Tag Archives: novel

World War Z Review

World War Z screenshot

“Most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has. That’s no stupidity or weakness, that’s just human nature.”

Having begun his career in blistering fashion, but unfortunately stumbling in recent years, Marc Forster seeks to reignite his cinematic form with an intriguing, yet worryingly loose adaptation of Max Brooks’ acclaimed zombie horror novel. His World War Z reimagining bears little resemblance to its sublime forebear, but that’s part of the reason why he’s able to create such an exhilarating disaster movie brimming with fascinating stories, compelling drama and memorable action set pieces.

Continue reading World War Z Review

Killing Them Softly Review

Killing Them Softly Screenshot

“I like to kill them softly, from a distance. Not close enough for feelings”

Andrew Dominik’s third feature film Killing Them Softly is a loose adaptation of George V Higgins’ 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade and follows enforcer Jackie Cogan who is hired to restore order after a robbery at a mob-protected card game causes the local criminal economy to collapse. For his neo-noir crime thriller Dominik reunites with Brad Pitt and frees himself from the shackles of popular cinema convention to deliver a visceral piece of Americana.

Continue reading Killing Them Softly Review

Silver Linings Playbook Review

Silver Linings Playbook Screenshot

Rewriting the romantic comedy playbook.

With a near two-decade long career of critically acclaimed, but quietly released films, David O. Russell was regrettably little known within the UK. That was until the American director created what many regard as his most significant film, The Fighter. The compelling character study embedded within that biographical sports drama gripped audiences and increased Russell’s audience and popularity. So, expectations were high for his follow up film, an adaptation of Matthew Quick’s novel Silver Linings Playbook.

Continue reading Silver Linings Playbook Review

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Review

ALVH Screenshot

“History prefers legends to men”.

With 2013 being the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation, it is hardly surprising that there has been an influx of filmic depictions of the iconic President’s life. While other releases, such as Spielberg’s Oscar-tipped Lincoln, have been period drama biographicals, there was also an unconventional addition – Timur Bekmambetov’s adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s biography/fantasy mash-up novel which, as the title suggests, sees the cultural icon depicted as a vampire hunter.

Continue reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Review

On Cloud Nine

Cloud Atlas Poster

As the adaptation of David Mitchell’s so-called ‘unfilmable’ book, Cloud Atlas, makes its big screen debut, Lee Curtis charts the rise of a mind-bending and time-bending epic Continue reading On Cloud Nine

The Help Review

Another novel adaptation this way comes.

At first doubts were cast over The Help as it seemed that it, like many others before it, would be centered on a hurriedly made screenplay. More recent book adaptations, such as One Day, are rushed into production which makes the films suffer as they fail to live up to the reputation of the novel. The screenplay for The Help was not rushed; in fact the timing couldn’t have been better. The script was finished around the same time as the book, because the rights to adapt the novel were sold to little known director, and close friend of the author, Tate Taylor back in 2008.

Continue reading The Help Review