Posts tagged with movie-adaptations

Sep 20 2023

Eh, maybe


This movie adaptation of Iain Reid's 2019 novel Foe looks like a modern, big-budget Twilight Zone episode. Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal are both pretty buzzy young actors, so I'm assuming they wouldn't sign up for something terrible, but I'm...

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Sep 19 2023

This looks enjoyably trashy


I've been bombarded by trailers for Amazon's adaptation of B.E. Jones's novel Wilderness, which I must admit looks delightfully soapy, down to the hilariously impractical little dress the main actress appears to be wearing to go for a massive hike. Also, A+ use of that Taylor Swift song...

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Aug 10 2023

What could have been


There's a depressing article on Variety about the upcoming Blue Beetle movie. Blue Beetle is the first superhero movie to be directed and written by and starring Latinos, and many were hoping its success could lead to a real step forward towards increased diversity in Hollywood...

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Aug 10 2023

They have deadlines to meet, too


According to the website Celebitchy, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have purchased the rights to Carley Fortune’s romantic melodrama Meet Me at the Lake, which they intend to turn in to a movie for Netflix...

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Aug 1 2023

Surrealism, for teens


And speaking of upcoming movies, there's an adaptation of M.T. Anderson's Landscape With an Invisible Hand due out in a few days. Anderson's novels can get extremely weird (and this looks, uh, pretty faithful to his vibe), plus August is generally regarded as...

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Aug 1 2023

Normally we want the monster to lose


Somehow I missed the earlier trailers for The Last Voyage of the Demeter, but now I'm beginning to see them fairly frequently, as the movie is coming out in a couple of weeks. Here's hoping there's some kind of twist ending, because I've read Dracula...

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Jul 25 2023

Hard pass


This year's San Diego Comic-Con might be devoid of big-name stars, thanks to the ongoing writers' and actors' strikes, but it's still a good time of year for studios to release trailers for their most nerd-friendly content. This includes a trailer for Adult Swim's upcoming adaptation of Junji Ito's classic horror manga Uzumaki. I'll be...

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Jul 20 2023

If only it starred anyone else...


And despite my intense dislike of Kenneth Branagh, I have to admit that at least the trailer for his upcoming adaptation of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot novel Hallowe'en Party looks pretty solid. (They're calling it A Haunting in Venice.) As ever...

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Jul 20 2023

Low-stakes entertainment


The trailer is out for the second season of Amazon's adaptation of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time. I watched every episode of the last season, and yet I can't remember a single thing about it. (That's how I felt about the books, too.) But that won't stop me from...

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Jul 13 2023

If it ain't broke, I guess


I see that Lifetime has made yet another V.C. Andrews miniseries adaptation, this time of the 1990 novel Dawn, which was apparently "started" by Andrews (who died four years earlier, so... make of that what you will) and finished by ghostwriter Andrew Neiderman. Truly, Lifetime + V.C. Andrews is...

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Jul 12 2023

Just no


The trailer for Wonka, a based-on-nothing prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, came out yesterday and, well, no thank you. The last time I had such a visceral negative reaction to a trailer was with the Harry Potter prequels, and this feels exactly the same...

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Jul 6 2023

Strange pairing


Greta Gerwig's upcoming Barbie movie is everywhere right now, and with excellent reason. Even without any clue about the actual plot, it just looks awesome, and I have high hopes she will deliver something worthy of the A+++ marketing push leading up to the film's release. That said, I am a little taken aback...

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Jul 5 2023

Even without all the murder stuff, she could do better


The full trailer is out for Killers of the Flower Moon, the upcoming film directed by Martin Scorsese and based on David Grann’s best-selling book. Here's hoping Leonardo DiCaprio can summon previously undiscovered depths of charm, because...

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Jun 22 2023

Straining credulity


Netflix's adaptation of Tia Williams's The Perfect Find comes out tomorrow, and it looks fun. The cast is great, the clothes look amazing, and I'll watch Gina Torres in anything. It's always hard for me to buy into the angst of any kind of age-difference story when the older partner looks like Gabrielle Union, however...

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Jun 21 2023

Was literally everyone else busy?


Well, the first teaser trailer is out for Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss's adaptation of Cixin Liu's novel The Three Body Problem, and it looks... expensive. Netflix clearly dug deep into the old couch cushions for this one. Unfortunately, based on Benioff and Weiss's previous work, do I trust them to handle cultural issues with sensitivity? No. Am I confident...

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Jun 15 2023



The official trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos's upcoming film adaptation of Alasdair Gray's novel Poor Things was released a few days ago, and I'll be skipping this one. The concept is creepy. The book cover is creepy. The movie looks creepy. (And creepy in a stomach-churning way, not the fun kind of creepy.) Plus, the...

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Jun 13 2023

Bambi, but even more of a gut-punch


According to Dark Horizons, Sarah Polley is in talks to direct a live-action remake of Disney's Bambi, based on the 1923 Austrian novel of the same name by Felix Salten. I like Sarah Polley, but, uh, does the world really want to see a Bambi adaptation...

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Jan 31 2023

No thank you


The trailer is out for The Boogeyman, the film adaptation of a 1978 Stephen King short story. I will be skipping this one, because I don't care how cheesy or overdone it looks (which is: very)...

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Jan 26 2023

Never forget


I have mostly ignored news about the upcoming Percy Jackson TV series, because the original movie adaptation was so terrible that it's still tainting my memories of the entire series, even a decade-plus later...

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Jan 10 2023

Mark your calendars


BookTrust recently compiled a helpful list of some of the many book-to-screen adaptations of kid books coming our way in 2023. I am, of course, most excited about Lockwood & Co. (although that comes burdened the weight of So Many Expectations), but...

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Jan 5 2023

So many Nicolases


Well, Nicolas Cage might have repaid that infamous $6 million tax bill, but that's no reason for him to stop churning out insane movies. This time he's joined by another Nicolas (Hoult, in this case, who's really carving out a niche for himself in playing handsome weirdos) in a modern-day film about Renfield, Dracula's bug-eating henchman...

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Nov 26 2019

No, on so many levels


I just saw a trailer for an upcoming film adaptation of Jack London's The Call of the Wild, and it was extremely off-putting. A) I hate Jack London. B) Why is CGI still so bad?!? It might have improved (slightly) since the terrifying Polar Express movie, but...

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Nov 13 2019

65+ melodrama


I just saw the trailer for The Good Liar, a new film (based on a book of the same name by Nicholas Searle) starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen. I definitely want to support movies starring older actors that aren't about them facing imminent death...

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Nov 7 2019

We hardly knew ye


According to Slashfilm, the upcoming X-Men solo movie about Kitty Pryde is dead. They're blaming it on the failure of the Dark Phoenix movie, but I don't think anyone is surprised that when things get even remotely dicey, Disney/Fox/Marvel...

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Nov 7 2019

I've been burned before.


I have never liked Peter Pan much, and I am by no means certain that this new, Wendy-centric film adaptation of the story will make me feel any more positive about it. It certainly looks beautiful and wild, but I can sense the angst...

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Nov 5 2019

Better than all those made-for-TV musicals, I suppose.


The first trailer is out for the BBC's upcoming adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, and it looks creepy as hell. Were people really clamoring for more authentic Victorian horror with their...

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Oct 22 2019

Surely he has enough money?


The trailer is out for the new Robert Downey Jr. adaptation of Dolittle. This production has been beset by rumors of strife and drama, but it's apparently a...

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Oct 3 2019

Another $10 I will not be spending


The full-length trailer for the upcoming Birds of Prey trailer has debuted, and it has three major strikes against it: Ewan McGregor's attractiveness may have been dealt a fatal blow by that velvet leisure suit...

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Sep 11 2019

Positive signs


There are some good reviews coming out for the movie adaptation of How To Build a Girl, based on Caitlin Moran's coming-of-age novel of the same name. I'm never going to see this movie (even reading the plot summary makes me cringe), but...

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Sep 10 2019

Big no


There's a trailer out for Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit, based on Christine Leunens's book Caging Skies. I don't know about this one, guys. I mean, I like Waititi, and he continues to be super, super good-looking, but...

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