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The Movie was Better Than the Book... 
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Evenflow8112 wrote:
moulton4 wrote:
ram1312 wrote:
I really enjoyed watching Zodiac. They took the massive amount of information from Graysmith's book and turned it into a gripping movie.


YES! Zodiac is one of the most underrated films of late.

Pertaining to Lord of the Rings....you can't say Peter Jackson > J.R.R. Tolkien, even if his films are perfect.



Poor Peter Jackson. I wouldn't say his movies are perfect, either :?


"his films" meaning Lord of the Rings...and yes...i'm a geek.


Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:17 am
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Here are a few:

Blade Runner
The Rainmaker
Slumdog Millionaire

Some oldies:

The Guns of Navarone
Gone With the Wind
The Wizard of Oz

Agree:

The Godfather
Psycho

Disagree:

The Lord of the Rings


Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:26 am
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Apocalypse Now > Heart of Darkness

Although the book isn't bad by any means.


Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:30 am
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Evenflow8112 wrote:
The Sweet Hereafter, which takes a fine novel and fashions it in what I believe is it's definitive form.


That.

Good novel--Great film.

Did you ever read/see 'Affliction'?


Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:45 am
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I'd throw in with 2001 as well.

To that, I'd add Solaris (the original Russian version). Although I wonder if I'd feel differently if I could read Polish--I understand the English version of Solaris was translated from French, which was translated from Polish.

Bright Lights Big City is another, even though I think the movie was underwhelming.

Reversal of Fortune--I'll take Jeremy Irons in that flick any day of the week.

Stand By Me


Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:27 am
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I took a decision many years ago that I continually wrestle with
I so love movies that I don't read novels

I do read books
Currently having another go at A Brieft History of Time and a book on Buddhism - The Art of Happiness

I have a good collection of books on movies..... :-)

Rob


Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:40 am
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Definitely agree with The Godfather and Jaws. LOTR? C'mon...


Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:49 pm
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MunichMan wrote:
Definitely agree with The Godfather and Jaws. LOTR? C'mon...
I think the closer a film attempts to stick to the book, the more it highlights the deficiencies created by the adaptive process.


Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:57 pm
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Everyone got most of my choices so far.

Blade Runner was far superior to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. In the book, Roy is just pathetic, but he's fantastic in the movie

Shawshank Redemption, again, far superior to "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption". Red, in particular, has very little going for him in the book.

Stand by Me was much better. "The Body" was more about him as a young man; the story of finding the body was a subplot.


Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:02 pm
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What about Goodfellas? I think the movie far surpassed the source(Wiseguy). A defining genre film from an entertaining but flawed book.


Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:51 pm
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bob harris wrote:
What about Goodfellas? I think the movie far surpassed the source(Wiseguy). A defining genre film from an entertaining but flawed book.


I think Wiseguy was equal to Goodfellas, it made parts of Goodfellas more clear.

But the book version of Casino....that's a flawed book.


Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:54 pm
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Off the top of my head..not read some of these for a while....

Jaws
Silence of the Lambs
Blade Runner
Starship Troopers
Balck Hawk Down
Godfather
Goldfinger
The Green Mile
The Shining
Trainspotting
The Rainmaker
Misery
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Carrie
Stand By Me
Manhunter


Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:32 pm
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Zedferret wrote:
Off the top of my head..not read some of these for a while....

Jaws
Silence of the Lambs
Blade Runner
Starship Troopers
Balck Hawk Down
Godfather
Goldfinger
The Green Mile
The Shining
Trainspotting
The Rainmaker
Misery
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Carrie
Stand By Me
Manhunter


Definitely have to disagree with Silence of the Lambs, Starship Troopers (!), One Flew over the Cuckoo's nest, and Manhunter. Starship Troopers isn't even a good movie, let alone better than Heinlein's classic book.

Lambs, Cuckoo and Manhunter are great movies, don't get me wrong, but the original books are better.


Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:04 pm
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I guess I'm not really a fan of Heinlens writing, nor Thomas Harris. I haven't read Cuckoo since school, so I'll give you that one!

I have a soft spot for Starship Troopers, A Guilty Pleasure if you like (is there a thread for that? :D )


Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:10 pm
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You know what else I'm going to add, The Princess Bride. I just really love that movie. Don't get me wrong...the book is awesome. Unique approach to storytelling, very witty and a great read. But damn if that movie is not one of my favorites.


Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:37 pm
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bob harris wrote:
What about Goodfellas? I think the movie far surpassed the source(Wiseguy). A defining genre film from an entertaining but flawed book.


This is probably the best example that didn't cross my mind. Goodfellas takes Pileggi's Wiseguy and broadens it with performances, editing, and those small touches: Liotta adressing the camera at the end, the shot of Joe Pesci before the credits... not exactly an improvement but a re-imagination of the material. Outstanding.

While we're on Scorsese, Bringing Out The Dead was first an overlooked book and then an overlooked movie. Paul Schrader's take on the material highlighted the exhaustion without drilling it into the ground... the biggest problem with the book. It's trimmer and more satisfying.


Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:18 pm
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Craig wrote:
Apocalypse Now > Heart of Darkness

Although the book isn't bad by any means.

Definitely agree.


Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:21 pm
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Zedferret wrote:
Off the top of my head..not read some of these for a while....

Jaws
Silence of the Lambs
Blade Runner
Starship Troopers
Balck Hawk Down
Godfather
Goldfinger
The Green Mile
The Shining
Trainspotting
The Rainmaker
Misery
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Carrie
Stand By Me
Manhunter


I disagree with Trainspotting, although it can be a hard read because of the way spoken Scottish is transcribed. The book gives you a more rounded view of the characters and hits much harder, particularly the ending.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
In the book, Renton doesn't leave money from the loot for Spud (or at least it's not clear - if I remember it correctly the follow-up novel Porno is based on this premise), i.e. he betrays everybody. The last shot of the film always seemed like a cop-out to me, making Renton more sympathetic.


Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:12 am
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The Crow
Field of Dreams
High Fidelity
Jaws
Murder on the Orient Express
No Country for Old Men
Silence of the Lambs

I enjoyed all of these books (except Jaws), but the movies transcend the source material.

A few Stephen King adaptations have lived up to the books. In addition to those already mentioned:

Christine
Dolores Claiborne
Misery (oops - already mentioned, I see)


Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:52 pm
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My picks would be Die Hard, Jurassic Park and Casino Royale.


Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:50 pm
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