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Three Books to Read if You Like The Revenant
By January 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Three Books to Read if You Like The Revenant

So you saw The Revenant, did you? It’s possible you showed up for latest cocktail-swirling stylings of Leo DiCap (that’s what I call him; he calls me “Krazi K”) only to be walloped by nearly three hours of bear attacks, gushing wounds, head scalpings, guts-extractings, extremity-severings, mud-writhings, snow-freezings, and, you know, whatnot. The Revenant treated you like dirt and you liked […]

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There Is No Outside: A Wrenching, Redemptive Film Adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s Room

In many ways, the verdict is already in. This film-festival darling boasts a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with much of that praise heaped upon its two leads (Brie Larson as Ma, and Jacob Tremblay as five-year-old Jack), both of whom have already garnered some Academy buzz—and that’s all before the wide release tomorrow, […]

Reel Life: 11 Books Fictionalizing Film Stars

Reel Life: 11 Books Fictionalizing Film Stars

In Adriana Trigiani’s latest bestseller, All the Stars in the Heavens, she imagines what was going on behind the scenes when actress Loretta Young discovered she was pregnant with the child of the married Clark Gable. Trigiani’s not the first author to find fodder for her fiction behind the closed doors of Beverly Hills. Direct readers to […]

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English Majors, Rejoice: Merchant Ivory Films Are Coming Back to Theaters

English Majors, Rejoice: Merchant Ivory Films Are Coming Back to Theaters

Here’s some news you might have missed last month: the New York Times and Variety reported that Merchant Ivory’s independent films have been acquired by the Cohen Media Group, who intend to restore the films and re-release them in theaters. Be prepared to see theatrical re-releases of classics like Howard’s End and other films dear to the […]

Evil Corn: A Literary Subgenre Worthy of Serious Study

Evil Corn: A Literary Subgenre Worthy of Serious Study

I know what you’re thinking: There’s a book about evil corn? Oh, you sad, ignorant human. How do you get up each morning, with all that sadness and ignorance? Here, let me help. We are all aware of evil corn movies. The ur-text, of course, is Children of the Corn, though things don’t really get swinging on the […]

It’s All Relative: Dysfunctional Families You Can Reshelve When You’ve Had Enough

It’s All Relative: Dysfunctional Families You Can Reshelve When You’ve Had Enough

The film adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s hilarious novel, This Is Where I Leave You, came out on DVD just in time for the holidays. Readers needing to know that their familial spats could be worse will find comfort in these tales of delightful domestic drama. An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, by Brock Clarke […]

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Foodies at the Movies

Foodies at the Movies

Who isn’t glad that somebody else took on the task or recreating Julia Child’s cook’s canon and documenting her tasting triumphs and tragedies? The success of the film version of Julie and Julia has readers’ mouths watering for more. Fortunately, many of us love reading about eating nearly as much as doing it. Here’s where […]

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Read. Watch. Discuss.

Read. Watch. Discuss.

Harking back to suggestion #8 in Neil’s list of “how to beat the book club doldrums,” here are some books-into-movies that are coming soon to a book club/movie theatre near you: Book club favorite from 2003, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is scheduled to open around the holidays (dates, of course, subject to change […]

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Silver Screenwriter

Silver Screenwriter

I now know the depths of my love for a certain novelist. This morning on the way to work, NPR did an advance promo for today’s Fresh Air. Special guest Helen Hunt, four-time Emmy winner, Oscar winner and recently turned director, will be discussing her new film. It stars Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick and Colin Firth in […]

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