Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Movie Clip Wednesday 5/12/10


Every Wednesday is Movie Clip Wednesday.  This week's theme is best adaption for the big screen. Boxer has already blog jinxed me so I have to find another movie. I'll leave my first post here but will go find something else.

It goes without saying that The Godfather is the best movie ever made.  Ever.  So it has to be the best adaptation, right?  I can't honestly answer that question as I never read the book.  I don't read a lot of fiction.  I'm sure All Quiet on the Western Front was a good book because the movie is effin awesome.  Tried to use it for a theme but as usual couldn't find the right clip.  Same with Hondo  good movie but haven't read the book which is odd as I really like Louis L'Armour.  My dad loved him.  Died with a L'Armour book in his hands.

I did read Jaws and thought the movie was good but there wasn't any sex in it like there was in the book.  When you're 13 you have to make those kinds of judgement calls.

One of the first things I did in my student-teaching experience was watch To Kill a Mockingbird.  I hadn't yet read the book but the movie was wonderful.  I read the book shortly after seeing the movie.  I'm sure everyone else has read it so I don't have to tell you that it's a fantastic piece of literature.  So that's my choice.  I even found a great clip.  I'm sure I'm blog jinxed as well but who cares.  (MRM note: I didn't even get to post this and was blog jinxed. What's that saying about great minds?)

This is the scene where Atticus explains why you shouldn't kill a mockingbird. 


Here's my second one.  I read Gone to Texas after seeing the movie The Outlaw Josey Wales.  I don't often say the book is better than the movie but this book is fantastic.  I need to find a copy and read it again its been far too long.  The movied follows the book pretty closely and I won't spoil it lest anyone wants to read the book.

This is the scene where Josey meets Lone Watie played by the incomparable Chief Dan George.  What a great actor who brought the perfect amount of humor to this movie.    Happy MCW!

Forrest Carter was the author.  He also wrote The Education of Little Tree for which he won an ABBY award.  He was also a speech writer.  Maybe you've heard this famous line "Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever".  Carter wrote that as well.  Amazing.


11 comments:

Princess said...

I guess there had to be a jinx Somewhere!

TKAMbird is awesome. Harper Lee's finest.
I'm not familiar with your new call but will see if I can't find it for a watch some time, thankyou for the tip off... it looks interesting.

Karl said...

Good morning MRM,

Jinx or not, you made a good choice for the clip.

I didn't realize Josey Wales was adapted from a book. It's a great flick. If the book is better than the movie I'll have to find it.

Happy clip day!

Boxer said...

Well, if you're my blog jinx, then I'm happy. I love the scene about the Mockingbird (although I don't like any bird to be shot)

Can you imagine having Atticus Finch as your Dad? Every dinner conversation would be rich with advice and wisdom. *sigh*

Happy MCW!

Jean said...

Thank you for the kind comment at Pondering.......

...and, TKaM is one of the absolute best book and movie!

moi said...

Outlaw Jose Wales is a great film, and I never knew it was a book beforehand. Which now I'll have to find. Happy MCW!

xl said...

Jinx is OK, you got to do two!

Happy MCW!

Milk River Madman said...

Princess,
To me it's Clint's best western.

Karl,
Like I said, great book but them I like a good western.

Boxer,
I believe Atticus was voted best hero ever in some film poll.

Jean,
Love pondering. I'll be back.

Moi,
Look for "Gone to Texas" though according to Wiki its also published under "The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales"

XL,
I'd do more every week if I didn't think people would get bored of me. I'm an aquired taste. Just ask any ex-girlfriend and that list seems to be getting longer.

Buzz Kill said...

Well, I said all on to Kill a Mockingbird over at Boxer's. And I read the Godfather and loved the movie, but I felt the adaptation wasn't that good. That sounds wierd but I considered the book and the movie as completely different versions of the same story.

But the Outlaw Josie Wales - greatest civil war/western movie EVER. I've seen this movie 50 times (at least). It never gets old. Endeavor to persevere - love this scene with Chief Dan George. He was brilliant as Lone Watie. So many great lines too. I will confess that I never read Gone to Texas - AND I DON'T KNOW WHY.

Happy MCW!

moi said...

Ruh roh. More books to add to the pile. It seems there are two books in Carter's series: Gone to Texas, and the Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales. Have you read both? Did you also read Watch for Me on the Mountain, about Geronimo? That one looks really good as well.

Pam said...

I can't believe I didn't comment over here on your choices. I had a Chief Dan George moment not so long ago, remember? And TKAM is just a top 3 movie for me. Casablanca, To Kill a Mockingbird, and I'll have to think of a third.

Milk River Madman said...

BK,
If Josey Wales is on the remotes stops.

Moi,
Funny thing about Vengence Trail. (gotta minute?) I checked it out at the local library which was about 1 1/2 blocks from my house on 4th Street. On the way home it started to rain. I sat on the couch and read it cover to cover. Only time I've ever done that. I only read it once but it was pretty good as I recall.

Pam,
Was thinking of you when I chose this scene and how you had just had CDG on your MCW.