It’s hard to critique a movie adaptation of a beloved book objectively. Naturally, we fans want to nitpick over every tiny change and lament how such-and-such character doesn’t look the same way we imagined. In the best-case scenario, though, having read the book will bias our opinion of the movie positively since the film tells the same story that we know and love.
Holidays carry a certain mystical quality as a child. You may not understand their meanings, but the rituals have a magnetic pull nonetheless. Among the most sacred rituals of my childhood were the “Peanuts” holiday specials. With 46 television specials to his name, Charlie Brown was an ever-present fixture in the Matousek household.
Hollywood seems to be afraid to tell a story that didn’t come from a comic book or that can’t have “based on a true story” slapped on its poster. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, though, if it’s a story we need to hear and one that we otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to.
When viewing a movie based off a book, I always have trouble separating the cinematic version from its source material and judging the film on its own merits.
Holidays used to be a chance to relax and enjoy time with family. Now, it means going to see the newest movie releases. Not that we are complaining, though, because it’s also the time of year when all the awards contenders leave their fancy festivals and the rest of us get to see what critics have been raving about for months.
When most people hear “pirates,” they probably picture something along the lines of eye patches, 18th-century ships and Captain Jack Sparrow. The heart-pounding new thriller “Captain Phillips” is a sobering reminder that piracy is still alive and well (and often necessary for survival) in some of the world’s most impoverished regions.
When I was growing up, I was never one of those ambitious kids who wanted to be an astronaut. Director Alfonso Cuaron’s new movie, “Gravity,” a thriller about two astronauts stranded in space, did not change those ambitions, but it opened my eyes to the wonders of space. It’s a breathtaking thrill ride from start to finish, as devoid of faults as space is of sound.
Before “Don Jon” was released, Joseph Gordon-Levitt went around promoting his “daring new comedy” and talked about how it deals with the effect of media on today’s society. After seeing it, I have to ask myself, did it?
Unless you spent the past few months in the Southern Hemisphere, you were probably looking for excuses to escape the heat this summer. What better way than going to an air-conditioned movie theatre or hiding in bed all day watching Netflix? Cadenza picked their favorite movies and television moments of summer 2013, just in case you missed something.
It’s that time of year again, when superheroes fill the skies, aliens threaten and explosions abound. This year’s blockbusters look to be a strong selection (at least Michael Bay has real people in his movie this time), so let’s hope for a hot summer that will make staying in the air-conditioned theater a good option.