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Old 06-18-2009, 10:59 AM   #201 (permalink)
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Shawshank Redemption flushes out the story and The Prestige tightens it up. I'd say both were better. I'll think of a few more...
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:12 AM   #202 (permalink)
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currently reading Dune.. it's so great.. is the movie as good as the book?
The Hollywood version with Sting playing Feyd and directed by David Lynch sucks monkey balls how badly they f#cked up the book.

While not perfect but much better than the original movie- the Dune mini-series that the Sci-fi channel made is much better at following the story without massive changes. It's a 3 disc set(the director's cut) but you can probably find it at a discount store for pretty cheap.

Generally I really don't like movie versions of books it's really hard to condense a book's plot into a visual medium like film but some do a pretty decent job.
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The Hollywood version with Sting playing Feyd and directed by David Lynch sucks monkey balls how badly they f#cked up the book.

While not perfect but much better than the original movie- the Dune mini-series that the Sci-fi channel made is much better at following the story without massive changes. It's a 3 disc set(the director's cut) but you can probably find it at a discount store for pretty cheap.

Generally I really don't like movie versions of books it's really had to condense a book's plot into a visual medium like film but some do a pretty decent job.
Exactly. Most ofthe time I would rather read the book. At least first. I love the Lord of The Rings movies, but the books blow them away of course. They just have so much more contained in the pages than a movie ever can. I actually know someone who is about to sell that Dune movie set at a yard sale. I may call them and see if i can pick it up since i have never gotten to see it.
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:17 AM   #204 (permalink)
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Generally I really don't like movie versions of books it's really had to condense a book's plot into a visual medium like film but some do a pretty decent job.
oh man, Kubrick totally politified King's The Shining. The book was awesome. The movie was good too... just not at all like the book, unfortunately.

Oh and Interview with the Vampire. Book, legendary; movie, sucked ass.
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:23 AM   #205 (permalink)
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Yeah DW it's a little cheesy- William Hurt plays Duke Leto and sucks awfully for some reason- but since it runs 6-8 hours they put pretty much all of the plot into and the weirding way is not changed to some wacked out voice box make big explosions thingy.

Rob- yeah if you read Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein and then see the movie it's absolutely comical how butchered and warped it became.

I saw a new series called the Swans' War by Sean Russell, the first book is called "The One Kingdom"- anyone, by chance, read any of them?
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OK several things before I go to punish the treadmill:

1) I liked the painterly sets and costumes in the Dune movie, but that was about it. Sting sucked. I loved the miniseries. I think it's what made me want to start weapons training lol.

2) The miniseries of the Shining was much truer to the book, and for that reason I can forgive any of its other flaws, like the dreadful miscasting of a chipmunk as Danny. The movie still has merit though IMO, due to Kubrick's signature and unbelievable use of light and shadow.

3) Whose idea was it to make Starship Troopers a camp, comic book pastiche anyway? Did they write it around Casper Van Dien's total lack of talent?

4) Interview with the Vampire is another excellent example of a good book totally ruined by Hollywood idiots.

5) Sophie Kinsella (English chick book author) has to write some heavier tomes if she's going to share my name.

Sorry for the double post; bumping this thread.

I'm reading Stalin's Ghost by Martin Cruz Smith, the guy who wrote Gorky Park. He had to have lived in Russia, or make continual extended visits, because his knowledge of pre-and post-glasnost Russia seems boundless.

I'm a total Arkady Renko mark. I love that character. I also read Havana Bay, the Polar Star, Red Square, and of course Gorky Park, which are also Arkady Renko books.

Highly recommend.

But I'm still going to wallow in more Chuck Palahniuk craziness this summer, no doubt.
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Trying oh so hard to read 'Feast for Crows' by George R.R Martin. Book 4 of 'Ice and Fire' series.

The first 3 I absolutly sailed through, loving every word. This though... he's cut out many characters (saving them for the next apparently) and added frankly.. quite boring ones in their place.

I can only read one or two chapters at a time with this which is a real shame, I was enjoying the series so much.
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Reading Chuck Liddell's My fighting life. Interesting Read I must say. Also reading an Exam Cram book for my upcoming 70-291 Microsoft Certification test for Active Directory Infrastructure. Now THAT is a FUN read!
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This book has the Swpthleg stamp of approval, for what it's worth. I own it and have reread it many times. It has every element that drew me to Stephen King's books in the first place.
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