Category Archives: Books to Film

Your New Book Assignment: Dickens’s Batman

Happy Belated Bastille Day! (It was yesterday.) I hope you are, like I am, pulling out your copy of A Tale of Two Cities. The latest Batman adaptation was, it turns out, at least partly inspired by Dickens’s oft-mandated book. According … Continue reading

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David Bratman & The Hobbit Trailer

The other week I posted a few impressions on the trailer for The Hobbit. In the course of that post I quoted David Bratman who said, as recorded by the Grey Lady, “I felt as if I were seeing two films … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: The Indestructible Shakespeare

“Shakespeare is adamantine. No matter what we do, we can’t fuck him up.” -John Logan Logan is the playwright and screenwriter who adapted Shakespeare’s Coriolanus for the screen. The above quote comes from a nice bit in this week’s New … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “The Hobbit” Trailer

Color me skeptical. When Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trailer broke a week or two ago amid emails and facebook posts of breathless excitement, rife with exclamation marks and omgomgomgs, I muttered a “bah, humbug.”* When Jackson’s adaptation of Fellowship of … Continue reading

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Alfred Hitchcock in Verse

Peter Swanson is a poet with an ambitious project: A sonnet for each of Alfred Hitchcock’s feature films. I love Hitchcock, I love poetry. This is great, you guys. Now I don’t know what he’s written so far, but I … Continue reading

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Book to Film: Jane Eyre (2011)

(This is what happens when I start a post then lose internet for a week. Old news, etc. On the other hand, old books are never old news.) After my daughter was born and my wife went back to work … Continue reading

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Reading The Iliad

Say what you will about the Greeks, they knew a thing or two about talking trash: Ulysses knew that his hour was not yet come, but he gave ground and said to Socus, “Wretch, you shall now surely die. You … Continue reading

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