With the recent releases of “The Book Thief” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” it seems as though most popular books today are accompanied by their movie counterparts. Some adaptations, like the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, garner widespread popularity and critical acclaim while others, like the “Lord of the Rings” prequel “The Hobbit,” are profoundly unimpressive. Here are some of the best and worst book-to-film adaptations:
How should you prepare for the highly anticipated sequel?
Dancers kick the air while performing in the Harvard Ballet Company’s adaptation of “Gatsby.”
The first thing I noticed when I arrived at the Harvard T stop was the soothing notes of Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” Although barely audible above the screech of the trains, the soft guitar music nevertheless drifted throughout the station, providing a sense of peace and calm to a usually hectic scene.
A middle-aged guitarist, dressed in black from head to toe, sang passionately as a train to Braintree approached. He waved his hands in the air and winked to acknowledge his audience. As I circled around him, appreciating his music and attempting to make sense of what exactly he was saying, he quickly caught on that I was lingering for a bit longer than usual. He smiled at me and gave me a thumbs-up, and as soon as he finished his song, approached me with a smile and said hello.
“Last Vegas,” the comedy starring fading dramatic heavyweights Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline is, at least judging by the trailer, a baby boomer’s version of “The Hangover.” On that level, here’s how we think the various scenes in “The Hangover” would unfold if the 30-something whippersnappers were replaced with seasoned old-timers:
Well, October is over, and so are the first two months of the school year. November’s arrival means one thing: time really flies when you’re buried in work and hopped up on caffeine. Here are some things that definitely feel longer than the last two months have:
Oh, Ryan Murphy. You try so hard. Murphy has had quite an interesting career trajectory—he’s the creator of a varied assortment of shows including “Nip/Tuck,” “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” and “The New Normal.” Also, he’s crazy. Besides the not-so-dearly departed “The New Normal,” Murphy’s shows are notable for their off the wall, crazy plot developments, outrageous characters, and nonsensical story arcs.