Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Read the book first...upcoming movies

My work desk currently looks like a dangerous parody of the Leaning Tower of Pisa with various piles of paper and incoming catalogues threatening to quite physically bury me at any moment. It's even more scary when one considers that this pile all represents what will eventually be actual books coming out in the Fall of 2007. Yep, it's that prep for sales conference time that all of us are currently undergoing.
However, there's a nice surprise lurking in the middle of one of my fall catalogues - an insert with a sneak preview of movies based on books of course, that are coming out in the summer and the fall. And some of them look fantastic. So I offer you a little peek to give you time to read the book first!

Atonement by Ian McEwan. This is the one I'm most looking forward to as I absolutely love the book. It will star Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn and Vanessa Redgrave and is directed by Joe Wright who did the recent Pride and Prejudice (also starring Knightley). Hmm, will they include the scene in the library? You know, THAT scene!

Lust, Caution by Eileen Chang. I haven't read the particular short story that this movie is based on, although it will be published this fall, along with the screenplay and a preface written by director Ang Lee. However, I have read her earlier collection of stories, Love in a Fallen City (doesn't it have an incredibly striking cover?) and I was completely moved by these stories of women trying to survive in the inter-war years in Hong Kong. Absolutely beautiful writing. So this film has great potential. Love the director. It will star Tony Leung and Joan Chen.

Away From Her, based on the short story The Bear Came Over the Mountain by Alice Munro, which you can find in her collection, Hateship Friendship Courtship Loveship Marriage. This movie got great buzz at the Toronto Film Festival. It's directed by Sarah Polley and stars Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent and Olympia Dukakis.

Evening by Susan Minot. This movie looks to have one of the best ensemble casts since The Hours. Actually a bunch of them were in The Hours. It stars Vanessa Redgrave, Claire Danes, Eileen Atkins, Meryl Streep, Toni Collette, Natasha Richardson, Glenn Close, Hugh Dancy, and Patrick Wilson. Directed by Lajos Koltai.

Jindabyne, based on the short story So Much Water So Close to Home by Raymond Carver. The story can be found in his collection Where I'm Calling From. Stars Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne and is directed by Ray Lawrence.

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Also looks wonderful. It's directed by Mike Newell who did Four Weddings and a Funeral and stars Javier Bardem, Benjamin Bratt and Fernanda Montenegro.

Silk by Alessandro Baricco. Stars Keira Knightley, Alfred Molina, Michael Pitt and Koji Yakusho and is directed by Francois Girard who did the Red Violin.

The Hottest State by Ethan Hawke. I have to say I did not enjoy this novel beyond the first page, but maybe the movie will work. Hawke is directing himself and the rest of the cast which includes Mark Webber, Jesse Harris, Laura Linney and Michelle Williams. Heck, I'll see anything with Laura Linney in it.

The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter. A modern take on A Midsummer Night's Dream. Stars Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinear, Radha Mitchell, Jane Alexander and Selma Blair. Directed by Robert Benton.

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy. Will probably give this film a miss because I fear it will be far too violent for me. It's McCarthy. It's directed by the Coen brothers. Enough said. But if you're a fan, the movie does have a great cast - Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Kelly MacDonald.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. Sean Penn writes the script and directs. Stars Emile Hirsch.

Reservation Road by Jonathan Burnham Schwartz. Directed by Terry George who did Hotel Rwanda. Stars Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connolly and Mira Sorvino.

So there you are. Lots of great movies to look forward to and summer reading suggestions. Start your Oscar predictions now!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, Atonement will include that scene.
You can see an early trailer here: