Adaptation #59: You Too Can Be Kick-Ass

header059In episode #59, our hosts can’t help but gush over Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2: the music, the character depth, the similarity to the original comic and, of course, the creatively kick-ass kills.

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For more action adaptations, check out our episodes on The Lone Ranger, The Wolverine, Man of Steel, World War Z, Resident Evil, and Total Recall.

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Adaptation #19: All the World’s a Stage

In episode #19, we return to discuss Joe Wright’s film Anna Karenina (2012), talk about the many metaphor’s contained in it and give some love to our favorite character, Boris.

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New Six Minute Clip of Joe Wright’s ‘Anna Karenina’

Following up on the release of the gorgeous posters and the riveting trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, director Joe Wright has released a six minute clip from the film.

The film will be released September 7th in the UK and November 9th in the US. It stars Kiera Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Kelly Macdonald and Matthew Macfadyen.

Following this clip, I’m really interested to see how the film comes together as a whole. The filming seems a little abrupt to me, but in a stylistic way that might make more sense when we can see it all from the beginning.

What do you think of this clip?

Don’t forget to stayed tuned for Adaptation #16 which will be discussing the novel Anna Karenina.

Oliver Stone’s ‘Savages’ in Theaters Next Week

On July 6 in the US and September 28 in the UK, Oliver Stone’s new film Savages will be released in theaters. It’s based on Don Winslow’s 2010 novel with the same name that details the conflict that three 20-somethings have when a drug cartel attempts to buy out their small family marijuana business.

With a screenplay written by the combination of the Winslow, Stone and Shane Salerno, the film has a cast that mixes young Hollywood with acting veterans including Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Benecio Del Toro and Selma Hayak. Several featurette’s are available to watch on the film’s YouTube channel, but here’s my favorite. It’s called ‘I’m a Savage.’

Adaptation co-host Ryan Smith and I were able to see the film at an advanced screening in April. While it’s very possible that they’ve made some changes since then, I feel pretty confident in saying that the footage that’s been released so far is a true representation of the film. It is definitely violent, but in a way that’s truthful, necessary and leaves you emotionally drained at the end. It will be interesting to see if they changed the ending of the film at all though, because that was the part that we both thought should have been done differently (and that’s all I’m going to say until it’s been released).

Has anyone read the novel? What do you hope to get out of the film?

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