The Maze Runner Movie

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I’m a late adopter of The Maze Runner books. I only started the book this summer after urging from a lot of you. I didn’t expect to like the book as much as I did. I loved the level of suspense it created, while also presenting an interesting logic problem for the reader to try to parse through along with Thomas. Full disclosure, I was pretty sleepy when I went to the midnight showing last night. I was also a little frazzled from getting very lost trying to find the theater and meeting new people (the second years in my writing program were the ones who offered the invited). However, my impression of the film was that the suspense is done very well, but the logic problem part of the book is basically ignored.
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Divergent Movie Review

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I finally saw the Divergent movie on Tuesday, and overall I really enjoyed it. Divergent wasn’t my favorite book of all time, but I felt really engaged in the series. The film follows the book pretty closely. Of course some things were edited out for time, but there are no major departures (that I noticed) from the text.

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Marry, Date or Dump: Tobias, Caleb, & Will from Divergent

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Is anyone else on pins and needles waiting for the Divergent movie to come out this week. Ever since reading the book I thought it would make an interesting film, and I’m also excited to see how fans react after all the controversy around Allegiant. In celebration, I’m posing a question – who would you marry, who would you date, and who would you dump when it comes to Tobias Eaton (Four), Caleb Prior, and Will? Let me know your answers in the comments and let me know if you are excited about seeing the movie.  Continue reading “Marry, Date or Dump: Tobias, Caleb, & Will from Divergent”

Marry, Date or Dump: Academy Award Nominees

From @TheEllenShow
From @TheEllenShow

I’m keeping this post short and relatively open since I stayed up last night watching the Oscars and I still have them on my mind. Between any of the nominees (or presenters if you want to get really loose) let me know in the comments who you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump. Based on just this pic I think I’d marry Lupita Nyong’o’s brother. It takes guts to get in front of Angelina Jolie in a selfie.

The Great Gatsby: Baz Lurhman Remixes a Classic

If you’ve been reading the blog, or you’ve had a conversation with me since I was in the 11th grade, there is a good chance you know that I love The Great Gatsby. I consistently advocate for it as “the great American novel” and if I could get away with it would only wear pink tailored suits and call everyone “old sport”.

While I’ve been disappointed by past attempts to translate the novel into film, it would be an understatement to say I went into the movie theater this morning wanting to like this movie. I went into the theater wanting to LOVE it. And this morning I got exactly what I wanted. Continue reading “The Great Gatsby: Baz Lurhman Remixes a Classic”

Seven Best Picture Films I Didn’t Know Were Based On Books

books-moviesFrom Shakespeare to Tolkien or Jane Austen to J. K. Rowling, adaptations have accounted for huge critical and commercial successes and they certainly haven’t been ignored at the Academy Awards. We all know the past Best Picture Winners like, “Gone With the Wind”, “Hamlet”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Lord of the Rings” are the film versions of great pieces of literature. But after doing some investigation I found that there have been a lot of Best Picture winning films that I had no idea were based on books.

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