Books into Movies
A collection of movies that are depicted from books or ideas from certain books
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 2011, R)
The Descendants 2011, R)
Deriving from the self-titled book, the awesome array of characters is fantastically enhanced in the actors that portray them as the director has done for the overall visual perception of a family dealing with a tragic accident and a loss of a wife and mother. For Matt and Alexandra, the ordeal and its transition avidly affects them in terms of understanding and accepting Elizabeth as the total stranger that she was as in contrast to her as a mother and a wife. Their memories reflect a greater struggle for conflict resolution in the precept of Elizabeth's tragic accident. In the aftermath, dishonesty and deception enables them to truly see not only Elizabeth for the person she was but themselves and to each other. This realization enables them to adapt and hold strong as a family while also acknowledging their own self-significance.
Lula, the Son of Brazil 2012, Unrated)
Loved it! Based upon the self-titled book, this docudrama reflects the early years of one of Brazil's most popular modern figure, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The film follows from childhood living on the countryside of Pernambuco through the family's relocation to Santos to reconnect with the father whom left eariler to find work in the city. Refusing to endure the abuse of their father, Lula, his mother, and six silbings leave to move to the busy and industrious city of São Paulo. While obtaining an education, Lula and his siblings work various jobs to help their mother support the family. As a young adult, he enters a technical school and obtains a certificate in a skilled trade that lands him a job in a factory. Through the time period, the rise of work conditions and various social issues worsen that Lula cannot avoid when a personal accident enables him to become more involved with the social injustice occuring. The primary film language is set in Portuguese with English subtitles. Great performances- Rui Ricardo Diaz, Glória Pires, and Juliana Baroni.
The Flowers of War 2011, R)
1937 China- Inspired from true events and depicted from the perspective of the Geling Yan text. Yimou Zhang (House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower & Hero) directs a remarkable tale of an American mortician seeking refuge in an abandoned church amongst a group of frightened young girls and their young protector. As they settle in, they are soon joined by a band of wily courtesans who also seek sanctuary in the church. The two groups of females don't get along at first, but later will settle differences and bond when their safety is in jeopardy. John Miller, the mortician, poses as a priest in order to survive, but his protective instincts ascend when he must protect the young girls and women from the intrusion of Japanese soldiers who have settled in the area.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 2012, PG-13)
Based upon the self-titled book, this film adaptation follows a single man's dream of accomplishing the impossible. Developing a passion for the sport of fly-fishing, Sheikh Muhammed's goal is to stock the river of his native country with salmon while supplying a reliable water supply system for his people. With the help of financial consultant Ms. Harriet Chetwood-Talbot, he enlists the aid of fishery expert Dr. Alfred Jones to carry out his mission. Alfred is skeptical and doesn't believe this will work, and attempts to refrain from the project. When Prime Minister Press Secretary Patricia Maxwell discovers the Sheikh's plan, she insists upon Alfred's expertise and participation. The project is tedious but with hopes, it becomes a self-realization for those involved.
Snow Flower And The Secret Fan 2011, PG-13)
Depicted from the Lisa See book, this film beautifully reflects the lives and sacred bond between two best friends who are closer than sisters. Wayne Wang remarkably captures the significance in storytelling through this film in the portrayals of Snow Flower and Lily in comparison with Sophia and Nina. Gianna Jun and Bingbing Li both are phenomenally stunning in their representation of dual characters. Always great to see the beautiful Vivian Wu in films, her character portrayal reflects her immense talent in the craft.
Absolutely hilarious! Interesting movie that centralizes around the life of young Percy Jackson. Dealing with a disgruntled step-father, Percy hopes that one day his mother will wake up and decide to leave him. His only friend is Grover, a person whose companionship means just as much as his mother's. A class field trip offers clues, and an ultimate discovery. Percy discovers the true identity of himself as well as that of his best friend. Realizing that he is a son of a Greek god, Percy must embark on a journey to save his mother and prevent a war between the gods.
I Am Number Four 2011, PG-13)
Depicted from the Pittacus Lore's Lorien Legacies series, this film follows young John and his protector Henri attempting to survive on Earth while awaiting to fully develop his powers and rejoin fellow Garde members. Their survival weighs upon their abilities to stay low-key and relocate as much as possible from one area to another but is soon threathened when John meets Sarah. An interesting take on a YA book which sort of has a feel for the television series Roswell.
The Bourne Legacy 2012, PG-13)
Loved it! Inspired by the Robert Ludlam's 'Bourne' series, this film follows Aaron Cross, an agent in the Ops program that also harbored Bourne. The program is in the process of being dissolved due to the exposure of its identity and fellow agents are being killed off when a stroke of luck enables Cross to escape. In order to completely gain his freedom, he goes in search of answers and the key to his survival lies in the capability of Dr. Shearing, a scientist also involved in the program. Great performances by Jeremy Renner. Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton stars.