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Books to Film: November & December

abstract:With Thanksgiving weekend upon us, movie goers can start the season with some interesting titles, then pick up the book.  (click on book images for link to purchase)

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November 26, 2004

Family Entertainment

The Incredibles: by Pixar Entertainment

An animated film that appeals to the whole family. And what a family it is; writer-director Brad Bird combines sophisticated humor with hilarious sight gags and witticisms to this movie about a futuristic family of superheros trying to live a quiet life in the suburbs (with the voices of: Craig T. Nelson as Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible, Holly Hunter as Helen Par/Elastigirl, Samuel L. Jackson as Lucius Best/Frozone and more... OPENS TODAY nationwide.

Oscar Potential

  

  

Kinsey: Indiana University Press (2000)

Written and Directed by Bill Condon who won the Academy Award fo Best Screenplay for Gods and Monsters and for Chicago (6 Academy Awards). Liam Neeson stars as Alfred C. Kinsey, the zoologist who changed the way we think about sex with his 1948 book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. His scientific endeavor takes on an unexpected personal significance into the mysteries of human behavior. How and why we pursue intimacy is as controversial, relevant and compelling then as it is now. Condon's screenplay is reportedly based on the book Sex and the Meaure of All Things: A Life of Alfred C. Kensey by Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy and a documentary film produced by Diane Ward titled "Sex and the Scientist". Cast: Laura Linny as Mrs. Clara Kinsey, Tim Curry, Peter Sarsgaard, Gore Vidal   

Release Date: November 12th

Sandra Oh , Thomas Haden Church , Virginia Madsen and Paul Giamatti in Fox Searchlight's SidewaysSideways: Rex Picket, St. Martin's Press (2004)

Alexander Payne's movie continues to please audiences and will likely be an Oscar contender for its flawless rhythm and cinematography and skillful acting. Two friends Paul Ciamatti (Miles) and Thomas Haden Church (Jack) take a road trip to a Southern California winery to have one last fling before Jack's nuptials.  Their plans go awry when they encounter Sandra Oh (Stephanie) and Virginia Madison (Maya). Writers obsess over how faithful certain movies are to their source novels, but this successful adaptation has fans agreeing the novel by Rex Pickett was well served. Opened in October, still in select theaters.

Indi Considerations

Notre Musique:

Jean-Luc Godard, now 74 is the crusty icon of the French New Wave who is still, reportedly at the top of his game with this film.  Based on a three-part meditation of hell, purgatory and heaven from Dante's Inferno, itis Godard's response to 9/11.  A meditation on the eternal "other" in war as the duality of human perception that death is the experience of someone else the film uses imagery and music in creative symbosis. The work runs just 70 minutes.

Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at 70, Farrar, Straus and Giruox (2004)

Paperclips:

In 1998, the students of Tennessee's Whitwell Middle School set out to collect 6 million paper clips to visualize the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.  What the predominantly white classmates lack in diversity, they make up for hin heart and steel...

Callas Forever: by Cattleya and Alquimia Cinema

If you are an opera lover you need not be introduced to Greek-American diva Maria Callas (1923-1977) Married to Aristotle Onassis, who left her for Jacqueline Kennedy, this fictionalized account looks at her final days. Stars: Fanny Ardant as Maria, Jeremy Irons as Lawrence Clark, Joan Plowright as Alessandro Bertolucci. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli (Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Jane Eyre...) Screenwriter: Martin Sherman and Franco Zeffirelli (Tea with Mussolini)     

Release Date: November 5th.

I Am David, Harcourt Press (2004)

This movie, although adapted from the book of the same name reminds me of The Great Water (by Ivo Trajkov based on the novel by Zhivko Chingo). It's about a boy who escapes the Bulgarian concentration camp he has grown up in, and travels with only a compass and a piece of bread across Europe to Italy.  Visually stunning and stars Ben Tibber, James Caviezel, Joan Plowright. Directed by Paul Fiel. Produced by Davina Belling. Lions Gate Films 

Release Date December 3rd.

 

 

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