Oldboy: The Failure of Lee’s Remake, and the Power of Park’s Extreme

Warning! Spoilers abound. Park Chan-Wook’s “Oldboy” has 10 years later, the screenplay was adapted into an american film, also entitled “Oldboy”. This time directed by Spike Lee and starring Josh Brolin, the announcement of the film was met with a lot of fan lamentation and premature lambasting. This visceral reaction was only validated when the…

Why Video Game Movies Suck: Yet Another Analysis

Films based on video games aren’t new. Even before the umpteenth installment of the Resident Evil series, we had Mortal Kombat and Raul Julia hamming it up while performing a psycho crusher. Really, the only thing as old as video game adaptations is how much people have ranted about how much video game adaptations suck….

Adapting Austen: Sense and Cinematography

There are no kisses in Austen novels. And while you may be an Austen purist who owns 17 annotated copies of every single one of her novels, you must admit, a kiss at the end of a romance film is always a firework way to welcome the credits roll. Adapting Jane Austen’s works is a…

Young-Adult Series Films that Never Made It Past the First Film

It’s been a long-road, but I think Hollywood has finally learned that Young Adult Book Franchises do not good film franchises make. It’s difficult to face a franchise failure, especially because the first films are usually set up with the next ones already in mind. In the first place, the creation of film franchises like…

Stephen King’s Favorite Adaptations of His Work

To celebrate that new IT mini-series trailer and the continual progress of The Dark Tower starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, let’s talk about Stephen King. Stephen King has a love for film. But he hasn’t had a lot of love for film made out of his own work. An article on Bloody Disgusting makes…

“Ghost in the Shell”: An Adaptation Haunted by Controversy

It hasn’t been an easy time for the cast and crew of Paramount Pictures’s “Ghost in the Shell (2017)”. The Hollywood adaptation of the seminal Japanese manga and anime classic have had an uphill climb of warding off criticism from all over the net over whitewashing and cultural appropriation. Now that the film has finally…

A Random Selection of “Romeo & Juliet” Adaptations, and How They End

Shakespeare’s been dead for 400 years, but his tale of the star-crossed lovers that are doomed for hardship if not literal death continues to captivate the public imagination. The text is difficult — what with a a very particular language that people nowadays can find inaccessible, and with stage instructions that may seem inorganic on-camera…