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Fri, May 4th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Donnie Brasco
Posted by: David Pitt

Donnie Brasco, the 1997 gangster flick starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp,was based on the 1987 memoir of former FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone, who spent more than half a decade inside one of the most notorious of New York’s famous Five Families, the Bonanno family. As “Donnie Brasco” he rose through the ranks, ultimately […]


Wed, February 29th, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Adjustment Bureau
Posted by: David Pitt

Have you seen The Adjustment Bureau, the recent movie based on Philip K. Dick’s 1954 short story “Adjustment Team”? It’s a good movie, with a mind-bending premise and a rather touching love story, but oh boy is it different from its source material. In the movie, a politician (Matt Damon) stumbles onto a secret organization […]


Wed, February 22nd, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Woman in Black
Posted by: David Pitt

The Woman in Black, the new movie starring Daniel Radcliffe as a young British solicitor who comes to a small market town to tidy up the affairs of a deceased client and gets a bit more excitement than he bargained for, is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Susan Hill. If […]


Mon, February 6th, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists
Posted by: David Pitt

In case you haven’t heard, Aardman Animation, those wonderful folks who brought us Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, are doing a stop-motion version of Gideon Defoe’s splendidly wacky 2004 comic adventure, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. The movie is scheduled for release in March, and I think, if you’re a fan of […]


Sun, December 25th, 2011
Reading the Screen: A Christmas Carol
Posted by: David Pitt

I finally watched 2009′s A Christmas Carol, written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, with Jim Carrey as a motion-captured Scrooge. I was seriously impressed. Despite what some critics have said, I think the film’s visual style perfectly suits the material. Charles Dickens’ 1843 story is a fantasy about ghosts, time travel, and Christmas. It can […]


Wed, December 21st, 2011
Reading the Screen: The Exorcist
Posted by: David Pitt

Blame my dentist for this one. I was strapped into the chair. While he rooted around in my gaping maw, we were jawing about movies, and he mentioned he’d recently let his 12-year-old son watch The Exorcist (1973). The boy found the movie, and I’m quoting here, “lame.” The Exorcist is, of course, based on William […]


Mon, December 12th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Fatherland
Posted by: David Pitt

A while back I briefly mentioned Fatherland, the 1994 television movie based on Robert Harris’s 1992 thriller about a German police detective investigating a homicide (and uncovering a high-level conspiracy). I recently watched the movie again, and I’d forgotten just how gripping it is. The novel is set in 1964. Preparations for the celebration of […]


Mon, November 7th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Cowboys & Aliens (Screen to Book)
Posted by: David Pitt

After there was Cowboys & Aliens the movie — well, not after: at roughly the same time — there was Cowboys & Aliens the novel, published by Tor and written by Joan D. Vinge. Novelizations, books written from screenplays, can be pretty awful (I have a few things to say about them over here), but this […]


Thu, October 27th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Cowboys & Aliens (Book to Screen)
Posted by: David Pitt

Before there was Cowboys & Aliens the movie — a splendid movie, why didn’t more of you go and see it? — there was Cowboys & Aliens the graphic novel, published in 2006 by Platinum Studios and created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. With words by Andrew Foley and Fred Van Lente, and terrific artwork by Dennis […]


Wed, October 19th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Stephen King’s Thinner
Posted by: David Pitt

Thinner, Stephen King’s 1984 novel published under the short-lived Richard Bachman pseudonym, is a clever tale of a man, a Gypsy curse, and the world’s most unpleasant weight-loss plan. The plot is simple.  Billy Halleck, a vastly overweight lawyer, is being, um, entertained by his wife while he’s driving their car. Because he’s not paying […]





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