went to visit the set of the book trailer shoot. When the opportunity came up to host a guest post, I naturally had questions about the film that’s in development! It’s a little too early to share any details on that front, but the author is here with some of her favorite book-to-film adaptations for the official blog tour, with thoughts on why she thinks they were so successful. We’ve got pretty strong opinions on this topic, so we hope that An Ember in the Ashes will be as fun to watch as it was to read. 5 Great Book-to-Movie Adaptations by Sabaa Tahir Some of you know that An Ember in the Ashes has been optioned for a film by Paramount Pictures, with Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad) and Haroon Saleem (Chronicles of… Read more »

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The Giver: film review

The Giver: film review

Here’s the deal: if you’re an extreme purist who will cry foul at the changes that were made to adapt Lois Lowry’s book, it’s probably best if you skip the film adaptation of The Giver, which is in theaters tomorrow. But if you’re willing to keep an open mind, this is a solidly entertaining film, and one that made some bold, and dare I say it, smart choices in translating story to screen. The book is about a boy living in a dystopian society in which vocations are assigned, feelings are carefully controlled, and no one questions authority. Lowry’s middle grade novel is short but powerful, with a style that is impressively spare and unusually somber for this age group. The film made a number of significant changes, which may seem alarming if you haven’t seen the film yet, but for the most part I think they worked very well…. Read more »

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If I Stay film review + book giveaway

If I Stay film review + book giveaway

Earlier this week, I attended an If I Stay screening at at The Silent Movie Theater in West Hollywood. Since Gayle Forman’s book is the first contemporary YA novel I loved since I rediscovered young adult literature, it was a pretty big deal to me that the film adaptation is a good one. And friends, you’re going to love this film. You’re going to love it so much. I’ve been a fan of director R.J. Cutler’s since his documentary The September Issue so I knew the film would be in good hands, but I was still overcome by how intensely true to the spirit of the book this adaptation was. It captures so many of the things I love about the source material: characters with strong identities, warm relationships with family and friends, emotional depth, complex themes, serious consideration over what you’re supposed to do with your future, and an… Read more »

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The Fault in Our Stars: film discussion

The Fault in Our Stars: film discussion

All right, how many people cried at the theater this weekend? Kate and Wendy did, because we both went to see Edge of Tomorrow. Kidding, kidding–that part is true, but we’re here to talk about the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars, based on the crazily popular novel by John Green. Quick background: Kate has read the book and really liked it, even though she felt she’d been emotionally manipulated; Wendy has thus far resisted all John Green novels and ultimately decided to go into the movie fresh. Some spoilers are inevitable, so proceed at your own risk. So here’s what we thought–be sure and let us know your reaction to the movie, or if you’re planning on seeing it!     Wendy: I admit it: I cried. I was doing pretty well and thinking to myself, “Okay, this isn’t so bad,” and then that scene in the… Read more »

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Divergent: Film Discussion

Divergent: Film Discussion

Did you catch Divergent in theaters this weekend? Kate and Wendy saw it opening day, and after the disaster that was Vampire Academy, we were very excited that we both ended up enjoying this one! Quick background: Wendy really liked the first book, though Kate was more middling about it. (Here’s Wendy’s Divergent review if you’re curious.) We both also chose not to refresh our memories with a reread to see how the film held up if we weren’t clear on as many details. Spoilers abound for book and film, so read on at your own risk! Wendy: Going into all such films, I have two questions: how good is this as an adaptation? How good is this as a film that stands on its own? I’m just going to say it: I think the Divergent film adaptation was better than both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. As books,… Read more »

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