Thursday, March 1, 2007

Literary Cinema

By Heather F.

Here are some of the books making their way to the cinema this month.

March 2nd

Zodiac - starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards and Robert Downey Jr. Directed by David Fincher. Based on the book by Robert Graysmith.

Based on the Robert Graysmith books about the real life notorious Zodiac, a serial killer who terrorized San Francisco with a string of seemingly random murders during the 1960s and 1970s

March 9th

300 - Starring Gerard Butler, Lena Hedley, and David Wenham. Directed by Zack Snyder. Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller.

Based on comic genius Frank Miller's visually stunning graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

The Namesake - Starring Kal Penn, Jacinda Barrett, and Glenne Headley. Directed by Mira Nair. Based on the book by Jhumpa Lahiri.

American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.

Mrs Potter - Starring Renee Zellwegger, Ewan McGreggor and Emily Watson. Directed by Chris Noonan.

The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children's book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and her struggle for love, happiness and success.

The Ultimate Gift (limited release) - James Garner, Abigail Breslin, and Drew Fuller. Directed by Michael O. Sajbel. Based on the book by Jim Stovall.

Jason thought his inheritance was going to be the gift of money and lots of it. Was he ever in for a big surprise...

March 16th

Shooter - Starring Mark Wahlberg, Danny Glover, Michael Peña. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. Based on the novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter.

A marksman (Wahlberg) living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to track the real killer and find out who exactly set him up, and why.

March 23rd

The Last Mimzy - Starring Joely Richardson, Rainn Wilson, and Timothy Hutton. Directed by Robert Shaye. Based on the short story "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" by Lewis Padgett.

Two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterious box of toys. Soon the kids, their parents, and even their teacher are drawn into a strange and sometimes terrifying world.

March 30th

Meet the Robinsons - Starring Daniel Hansen, Wesley Singerman, and Angela Bassett. Directed by Stephan J. Anderson. Based on the book by William Joyce.

Lewis is a brilliant inventor who meets mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson, whisking Lewis away in a time machine and together they team up to track down Bowler Hat Guy in a showdown that ends with an unexpected twist of fate.

*All summaries from IMDB.


Fence said...

Miss Potter was out over here a while back. It is lovely and warm and fuzzy, but a bit light and forgettable.

Think 300 looks as though it'll either be fantastic, or very very bad.

Heather said...

Fence, I agree about 300. I'm looking forward to seeing it, but I expect I'll be watching some of it through my fingers. The art direction looks fantastic, but a few parts of the trailer made me worry about over acting. I've heard it was booed at some film festival, but I also heard it's exit interviews were raving. I guess we'll see!

I figured Miss Potter would be exactly like that!