Going to the Movies!

August 28, 2018

It seems movie makers have been inspired by our bookshelves lately and that’s not a bad thing. No debate from me that the book usually takes the cake over the movie but, based on their trailers, I think these will translate to the big screen quite well. If it’s not in the theatre quite yet, it will be soon.

Crazy Rich Asians

I admit, I started off as a reluctant reader of this book when it was selected for book club but ended up enjoying it immensely. The movie looks like just as much pure designer-dressed family saga fun.

The Children’s Act

One of Ian McEwan’s (of Atonement book and movie fame) more recent books. This looks awfully compelling!

The Bookshop

Was impressed by Emily Mortimer in The Newsroom series. Here she is nestled among books and huge stars, Patricia Clarkson and Bill Nighy.

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I’ve already seen this one (it’s new to Netflix) and it’s lovely, heartwarming entertainment.

Bel Canto

Can’t wait! Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto remains one of my favourite stories of all time.

Juliet, Naked

So many of Nick Hornby’s novels have appeared on screen and this is the latest.

 

Lots of Brit Lit it seems! Share your reviews … book or movie.

Books are already the winners at this year’s Academy Awards. It may be a ceremony dedicated to honouring the best in film but the power of the word prevails through the Nominee list this year; six of the nine Best Picture Nominees are based on successful books. I’ll list those titles below if you aren’t yet familiar with them … Meanwhile, flying books star in an Oscar-nominated Animated Short Film and that’s what I’ve been itching to share with you.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a 15 minute long film by the creative and talented Moonbot Studios. The short film has been described as: “drawing its inspiration from “Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books. Reviews call it “poignant” and “heartwarming”  and a “love-letter to books” but one commenter summed it up perfectly in my mind: “How truly lovely. A beautiful, simple story that, like the best books, reaches the heart of anyone willing to take a moment and enjoy.”

I hope you can open a 15 minute window sometime in your schedule and savour this little tribute to books and reading and so much more. Cheer with gusto when they win their Oscar!

There is also a Flying Books award-winning iPad App you might want to explore. I personally love this Mr. Morris themed iPad case:

And … These are the books which have inspired The Academy Award Best Picture Nominees in 2012:

             

Before there was “It’s A Wonderful Life” (the movie that’s become a heartwarming Christmas classic starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed) there was a charming little short story that seemed destined never to be read.

Philip Van Doren Stern was a writer and editor with particular expertise on the topic of the Civil War. One morning he awoke having had a strikingly clear dream about a suicidal man who was given an opportunity to view what life would have been like for those he loved had he not lived to impact their lives. Van Doren Stern quickly wrote down the dream in its entirety and then, over the following few years, worked it into a short story he called “The Greatest Gift”. When he believed it was ready to share, he distributed the story in hopes of publication but was met with unanimous rejection. Finally, during World War II, he printed 200 copies himself and distributed them as Christmas cards to friends and family. By chance, a Producer at RKO pictures had a chance to read the short story and was immediately motivated to purchase its film rights. At about the same time, Good Housekeeping magazine printed the story in their January 1945 issue with the title, “The Man Who Was Never Born”. In 1945, RKO sold the film rights again to Frank Capra who created the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, released in 1946. “It’s a Wonderful Life” did not enjoy box office success at all but still managed to be nominated for 5 Oscars – it won none. The movie faded away until the early 1970s when a clerical oversight resulted in a failure to renew the film’s copyright. It entered public domain and was promptly picked up by television networks whose frequent seasonal airings turned it into the classic it is now considered.

This holiday season, Graphic Image has issued a limited edition hard cover reproduction of Van Doren Stern’s first self-printed pamphlet which he shared with his friends. It’s a beautiful little book and can even be purchased in a fancy red leather collectible version. Take a peek at it here on the Graphic Image website. What a wonderful Christmas gift for your friends.

I love when a book is the star of the story!

I hope you’re finding time during this week to enjoy a few holiday classics – either in written or movie form.

I’m not sure how this little gem of a movie managed to soar under my book-lovin’ radar but it did … until now. It appears to have been and gone in local theatres (if it “been” here at all) but I plan to persist in my search to find it. Fingers crossed that it’s still on its way to us. Do let us know if you’ve seen it or hear of its arrival. In the meantime, here are two trailers (I couldn’t decide which I liked best) for you to enjoy. It appears to be a literature lover’s dream movie. For those who read in French, the film is based on the novel by Marie-Sabine Roger called La Tete en Friche.

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