Friday, August 09, 2013

Books to Film

To Read the Book Before or After? That Is the Question...
Late summer and early fall promise to be great seasons for films both classic and contemporary with something for everyone. We're sure the age-old question about which is better, book or film, will hold steady and spark debate...

Fall Into Film
Salinger : Touted as "an unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger", the ultra-reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, this documentary features over 150 interviewees. Read ahead or watch the trailer via IMDB.

The Family : An ex-goodfella turned stool pigeon and his family are relocated from New Jersey to France by the FBI's witness protection program. The film is based on the novel Malavita (Badfellas for 2010 English translation) by Tonino Benacquista. Watch the trailer with all-star cast via IMDB.

Inequality for All : Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich looks at income inequality in this documentary by Jacob Kornbluth. The film was funded by way of Kickstarter. The book tie-in is Reich's 2010 title, Aftershock.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 : Prepare for big screen sequel by joining us for a first film refresher course on Thursday, August 22 @ 1:00 p.m. in the library Community Room. Watch the trailer for part two via IMBD. Both films are based on the picture book by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett.

Great Expectations : The latest of many versions of Dickens' classic novel features an all-star cast. Watch the trailer via IMDB. If you're really in a Dickens mood, one of our copies also includes A Tale of Two Cities. Go for both!

Romeo and Juliet : The latest version of Shakespeare's classic story of forbidden love is due for limited U.S. release this fall. Watch the trailer for the new film via IMDB. Catch the earlier, futuristic film version with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes or read/listen to the play.

Carrie : Everyone's favorite telekinetic high school student rides again in this latest adaptation of Stephen King's 1974 novel. Watch the trailer via IMDB then go retro with the 1976 version of the film starring Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, and Piper Laurie.

Philomena : The story of a forced adoption; mother and child, politics and religion. The film stars Dame Judy Dench but we may have to wait for this film to hit U.S. screens. Based on Martin Sixsmith's book, first published in 2009 and due on our shelves in September.

As I Lay Dying :  William Faulkner's 1930 novel is widely considered a 20th century classic. James Franco stars in and directs this film adaptation, the story of the Bundren family's travels across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Watch the trailer via IMDB.