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Books made into Movies – The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick

3 Feb

Paperback, 289 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Sarah Crichton Books (first published 2008)

Description

Why did NPR’s popular librarian Nancy Pearl pick The Silver Linings Playbook as one of summer’s best reads for 2009?

“Aawww shucks!” Pearl said. “I know that’s hardly a usual way to begin a book review, but it was my immediate response to finishing Matthew Quick’s heartwarming, humorous and soul-satisfying first novel . . . This book makes me smile.”

Meet Pat Peoples. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure him a happy ending—the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.)

The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being haunted by Kenny G!

As the award-winning novelist Justin Cronin put it: “Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful debut.”
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About the movie

Synopsis

Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months is a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet-and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

My thoughts

I watched the movie last night and overall I enjoyed it. The acting was great, the actors were perfect for their roles, but I wanted more
from the story. I know it’s supposed to be a dramedy movie and it was filled with funny moments, but I just expected more drama. I know that sounds crazy since one of the main characters was just released from a mental institution and is bipolar and the other’s husband just died, her life is not easy at all and is also bipolar, but those weren’t enough for me…I wanted more tension between the characters.

I know that almost everyone is raving about this movie and it also has tons of Oscar nominations, but when the movie ended it left me asking myself: That was everything? even though it was 2 hours long. Speaking of Oscars, I don’t really understand why Jacki Weaver was nominated for “Best actress in a supporting role”. I mean, I’m not saying that her acting was’t good, it’s just that she didn’t have much to say and her role was quite forgettable. Her role was important for the movie, but she wasn’t given much… I think that Chris Tucker had more lines than her.

I know that from what I said it seems that I didn’t like the movie, when in fact it’s quite the opposite. I liked it very much…I just didn’t love it, and I think that’s because of the storyline. I think that was the weakest point since the interaction between the characters was great, it was real and the dialogue was also good.
Excelsior!

Director: David O. Russell
Writers: Matthew Quick (novel), David O. Russell (screenplay)
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Julia Stiles.

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Books made into Movies – The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

14 Oct

Description

Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo–alone and unaided–who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside . . .

This stirring adventure fantasy begins the tale of the hobbits that was continued by J.R.R. Tolkien in his bestselling epic The Lord of the Rings.

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

You can buy the book from Amazon or The Book Depository.

Descriere

Hobbitul, preludiul trilogiei Stăpânul Inelelor, este povestea unor aventuri extraordinare prin care trece un grup de piticuţi, în căutarea unei comori păzite de dragonul Smaug Magnificul. Participant fără voie în această expediţie periculoasă, Bilbo Baggins, un hobbit iubitor de confort şi lipsit de ambiţii, îşi descoperă spiritul de aventură într-o călătorie în care întâlneşte trolli, elfi, păianjeni uriaşi, orci, dar şi prieteni adevăraţi.

O puteti cumpara de pe raobooks.ro sau elefant.ro.

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About the movie / Despre film

The Hobbit is an upcoming film series consisting of three epic fantasy-adventure films. The films are, by subtitle, An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug(2013) and There and Back Again (2014).

Synopsis for An Unexpected Journey
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths ofguile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Sinopsis

Aventura urmăreşte călătoria personajului principal Bilbo Baggins, care ia parte la o expediţie de proporţii epice, pentru a redobândi de la fiorosul dragon Smaug regatul pierdut al gnomilor, Erebor. Abordat pe nepusă masă de vrăjitorul Gandalf cel Sur, Bilbo se alătură unui grup de treisprezece gnomi, conduşi de legendarul războinic Thorin Scut de Stejar. Călătoria lor îi va purta în Ţara Pustietăţii, pe tărâmuri înşelătoare, pline de goblini, wargi, orci, şi vrăjitori.

Deşi ţinta lor se află la răsărit, către Muntele Singuratic, ei trebuie mai întâi să treacă prin tunelurile goblinilor, unde Bilbo o întâlneşte pe creatura care îi va schimba viaţa pentru totdeauna… Gollum. Singur cu Gollum pe malurile unui lac subteran, neştiutorul Bilbo Baggins nu doar că descoperă în el însuşi un curaj şi o ingeniozitate care îl surprind şi pe el, dar intră şi în posesia “preţiosului” inel al lui Gollum, cu calităţi misterioase şi foarte folositoare. Un simplu inel de aur, de care se leagă soarta întregului Pământ de Mijloc într-un mod pe care Bilbo nici nu şi-l poate imagina încă.

Far over the Misty Mountains cold,
To dungeons deep and caverns old,
We must away, ere break of day,
To claim our long-forgotten gold.

Goblets they carved there for themselves,
And harps of gold, where no man delves
There lay they long, and many a song
Was sung unheard by men or elves.

The pines were roaring on the heights,
The winds were moaning in the night,
The fire was red, it flaming spread,
The trees like torches blazed with light.

The bells were ringing in the dale,
And men looked up with faces pale.
The dragon’s ire, more fierce than fire,
Laid low their towers and houses frail.

Writers: Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lily, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage

In Theaters December 14th, 2012.

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I absolutely loved the book and I can’t wait to watch the movie!

Books made into Movies – The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

2 Oct

The novel is set on Long Island during the roaring 1920’s. Nick, just returned from the war, rents a house in West Egg where he is invited to the extravagant parties hosted by his guarded and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Nick eventually learns Gatsby’s story – the tale of a young man who corrupts himself in seeking to attain the American Dream and gain the love of the idealized, and unattainable woman, Daisy.

The Great Gatsby opens in theaters on December 25th, 2012.

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Callan McAuliffe, Gemma Ward, Amitabh Bachchan, Jason Clarke