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Book to Movie: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Movie Teaser Trailer)

I’m writing this just after seeing the teaser trailer, which means I am still high right now with all the excitement and goosebumps. So forgive me, If I ramble a bit or much.

As you all know, I love Cassandra Clare‘s The Mortal Instruments series novels. I’m in love with Cassandra Clare‘s writing and the Shadowhunters world she magically created in The Mortal Instruments. The moment that Cassie announced online that there will be a film adaptation coming I squeal with glee. Just imagining seeing those characters that I love, moving live on screen, quoting some of my favorite lines from the book makes me super excited. But when the final casting was announced, I admit I didn’t much like the list. I am one of those who can’t see Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace. Even I approved of his acting & fighting skills, having watched him as the young King Arthur from the Camelot series, I still can’t picture him as the perfect Jace Wayland. Ok. Maybe Jace isn’t perfect, in fact he got real flaws but for me he is always the perfect & the best Shadowhunters in Cassie’s world. It took awhile before I finally accepted the fact that I have no choice but to accept it and just wait and see what will happen.

So now that the teaser trailer is up online, probably spreading fast at the moment I finally see what Cassie means when she say that there is something in Jamie that is so Jace. In that short teaser trailer I see now that Jamie can be Jace. I can’t get enough of his freaking accent alone. He sounded so Jace in my head delivering those lines. You can’t here it on the trailer below but you can watch it from the trailer commentary with Cassandra Clare, posted in

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Film Teaser Trailer

More than the stunts and effects that all looks pretty amazing, what really gives me a high is seeing my favorite characters live, moving and in action. This is only a teaser trailer but it already looks so much promising. I can’t wait to see the final trailer, hoping to see Magnus and more of Alec and of course the movie in August next year. It will be a long wait but after seeing this teaser I know I can handle the waiting because it looks so worth it.

What do you think of the teaser trailer?! Are you as excited as me right now for the movie? Have you read the book, what did you think of it? If you haven’t and you are interested in watching the movie, I suggest pick the book first.

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Book to Movie: Warm Bodies (Movie Trailer)

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion is one of the few zombie books that I enjoy reading. Well actually, I listened from an audio book but still same results, it is fun and enjoyable novel. So when I found out that there will be a film adaptation coming out next year I can’t help but get excited. The movie is planned to be release next February 1, 2013 and it stars Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer. Basically the story is about a zombie (Nicholas) who rescues a human girl (Teresa) from an attack and ends up falling in love with her.

The film adaptation is directed by Jonathan Levine, the same man behind the movie “50/50“. Which is really an amazing film. I enjoyed it so much even it makes me cry. It is just raw and real and of course it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and any film that has Joseph Gordon-Levitt for me is a must watch. I’m a fan obviously. I can’t help but be amazed with his so many talents, from acting, to singing, composing, writing and directing. Anyway, before I get totally lost and rave more about Joseph Gordon-Levitt let’s go back to Warm Bodies. I’m expecting another fun and heart warming film from Jonathan Levine in this movie. The trailer is already out and I think it is pretty good. It makes me more excited to see the film. You can watch it below.

As for the film poster there are two version that already comes out. The first one comes out early this year and when I first saw it, I honestly didn’t like it because it reminds me of Twilight. Check the poster below so you can see it yourself why it reminds me of Twilight. The second and latest poster, the one with a red background is much preferable than the first one. But it doesn’t tell much about the stories. I’m still hoping that there will be another poster coming out before the film is  release, something that will match with the dark and comedic part of the story.

Warm Bodies Film Trailer

Have you read the book? What do you think of the trailer? Does the new poster make your heart warm? 🙂 If you haven’t read the book, I urge you to do so. You can also join me as I plan to do a re-read before the movie comes out. We still got a couple of months.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Film)

This review is a bit late already. I’m supposed to write my review for The Perks of Being a Wallflower after I watched the film early this month but for some reason I only got the time to do sit down on it today. I’ve been thinking of skipping writing my thoughts actually, but finally decided to still post since I believe that a movie like this deserves a spot on the blog.

For those who have read my review for the book in here, you all know that I really like the novel where this film is based. And knowing that the film is written and directed by the author, Stephen Chbosky makes me more excited for the adaptation. And as expected, Stephen Chbosky deliver a close adaptation of his book. Even some of the major scenes didn’t make to the final cut, the film still manage to deliver the same edge and depth of the book. It captures the darkness and optimism of the novel with some additional surprises.

The story focus on Charlie (Logan Lerman) as he explores high school life. From the start of the movie you will see him counting down the days until graduation. Being socially awkward with no friends at the start of his freshman year, he is a typical wallflower who is contented in watching life as it goes on. Until he met Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller), who encourage him to participate in life and be part of a group. As he managed to join the circle of Sam and Patrick friends he also discover bits and pieces of himself. One step at a time he uncover his past and the mystery behind his awkward and unique personality.

But more than the twist and turns of the story, The Perks of the Wallflower is a character development piece at its core. Stephen Chbosky reveals Charlie’s depth and mystery one layer at a time. And even if the story only focus on Charlie, it still manage to show how the other characters undergo emotional and painful discoveries in their life. They are all on the edge of their emotions trying to understand life, find love, acceptance, and their place in this world.

I’ve seen Logan Lerman in a couple of his movies like The Percy Jackson and The Three Musketeers. And those movies doesn’t really approved in my taste, which makes Logan Lerman not so much an impressive actor for me. But after watching him as Charlie in this film, I can’t hep but see the depth of his acting ability. This movie makes me believe that Logan Lerman is an actor to watch out for. I think he did a great job delivering the intensity of Charlie’s character. As Charlie, his innocence is so believable and each emotions, awkwardness and shyness he shows are utterly convincing. From the subtle way he dance, to the dorky way he tries to act confident, and to the intense freak-out moments he shows. I didn’t expect to feel Charlie’s pains and confusions more than I feel when I’m reading the book. Lorgan Lerman really surprised me in this film.

Emma Watson as Sam is solid. I’ve been looking forward seeing her in a different role other than the brainy Hermoine of Harry Potter films and she didn’t fail to deliver a fresh character in my eyes even her character isn’t that huge.

Ezra Miller as the happy-go-lucky gay Patrick is simply plausible. He can easily steal the scenes with his vibrant personality. He brings energy and humor to the film without overshadowing the sadness and pain of his character. I didn’t imagined Patrick character to be that loud as he portray it but I think he excel in his job.

Visually, the film is a treat to the eye. It may not have the vibrant colorful of sci-fi films but it has a touch of classic in it. As if I am really watching a 90’s film. It offers a light and clean atmosphere that contrast the heavy dramatic and emotional scenes of the story. The background music and theme songs were also carefully chosen. Even there are some changes from the original songs used in the book, it still perfectly fit to each and every scenes and moments of the film.

“How can you be so happy and so sad all at once?”

That quote above is one of Charlie’s line from the film, which perfectly describes how I feel about the film as a whole. It leaves me happy and sad all at one. I may not always relate with Charlie or with the other characters in the movie but I can certainly appreciate the dramatic weight of their pain, struggles and confusions.

Whether you’ve read the book or not, this film is a must watch. It is a close adaptation of the novel that shows a sincere and emotional representation of teenager life. A film that is full of heavy scenes and dark themes but also has an incredible heart and great sense of humor. It leaves me with a heavy feeling, almost teary eyes and a smile of satisfaction after watching.

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Book to Movie: Books I Want to Read Before The Movie Comes Out

With a lot of books turn to movie I am one of those people who are trying to catch up reading the book first before seeing the film adaptation. Tendency is, if I see the film first I usually end up stalling reading the book, which is a bad thing because most of the time I found the book better than the movie adaptation. I know comparing the two is not fair since they are totally different. They both offer a good entertainment and knowledge but works in different medium. But when a story is adapted from a book to movie or the other way around I can’t help but compare the two.

Obviously, there is no way that a film can capture every detail of a novel in a two or less than three hours. That’s why I enjoy reading a story more than watching it. Reading makes me feel more engaged in the story. It gives me chance to play with my imagination and create a world from words in front of me. When I read I get the chance to play every details in my mind while watching just give me the film makers’ own interpretation of the story. So I try my best to make sure to read the book first before seeing the film.

Here are the list of books I’m aiming to read before the film adaptation hit the big screen:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, andThe Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.

Release Date: September 20, 2012

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified “dinery server” on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation — the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.

Release Date: October 26, 2012

Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.
The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional-but is it more true?
Life of Pi is at once a realistic, rousing adventure and a meta-tale of survival that explores the redemptive power of storytelling and the transformative nature of fiction. It’s a story, as one character puts it, to make you believe in God.

Release Date: November 21, 2012

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

Release Date: December 14, 2012 (first installment)

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

In this story of the trials of the peasant Jean Valjean–a man unjustly imprisoned, baffled by destiny, and hounded by his nemesis, the magnificently realized, ambiguously malevolent police detective Javert–Hugo achieves the sort of rare imaginative resonance that allows a work of art to transcend its genre.

Release Date: December 14, 2012

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (Short Film)

About The Animated Film

Inspired in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation), award-winning author/illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. “Morris Lessmore” is old-fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.

Morris” was awarded the Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film in the 84th Academy Awards®.

Personal Thoughts:

One thing that really grab my attention while watching the 84th annual academy awards last night is this animated short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morries Lessmore. This award-winning short film is a visual treat to the eye for book lovers. Not just the story is about books but also the way it was creatively created.

The story is about Mr. Morris Lessmore, a man devoted to books. While he was sitting peacefully on his hotel’s balcony writing his book, he was swept away by a menacing storm. He then end up with his book in a land where books come alive and can fly.

The short film perfectly portray the power and magic of books. It is really a joy for a reader like me to see each books interact like a real character. In this film, the books can communicate to Mr. Morris Lessmore, they have feelings like a real person, they can dance and fly too. Those simple whimsical animations brought books into life.

I am also impressed with the creativity of this film. From the use of colors, to animations and story telling. Even the film doesn’t have any dialogue, still it perfectly deliver a beautiful message about the importance of books in our lives. Like when the black & white characters were borrowing or getting books from Mr. Morris Lessmore and he gives each of them a book. These black & white characters turns into colored characters which simply shows how books give colors into readers lives.

There’s also a part at near the end of the film where you’ll see Morris Lessmore writing in his book, “I seldom understand things”… and “If life is enjoyed, does it have to make sense?”, those simple words describes how readers take the written words into life. It doesn’t matter if the story make sense or not, it doesn’t matter if it is beyond the rules and laws of things, as long as we enjoyed and love the story the little details doesn’t matter. Because what is important is what we get from them after reading. Sometimes the power of written words is beyond our comprehension.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morries Lessmore is an enchanting story about the power of books and reading. It is simply magical and inspiring. I hope this simple animation will turn everyone into a reader especially the kids with their rich and powerful imagination.

The full video is currently up on youtube, but I’m not sure how long will this be available. So if you have few minutes to spare I highly recommend to watch it now.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is also available as an interactive eBook app on iTunes created by Moonbot Studios. Watch the trailer here:

picture book will also be out by July this year.

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Book to Movie: Beastly by Alex Flinn

I got the chance to attend the advance movie screening of Beastly before I went for holiday vacation last week. I’ve been aiming to post a comparison of the book and the movie since then, but for some reasons I only got to do it now. Beastly is a modern adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Neil Patrick Harris. Like with most adaptations, certain elements from the book are lost when adapted to the screen, but the main plot remains the same.

Kyle from the book is a hairy monster with fangs and claws, while in the movie he was being tattooed all over with fresh wounds and scars. This change is actually a good one. It made the beast more relatable and acceptable. I just can’t imagine how a real beast would actually exist in our modern day and most especially in a crowded place like New York city. The movie made him ugly in a deformed way and not supernatural which still brings the point of the story – bringing his real look outside like what he is inside. This was suppose to be the modern version and I think it was a success.

In the book, Kyle was given two years to break the spell by finding someone to kiss him out of love and he should also love her, while in the movie he was given only a year to find someone who should tell him she love him sincerely. I didn’t mind much about the time span differences or the procedure of breaking the spell, these were minor alterations. Though I think the kiss is more romantic than having someone just tell you they love you. And the execution, that is another thing which I will expand more later.

There’s a chat room where the Beast join from time to time to have a conversation with other creatures who were also cursed. That part wasn’t included in the movie. Though it’s just another minor alteration, it would still add more fun to the movie if added. The other fairy tale creatures like the silent mermaid (Ariel from The Little Mermaid), Froggie (to be transformed from a kiss) and Grizzlyguy were simply adorable. Their conversation about their fairytale transformations were like little funny snipets.

There is no magical mirror in the movie. In the book the magical mirror is Kyles gateway to the world. He can see anyone he wants to see from the mirror. It was his means of communication with Kendra, his way of getting to know Lindy (not by stalking her). It’ is what stayed with Kyle and Lindy at the end to remind them of their journey. When they took out the mirror they also took away the magic that lies beyond the fairy tale story.

Kyle other name in the book is Adrian which means “dark one”, but the movie changed it to “Hunter”. Between hunter and Adrian I like Adrian better because it has meaning. Kyle choose Adrian because it represents the way he feels after his transformation. Adrian had meaning, while Hunter was random.

Kendra and Magda in the book are actually the same person. Kendra is the witch who punished Kyle and stuck with him as a maid (Magda) in return. In the movie, Kendra and Magda ( actually Zola in the movie) were two different characters with no relation at all.

The movie made Will Fratalli (Neil Patrick Harris) the blind tutor ironic and funny which is a good change from the originally serious and wise. It add humor and entertainment to the film. Neil Patrick Harris lightened the mood without taking away the seriousness of the story.

And the last but not the least is the ending. Technically the book and movie ending were the same, a fairy tale ending of “happily ever after”. The differences is how it was executed. The book done it with more action. Kyle took a risk of exposing himself to the world and has people trying to kill him in order to save Lindy. The movie version, Kyle meet Lindy before she takes her trip somewhere, no action scene at all.

Overall, I enjoy the movie even with all the alterations from the book. I think it succeeds in capturing the spirit and the message of the book which is the most important. If you haven’t read the book yet or see the movie, I suggest you try. Sometimes a familiar story is worth a new journey of adventure.

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Eat Pray Love (Film)

Liz Gilbert had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having — a husband, a house, a successful career — yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self—discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali. Based upon the bestselling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love proves that there really is more than one way to let yourself go and see the world.

I don’t feel commenting much on the film technicalities right now since there’s nothing much really new or nice to comment. I’ll just try to explore more on what I think I appreciate from this film, which mostly came from Liz first travel adventure – Italy. In Italy Liz learn to experience life again. She instantly fall in love with the people, the place, and the language. She learned the joy of living life fully. Living with joy and living in the moment. She discovered the concept of la dolce vita or the sweet life. Which simply means living and enjoying every moment. It is enjoying a picnic by yourself on the floor while wearing a negligee. It is eating Thanksgiving turkey for breakfast with friends. It is loving yourself with all the gray hair, stretch marks and extra flab. She experience again how to eat without feeling guilty or worrying about gaining weight.

Watching the scenery of Italy gives me again the desire to travel. I love to travel, I enjoy seeing new places, exploring different cultures and traditions. And this film give me a part of that experience. It makes me want to see those wonderful places in the movie, especially Italy. I want to have my first hand experience with the historical beauty of Rome, taste those lavishing food and learn the language. I wish I also have an entire year for myself, to travel with unlimited funds and experience a part of that life. A year to experience different culture and traditions. A year to see the world in a different view. A year to discover myself and some of life lessons.