Screen Junkies » the godfather http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:04:14 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Can ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Live Up To These 6 Book-To-Film Adaptations? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/can-the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-live-up-to-these-6-book-to-film-adaptations/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/can-the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-live-up-to-these-6-book-to-film-adaptations/#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2011 15:00:25 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=239923 The lesson here? Only read when you absolutely have to.

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While in many instances, comparing films adaptations to their books is often a fools errand (as comparing media is like comparing apples and elephants) it’s interesting to see how a film can own the premise that a book presents and seemingly keep it as its own. These films are no longer considered “adaptations,” and probably haven’t been since before their release. Though they are of course, adapted works, they have so resolutely defined themselves outside of the context of the source material that they might as well be independent works.

This may come across as an implicit slam of the novels’ authors, seeing as how theei work has been eclipsed. Make no mistake, their work HAS been eclipsed, but I happen to view them as partial authors of a bigger story, one that couldn’t be told as well without the stirring visuals that a film production can provide. Though, the fact that I had read all of these books after seeing the movies surely taints that perception.

This list stems from consideration of the upcoming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation by David Fincher, who I find to be a director capable of owning his movies, whatever the source. While no one will ever argue that the book is an all-time great, Fincher always preserves the possibility that it could be the foundation for an all-time great film.

Fight Club

I’ve always felt if you’ve read one Chuck Palahniuk book, you’ve read them all. Perhaps I felt this way because I read about four over a two week span, getting all the details confused and conflated. Fight Club is hardly a distinct work in Palahniuk’s catalog, but it’s a testament to David Fincher and the cast to see just how insulated they make the nihilistic tale feel. Fincher has a way of making the unremarkable remarkable, as he recently did with The Social Network. Stories of internet startups aren’t supposed to be that captivating.

To see someone build on a writer’s irreverence and creativity, see Fight Club. To see them do nothing with it, watch Choke, a limp adaptation of a later Palahniuk work.

The Shining

Sure, Stephen King did a great job with this haunting tale, killing an entire forest of trees to craft the chilling story of a family in isolation, trying to save themselves. However, it’s Stanley Kubrick’s touch, his ability to use dialog as sparingly as it’s used in real life, to terrify us as much as the family in the Overlook hotel. I feel it no slight against Stephen King to say that it is much easier to describe the ominous hotel than it is to show us. Considering how many iconic images there are from the movie (from the reveal of Jack Torrance’s “novel” to his breaking through the door, to the elevator doors unleashing a sea of blood down the hallway), this great book was clearly turned into a legendary movie.

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Francis Ford Coppola On ‘The Godfather Part II’: “There Shoulda Only Been One” http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/francis-ford-coppola-on-the-godfather-part-ii-there-shoulda-only-been-one/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/francis-ford-coppola-on-the-godfather-part-ii-there-shoulda-only-been-one/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2011 18:00:06 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=237420 Was he drunk? He must have been drunk.

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In news that’s really surprising because it’s wrong, Francis Ford Coppola was met by TMZ outside a Hollywood nightclub and, when asked about ‘The Godfather Part II, responded by saying, “There should only been one.”

Really, Frank? I know I hate sequels more than most, but that one was pretty damn good.

The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, which might be enough to validate its production for most auteurs. It’ unknown what his problem was with the second installment, which followed Michael Corleone’s tumultuous reign at the top and featured flashbacks to Vito’s days of cutting his teeth as a gangster.

I’m trying to think of a sarcastic or funny take on the film that could have caused Coppola to dislike the movie, but I’m drawing blanks. It’s awesome.

Also, we’ve spent enough time ignoring the elephant in the roomFrancis Ford Coppola hangs out at nightclubs in Hollywood?

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8 Film Franchises We’d Like Brett Ratner To Ruin http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-film-franchises-wed-like-brett-ratner-to-ruin/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-film-franchises-wed-like-brett-ratner-to-ruin/#comments Thu, 03 Nov 2011 20:00:08 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=235006 Sorry, beloved film franchises...YOU JUST GOT RATNER-ED!!!

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With this weekend’s release of Tower Heist, Brett Ratner’s making the rounds again, which is a great thing. At Screen Junkies, we can’t get enough of Brett’s understated elegance and quiet dignity. And we also love face sweat, so it’s a pretty natural fit for us.

Since we love his indistinct style and middle-of-the-road action fare, we have been just dying to know what films Ratner will get his hands on next. While any Ratner film is a gift, we hold out hope that for his next project he digs his manicured talons into one of these fine franchises.

The Fast and the Furious

Honestly, I thought it would be funny to have Ratner helm one of these films to see what he could do. Then I realized that a Fast and the Furious film directed by Ratner would be no different than one directed by someone else. You see, Fast and the Furious might be director-proof, much like a Police Academy film.

That said, I issue this challenge to Ratner:

Brett, throw your hat into the ring for 6 Fast Sex Furious and do your worst. Make Chris Tucker a police chief. Or the President. See if you can leave a bigger impression on this piece of Hot Wheels verite than a Nissan GT-R can.

Really take the franchise in a new direction. Maybe make it a Christopher Guest-style mockumentary or find a way to make Charlize Theron a congresswoman who is trying to ban streetracing. Whatever. I’m not going to tell you how to do your job. I have faith in you, Brett.

James Bond

You know all that suave elegance James Bond is known for? I think people are sick of that. They’d like to see the new Bond, Skyfall (one of the most dangerous types of falls, btw), open up with Daniel Craig clapping and singing along to “Baby I Got Your Money” by Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Instead of teaming up with MI6, James Bond could maybe just hang out by Miami pools.

Chris Tucker could be Q.

“LISTEN TO ME, JAMES BOND! THIS IS NOT A REGULAR PHONE. THIS BUTTON ON THE BACK, IF YOU PRESS IT, IT WILL F#CK YOU UP!”

The new Bond car would also be a 1967 Oldsmobile convertible, which would be well received in some circles.

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Our 9 Favorite Scenes Involving People Killing Defenseless Animals http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/our-9-favorite-scenes-involving-people-killing-defenseless-animals/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/our-9-favorite-scenes-involving-people-killing-defenseless-animals/#comments Wed, 26 Oct 2011 19:42:48 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=233903 To help get you through the rest of the week, here's a list (with video) of people killing animals.

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As a reader of this site, you probably know as well as we do that there’s nothing better than the sadistic killing of animals for pleasure and/or as an outlet for anger. Well, since those liberals in Washington (state) frown on us killing animals for no good reason, the next best thing is watching it happen in TV or film. Sure, it’s a distant second, but it’s more fulfilling than tearing apart a stuffed animal or beating a veal shank with a billy club.

So if you’re having a bad day, the neighbor’s dog won’t stop barking, or if you just realized your childhood ended wayyyyy too soon during that 4th of July party some years back, enjoy this list of people killing animals, but not out of necessity.

Lenny and the Rabbit – Of Mice and Men

After thug inmate Maurice Miller promises to get a pet goldfish to a rich inmate whom he is protecting, Mr. Miller enjoys a change of heart (as is his right) and crushes the bagged goldfish with his bare hands, which isn’t all that much of a feat. There’s no real glory in crushing a fish. Maybe a tuna or a halibut, but a goldfish? No way. That’s cowardly.

I’m aware this is in German, but feel it works better that way. 

The Cow – Me, Myself, and Irene

Of course, the cow in this film doesn’t die, but it really should have. Jim Carrey’s Charlie comes across an ailing cow, then, to put it out of its misery, ends up shooting, bludgeoning, and attempting to suffocate the cow to end its suffering. After shooting the cow nine times, we assume that the cow has finally shuffled the mortal coil, only to learn later in the film that the damn thing’s “lucky to be alive.”

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9 Disappointing Sequels That Took Forever To Make http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-disappointing-sequels-that-took-forever-to-make/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-disappointing-sequels-that-took-forever-to-make/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:00:37 +0000 Archibald Bayou III http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=226613 All the time in the world wouldn't have helped...

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Nerds everywhere suffered heart palpitations earlier this month when director Ridley Scott announced his plans to make a sequel to the 1982 classic, Blade Runner. Along with this week’s announcement by Dan Aykroyd that Ghostbusters 3 is a lock, you would think 2013 would be set as a banner year for genre fans. History has shown, however, that too much time away from a franchise can cause as many problems as rushing a half-baked sequel out of the gate. Here are nine disappointing sequels that stayed in the oven way too long…with disastrous results.

1. Superman Returns

Time Away: 19 Years

This 2006 sequel was meant to return the original superhero franchise to greatness-instead in buried the series so dee the Man of Steel requires a total restart, due in 2013. What went wrong? The first film made you believe a man could fly, the second upped the ante with a superhuman fistfight…and in Superman Returns? Superman saved a plane. And stopped a bank robbery, I think. Too much talk, an unneeded super-kid and yet another appearance by Lex Luthor sunk this promising film at the script stage.

2. Escape From L.A.

Time Away: 15 Years

John Carpenter‘s 1996 sequel to his urban classic isn’t really a bad movie. The problem is that most fans had seen it already in 1981…when it was called Escape From New York. Story, side characters, jokes and even the climax are all recycled beat for beat from the original. Fans were ready to see a new Snake Plissken adventure, they just didn’t want to pay to see the same adventure they already owned on VHS (It was the 90′s, don’t judge me!).

3 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Time Away: 19 Years

Harrison Ford teased a fourth Indiana Jones outing for years…and he should have kept teasing, because what we got were aliens and Shia Labeouf. The film starts out well enough, but suffers from a weak antagonist, the bizarre use of aliens instead of the mystical, and a second half that moves slower than Willie Scott in a death trap (I’m not proud of that line). But it does bring back Karen Allen, and who isn’t cheered up when Karen Allen is around?

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