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2013-06-20 03:02:48 PM  
Monsters University?
 
2013-06-20 03:05:43 PM  
Much Ado About Nothing?
 
2013-06-20 03:07:57 PM  
Everytime I see the trailer for WWZ, where the guys says to Brad Pitt, don't hit them it only make the other one's mad...I just want to throw something at somebody...zombies are dead man, they don't get mad (and yes I know that they are fictional, just roll with it)

/Team no fast zombies
 
2013-06-20 03:17:55 PM  
I'm assuming that submitter is counting in base 12.
 
2013-06-20 03:28:53 PM  
I Am Legend only got an honorable mention? They completely changed the meaning of the story with the stupid Hollywood ending. Ugh.
 
2013-06-20 03:40:31 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: I Am Legend only got an honorable mention? They completely changed the meaning of the story with the stupid Hollywood ending. Ugh.


That's just what Hollywood does, man.  Let it go.

/They ruined a lot more than just the ending...
 
2013-06-20 03:53:48 PM  
Starship Troopers?

The article's author is on crack.
 
2013-06-20 03:56:02 PM  

Ricardo Klement: Starship Troopers?

The article's author is on crack.


Whoops: misread that.  The author is spot-on.
 
2013-06-20 04:30:55 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: I Am Legend only got an honorable mention? They completely changed the meaning of the story with the stupid Hollywood ending. Ugh.


Changing the ending is very different from changing the premise.
 
2013-06-20 04:53:21 PM  
www.vinylrecords.ch

"Whew!  Dodged a bullet there!"

Overall, though, its a pretty solid list.
 
2013-06-20 04:56:56 PM  
One of the commenters listed I,Robot.  While it was nothing like the book, unlike many of the other movies on that list, it was actually a really good movie anyway.
 
2013-06-20 05:16:11 PM  

Ricardo Klement: One of the commenters listed I,Robot.  While it was nothing like the book, unlike many of the other movies on that list, it was actually a really good movie anyway.


And, really, you can't make an I, Robot book. It's not a book. It's an anthology of loosely connected stories.  The only real connection they all share is that they tend to involve the same small group of people and each story details a different and interesting way in which one or more of the Three Laws glitched out.

For the movie, it seems like they took a few of the scenes and some of the visuals from the stories and used them to craft together an original plot.  You really can't go into that movie expecting it to be anything other than loosely inspired by the book.
 
2013-06-20 05:31:24 PM  

Torgo_of_Manos: Everytime I see the trailer for WWZ, where the guys says to Brad Pitt, don't hit them it only make the other one's mad...I just want to throw something at somebody...zombies are dead man, they don't get mad (and yes I know that they are fictional, just roll with it)


I feel the same way about the scene where they are moving the declaration of independence and constitution or whatever.  Why are we wasting time doing that like "oh we better protect these or the zombies will get them and demand a huge sum of money for ransom".  Lock the f'ing door and come back later.
 
2013-06-20 05:42:29 PM  
I couldn't watch A Scanner Darkly because of the animation.

It just didn't feel right with me.
 
2013-06-20 05:42:41 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: [www.vinylrecords.ch image 580x870]

"Whew!  Dodged a bullet there!"

Overall, though, its a pretty solid list.


Whoa whoa whoa, where are his shoes?
 
2013-06-20 05:45:10 PM  
Nightfall. One of the most dreadful movies ever made, using the name of one of sci-fi's greatest short stories.
 
2013-06-20 05:45:10 PM  
The Tom Cruise "War of the Wolds". Don't even get me started.
 
2013-06-20 05:45:32 PM  
No mention of Jurassic Park 2?
 
2013-06-20 05:46:16 PM  
Just wait until you hear them scream.
 
2013-06-20 05:46:48 PM  
I personally like Freejack.  I think Mick Jagger made a great villain and Rene Russo was hot.
 
2013-06-20 05:54:07 PM  
Alien Anal Angels just failed on every level. In the book you don't find out they're angels until the penultimate astronaut gang bang, but the movie put friggin' wings on everyone before Captain Bang Solong even arrives to fix the Space Cable.
 
2013-06-20 05:54:32 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: [www.vinylrecords.ch image 580x870]


That one came to mind as well, though it wasn't too far off... The Charlton Heston version was closer, definitely... Never saw the Vincent Price version.
 
2013-06-20 05:55:32 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: [www.vinylrecords.ch image 580x870]

"Whew!  Dodged a bullet there!"

Overall, though, its a pretty solid list.


Author said in the comments that it was meant to be included (which it should have been)
 
2013-06-20 05:56:01 PM  

DamnYankees: Ow! That was my feelings!: I Am Legend only got an honorable mention? They completely changed the meaning of the story with the stupid Hollywood ending. Ugh.

Changing the ending is very different from changing the premise.


The ending gave meaning to the premise. Without the ending, it's just Generic Zombie Flick #165
 
2013-06-20 05:56:23 PM  
Army Ants, The Movie is yet another case of leaving the character names the same while changing everything else. WWZ may prove to be a perfectly fine movie, just as Starship Troopers is a fine popcorn flick, but saying either is based on the book of the same name is disingenuous.
 
2013-06-20 06:00:14 PM  
Blade Runner sucks ass by any name.

/do androids dream of electric sheep?  when the movie is that farkin boring, they do
 
2013-06-20 06:01:45 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: DamnYankees: Ow! That was my feelings!: I Am Legend only got an honorable mention? They completely changed the meaning of the story with the stupid Hollywood ending. Ugh.

Changing the ending is very different from changing the premise.

The ending gave meaning to the premise. Without the ending, it's just Generic Zombie Flick #165



It was a story about vampires.  Smart vampires.  Who built a society.  Who captured him and sentenced him to death for killing vampires. Since he was now the 'monster'...  He was now the 'legend'...

The movie was a horrible adaptation.
 
2013-06-20 06:04:15 PM  

rickythepenguin: Blade Runner sucks ass by any name.

/do androids dream of electric sheep?  when the movie is that farkin boring, they do


You have it backwards.  The book sucked donkey dong.  The movie was awesome.

All Philip K. Dick books suck donkey dong.  He had great ideas, but he sucked as an author.
 
2013-06-20 06:05:43 PM  
"A Clockwork Orange tones down the brutality of the novel and loses the final chapter"

Right on the toned down part (in the novel Alex rapes two 10 year old girls for example), wrong on the last chapter.. The movie is reasonably faithful to the (US) version of the novel that Kubrick read - the final chapter of Burgess' original manuscript was not restored until 1986. Burgess himself stated that while he was disappointed that the redemptive ending was not included, he did not blame Kubrick but the US publisher.
 
2013-06-20 06:06:39 PM  

DamnYankees: Ow! That was my feelings!: I Am Legend only got an honorable mention? They completely changed the meaning of the story with the stupid Hollywood ending. Ugh.

Changing the ending is very different from changing the premise.


Changing the ending can change the premise.

I believe that the ending of Jurassic Park actually did this. .. Flipped the "moral of the story" a complete 180.
 
2013-06-20 06:07:20 PM  
Incomplete list without this;

upload.wikimedia.org

I f*cking hated the lame motion picture. Sean Connery as Alan Quatermain?
 
2013-06-20 06:07:59 PM  
i think contact was worse. it took a pretty fascinating novel about the possibility of first contact with an alien species and turned it into "huzzah jeeebus, y'all!"
 
2013-06-20 06:08:08 PM  
"I Am Legend essentially misses the point of the novel, especially with the reshot ending. "

No.  This is incorrect.

i am legend took the point of the novel, swallowed it, shiat it out, rubbed the shiat all over a baby's face, ate that baby, shiat it out, put that shiat in the freezer and then had anal sex with that shiat.
 
2013-06-20 06:08:55 PM  
# 6 How to Drain your Dragon- Blows because I knew how to do that at birth. No movie needed.
 
2013-06-20 06:11:27 PM  
And with Ender's Game on deck, get ready to add to the list.
 
2013-06-20 06:12:32 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Alien Anal Angels just failed on every level. In the book you don't find out they're angels until the penultimate astronaut gang bang, but the movie put friggin' wings on everyone before Captain Bang Solong even arrives to fix the Space Cable.


Don't even get me started on the soundtrack.
 
2013-06-20 06:13:30 PM  

Ricardo Klement: Ricardo Klement: Starship Troopers?

The article's author is on crack.

Whoops: misread that.  The author is spot-on.


Not really. I mean it takes out a lot of the philosophy of the book but for the most part it works. Except "Plus there's no power armor in Verhoeven's movie."
 
2013-06-20 06:13:32 PM  
No Running Man? That movie was awful and nothing like the book. The only similarity was the gameshow aspect of it.
 
2013-06-20 06:13:33 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: before Captain Bang Solong even arrives to fix the Space Cable.


Don't be space-fatuous.
 
2013-06-20 06:13:50 PM  
When I first saw Starship Troopers I was stoned out of my mind and thought it was the greatest thing ever.

The lesson here is don't do drugs.
 
2013-06-20 06:17:23 PM  

OgreMagi: rickythepenguin: Blade Runner sucks ass by any name.

/do androids dream of electric sheep?  when the movie is that farkin boring, they do

You have it backwards.  The book sucked donkey dong.  The movie was awesome.

All Philip K. Dick books suck donkey dong.  He had great ideas, but he sucked as an author.


So he was the inspiration for Kilgore Trout?
/Also....I strongly disagree about PKD's books. Strongly.
 
2013-06-20 06:17:42 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Not really. I mean it takes out a lot of the philosophy of the book but for the most part it works. Except "Plus there's no power armor in Verhoeven's movie."


the authors point wasn't that the adaptation is bad as a movie (tbh i'd say the movies listed were mostly good) but that the adaptation isn't faithful to the book. starship troopers is extremely unfaithful to the book... because as noted, its not remotely related to the book. it was a seperate movie with the books rights tacked onto it
 
2013-06-20 06:17:59 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Ricardo Klement: Ricardo Klement: Starship Troopers?

The article's author is on crack.

Whoops: misread that.  The author is spot-on.

Not really. I mean it takes out a lot of the philosophy of the book but for the most part it works. Except "Plus there's no power armor in Verhoeven's movie."


I'm a huge Heinlein fan.  My problem with the movie wasn't the lack of power armor.  My problem was it ignored the entire premise of the book, which was a philsophical discussion of why to fight.  But that would have been extremely difficult to do properly in a movie.  And for the huge number of people who think the book was about a bug war.  WRONG!
 
2013-06-20 06:19:58 PM  

OgreMagi: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Ricardo Klement: Ricardo Klement: Starship Troopers?

The article's author is on crack.

Whoops: misread that.  The author is spot-on.

Not really. I mean it takes out a lot of the philosophy of the book but for the most part it works. Except "Plus there's no power armor in Verhoeven's movie."

I'm a huge Heinlein fan.  My problem with the movie wasn't the lack of power armor.  My problem was it ignored the entire premise of the book, which was a philsophical discussion of why to fight.  But that would have been extremely difficult to do properly in a movie.  And for the huge number of people who think the book was about a bug war.  WRONG!


Would you like to know more?
 
2013-06-20 06:21:27 PM  
WWZ was an oral history. Of course they'd have to massive change it for a film adaptation. Max Brooks is on record as saying that his perfect adaptation was the audiobook and everybody else could do whatever the fark they want.
 
2013-06-20 06:23:01 PM  

Benjamin Stone: When I first saw Starship Troopers I was stoned out of my mind and thought it was the greatest thing ever.

The lesson here is don't do drugs.


Or,

Only watch sci-fi movies stoned?
 
2013-06-20 06:24:10 PM  

Psycoholic_Slag: Benjamin Stone: When I first saw Starship Troopers I was stoned out of my mind and thought it was the greatest thing ever.

The lesson here is don't do drugs.

Or,

Only watch sci-fi movies stoned?


Hmm. Yep, that'll work too.
 
2013-06-20 06:24:51 PM  
img.fark.net

that's what happens when you try to turn a short story into a 2 hour movie.
 
2013-06-20 06:28:01 PM  
Wouldn't it have been easier to try listing sci-fi films that actually WE'RE faithful to the book?


indarwinsshadow: Incomplete list without this;

[upload.wikimedia.org image 250x375]

I f*cking hated the lame motion picture. Sean Connery as Alan Quatermain?


What movie? They never made a movie out of that. LALALALALALAAAA-I'M-NOT-LISTENINGLALALALALALA...
 
2013-06-20 06:29:12 PM  
Color me surprised that they included The Dark is Rising.  Excellent series.
 
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