Adaptations: May – June 2016

Adaptations

Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers here are the adaptations I’ve enjoyed over the last month or so on the big and small screen:

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

The 9th action-packed superhero adventure, based on the X-Men characters from Marvel Comics created by writer Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The X-Men re-unite after the resurrection of an ancient mutant, En Sabah Nur, who is intent on destroying the world. An exciting, fast-paced film with amazing special effects and a strong ensemble cast. I warn you this another long one!

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The Legend of Hercules (2014)
Read     Film     Television

If you can believe it, this was 1 of 2 films released in 2014 about the legendary hero from Ancient Greek mythology. Hercules must rise to challenge the tyrant King Galenus, avenge his mother and rescue his love. This didn’t receive positive reviews, for me it was an action-packed Hercules meets Gladiator adventure – fun but not as good as previous Ancient Greek epics.

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11.22.63 (2016)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

A new science fiction drama based on Stephen King’s 2011 novel. Jake (James Franco), a divorced English teacher, travels back in time with the almost impossible mission to stop JFK’s assassination. A gripping race-against-time thriller with a wonderfully nostalgic setting – I loved the clothes, music and mood of the 1960s USA.

***


Warcraft (2016)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

New fantasy adventure based on the highly successful video games and novels set in the world of Azeroth. The orcs’ world is dying and in their search for a new one they are brought into conflict with a new race, humans.  A visually stunning film on an epic scale – you need to be switched on when watching this as a lot is squeezed in.

**


Cranford (2007)
Read     TV Series     Television

The BBC’s well-loved costume drama based on three of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novellas. Cranford is a small, quiet, rural town in Victorian England which is to be shook up by plans for a railway. A simple and charming series with a wonderful ensemble cast that was a really comforting watch for me.

**


I also enjoyed a delightful re-watch of The Railway Children (1970) which makes 6 mores adaptations watched. Sadly I still haven’t been able to see the new live-action film of The Jungle Book (2016) and I look forward to seeing the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016). I am still watching the amazing 6th series of Game of Thrones and  I can’t believe it is almost finished already!

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?

Challenge: Book to Movie 2016 (Wrap-Up)

Book to Movie Challenge 2016

I’m sorry that The Book to Movie Challenge in 2016 – created and hosted by the lovely C.J. of ebookclassics – has come to an early end. I had a lot of fun linking in my adaptation posts, joining discussions and taking part in competitions. And while the challenge is coming to an early end, I have still watched a great amount:

~ January ~

Tangled (2010) **
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016) ***
From Russia with Love (1963) **
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) ***
Sleepy Hollow (Series 3 – Part 1) *
Endeavour (Series 3) ***
The Help (2011) ***

~ February ~

Seventh Son (2014) *
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) ***
Dickensian (2016) **
War and Peace (2016) **
Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) **

~ March ~

Shetland (Series 3) ***
Cinderella (2015) ***
The Revenant (2016) ***
The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) **
Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands (2016) *
Batman v Superman (2016) ***

~ April ~

The Frankenstein Chronicles (2015) ***
Little Women (1949) **
Shakespeare Live! From the RSC (2016) **
The Night Manager (2016) ***

~ May ~

Captain America: Civil War (2016) ***
Ant-Man (2015) **
Graeme of Thrones (12.05.2016) ***
Big Hero 6 (2014) **
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) ***
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) ***
The Legend of Hercules (2014) *

That is a fabulous 29 adaptations! I was also thrilled to be awarded a prize by C.J. for my participation in the challenge; I chose an Amazon UK voucher so look out for my up-coming new e-books. And never fear this is not the complete end of The Book to Movie challenge, it should be back next year in a new format which I look forward too.

What adaptations have you watched this year? Have you watched any of these on my list?

Adaptations: April – May 2016

Adaptations

Hello my fellow bookworms, adaptation lovers and any of those dropping over from the Book to Movie challenge; here are the adaptations I’ve watched recently:

The Night Manager (2016)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

A gripping, gritty espionage drama from the BBC based on John le Carré’s 1993 novel. Jonathan Pine, the night manager, is drawn into the glamorous, dark and deadly world of his arms dealing guests. A strong production with amazing performances from Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Coleman. Once I started watching, I pretty much watched the whole series in a row!

***


Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

An action-packed superhero adventure based on Marvel characters created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. The UN wish to curb the freedom of the Avengers, a decision which will tear the group apart with Ironman and Captain America leading the opposing fractions. A fun superhero romp full of spectacular effects and epic fights. I warn you though its very long!

***


 Ant-Man (2015)
Not Read     Film     Apple TV

Another action-packed superhero adventure based on Marvel characters created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby. A well-meaning thief, Scott Lang, is enlisted to help a scientist protect his shrinking suit technology from falling into the wrong hands. Great special effects and fights and, while not the coolest hero it makes up for it with, a whole lot of laughs.

**


Graeme of Thrones (12.05.2016)
Read     Play     Theatre

A raucous parody play of George R R Martin’s epic A Song of Ice and Fire book series, which the performers say is apparently how Game of Thrones should have been done! An absolutely hilarious night out, highly recommended for Martin/Game of Thrones fans.

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Big Hero 6 (2014)
Not Read     Film     Television

Disney’s 54th animated classic and 1st superhero film, based on Marvel characters created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau. In San Fransokyo, 14-year-old robotics genius Hiro and his new robot friend Baymax must stop a masked-villain. A fun and touching family adventure that put a big smile on my face; mainly because of the amazing Baymax.

**


Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)
Not Read     Film     DVD

Dystopian, action sequel to The Maze Runner (2014), based on James Dashner’s young adult book series. Thomas and his friend are out of the maze in the dangerous, damaged real-world but can they really trust anyone? A heart-racing adventure with a darker, horror edge to it than the first film; bring on the next one!

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I also enjoyed a hilarious re-watch of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), in preparation for the release of the sequel later this year; which means I have had an epic superhero time and brings my total up to 7 adaptations. I sadly haven’t been able to see the new live-action The Jungle Book (2016) yet but I am currently watching the amazing 6th series of Game of Thrones!

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching?

Adaptations: April 2016

Adaptations

Hello my fellow bookworms, adaptation lovers and any of those dropping over from the Book to Movie challenge; here are the adaptations I’ve watched recently:

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

A gritty, action-packed, superhero bonanza; featuring characters from the DC comics. Gotham’s dark vigilante Batman and Metropolis’ indestructible Superman meet for one almighty clash. Spectacular effects, epic fights, leads into the Justice League and Ben Affleck was much better than I feared. I’ve heard negative reviews but I thought it just worked and for me it was a … Great watch.


 The Frankenstein Chronicles (2015)
Read     TV Series     Television

ITV Encore’s thrilling new series that re-imagines the Frankenstein myth (Mary Shelley) on the streets of 19th century London. The discovery of a mutilated child’s body leads Inspector John Marlott (Sean Bean) into a terrifying case of missing children, body snatching and Galvanism. A gritty and gripping series, with a great ensemble cast, but a shocking and frustrating ending! Great watch.


Little Women (1949)
Read     Film     Television

Classic Hollywood adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s charming novel about the March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, as they grow up during the American Civil War. A sweet, amusing and romantic film with some really lovely casting, although you do have to excuse Beth appearing to be the youngest and Amy being played by an older Elizabeth Taylor. Good watch.


Shakespeare Live! From the RSC (2016)
Read & Not Read     Variety Performance     Television

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the BBC broadcast a live variety performance from the RSC (Stratford). Presenters, Catherine Tate and David Tennant, were joined by a host of actors, singers, musicians, dancers, comedians and famous faces to bring classic scenes from his many works into new life. Good watch.


I also re-watched the amazing Jurassic World (2015) and Spider-Man (2002) (the latter in preparation for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War); which brings my total up to 5 adaptations. This month also sees the release of the new live-action The Jungle Book (2016) and the long-awaited 6th series of Game of Thrones! Both of which I am excited to watch.

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?

Adaptations: March 2016

Adaptations

Hello my fellow bookworms, adaptation lovers and any of those dropping over from the Book to Movie challenge; here are the adaptations I’ve watched recently:

Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)
Read     Film     Television

A beautiful, romantic costume drama based on Thomas Hardy’s classic novel. Bathsheba Everdene is an educated and free-spirited woman in a male dominated Victorian world; while love comes her way she fears losing her independence. Lovely costumes and setting, with stunning cinematography, and moving performances by Carey Mulligan (Bathsheba) and Michael Sheen (Boldwood). Good watch.


Shetland (Series 3)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

Atmospheric BBC crime drama based on the novels of Ann Cleeves featuring Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez. After a mysterious death on the ferry to the island, Perez and his colleagues are drawn into a dark, complicated and dangerous case. Another gripping series with a great cast and set on the isolated, lonely and beautiful islands of Shetland. Great watch.


Cinderella (2015)
Read     Film     Television

A romantic, live action re-imagining of Disney’s classic 1950 film; inspired by the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. A kind, beautiful orphan, mistreated by her cruel step-mother, is helped by her fairy godmother to go to the prince’s ball. Lily James (Cinderella) and Richard Madden (Prince) are lovely together in this colourful, magical and amusing retelling of the well-loved film/tale. It put a big smile on my face. Great watch.


The Revenant (2016)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

A multiple award-winning, historical drama based in part on Michael Punke’s novel; for which Leonardo DiCaprio finally got that Best Actor-Oscar! In 1823, a fatally injured trapper claws his away back to life and travels alone across the wilderness to take revenge for the murder of his son. A gritty, brutal portrayal of frontier America, with stunning vistas and camera work, amazing CGI, and a stellar cast. Great watch.


The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)
Read     Film     Cinema

Dystopian, action drama based on the young adult novel by Veronica Roth. Tris and her friends escape from the city to finally discover the fate of the world outside and meet the creators. Action-packed film with great special effects, likeable characters, and some funny parts too. The story has been split in a rather unusual way…I presume there will be another film?! Good watch.


Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands (2016)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

A new ITV fantasy series that re-imagines themes and characters from the epic Old English poem Beowulf. The legendary hero Beowulf returns to his homeland to protect it from creatures, traitors and raiders. A collection of fun and colourful adventures, with a good ensemble cast. Okay watch.


Alongside these 6 new watches, I have enjoyed comforting re-watches of The Lorax (2012)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013); which brings my total up to 9! Later in the month I am really looking forward to the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?

Adaptations: February 2016

Adaptations

Hello my fellow bookworms, adaptation lovers and any of those dropping over from the Book to Movie challenge; here are the adaptations I’ve watched recently:

The Help (2011)          Not Read     Film     DVD
American Civil Rights era drama based on the bestselling novel by Kathryn Stockett. A young white woman “Skeeter”, a budding journalist, befriends and shares the stories of two black maids. A touching, funny and heart breaking tale of the ingrained prejudices in a small community in Jackson, Mississippi in 1963; with a wonderful ensemble cast. Great watch.

Seventh Son (2014)          Not Read     Film     Television
Family, fantasy adventure which is loosely based on Joseph Delaney’s novel The Spook’s Apprentice. Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, sets off for adventure and danger as a Spook’s apprentice; fighting weres, boggarts and witches. Not a ground breaking film but if you go into it with an open mind it is a bit of fantastical fun. Okay watch.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)          Not Read     Film     Cinema
Fantastical zombie romp through Regency England, based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel of Jane Austen’s classic. Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters look for love whilst also fighting off hoards of the undead! A gory, clever and highly amusing film; I particularly enjoyed Elizabeth and Darcy fighting and smashing up Parson Collins parlour! Great watch.

Dickensian (2016)          Read     TV Series     Television
A quirky, new costume drama brought to us by the BBC and based on the works of Charles Dickens. Inspector Bucket comes to a suburb of Victorian London, populated with well-known Dickens characters, to investigate the murder of Jacob Marley. So much fun to see these characters together in this mystery, with glimpses into their pasts, and some interesting twists; with a great ensemble cast. Good watch.

War and Peace (2016)          Not Read     TV Series     Television
A sumptuous, new costume drama, shown here in the UK on BBC1, based on Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel. In Russia 1805 the young and privileged are partying, marrying, dying, fighting and falling in love, as Napoleon’s army edges ever closer. So pleased they made this as I doubt I’ll ever be brave enough to read this giant tome. A visually stunning series, with beautiful costumes (not sure some of the dresses were that realistic?), and a great ensemble cast. Good watch.

That’s 3 brand-spanking new adaptations and 2 slightly older ones I have wanted to watch for a while. Making 5 in total which I am pleased with but sadly only one I’ve read before!

I am also currently enthralled by the 3rd series of crime drama Shetland (Ann Cleeves) and I look forward to continuing new series Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands. While I look forward to starting the BBC’s new thriller The Night Manager (John le Carré) and I’ve downloaded ITV’s The Frankenstein Chronicles (Mary Shelley).

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?

Adaptations: January 2016 (2)

Adaptations #2

Hello my fellow bookworms, adaptation lovers and any of those dropping over from the Book to Movie challenge; here are some more adaptations I have enjoyed this month:

Sleepy Hollow (Series 3 – Part 1)          Not Read     TV Series     Television
Supernatural drama based on Washington Irving’s short story. The headless huntsman may be gone but now this small town must deal with Pandora and her box of evil monsters. Some of the solutions seemed a little convenient but I enjoyed the super, creepy creatures and I still love the hilarious camaraderie between Ichabod and Abigail. Part 2 will start in February. Okay watch.

Endeavour (Series 3)          Not Read     TV Series     Television
ITV crime drama based on the characters of Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse novels, and a prequel to the ITV Inspector Morse (1987-2000) TV series. We re-join young detective constable Endeavour Morse in Oxford of the late 1960s as he solves some of his earliest cases. Another atmospheric and nostalgic series full of bloody, cryptic and surprising murders. Great watch.

These two TV series added to my previous watches this month makes my total 8. I have also been binge watching the BBC’s new drama Dickensian (Charles Dickens); and I am looking forward to starting new period drama War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy), Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands and the 3rd series of crime drama Shetland (Ann Cleeves). Plenty more adaptation goodies to look forward too!

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?