Showing posts with label F. Scott Fitzgerald. Show all posts
Showing posts with label F. Scott Fitzgerald. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Great Gatsby 2012 Movie Trailer

First, let me apologize for my lack of posts during the month of May.  It is always a crazy time of year for me with track season in full swing as well as Advanced Placement Testing time at Carlson High School.  I have very little free time for writing.  However, track is wrapping up (as well as the school year) so The Geekly Reader should be a little more active.

Back in January I wrote about all of the books to film I wanted to see at the movies this year.  Like most movie-goers I already enjoyed The Hunger Games.  I really enjoyed the movie and I would have probably liked it even more if I had not read the book.

The reason I write today, the trailer was released for the film based upon what may be my favorite book of all time.  I love The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Some consider it the best American novel of all time.  I even enjoyed the 1974 Robert Redford film version.  On Christmas Day, 2012, Director Baz Luhrmann will release his version staring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan.  Here is the trailer:

Wow, it looks amazing.  If you add in the other titles I mentioned in my January blog and the number of Superhero films being released in 2012 (no, I have yet to see The Avengers yet) it may really be a record year for me at the movies.  While it appears that the film will remain set in 1920's New York City, it appears to have a very "modern" vibe.  I am really looking forward to this film?  How about you, any Leo fans out there that want to see him play the famous role of Jay Gatsby?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Books to Film in 2012

While I may be a gadget geek and a book guy, I am not much of a movie person.  I enjoy a movie now and then at home on my own television, but I rarely go to the theater to see first run movies.  Actually the last two years (2010 and 2011) the only visits to the theater were for my daughter's birthday parties (Tangled and The Muppets, both very good movies).  This year, things may change as a number of movies have caught my eye already, including many great novels that will soon hit the big screen.  Here is a great piece that presents the 10 most anticipated book to film adaptations of 2012.

So, how many of the ten films mentioned am I interested in seeing?  Well looking at the list I think it is safe for me to say I will see at least four of the films.  I really enjoyed reading Life of Pi a few years ago in a book club.  I am interested to see the novel play out on the big screen.  I mean, a young boy trapped on a small boat with a giant, vicious tiger?  Wow, talk about drama.

Next for me on the list is a new film version of the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations.  This is one of my favorite classics and I am really looking forward to this new adaptation, especially since I hated the 1998 release staring Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow.  The 2012 release stars Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter.  I really hope it is better than the 1998 version (which I recall watching on a flight to Maui for my honeymoon in June of 1998).

I Know Ms. Paltrow Looks Good, But Trust Me, The Movie is Not So Good

Late in 2011 I wrote about The Hunger Games heading toward the big screen in 2012.  No need to go on and on again about how much I loved the book, and how excited I am about the movie.  Here is the trailer again, and yes I can not wait (and yes I am a geek).

Looking back on my history with The Geekly Reader, I realized I wrote a post about my favorite books on film back in 2010.  One of my favorite books (and movies) from that list will be on the big screen in 2012, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I did enjoy the 1974 Robert Redford film version which I watched after reading the book in 11th grade.  The 2012 film version is set to star Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby.

Wow, throw in The Dark Night Rises and the re-release of Star Wars Episode I I may actually be at the movies six times or more in 2012.  This would be an all-time record for me (since entering adulthood).  Are there any of the 10 books to film you are interested in seeing this year?   I know there has to be some Hobbit fans out there, right?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

My Favorite Books on "The Big Screen"

A few months ago we read Dear John for the Carlson High School Book of the Month Club.  We discussed the novel the same month the film version was released and wow, so many of our readers were disappointed with the film.  This sent me thinking about my favorite books that have made their way onto the big screen.  So many films start off as plays and novels.  Of course it is much easier to take a novel, and change it into a screenplay for a film than to create a screenplay from scratch.  It is even easier to take a play and put it onto the big screen.  I will share my top five reads that have found their way onto the big screen for you.  Note I am ranking the literary work, not the film (films usually do great books little, to no justice).
Along Came a Spider, by James Patterson....I love the Alex Cross novels.  They are great summer reads. Very quick chapters with an exciting story line.  I have read many of the "Cross" works, but it has been a few years since my last attempt.  I will admit, I am a huge Morgan Freeman fan as well!

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.  Of course, Harris is probably best known for writing The Scilence of the Lambs, however I found Red Dragon to be a much better literary work.  I still recall reading this book relaxing on the sand in Myrtle Beach years memory burn.  The book was so good, they actually made two movie versions: Man Hunter released in 1986 and Red Dragon in 2002.  

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.  I have to admit, I am a huge Steinbeck fan.  I loved teaching Of Mice and Men when I was teaching English 10 years ago.  Such a great story (there are very few classic novels that teenagers are be interested in, and this is one of them).  Such a great, yet tragic story about friendship.  I will state, this trailer is actually a project a student completed for an English class and not an official trailer, very well done however.

I first read F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby as a junior in high school and fell in love with the work instantly.  I find myself re-reading this book about once every three years.  It is just a great summer read, takes me away and I day dream about living life as one Jay Gatsby.  A great life for sure, (until the end of the novel).  I know there is a newer film version, but I still prefer the classic Robert Redford version from 1974 (however nothing comes close to topping the novel!)

Number one on my list, well when it comes to number one it is both a play and film that I love, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by great American playwright Tennessee Williams.  Wow, what a play and what a film (although the film tends to avoid the crucial "character fault" of main character Brick.)  It is clear that Williams did not appreciate that there is little to no mention of homosexuality and Brick's character in the film version.  I must assume that back in 1958 homosexuality was much more of a taboo subject than it is today.  Still I love both the play and film.  Burl Ives, Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor (WOW) in her prime make a great combination.

I love reading all of these works, so I found myself liking most of the film versions.  I find myself enjoying the Ed Norton Red Dragon a little more than the William Petersen Man Hunter.  I still think when it comes down to it, all of the books/plays were much better than the film  A movie can never capture everything that is in a book (the movie would have to be six hours long or so).  Plus, reading allows you the freedom to come to conclusions on your own, not have them forced down your throat.  So, which of your favorite reads have hit the big screen?  Have you been generally satisfied or disappointed when leaving the theater?  Wow, and how can we have a book/movie blog post without a "Harry Potter" sighting?  Well, that is simple, while I love the Potter films, I have still yet to read any of the Potter works.  I know, what kind of librarian am I?