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(Entertainment Weekly)   Twenty-six instances where the book was better than the movie. Watchmen isn't on the list, presumably because the movie was just as good as the book   (ew.com ) divider line
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2012-03-10 10:54:20 AM  
2 votes:
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2012-03-10 10:47:11 AM  
2 votes:
Planet of the Apes, the original Charlton Heston version, is far superior to the book. Actually, even the Mark Wahlberg version is better than the crappy book.
2012-03-10 09:16:34 AM  
2 votes:
The book is almost always better. The only exception I've come across is Silence of the Lambs. The movie is much better.
2012-03-10 09:13:10 AM  
2 votes:
"The Running Man" is a great movie. Perfect when I need something mindless to watch.
2012-03-10 09:01:33 AM  
2 votes:
I don't need no stinkin' slide show to know that the correct answer is "all of them".

/Especially Starship Troopers.
2012-03-10 07:32:18 PM  
1 vote:
Tryfan
Lots of theorizing about Sauron having fantastical aerial defenses

I never needed a lot of theorizing to not be bothered by that "why didn't they fly"-thing.
If you're dealing with some ancient evil being that's powerful enough to make the greatest wizards crap their robes, I'm perfectly happy to assume that he can turn some eagles entering his HQ into a bucket of KFC by pointing with his finger.

Send a couple hobbits to walk it there instead? Brilliant!

Well, there were tens of thousands of people walking around and nobody in the air; so if you want to slip in unnoticed, you better don't book a flight.
2012-03-10 04:31:06 PM  
1 vote:

Oldiron_79: Calling everyone that doesn't like political correctness a Fascist with no good basis for doing so...... Yet more proof of Godwin's law.


If you had any idea what "Godwin's Law" is, you would know that you just faceplanted into it.
2012-03-10 03:56:21 PM  
1 vote:

Oldiron_79: Calling everyone that doesn't like political correctness a Fascist with no good basis for doing so


Nope. Try reading it again.
2012-03-10 03:40:55 PM  
1 vote:

thamike: Oldiron_79: I'd say we are a little closer to Fahrenheit 451 than Running Man, Wall sized flat TVs and Rampant political correctness ban and burninate anything that might offend anyone.

Like Huckleberry Finn? I think it's depressing that the same people who burn "offensive" books complain about "political correctness."


Here's an oldie but a goodie:

We have now reached the point where every goon with a grievance, every bitter bigot, merely has to place the prefix, 'I know this is not politically correct, but...' in front of the usual string of insults in order to be not just safe from criticism, but actually a card, a lad, even a hero. Conversely, to talk about poverty and inequality, to draw attention to the reality that discrimination and injustice are still facts of life, is to commit the sin of political correctness. Anti-PC has become the latest cover for creeps. It is a godsend for every curmudgeon and crank, from fascists to the merely smug.

That was written by Finian O'Toole.

In 1994.
2012-03-10 02:45:41 PM  
1 vote:
STUPID GUY: why couldn't those eagles couldn't just fly the Hobbits to Mordor?

Dear JRR,

We were all sitting around wondering why classic tales take so long. We are starting from a really stupid premise and then arguing that as our central point.

Being that none of us are intelligent or cultured enough to know what language, writing or reading is about, maybe you could fill us in.

Thanks,
Mr. Stupid

p.s.

do you have a facebook?
2012-03-10 02:33:33 PM  
1 vote:

James Scameron: odinsposse: spacebar: List fails without The Lord of the Rings.

Absolutely love the movies, but they're nowhere as awesome as the books.

I'd argue the opposite. Tolkien needed an editor and the movie gave it to him. It helps immensely. Tom Bombadil and a lot of the back story really don't add anything and slow things down. The only real criticism I have of the movies is their weird addition of elves at places they didn't belong, like Helm's Deep.

yeah you need an editor. here's what your edit would look like

I'd argue the opposite. Tolkien needed an editor and the movie gave it to him. It helps immensely. Tom Bombadil and a lot of the back story really don't add anything and slow things down. The only real criticism I have of the movies is their weird addition of elves at places they didn't belong, like Helm's Deep

I know big well written books bore someone as smart as you, but do refrain from statements regarding who needs an editor.

now go stack some more boxes k?

good.


It's kind of sad that you think liking Tolkien makes you smart.
2012-03-10 02:29:32 PM  
1 vote:

Earpj: "The Running Man" is a great movie. Perfect when I need something mindless to watch.

The Running Man

is the most correct vision of the future I've ever seen.
A huge media conglomerate controls what people see & hear and make up stories about people that don't follow their doctrine.
For trying to protect the helpless and innocent man is thrown in a bureaucratic prison system.
The populace is distracted by reality TV and gambles their pennies away while multi-millionaires make more & more in a society with rampant unemployment.
2012-03-10 02:23:00 PM  
1 vote:

spacebar: List fails without The Lord of the Rings.

Absolutely love the movies, but they're nowhere as awesome as the books.


I'd argue the opposite. Tolkien needed an editor and the movie gave it to him. It helps immensely. Tom Bombadil and a lot of the back story really don't add anything and slow things down. The only real criticism I have of the movies is their weird addition of elves at places they didn't belong, like Helm's Deep.
2012-03-10 01:25:05 PM  
1 vote:

Mugato: I wouldn't say it was a great book to begin with but Sin City was the best comic book...excuse me, graphic novel adaptation to film ever.


Agreed.

I still think Watchmen was an overrated graphic novel and an underrated film though.
2012-03-10 01:22:46 PM  
1 vote:
I wouldn't say it was a great book to begin with but Sin City was the best comic book...excuse me, graphic novel adaptation to film ever. Rodriguez made the film look like a comic book without literally painting comic book panels on the screen like Ang Lee's Hulk. The only thing that wasn't faithful was that Jessica Alba's character was supposed to get naked.
2012-03-10 01:07:23 PM  
1 vote:
FeedTheCollapse The Scourging of the Shire was included with the extended version of Return of the King, I believe. It was obvious cut for time constraints as it would've added at least another 20 minutes onto the end of the film. I can see why people would complain, but it really would've made ROTK much longer than it already was;

Besides the obvious time thing it wouldn't have worked too well (for me) because the movies didn't really set up the characters of Merry and Pippin and more or less took out (or even a piss on their) time with the Ents.


Oh, and as for the eagles thing, Mugato: I always say that they would have been taken out by Sauron's AA guns.
2012-03-10 12:52:57 PM  
1 vote:

jake_lex: Fight Club, at least in the way it ended (and I think even Palahniuk has said the movie's ending is better than the book's)


The movie of Fight Club is definitely better than the book, but its not the ending where it most shows. Its the scene when they're driving in the car and Tyler lets go of the wheel. In the book that scene introduces a never-seen-before-or-after character called "The Engineer" that is very jarring and out of place. The movie handles that scene much better.

Also, I'm going to risk being tarred and feathered by saying David Lynch's Dune is way better than the book. I can't stand Frank Herbert's writing.
2012-03-10 12:29:00 PM  
1 vote:
List fails without The Lord of the Rings.

Absolutely love the movies, but they're nowhere as awesome as the books.
2012-03-10 11:30:49 AM  
1 vote:
The Watchmen was an illustrated book for children not an actual "book".

ftfy
2012-03-10 11:16:39 AM  
1 vote:
Forrest Gump. The book was high southern camp, heavily playing on an "idiot savant" theme, that had Gump as a wrestler, an astronaut, a harmonica player in a rock band, a chess wizard and an actor wearing a costume in a monster movie. He didn't take up shrimping, he took up aquaculture. Bubba was a white guy who played with him at Alabama who got drafted with him, Lt Dan didn't turn him into a multimillionaire and his momma was timid mess, always getting ripped off. And the best two characters in the book, the wild man Curtis and the female astronaut with an attitude, were completely left out, along with the best story in the book, the training camp incident where he blew up the boiler.

The movie changed the book into a politically correct baby boomer's nostalgia feel good movie. It became a big hit because it was formula written for a target demographic. But what a disappointment for Winston Groom fans to see what a pile of sh*t they made of his masterpiece.
2012-03-10 10:57:35 AM  
1 vote:
I couldn't get through the first chapter of Dune, so I better stay the hell away from the movie, I guess.
2012-03-10 10:49:45 AM  
1 vote:
Oh, and Blade Runner was better than Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

/No expects the Spanish Inquisition.
2012-03-10 10:47:15 AM  
1 vote:
The Iron Giant movie was way better than the book.

/Rare exception is rare.
2012-03-10 10:45:31 AM  
1 vote:

kxs401: The book is almost always better. The only exception I've come across is Silence of the Lambs. The movie is much better.


One more exception
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2012-03-10 09:51:22 AM  
1 vote:
The Great Gatsby sucks, in whatever medium.
2012-03-10 09:03:18 AM  
1 vote:
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