Movie Log: [ Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters ]
Judging by the trailer, this film - based on the second book in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series - was looking to be a better adaptation than The Lightning Thief…
Movie Log: [ Now You See Me ]
What do you get when you take the deceptive operations of Ocean’s 11 (or 12 or 13, for that matter) and throw in the allure of magic and theatricality?
Tw: discussion of Sexual Assault, ‘Real Men’ bullshit
Omg you need to WATCH THIS TED TALK RIGHT NOW
It’s (almost entierly non-problematic) feminist: yes
It talks about social ques given to children through kid’s movies and the whole Magical Quest trope: yes
It talks about raising boys to respect women in a way that’s not just chilvarly: yes
It’s written by a man: yes
Watch, listen and learn, because this guy knows what he’s talking about. It’s important to teach the right lessons to both girls and boys.
This is fantastic, funny, and extremely true. Both girls and boys need to learn together that they’re equal, not just “girls can be powerful” and “boys can be powerful”. take a sec to watch this, dashboard!
“…the story where the boy is a hero, who defeats the villain through violence, and collects his reward, which is a woman with no friends and who doesn’t speak.”
WHAT A GOOD LINE THOUGH
First and last scene of each Harry Potter film.
So often, modernizations and movie adaptations get a bad rap, and those who love the heart and soul of the original works fume at them with just indignation. But every once in a while, the adaptation isn’t bad. Every so often, they bring old worlds to new people, and that’s the best thing there is.
God bless this post.
Movie Log: [ The Perks of Being a Wallflower ]
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I’d been looking forward to seeing this movie ever since discovering that Emma Watson and Logan Lerman – of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fame, respectively – were going to be in it. And it was well worth the wait…
Movie Log: [ Brave ]
"I’ll be shooting for my own hand!" proclaims Merida, hero - or heroine, if you must insist - of Pixar’s latest animated movie Brave…
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Books and movies each have strengths as a medium that the other doesn’t. I think problems arise when movies try to cover everything and be everything that books are; and likewise books suck when they don’t play to their point (ahem I Am Number Four ahem) as a medium.
But a strong adaptation shouldn’t pin book against movie, the strengths of film as a medium should shine through, and I know they get it wrong a lot of the time. I want to cry over most of the HP movies because they’re bad movies. But sometimes they get it oh-so-right. And I think we can help them get it right by shifting our perception of what we’re about to see. Sometimes the message truly is the medium.