Books to movies! February 27, 2017Posted by Gina in Fiction, Movies, Non-Fiction, Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.
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One of the types of books I love to read are books that end up getting adapted to movies. I enjoy seeing the differences between my interpretation of a characters physical description and the actors that are casted for roles. What is also an intriguing but can be frustrating is what is left out of movies, changed, or added to make the movie more profitable. Below are a few of the books that I’ve read that have been adapted into movies. I hope you enjoy it and get an idea for your next book to read and movie to watch.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven is written by my favorite author Mitch Albom. This was the first book by Mitch Albom that I was introduced to it. At the time, when I first read the book, I was in grade school. The book was released in 2003, the movie premiered as a TV movie the following year.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is a sweet, warm-hearted story of finding love in unexpected places. Louisa Clark lives a basic life, has a job, close to her family, in a steady relationship. Once she receives notice that the coffee shop she works at is closing, Louisa is in desperate need of a new job, any job. She interviews to be the companion/ care-giver for wheelchair-bound Will Traynor. Louisa tries her best to improve Will’s happiness given the circumstances. Through they’re time together they both find happiness and love but they can’t live happily ever after. A decision Will made even before he met Louisa prevents this. A movie was adapted from the book with Emilia Clarke as Louisa and Sam Claflin as Will, released last February.
How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo was the perfect book to read at the timing of a recent breakup. This book was not at all what I was expecting, given the title but as a book I complete enjoyed it. The story follows the main character as she travels to various countries to learn what it means to be single in those cultures in contrast to what it means to be a single woman in the USA. The book originally published in 2008 was not adapted to a film until February of last year. I saw the movie right after reading the book and was completely disappointed. This is a perfect example of how different a book and movie adaptation can be.
The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot follows two stories. The first is the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman as she undergoes cancer treatment in the 1950s. The second story follows the author as she journeys to Boston to find the full story of Henrietta Lacks. Intrigued by the only information she found in a medical text book, that a woman named Henrietta Lacks had cancer cells that continue to grow even after her death. Rebecca meets with Henrietta’s daughter Deborah Lacks who helps her on her quest to write the book to tell the full story of Henrietta, not just about the HeLa cells. I started reading this book a couple years ago but when I saw in the newspaper that it would be adapted to an HBO TV movie, I had to finish it. The movie is scheduled to air on April 22 with Rose Byrne playing the role of Rebecca Skloot and Oprah Winfrey as Deborah Lacks.
In William Paul Young’s The Shack, Mack returns to the Shack. This old abandoned building was the last location that Mack’s youngest daughter was thought to have been when she was abducted from a nearby camping grounds in Oregon during a family vacation. Mack was intrigued by a note he received in the mail to return to the shack, addressed by God. In this visit, Mack meets all three forms of God, gets understanding of life’s mysteries and finds peace. If you have ever wanted to have a deep meaningful conversation with God, this is the book for you as it was for me. I read this book last year for the department’s monthly book discussion but did not find out it would be adapted to film until last week. I am extremely excited for the release this weekend staring Sam Worthington as Mack and Octavia Spencer as Papa.
I hope you enjoy reading and watching!
Let’s Play! February 24, 2016Posted by carol in Book Discussion, Movies, Quizzes, Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.
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Even though Old Man Winter has been taking it easy on us this year, I’m sure everyone is getting (at least mentally) ready for Spring and dreaming about getting out to escape the doldrums. If you don’t have a timeshare to use in the tropics, (or even if you do), you might want to try scheduling some adult play dates to mix up your post-work and weekend routines. Here are some ideas:
Head to a trivia night! Bring your big-brained friends and compete for bragging rights (or prizes depending on the venue). Tons of local places, including Around the Corner in Lakewood, host trivia nights that let you stimulate your mind while you snack or sips some suds.
Play Bingo! A fun game that is taken very seriously in church basements all over our area every night of the week, bingo can be an entertaining way to spend a cold winter’s afternoon or evening. The best thing of all is that you have the chance to win some serious money when you play! Search for a Bingo night near you!
Do something artsy! Most nights out leave you with a lighter wallet and nothing else. Why not go somewhere you can create your own masterpiece in one night? Check out spots like Pinot’s Palette or Painting with a Twist to book a painting party. Or learn to blow glass at Ohio City’s Glass Bubble Project!
Come to a library program! Rocky River Public Library hosts a wide variety of programs (on music, cooking, book discussions, computers, movies and more) for adults, and would love to see you here. Search our program calendar here to plan your next visit. While you’re here, pick up some books, magazines and movies! We’ll be looking for you!
& Until next time, get out there and play! ~Carol
Movie Mania at RRPL October 28, 2015Posted by Dori in Movies.
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The library is the place for movie viewing this Friday and Saturday. We’ll be showing Testament of Youth on Friday, October 30th at noon. It’s a film based on the World War I memoir by Vera Brittain and it’s about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. It stars newly popular actress Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington of Game of Thrones fame. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times writes that, “From first to last, ‘Testament of Youth’ sweeps you away.” We’ll have the popcorn and lemonade ready.
There will be thrills and chills on Halloween Saturday when we have a day of films, starting at 10:00 a.m with Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and ending with the classic Poltergeist at 3:45 p.m. We’ll shiver and shake while snacking on spine-chilling popcorn and ghoulish goodies. Check out the slate of titles and times here and feel free to come to one or all!
Hope to see you on Friday or Saturday!
A Day at the Movies May 26, 2015Posted by Dori in Movies.
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Movie Matinee this Friday at noon in the Auditorium is American Sniper, Clint Eastwood‘s biopic film based on the book by Chris Kyle. We’ll have the popcorn and lemonade ready!
DVD Releases 5-26-15:
See You in Valhalla – DVD
Magician, the Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles – DVD
Ballet 422 – DVD
Ray Donovan, the Second Season – DVD
A Day at the Movies April 8, 2015Posted by Dori in Movies.
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I love lists – particularly lists of things I need to read or watch or listen to. Like this one from Indiewire: The 10 Indie Films You Must See in April; or The Hollywood Reporter’s Trailers for Six of April’s Most Anticipated Movies. I am what you might call an information junkie, so I love recommendations of all sorts. Any lists you can recommend?
MOVIE VIEWING: On Monday, April 13th at The Indie Int’l Film Festival we’ll be showing The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Luis Buneal’s 1972 classic (and one of his later films) about a group of friends planning to get together for dinner who experience a succession of highly unusual occurrences that interfere with their dining enjoyment. Buneal is known for his surrealistic films, but this one was a popular success and won an Academy Award. Join us at 6:30 in the Auditorium. We’ll have popcorn!
DVD Releases 3-31-15 and 4-7-15:
Wild – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Imitation Game – DVD & Blu-Ray
Meet the Mormons – DVD
Wild Card – DVD
The Circle – DVD
Putin’s Way – DVD
Silicon Valley, Season 1 – DVD
Veep, the Complete 3rd Season – DVD
A Most Violent Year – DVD & Blu-Ray
If You Don’t, I Will – DVD
Happy Valley- DVD
Pelican Dreams – DVD
The Book of Negroes – DVD
Manhattan, Season 1 – DVD
A Day at the Movies March 24, 2015Posted by Dori in Movies.
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Are you a fan of movie musicals? Join us to watch Into the Woods on the big screen at the library this Friday, March 27th at noon. Into the Woods is based on the Stephen Sondheim stage musical that premiered on Broadway in 1987 and won numerous Tony Awards. I saw it years ago at Baldwin Wallace and was struck by its dark message about wish fufilment – I mean, it’s got Cinderella and Jack and Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood, so it seems like it should go in one direction – towards happily ever after – but it absolutely does not. The movie rendition is a Walt Disney film, so I’m curious how the dark elements will be handled, but it’s directed by Rob Marshall of Chicago fame and features Meryl Streep as the Witch, so that’s promising. Hope to see you on Friday – and don’t forget we’ll have popcorn and lemonade.
DVD Releases 3-17-15 and 3-23-15:
Dumb and Dumber To – DVD & Blu-Ray
Penguins of Madagascar – DVD & Blu-Ray
Exodus: Gods & Kings – DVD & Blu-Ray
Top Five – DVD & Blu-Ray
Annie – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Physician – DVD
Son of a Gun – DVD & Blu-Ray
A Day at the Movies March 10, 2015Posted by Dori in Movies.
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It’s that time again – time to check out only a couple of intriguing looking films or become a movie zombie at The Cleveland International Film Festival. The festival begins on March 18th with an opening film and continues until Sunday, March 29th with a closing. There’s a huge slate of films, so there should be something for everybody. I have only just nicked the surface of their extensive catalog, but already have found far too many that I’d like to see, including Slow West with Michael Fassbender (didn’t I just mention him a couple of posts ago?) and a couple of Peruvian films (my better half is from Peru). I’d also like to see one of the Shorts selections – I went to one last year and really enjoyed the variety offered. So, after you’ve recovered from the St. Patty’s Day parade, get thee to Tower City!
DVD Releases 3-10-15:
Rosewater – DVD & Blu-Ray
Kill the Messenger – DVD & Blu-Ray
Night at the Museum, Secret of the Tomb
– DVD & Blu-Ray
A Day at the Movies March 3, 2015Posted by Dori in Movies.
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Have you checked out Hoopla, a subscription service that you can take advantage of if you’re a member of the library? Create an account using your library card and you can watch TV shows, movies and PBS specials. There are also tons of audiobooks and CDs that can be downloaded or listened to on your digital devices. It’s a great service and will keep you busy until the new season of House of Cards comes out on DVD!
DVD Releases 3-3-15:
Ouija – DVD & Blu-Ray
Foxcatcher – DVD & Blu-Ray
Captive – DVD & Blu-Ray
A Day at the Movies February 25, 2015Posted by Dori in Movies.
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OK, I know it’s been done to DEATH, but did you watch those Oscars? They were long, not very funny (sorry, I do really like Neil Patrick Harris, but all I can say is meh) and punctuated by some very good (and award broadcast redeeming) speeches – but no real spoilers. Every year I wonder why I watch them but will probably do the same again next year – but a plea to the Academy – sans Travolta, por favor!
Now it’s time to get excited about 2015 – I’m really looking forward to Macbeth with Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender, Tarantino’s latest, The Hateful Eight, and the post-apocalyptic Z for Zachariah, among many. Here’s a list to pore over from Indiewire. Any you are particularly looking forward to?
DVD Releases 2-24-15:
My Old Lady – DVD & Blu-Ray
Horrible Bosses 2 – DVD & Blu-Ray
Whiplash – DVD & Blu-Ray
Beyond the Lights – DVD
Dragonheart 3: the Sorcerer’s Curse – DVD & Blu-Ray
WWE Royal Rumble 2015 – DVD
Code Black – DVD
The Italian Americans – DVD
Midsomer Murders, Set 25 – DVD
Sons of Anarchy, The Final Season – DVD & Blu-Ray
A Day at the Movies February 11, 2015Posted by Dori in Book List, Movies.
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Oscar weekend is approaching and I’m looking forward to watching the festivities – maybe with a bit of bubbly and some canapes? I also may print out some Oscar Bingo cards for a fun party game and will definitely be watching the fashion. I haven’t seen all the films yet, but I think most of the winners are a foregone conclusion, except the Best Picture – Birdman or Boyhood? and the Best Actor – Redmayne or Keaton?
To be honest, my attention has turned to the movies coming out in 2015 – many are adapted from books; the one that’s hard to avoid lately is, of course, Fifty Shades of, er…., something? There’s not much more to be said about that one, but here are a few books you might want to read before they hit the big screen this year:
Still Alice by Lisa Genova – this one has already come out as a movie, starring Julianne Moore (she’s got the Best Actress Oscar all tied up for this one).
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick – a true story about the sinking of a whaling ship – stars Chris Hemsworth of Thor fame.
Serena by Ron Rash – Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper star in this movie set in 1930’s North Carolina about a timber empire and the couple that own it.
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – this classic tale about a young woman and the three suitors that she attracts stars Carey Mulligan.
The Martian by Andy Weir – this science fiction book was just published last year and is already a vehicle for Ridley Scott and Matt Damon.
DVD Releases 2-10-15 and 2-17-15:
A Walk Among the Tombstones – DVD & Blu-Ray
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – DVD & Blu-Ray
Laggies – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Song – DVD
The Boxtrolls – DVD & Blu-Ray
St. Vincent – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Homesman – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Interview – DVD & Blu-Ray
Birdman – DVD & Blu-Ray
Olive Kitteridge – DVD & Blu-Ray
Force Majeure – DVD
Lilting – DVD
The World Made Straight – DVD
Dying of the Light – DVD
Earth: a New Wild – DVD & Blu-Ray
Life Itself – DVD
Tales from the Royal Bedchamber – DVD
Nurse Jackie, Season 6 – DVD
Game of Thrones, the Complete 4th Season – DVD & Blu-Ray