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Archive for the 'Fantasy' Category

Fri, April 30th, 2010
Reading the Screen: L. Ron Hubbard — No, Seriously, L. Ron Hubbard
Posted by: David Pitt

This May marks the tenth anniversary of the release of Battlefield Earth, one of my very favorite bad movies. If you haven’t seen it, here are Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper chatting about it: I agree with everything they say about the movie, but I still love it, the same way I love Plan 9 […]

Sat, April 24th, 2010
Reading the Screen: Lehane on the Big Screen (Again)
Posted by: David Pitt

So Sam Raimi is making a movie out of Dennis Lehane’s 2008 novel The Given Day. You know Raimi from the Spider-Man movies, the Evil Dead movies, and Darkman, but wait: you think of those as horror or fantasy movies, but all of them feature well-drawn characters and stories that revolve around the characters. Raimi also […]

Sun, April 18th, 2010
Reading the Screen: The Shocking Tooth About Vampire Movies, Part Two
Posted by: David Pitt

In part one we talked about some of the big- and small-screen adaptations of Dracula. But you vampire fans out there know Bram Stoker’s famous fiend isn’t the only literary bloodsucker. In Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire (1976), a vampire tells his story — two centuries’ worth of love, hatred, life, death, and pulse-pounding excitement […]

Mon, April 12th, 2010
Reading the Screen: The Shocking Tooth About Vampire Movies, Part One
Posted by: David Pitt

So The Twilight Saga: New Moon is out on DVD and Blu-ray. The adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s 2006 novel was panned by a lot of critics for being too slowly paced and too uninvolving, but let’s be fair here: it ain’t easy to turn a vampire novel into a movie. Consider Dracula, for example. Bram Stoker’s […]

Sun, March 28th, 2010
Reading the Screen: More Fun Than a Barrel of Dragons
Posted by: David Pitt

Somebody finally made a movie out of How to Train Your Dragon (2003), the wildly inventive novel by Cressida Cowell. It’s the story of a “smallish Viking with a longish name,” Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, and his rather offbeat adventures in dragon-training and sea-monster-slaying. Here’s the trailer:   The book is, as grown-up Hiccup tells […]

Wed, March 24th, 2010
Reading the Screen: Tolkien Adaptations Can Be Hobbit Forming
Posted by: David Pitt

You’ve probably heard that Guillermo del Toro, the director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, is making a movie out of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, The Hobbit (1937). You might not know that somebody already made a movie out of the book. Rankin/Bass, the studio that brought us the Christmas classics Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty […]

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