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Rupert Bair
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Cage rocked in this.

"I've seen every single possibility and none of them look good for you."

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Not to worry, Cage will be appearing in a second installment of "National Treasure".

And there are plenty more PKD stories to butcher. How about "The Preserving Machine" where instead of ...
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On 2007-04-27 10:04, Cliffg37 wrote:
Thank you for that ABC. I am an avid reader. When I tell someone the book was better, I mean the book was better. I could, if I thought about it, list at least 2 dozen stories I have both read and seen.

The obvious problem (use the Davinci code for an example) is you don't have time to tell a 200 page story in a 2 hour movie. I read the book first, and saw the movie hoping to be entertained. IF I had not read the book, the movie would have made no sense. In fact to my wife who did not read the book, it didn't. I called that poor editing, but the fact remains.

What might be nice is if "hollywood" made a pact, that no book shall be made into a film with added scenes. That is they can cut scenes if they need to (they will for time) but they can not add. That way they would all be true to the book.


I didn't see "Da Vinci Code," I did see "The Princess Bride" and felt that as good as the book was, the movie moved much better and was more coherent. I usually have one favorite section in a book that usually gets cut out for time or paceing purposes. In "The Princess Bride," it was the decent down the stairs (readers of the book will understand) but I was enjoying the film so much, I didn't even notice the sequence was missing until afterwards.

90% of the time however, I agree with you. You have to take movies on their own level and not try to compare them to the book because as entertaining as they are, they usually lag behind the book. The "Harry Potter" films are a perfect example.

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On 2007-04-27 13:56, photius wrote:
When is hollywood going to come up with a new story, period? The recent onslaught of old TV shows redone as 3rd rate movies, the 5th remake of an old 30's or 40's classic, done 5 times worse. I think one of the upcomming block busters expected out later this summer is a live action adventure version of Underdog! Hollywood used to be creative, somebody done snatched their brains and turned them all into Mortimer Snerd (who probably could have done a better job). Either that or they all finally fried all their brain cells.


Seems to me most of the films Hollywood has made were originally books or plays. There were some exceptions, as there are now, but still there was a lot of adaptation going on in the 30s and 40s as well as today.
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You need to watch yourself when comparing a book to a movie.

I still cannot watch the L.O.T.R. trilogy, simply because I was far too obsessed (And still do re-read them often).

I read everything I could find that Tolkien wrote regarding that mythology.
I watched 15 minutes of the first movie, saw everyone horribly misrepresented and additions that were evil and spawned from the Devil himself. I watched later by accident the fight between Gandalf and Saruman and was displeased greatly.

If I watched that movie, ignoring the slight resemblance to the book, I might have enjoyed it.

The Harry Potter movies started out reasonably close to the books.

I watched the movie of Interview with a Vampire and that caused me to read the book so it was O.K. It also got me hooked on Anne Rice...... Then I tried to watch the movie Queen of the ***ed...... Disgraceful.

I think I want to read the Bourne Trilogy, after I watch the last movie.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe wasn't too bad.
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I read the entire LOTR trilogy, but I never became a major fan and so was able to enjoy the films as well.
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On 2007-08-19 17:26, Dannydoyle wrote:
Falls into the "How does Kevin Kostner keep getting work?" catagory for me.

The Postman, Waterworld? Oh lord. I know he has made some good ones but wow when he misses he misses big.


I liked the short stories that "The Postman" was based on. They appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine back in the 80s. Just didn't see it as a movie though.
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Jonathan Townsend
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On 2007-08-26 00:11, mandrake01 wrote:
I read the entire LOTR trilogy, but I never became a major fan and so was able to enjoy the films as well.


I was assigned to read them as a jr high school project in a history class... and did not seen them as medieval ... and when I got news of the movies started to wonder how a movie could be made as anything but a musical.
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