Walt Disney built his career on the back of adaptations and today, 80 years after the premiere of Snow White, his company’s animated retellings of fairy tales and myths are considered to be the definitive versions for countless generations. Take Hans Christen Andersen’s Little Mermaid, published in 1837, which ends with the mermaid casting herself into the ocean and dissolving into sea foam rather than murdering her beloved prince. Most people know the redheaded, purple seashell-bra-wearing Ariel and her happy ending. Disney’s latest big-budget spectacle, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, is an unusual entry in film-adaptation history. Written by Ashleigh Powell and Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), the fantasy is based on the popular Tchaikovsky ballet, which itself follows the plot of Alexander Dumas’ 1844 “The Story of the Nutcracker.” The Dumas version, however, is a reworking of an 1816 story by E.T.A Hoffman called “The Nutcracker and the Mouse … [Read more...] about What is the oldest story that Disney has ever adapted?
Jewish coming of age
When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills, he would cry out and cut himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!” Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” Mark 5:2-9 If the Übermensch rejects the meaning of life, while the Redeemer hopes to … [Read more...] about Character Select: Biblical Themes in Mass Effect Part 3: Legion the Messiah
There are echoes in the careers of comic writers Brian Michael Bendis and Tom King. Bendis’ first successes, on Spider-Man and Daredevil, hit just as comics were climbing out of the malaise of the ’90s, while Tom King’s co-writer stint on Grayson put him on the map in the comparatively young year of 2014. Bendis’ work on the Avengers and his invention of Jessica Jones and Miles Morales has defined Marvel Comics to the wider world. And while Tom King’s Vision was a big Marvel hit, he’s primarily produced critically-acclaimed-book after book for DC Comics with Omega Men, Mister Miracle and more. Today, Bendis and King are at the top of their game, working on the most famous superheroes in the world, Superman and Batman. While King is penning a 100-issue epic in Batman, and gearing up for this week’s release of Heroes in Crisis #1, Bendis is shepherding both main Superman titles, Action Comics and Superman. And this month they’ll trade … [Read more...] about The World’s Finest: Batman’s Tom King and Superman’s Brian Bendis in conversation
Sometimes when you come out of a movie screening, you feel empty inside. You've just sat through 2(ish) hours of visual delights, thrilling escapades, or a heart-wrenching examination of the human condition. And now it's over. Well, not really. Thanks to the ingenious medium of paper, waiting in a dusty library are the same worlds that captivated you on the big screen. Except this time instead of pictures, you have to read words. Dozens of tiny little details that weren't included in the movies can be found in these tomes, making them perfect for anyone wanting to dig deep into some of the best movies of all time. We've rounded up the top 30 book to movie adaptations around, perfect for libraries of both DVD and book variety. You'll find some of these in our best Netflix movies list. And some on our best Amazon Prime Video movies list. 30. Hidden Figures (2016) The Book: Based on the book of the same name, Hidden Figures tells the story of … [Read more...] about The 30 best book to movie adaptations… for when the credits roll but you’re left wanting more
Females on film While film school classes and incensed critics continue to debate the lack of women in film, female actresses are fighting the good fight on the silver screen itself. Alas, not in anywhere near the numbers needed - provided things were a little bit fairer, of course - or that woman over the age of 40 didn't suddenly become a movie exec's idea of nightmare kryptonite.Over the years, these actresses have been asked to play any number of damsels, dames, nagging housewives, ditzy girlfriends and occasionally (just occasionally) an interesting and nuanced character. This list celebrates the latter, looking at the very best female creations in the history of cinema. Enjoy.15 most prolific female screenwriters25 funniest female characters25 best movies on Netflix Prev Page 1 of 101 Next Prev Page 1 of 101 Next 100. Baby (Dirty Dancing) The Character: Dirty Dancings Jewish princess learns to thrust n grind with Swayzes Johnny Castle. Nobodys gonna put her in a corner … [Read more...] about The 100 greatest female characters in movies