That time when the movie was as good as the book…

In honor of the climax of award season, here is a list of (some of) my favorite books to film:

  1. Fight Club – Ed Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter bring to life Chuck Palahniuk’s greatest work. A brilliant mind warp. I’d say more. But. The first rule of fight club is…
  2. American Psycho – …speaking of brilliant mind warps. Christian Bale was born to play Bret Easton Ellis’ perfectly psychotic Patrick Bateman. An on screen performance that still gives me chills, and a novel which brings to light the pitfalls of a materialistic society. Oh. And one of my favorite reviews (click herefrom last year.
  3. The Hunger Games Trilogy – I don’t read a ton of YA, but Suzanne Collins killed it (no pun intended) with The Hunger Games, and the screen versions did the books justice. Fantastic acting all around, and Mockingjay was actually improved on film.
  4. Election – The first of Tom Perrotta’s novels to be brought to a movie theater near you. A quirky piece of literature that leant itself masterfully to the big screen. The intertwining narratives, high school politics, and midlife crises, made for unique and poignant film experience. Reese Witherspoon’s interpretation of Tracy Flick went beyond my wildest dreams. 
  5. Little Children – My favorite of Tom Perrotta’s novels to be brought to a movie theater near you. Perrotta’s mastery of narrative jumping is executed flawlessly on screen in this exploitation of suburban living. Stand out performances from Kate Winslet (bae), and Jackie Earle Haley. The last paragraph of the novel still makes me cry.

 

Look out for a new review on Wednesday!

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