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Old February 17th, 2013 (10:11 AM).
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Old February 17th, 2013 (10:30 AM).
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You can watch the Moroccan Oscars then. Tell us who wins the award for best... um... adaptation or Casablanca. Or something.

So, speaking of adaptations, which camp do we fall into? Stay faithful to the book and fans (who have proven that changes aren't really necessary for success) or make whatever changes and improvements are necessary to make a good movie (because books can be popular with a narrow appeal and a movie needs broader appeal)?
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Quote originally posted by Scarf:
So, speaking of adaptations, which camp do we fall into? Stay faithful to the book and fans (who have proven that changes aren't really necessary for success) or make whatever changes and improvements are necessary to make a good movie (because books can be popular with a narrow appeal and a movie needs broader appeal)?
Personally, I'm more of a supporter of sticking to the elements of the book as to appeal to the fandom that whatever is being adapted has garnered. I mean, really, consider the demographic that is likely to see the adapted movie. I would expect that the general consensus of said demographic will consist of those that are apart of the fandom and want to see their favorite book on the big screen, and the minority of such is made up of people that want to see a good movie to kill some time. I would be more willing to try and keep that fandom entertained with what they expect rather than switching things around.
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Personally, I'm more of a supporter of sticking to the elements of the book as to appeal to the fandom that whatever is being adapted has garnered. I mean, really, consider the demographic that is likely to see the adapted movie. I would expect that the general consensus of said demographic will consist of those that are apart of the fandom and want to see their favorite book on the big screen, and the minority of such is made up of people that want to see a good movie to kill some time. I would be more willing to try and keep that fandom entertained with what they expect rather than switching things around.
I'm inclined to agree with you, but then at the back of my mind there is this little voice which says that it's good to get pushed out of your comfort zone. Like with the last Twilight movie they, briefly, made you think things weren't going to go the way you thought they were going to go and the movie was better (relatively) for changing that from the book.
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Most of the time people treat the book like a sacred cow and stay as literal to the book as possible, which is usually a good thing, but sometimes I feel that there are elements that would be better if changed or altered. The Lord of The Rings comes to mind, in a few scenes. The book isn't immaculate.
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Quote originally posted by Scarf:
I'm inclined to agree with you, but then at the back of my mind there is this little voice which says that it's good to get pushed out of your comfort zone. Like with the last Twilight movie they, briefly, made you think things weren't going to go the way you thought they were going to go and the movie was better (relatively) for changing that from the book.
Sure, sure, small alterations such as that are fine in my eyes, as they add a little flavor to the film, but it's also just that; a little flavor. It's not too much, and it's not too little that it's just a mirror image of the novel. It makes the audience feel like they are truly apart of a familiar-feeling adaptation of their favorite book, while at the same time giving it something that will make it more memorable than just what I said before, a mirror image of the novel.

Speaking of which, that was one fine twist that was added!
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Most of the time people treat the book like a sacred cow and stay as literal to the book as possible, which is usually a good thing, but sometimes I feel that there are elements that would be better if changed or altered. The Lord of The Rings comes to mind, in a few scenes. The book isn't immaculate.
Some consider it a cardinal sin to not stay completely illiberal during the creation of the adaptation, haha.
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I know I know lol. I'm a purist when it comes to certain things, haha. LIKE BATMAN
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I think we're all purists when it comes to the things closest to our hearts.

I still rage quietly about the adaptations of Earthsea.
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I'm all about making the adaptation the best it can be. For the most part, what you like about a book won't be the same about what you like about a filmed version of the book: film allows for a much more visual approach to storytelling, whereas novels allow you to really get inside the characters' heads and really know what they're thinking. Because of that, I'm much more amenable to film-makers changing things up. If they treat the source material like it's a Bible or something, you might get a nice adaptation of a book, but it probably won't be appropriately cinematic in the same way that non-adaptation films often are.
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Guys... where's the Oscars prediction thread? :D
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I'm not anticipating the Oscars all that much, though since Lincoln has, if I recall, thirteen nominations, I'm somewhat eager to see where the ball falls in its court.
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I haven't even seen Lincoln yet, but I heard it was really good, and I want to.

As for the Oscars, I'd like to be around for them, but I'll be at work when they air, and then probably too tired to watch them after my shift. Then they'll sit on the DVR for a few days until someone else deletes them, and I'll just read about them on the internet. 8|
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Oh, I just remembered that Seth Macfarlane is hosting the Oscars this year. That makes me want to watch them even less. I don't like that guy's face.

Instead, tonight I'm having a movie-watching party. Already watched Barbarella, which is like the whole of the late 60s distilled into 100 minutes.
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To anyone who watched the Oscars, remember Michelle Obama's satellite appearance in which she announce the winner for Best Film? And perhaps the controversy that ensued?

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CHICAGO (AP) — Michelle Obama says it was "absolutely not surprising" to her that her satellite appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony provoked a national conversation about whether it was appropriate, after some conservative critics accused her of selfishly crashing the event in an attempt to upstage it. She attributed the chatter to a culture shift that has spawned legions of bloggers, tweeters and others who talk about anything and everything all the time.
"Shoot, my bangs set off a national conversation. My shoes can set off a national conversation. That's just sort of where we are. We've got a lot of talking going on," the first lady said only somewhat jokingly Thursday before an appearance in Chicago, her hometown. "It's like everybody's kitchen-table conversation is now accessible to everybody else so there's a national conversation about anything."
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Thoughts on this? Personally I agree with Mrs. Obama on the issue - social media and the need to feel important and respected on the internet by sparking controversy over otherwise trivial issues is starting to dominate our world, even to the point where not physically showing up for an awards show is something worthy of starting a world war over.
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I really didn't see any issue with her presenting Best Picture. I think the reaction people are giving is a little over the top. So she presented an award via satellite. I severely doubt she was intentionally trying to upstage the entire event.
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MO is a fashion icon. Shouldn't that be enough to warrant her participation in an event like this? People just want an excuse to complain.
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Oh my lordy, who cares? There's been precedent for White House involvement in the Oscars, so this isn't even a new thing. (I believe the Reagans did something similar in the 80s, which makes sense given that they both were actors before he became the President and she the First Lady.) Storm in a teacup/mountain out of a molehill, if you ask me.

I just want to talk about how bland the actual awards were. I didn't end up watching them as I couldn't get a good stream in Morocco, but the liveblogs that I ended up reading filled me in on most of the deets. Still, there was a tie! That's only happened, like, 4 times previously, so that was cool. And DDL's speech was cool (but he always gives great speeches). But, that's about it, in all honesty. Bring on the 2014 ones in just under 12 months time!
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There were some memorable speeches that night (I thought Curfew's Shawn Christensen gave a heartfelt speech, and DDL was of course great), and then some bad ones (the visual effects speech, which was cut off by the Jaws theme, for example). It was a dull night. I thoroughly enjoyed the intro, but McFarlane's jokes were mostly hit-and-miss. He did okay hosting I guess. I admit I was a bit taken aback by the Michelle Obama appearance (I remember saying to myself, "That's the surprise presenter?!"), but I didn't mind it.

There were really no surprises, to be honest, besides that tie.

So, any films you guys are looking forward to being released this year? I can't wait for Pacific Rim and Linklater's Before Midnight, but I'm particularly excited about Ain't Them Bodies Saints. Rooney Mara has a big year ahead of her, and I'm interested in what she'll bring to the table as an actress after her Dragon Tattoo turn, but I'm admittedly a huge Casey Affleck fan and I really cannot wait for his performance here. Malick has a film or two pegged for this year too, but I can't say I'm excited for either.
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Any films? ANY FILMS? That sir, is an understatement. Sure tastes vary but this year is drool inducing:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_in_film
Sure most of the big releases are sequels, but what sequels man. Insidious Chapter 2, Sin City: A Dame to Die For, Fast and Furious 6, Hangover 3, e.t.c Not to mention comic book wise we got Thor, Wolverine, Ironman, and Superman all in one year, so many guilty pleasures like After Earth Percy Jackson and the Hunger Games, and a decent amount of new films to whet any fan of cinema's appetite.


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^ I thought Jim Carrey doesn't do sequels, because he thought it was boring to play the same character twice?
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The internet has become my TV in recent years. It's actually kinda sad how little British TV I watch; most of it is just made up of US TV, which routinely wipes the floor with British stuff. But a lot of the really good shows that have aired recently have just ended or are ending (Bunheads, Girls, Enlightened). The TV landscape seems really tumbleweedy at the moment, unfortunately.
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The Good Wife is really good this season! So is Revenge... but those are the only two shows that I watch that are airing here at the moment. Grey's Anatomy is still on hiatus for some reason even I can't explain... it should have been back in early February.
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