Here’s the truth: Neither of these men are good enough for Katniss.
When Gavin Hood told Orson Scott Card that he planned to adapt Card’s science-fiction classic Ender’s Game for the big screen, the author replied with
I wrote this behemoth!
This week, Rajan, Ryan, and Patches discuss the effects an author has on the book that’s being read. Before we tackle a new novel or non-fiction tome, we have to believe the book has the potential to be great. How much does the author’s name play into that?
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This week the gang’s all back together, and we celebrate by forcing David— and everyone else— to talk about this hot next thing called Vulgar Auteurism, and whether or not it actually is a thing. Plus tidbits from Katey about the upcoming adaptation of the book Serena and from Da7e about why you can’t buy Indiana Jones movies individually. And Film Centipede makes a return, with a DC Comics slant. All that plus a lightning round inspired by great cameos in movies.
To catch up on Vulgar Auteurism, and the Internet conversation that has surrounded it, read this.
My copy of Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea from 1968, with inscription from 1978.
This week we’d like you to join us for a ride on our hydroplane, old sport, as we sweep up the confetti and champagne glasses left over from our screening of The Great Gatsby. Did Baz Luhrmann’s experiment with 3D actually work with his maximalist aesthetic? Are the crazy party sequences great, or great to the point that they’ll make you sick? And who is this Gatsby fellow anyway? (It’s Leonardo DiCaprio.) All that, plus your answers to our lightning round questions about other books you read in high school that ought to become movies.
Piggybacking… The Wind and the Willows
This week on Operation Kino, I interview Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Glenn Frankel on his new book The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend. The book chronicles the making of the John Ford/John Wayne classic and the true story of a family kidnapped by the Comanche that inspired it. A really astounding piece of writing.
Did anyone ever read this book? The original Good Burger ended with so many unanswered questions, I’m curious….
Had a blast with this interview!
Great conversation with the screenwriter of Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma on his new thriller and the backstory of how it was immediately picked up by producers for a big screen adaptation.