The fourth entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean saga, On Stranger Tides, comes to DVD this week. While the films are very popular, it has been a while since pirate movies were successful. For people who want to see other approaches to high seas adventure, the Library has examples of the best (and worst) in genre.
Pirate movies have been around for over a hundred years now, hitting their peak in popularity between the 1940s and 1960s. Pirate movies helped give movie stars like Errol Flynn and Burt Lancaster their start and, eventually, Disney even started making family-minded pirate movies.
Some call it a genre, others a movement, or even a fashion statement, but however one defines noir, with its signature femmes fatales, wisecracking tough guys, and dramatic, high-contrast cinematography, its appeal never seems to wane. Though its origins are in German expressionism and French crime films of the thirties, film noir has always been a distinctly American film movement, influenced and shaped as it was by American pulp fiction, wartime gender politics, and postwar nuclear anxieties.
Fresh City Life at Central is presenting The Bad Seed as a part of their film series this month and it made me think about other movies that I did not realize were based on books. Here are some others that I hadn't realized were inspired by novels:
September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Celebrate by watching one of these treasured pirate films! Full of swashbuckling, sword fights and danger on the high sea, these films are adventurous and fun!
Kenneth Branagh's Thor, coming to DVD this week, is more than just the latest superhero movie from Marvel Studios (tying in to the Iron Man and Hulk movies), it is also (loosely) based on classic Norse mythology. That combination gives those interested a lot to check out....
In 1962, Stan Lee thought it might be "fun" to use the Norse mythology as a starting point for a new character. The result was Thor.
The movie adaptation of the comic book deals with the Viking legend source material, introducing various Norse gods (though these versions are a lot more like their Marvel comics versions than the originals). Kenneth Branagh partially got the job directing because he was familiar with family troubles between classical royalty after his Shakespeare adaptations.
What do you think about Tom Cruise playing Jack Reacher in the new film, One Shot, based on the book by Lee Child? Are you excited about Neil Gaiman adapting his book American Gods for HBO? For more information on adaptations in the works, read on!
Drive by James Sallis, is being made into a movie starring Ryan Gosling. This film premieres next month on September 16. Watch the trailer here.
The Big Year by Mark Obmascik is being made into a movie starring Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin. This film premieres in October 2011.
Will The Help top the box office for a 2nd weekend? The former One Book One Denver pick has viewers disagreeing over how closely the film follows the book. The film, Sarah's Key, based on the book by Tatiana de Rosnay also enthralls audiences.
After recently watching Sucker Punch, I was struck with the similarities and differences with another recent and complex film, Inception.
In Sucker Punch, Baby Doll's reality is that she has been unfairly institutionalized by her stepfather. But in her mind, she transports herself to a world where instead of an institution, she is sold into a brothel/nightclub but at least has the friendship of her fellow dancers/inmates. Even within that world, she must escape further into her mind as she dances - this time into a world of action and adventure, swords and machine guns.