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10 Movies…That Are Insane Adaptations of Famous Books (To Prepare You For the New ‘Great Gatsby’)

I haven’t seen The Great Gatsby yet, but I can tell already that it just doesn’t add up. The production seems to have missed the point—it’s not about the glitz and glamor and pop songs—it’s about the death of dreams and the danger of being a complete and total sellout, ironically enough. Here are 10 other literary adaptations that were kind of out of control. His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (2007) When you adapt a children’s fantasy novel about goin’ off to kill God, you kind of have to tone that down for the multiplex audiences, and put a lot of polar bears on the promo materials. The Great Gatsby (1974) It’s happened before! Gatsby (Robert Redford) is a leering douchebag who is still in love with Daisy, and we can’t understand why, because Mia Farrow plays her as a hysteric gasbag. And while Luhrmann’s adaptation seems to favor color and sparkles, this movie is just a sea of white and a celebration of nostalgia—ironic for a book known for its color symbolism and …

DVD Reviews: “Funny Face” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Paramount Pictures has begun re-releasing many of their classic films as two-disc Centennial editions featuring remastered pictures enhanced for 16.9 TVs and Dolby digital sound. Two of the latest releases are couple of Audrey Hepburn’s most well-loved films: Funny Face, from 1957, and perhaps her most famous film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, from 1961. If you are a film lover and have seen neither before, you should consider taking a look at both of these. If you have seen them, these new editions present a wonderful opportunity to get reacquainted with them with the picture formatted to fit televisions of the 21st century. In Funny Face, Hepburn portrays Jo, a bohemian bookstore clerk in Greenwich Village sucked into the world of high fashion by a photographer played by Fred Astaire (whose character was based on Richard Avedon). When Astaire’s Dick Avery storms into Jo’s bookstore for a spur-of-the-moment fashion shoot, he discovers that Jo has a unique and new look that would best represent the “woman who doesn’t have time for clothes.” Avery convinces Maggie Prescot, …