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Greta Gerwig’s adaption of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women hit screens everywhere in December of last year. Three weeks on, it seems the film is headed for total success. With wide acclaim and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 95%, it’s unsurprising that The Academy has been paying attention, and it’s clear they LOVE it, nominating Little Women for six Oscars, including best picture and best actress. This comes as a welcome result considering the movie’s lack of appearance in the Golden Globe‘s best picture category.
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Sadly, unlike 2018, Greta Gerwig was not among the list of best directors, a list that was problematically entirely male. This highlights a bigger problem in Hollywood’s reportedly sexist culture. Greta Gerwig scripted an incredible adaption of a classic book, pulled together her powerhouse of a cast and kept Alcott’s core messages throughout. Some would argue that she deserves an award for bringing Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet together on screen again alone – but that might just be me. Despite all of this, she was snubbed when the nominations were released earlier this week. If Greta Gerwig couldn’t make the cut, it begs the question of what criteria is being considered.
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When Louisa May Alcott penned Little Women, the rebellious and enduring nature of the March sisters is part of what made the novel so brilliant and Greta Gerwig is no stranger to rebellion nor endurance, creating and existing as she does in a male-dominated film environment. It’s not all doom and patriarchal gloom, though. In speaking to Vanity Fair, the producer of the film, Amy Pascal, pointed out that Little Women was the “third movie in the history of the Academy that has been nominated [for best picture] that has been written, directed, and produced by women.” That, in and of itself, is proof that Hollywood’s problems (much like our own) may lessen with age.
One of the core messages in Little Women, particularly in the movie, is the importance of writing, reading, and learning (oh my!). Spoilers are incoming for those of you fortunate enough not to know this!! When Beth gets sick, her illness is something that Jo hopes to aid with fresh sea air and a good story. Tragically, the plot alone is not enough to save Beth but the stories Jo writes for her are a comfort in her time of need. I think we can all agree that the comfort of a favorite story is no small thing and with Little Women being that favorite for so many people, the novel and film are self-fulfilling. Gerwig credits Little Women for giving her the inspiration to write and create, the film a passion project that no Oscar could ever overshadow.
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Despite the gender politics, the movie looks set to surpass box office records and hopefully take home some, if not all, its prospective awards at the Oscars. Gerwig may not have a directorial nomination to celebrate, but the film has the best picture prospects alongside potential accolades for Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh.
As Jo put it herself: “Women, they have minds, and they have souls as well as just hearts, and they’ve got ambition, and they’ve got talent, as well as just beauty”. Academy, make a note.
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Short stories, novellas, novels, well books in general might just be words on paper, but those things are scary. In addition to giving me a paper cut, books can horrify me to my core.
And you know what is scary? Film. What is a film? A series of moving images and images can be scary. Make them move, I just crapped my pants.
So, in honor of fear and in glory to our blood thirsty gods, we present to you seven of Scariest Film Adaptations. Mark my words, young child, you won’t guess number one!
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Don’t worry, this will be the only Stephen King adaptation on this list. There’s an ocean full of adaptations to choose from but we picked this adaptation because of its heart, its scares, and its optimistic light.
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Plus, it’s a close adaptation to the book (unlike Kubrick’s brilliant but unfaithful version of The Shining) that manages to capture both the scares and the comedic self-aware tone that King is most known for, although it does forgo some of the stranger elements.
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In 1971 William Blatty brought us The Exorcist. The book goes through horrifying and skin-crawling descriptions of the demonic possession of eleven-year-old Regan MacNeil.
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While Regan herself is fictional, the book is inspired by a terrifying case in 1949 of reported demonic possession and exorcism that Blatty heard about while he was a student in the class of 1950 at Georgetown University.
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Two years later the iconic film adaptation hit the silver screens, sending audiences everywhere in a fright. While the film plays fast-and-loose with some of the details, as well as adding its odd terrifying touch, Blatty himself was the screenwriter and producer, marking this adaptation as one of the closest to the original novel.
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A sequel to the disturbing police procedure with stunning descriptions, The Silence of the Lambs follows Clarice Starling, who must speak to a confined serial killer in order to track down another serial killer. Skin crawling in more ways than one, this novel shoots through twists and turns and shows that even a confined killer can be deadly.
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Top it off with a film adaptation that won all the Academy Awards in the top five categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay (the third film in the history of the Oscars to do so) the characters of Hannibal Lecter and Agent Starling have become cemented into the public consciousness.
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It’s horrifying, its disturbing, its uplifting, it’s everything you want in a horror film and its a masterclass in adaptation.
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Possibly the scariest incarnation of the Dracula story, the 1958 movie departs from the source material only when it wishes to elevate it. At the time, Bram Stoker’s story was horrifying and shocking to readers everywhere. However, sensibilities have changed and the novel was considered tame.
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In an effort to strike fear back into the hearts of anyone who heard the name of “Dracula”, the movie displayed the brutal nature of Dracula for the first time in all his onscreen glory. A true movie monster, this adaptation proved to be the scariest depiction Dracula and has kept that title ever since.
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Plus, Christopher “His mother was a Countess and he was a real-life spy” Lee portrayed Dracula, he was basically a vampire incarnate.
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Did you know this was based on a book? Most people don’t, and they should because the book is just as enticing and awe-inspiring and downright horrifying as its film adaptation.
John W Campell, Jr’s 1938 novella Who Goes There? follows a group of scientific researches isolated in Antarctica who discover an alien spaceship buried inside the ice. They encounter what can only be described as a “thing”—a shape-shifter that takes on the personality of any living thing it devours.
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The novella made such an impact that it spawned two movie adaptations, one in 1951 titled Thing from Another World and one in 1982 simply titled The Thing. While Thing from Another World is a great movie on its own, the 1982 became a cult classic and later a mainstream classic thanks due to its memorable characters and its horrifying images.
Warning! Watching this film will make you questions everything, and everyone, around you. Could the Thing be lurking behind you? Is it your loving dog or your cute cat? Or is it your best friend?
Who am I kidding? You don’t have any friends.
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While the remake has its moments (not the bees!), the original 1973 starring many a cast, including Christopher Lee, entices us with this seemingly perfect cult with dark undertones. With themes of religiosity and faith, this film will reach down to your core and make you question everything you believe.
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This is a horror novel. The bright colors might throw you off, but a humanoid cat breaks into the home of two innocent children and proceeds to have ‘fun’ with them through various chaotic games of growing insanity. Yes, the children take the whole thing in strides, but I think this is because they know that resistance is futile against this feline furry.
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This is what the live action film understood perfectly well about the character. It might be overly longer, but like the novel its horrifying how much they have FUN FUN FUN.
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I’m going to see that phrase smeared in blood when I get home, won’t I?
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Yesterday, the James Bond Twitter account announced the latest 007 film will be titled… No Time To Die. The latest installment in the movie franchise based on Ian Fleming’s classic stories has been generating quite the buzz in the cinema world.
Many fans are excited to see what excitement the newest addition in the Bond franchise will hold. Others are less enthused. Drew Schwartz, writing for Vice.com, mocked the new title:
Regardless of what you think about the title, there’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the film as it will likely be Daniel Craig’s last turn as Bond. Earlier this year, it was rumored Lashana Lynch will take up the 007 moniker as Craig leaves the franchise. Craig will still play Bond in this film, but his 007 codename at MI6 has been passed on to Lynch. Marvel fans may remember Lynch from her role as Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel.
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Reportedly, Oscar-winning actor Rami Malek will be the villain in this newest installment. And Dali Benssalah, David Dencik and Ana de Armas will also join the cast. According to CNN, Craig has recently been spotted around London filming scenes for the April 2020 release!
While some Bond films are based on the classic books and short stories from Ian Fleming, No Time To Die will apparently be an original storyline!
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its list of invitees for 2019. The list seems more women and people of color included than ever before, many of them tied to recent book adaptations.
After the “Oscars So White” controversy of 2016, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is stepping up and becoming more inclusive by inviting more women and people of color. Finally they are paying respect to some incredibly talented people in the film industry, many of whom have been ignored for years.
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The official release opens up with the statistical difference this year’s new members make. “The 2019 class is 50% women, 29% people of color, and represents 59 countries.” Looking through the list you’ll notice a number of these invitees were a part of the two most talked about adaptations of 2018 – Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians, two films that were praised not only as fantastic films and adaptations but also for the impact they have on an industry that has been so lacking in diversity.
Crazy Rich Asians helped actress Gemma Chan attained an invite, as well as director Jonathan M. Chu
Sterling K. Brown, Winston Duke, and Letitia Wright from Black Panther earned invites of their own, along with make-up artist Tym Shutchai Buacharern, and visual effects artist Jessica Harris.
Many more have been included, such as actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Suicide Squad) and cinematographer Autumn Durald Arkapaw (The Sun Is Also A Star), and author of Gone Girl and Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn.
With so many other amazing novels and series out there just waiting to be adapted for the big screen, more roles and opportunities for women and people of color are sure to be created!