Top 5 Book to Movie Adaptations

For when your eyes are too tired for reading, part 2. Also, movies that don’t make me go ‘why did you do this Hollywood?!’*cough* Horns *cough*.

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5.) Howl’s Moving Castle

Based on the book of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones, the film follows cursed Sophie, the, literally, heartless wizard Howl, and some serious anti – war sentiment. Having never read the book, I can easily claim this adaptation doesn’t make me scream ‘why Hollywood?!’; though I know the differences between the two are ostensible. However, and I might be biased, I don’t think it’s possible for Miayzaki to make a bad film. Best viewed in a house where even the manners are a mess.

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4.) A Letter to Three Wives

And what a letter! Based on the serial published in Cosmo in 1945 named Letter to Five Wives, this film follows three women who receive a letter from a mutual friend that she’s run off with one of her husbands; all three of who question her respective marriages. This adaptation actually improves on the original by making the women clever and autonomous. For 1949 anyway. With razor sharp writing and directing from Joseph Mankiewicz (see also All About Eve), this film was my first introduction to classic movies and is a sentimental favorite. Best watched while drinking martinis.

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3.) Much Ado About Nothing

Based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, this is a completely faithful adaptation (also one of my favorite books) directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh. Watch it, you’ll love it.

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2.) It Happened One Night

Based on the short story Night Bus by Samuel Hopkins Adams, the film follows rich girl Ellen Andrews, played by Claudette Colbert, and poor journalist Peter Warne, played by Clark Gable, as they make their way from Florida back to New York during the lowest part of the Great Depression. The first film to win the ‘big five’ Oscars, this is an undisputed classic. Watch it, believe you me.

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1.) Thank You for Smoking

Based on the book of the same name by Christopher Buckley, this tongue in cheek, politically incorrect movie is getting me through all the ridiculousness in Washington right now. The film follows tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor, played by Aaron Eckhart, going head to head with extremely anti – smoking Vermont Senator Ortolan Finistirre, played by Willaim H. Macy. The most enjoyable part of the movie for me is the grayness of politics, particularly in the case of Senator Finistirre who goes about his objectively well-intentioned goal of passing a law that requires anti – smoking imagery on cigarette packing in the most underhanded, manipulative way possible. Best viewed with your own MOD squad.

 

Thanks for reading and tell me your favorite book to movie adaptations in the comments. Bye!

 

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Top 5 Movies

For those days when your eyes are too tired for reading, I present my top five favorite movies. I actually had to split this up into two, because asking me to choose just five movies is like Sophie’s Choice (another good movie, but these are the movies I can watch over and over again). My top five book adaptations post is coming next.

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5.) Unfaithfully Yours

Coming in at number five is the black comedy “Unfaithfully Yours”. Starring Rex Harrison as an aristocratic conductor who discovers his wife, played by Linda Darnell, has been unfaithful. Between the witticisms of Preston Sturges and the aptly but horribly nicknamed Sexy Rexy, this movie is thoroughly enjoyable but not for everyone. I would get further in depth, but I don’t think it’s possible without revealing the plot. Best viewed with someone who makes you think of brut champagne, not prune juice.

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4.) Kubo and the Two Strings

From the stunning sets and costumes (not to mention the obvious research and attention to detail that went into said sets and costumes), to the wonderful script and perfect casting, there is nothing to dislike about this movie; which follows the titular Kubo as he searches for legendary armor to protect himself from the Moon King – his grandfather. Beautiful with a bittersweet ending, I fell in love with this less than five minutes in. I’m sure anyone else who watches this will love it too. Best viewed while being thankful you’ll never have to eat whale carcass soup.

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3.) The Nightmare Before Christmas

While my breathing deep the darkness that envelops my soul phase ended years ago, my fondness for this movie did not. Like “Kubo and the Two Strings” before it, this is a painstakingly made stop animation film; which follows Jack the Pumpkin King’s midlife crisis and all the problems that ensue because of it. With spectacular world design and songs that are total earworms, this is, inarguably, Tim Burton at his finest and most memorable. Best viewed before any deadly nightshade consumption.

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2.) No Man of Her Own

The only onscreen pairing of classic Hollywood’s golden couple, the film stars Clark Gable as card shark Jerry “Babe” Stewart and Carole Lombard as small – town girl Connie Randall who desperately wants more out of life. An impromptu marriage between fuckboi Jerry and snarky Connie sets off the plot for a lighthearted and pre-Hay’s code rom-com. Best viewed with your partners in crime and a stacked deck.

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1.) Spirited Away

An Oscar winner and undoubtedly iconic, I can’t say enough about how magical, poignant, and bittersweet this movie is. And while I know there are people who don’t like animated films, and even people who don’t like Ghibli films, I implore you to give this one a try. While this does take place in the spirit world, ultimately, it’s about that moment when life shifts around you and you start growing up. Which is sometimes painful and scary, and definitely requires you to be brave. Same as the protagonist Chihiro’s journey throughout the film. Best viewed with someone you love, gyoza, and konpeitō.

Thanks for reading and tell me your favorite movies in the comments. Bye!

 

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