Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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.