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Bad movie/worse book, Part I: Why 'The Help' is hopeless
Editor's note: In the run-up to this Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, we will be writing about three nominees for Best Picture that are not only unworthy of such distinction, but are all adaptations of even worse books. Hence the title of the feature. Enjoy.
To be fair, the film version of “The Help” was working from deeply flawed source material. The book, by Kathryn Stockett, was weak in both word and deed — rife with clichés, melodrama and a soupcon of racial uplift through the lens of a white woman.
Positive veview of "Arrietty" on NPR by Kenneth Turan: Borrowers' Tiny World Comes Alive In 'Arrietty'
Official site for the movie: The Secret World Of Arrietty
Movies based on books are an opportunity for libraries to piggyback on the movie promotion to promote the books and the library.
Oscars' big winners will be books
Six of the nine nominations announced this week for Best Picture are based on books, reflecting a recent pattern in which the Oscar lists have consistently and gratifyingly affirmed cinema's dependence on literature. Apart from a modest lurch towards originality in 2010, the previous five years saw line-ups in which half or more of the shortlistees were adaptations, including the winners No Country for Old Men (2008), Slumdog Millionaire (2009) and The King's Speech (2011).
The new rental rate will be $1.20 per day, instead of the current $1 daily rate. Redbox prices will remained unchanged for Blu-ray discs at $1.50 per day and video games at $2 per day.
See article in USA Today
Announcement at Redbox website:
In a comment to a previous post this comment was made - How is Netflix "clearly" pushing people toward streaming?
Seems pretty clear now: Netflix Spins DVD Service Into Separate Business
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has announced that Netflix is splitting into two businesses. It's an admission that Netflix just could not integrate its DVD service and its streaming service. The DVD business will now be called Qwikster. It will offer DVDs and video games. The streaming service will still be called Netflix.
Movie info at Rotten Tomatoes
DVD a Amazon.com: Waste Land
If you have Netflix the movie is available to watch instantly. If you are an Amazon Prime member you can watch the movie online free via Amazon. Link to Amazon digital version: Waste Land (free for Prime members, $3.99/3 day rental for others.)
Ebert's review - I am honestly shocked that he gave 3 and not 4 stars.
Time Warner owns the rights to a Guy Fawkes mask and is paid a licensing fee with the sale of each mask worn by members of the hacker group Anonymous.
Reaction to a price increase for DVDs by mail is expected to affect revenue for the third quarter.