Jumanji through the Years

Jumanji is one of those films I watched as a child only because it regularly played on TBS. It’s a weird movie that I enjoyed for no particular reason, other than that it has an intriguing premise that was fun to reenact with friends.

Adapting picture books into movies is always an interesting process. Picture books aren’t plot-focused so making a movie adaptation is more about representing the “essence” of the book than it is about retelling the story. Chris Van Allsburg’s premise is simple: Judy and Peter play a board that brings each challenge to life within their home. Though startled by animal stampedes and thieving monkeys, the kids have no problem powering through the game and winning. Continue reading “Jumanji through the Years”

More “A Christmas Carol” Adaptations

Plenty of classics get multiple adaptations, but A Christmas Carol is somewhere in a realm of its own. There are hundreds of film, radio, TV, theater and parody adaptations. (And probably more beyond what I saw on the Wikipedia page.)

The trend continues in 2017. Not only is there a new movie about the story, but there is a new YA retelling of A Christmas Carol as well. Moviegoers this year might see The Man Who Invented Christmas, and YA readers might read The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand. How do these new versions stack up against the rest? Neither is a direct retelling, so for once, the story feels semi-original!

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The 10 Movies I Watch Every Halloween

Welcome to another October! Anyone who’s known me for a little while knows that this is my favorite time of year, and that Halloween is my favorite holiday. For the past several years, I have challenged myself to watch thirty-one scary movies during the month–one for every day leading up to Halloween. It’s tricky, and the longer I do this the harder it is to find new movies to fill up all the days. However, there are a handful that I make of point of rewatching every year because they are my all-time favorites. Click on the titles below to see each movie’s entry in our catalog.

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My Top Comic Book Movies!

This year, in honor of Free Comic Book Day, I started thinking about comic book movies. I myself have only read a few full-length graphic novels, and even fewer long-running series, so my knowledge of the comic book world is mostly dependent on which comics wind up adapted as movies or TV series. My absolute hands-down favorite will always be The Crow, which laid the aesthetic groundwork for every urban gothic film from Blade to Underworld, but it’s not really the kind of movie I think of when I think “comic book movie.” With that in mind, here are just a few of my other favorite comic book movies.

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Scott Pilgrim vs The World
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Check out the comic here.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the most cartoonish live-action movie I’ve ever seen. This adaptation is not only astoundingly faithful to the original comics by Brian Lee O’Malley, it looks very much like a comic book come to life. Director Edgar Wright–a seasoned favorite of the nerd crowd–uses split screens, exaggerated computer graphics, and videogame sound effects to create a world where life is literally a game. Sometimes you even get a second life! This type of nostalgia-driven wish fullfilment fantasy is the sort of thing that will only appeal to an audience base that either lived through the era being lampooned onscreen, or the younger generation who wishes they had. It’s a fun, silly, energetic love letter to the 2-bit gaming culture of the late ’80s and early ’90s, and a great ride even if you don’t get all the reference jokes.

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