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It's Film Festival Season: Check Out the Books to Film

abstract:It's Film Festival season in Canada again, which means right after Toronto, comes Vancouver and then Whistler. With so many excellent novels adapted to film we are going to list some of our favorites and introduce a "Books to Film" night on alternate months. Grab your book group members for a feature film in your neighborhood and meet for coffee to compare the book with the film. We'll provide details to spice up your discussion, but obviously everyone reads and views things from their individual perspective. Bring your expertise and share it liberally -- with the popcorn.

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September 25, 2007

Excellent Pickings

With these links to the book, the IMDb (Internet Movie Database) and the trailers, you're set! Look for show times in your area, rassle up the book group for "movie night" and meet afterwards to compare treatments. This month we've got a Canadian classic, a cinematography extravaganza, a Western remake, and an urban crime thriller.

The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence was always a favorite Canadian novel. It seemed to me that Margaret Atwood fashioned aspects of Alias Grace (the older woman parts) from this novel. Director Kari Skogland also wrote the screenplay and the film stars Ellen Burstyn as Hagar Shipley. Produced by Atlantic Films. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0847897/ (View Trailer)

Atonement by Ian McEwan from across the drink had its Canadian debut at the Toronto Film Festival which is apparently the first rumor mill for Oscars. It stars Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and Vanessa Redgrave. Directed by Joe Right (of Pride and Prejudice fame) by Working Title Films. Check out the source of all movie info on the IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0783233/ (View Trailer)


3:10 To Yuma was a short story by Elmore Leonard written back in his Western phase. He adapted it to film in 1957 and was nominated for a BAFTA award. You'll know Leonard's recently adapted modern crime novels such as Get Shorty and Jackie Brown. I haven't seen the original, but I can tell you that the new release produced by the good folks at Lionsgate Entertainment with Russell Crowe starring as the outlaw Ben Wade opposite the rancher Dan Evans played by Christian Bale is well worth your movie dollar. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0381849/ (View Trailer)


The Brave One starring the thinking woman's actress, Jodie Foster in her soon-to-be-announced best actress role for 2007 is a film you don't want to miss. Vigilantism gets the full treatment when Erica Baine recuperates from a gruesome beating by a gang that takes the life of her fiance and transforms her from a radio talk show host who walks the streets of New York City reporting on general interest stories into a night stalker who searches for low-life characters deserving her uncontrollable brand of justice. Distributed by Warner Brothers. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0476964/ (View Trailer)

 

 

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