From the Page to the Screen: Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road is a novel that has been lauded by critics and adored by other writers, but it has not garnered the same attention it deserves from readers. Sure, readers keep discovering Yates, but he doesn’t get the same kind of name recognition as other American writers like John Updike and John Cheever. But finally a film production of Revolutionary Road will be hitting the big screen this December, and it’s already generating Oscar buzz.

Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty), and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in their first film together since their blockbuster turn in Titanic, Revolutionary Road the film will delve viewers into Yates’ view of 1950s American suburbia: a veritable wasteland where broken dreams are marked with paving stones. Leo and Kate play Frank and April Wheeler, a young couple with two children who yearn for life beyond the confines of their quaint Continue reading “From the Page to the Screen: Revolutionary Road”

Daddy’s Little Girl: Extreme Edition

Being a daddy’s girl myself, I find the dynamics between fathers and daughters very fascinating. We rely so heavily on them to help mold us into the women we will become, and when they are not there or depend on us too much it can affect us for the rest of our lives.

These are not the picture perfect father and daughter stories, but rather the odd eccentric versions of them:

The movie Dreamland takes place in a trailer park in the middle of the New Mexico desert. Here we meet Audrey, a young woman struggling to find her place in the world, choosing to take care of everyone around her rather than fulfill her owns dreams. Her father is an anxiety ridden hermit who refuses to move forward with his life after the death of his wife, Audrey’s mother, Audrey’s best friend Calista suffers from multiple sclerosis and spends her day fantasizing about becoming the next Miss America even though she might not live to see her next birthday, and Mookie, the new boy next door whom Aubrey refuses to acknowledge how much she cares for. But when life starts to unravel because she can no longer hold the threads together, everyone begins to live again and allow Aubrey to do so as well. Continue reading “Daddy’s Little Girl: Extreme Edition”

Just for fans of Sex and the City …

All the hype around Carrie Bradshaw and Big hitting the big screen is giving me happy flashbacks to those weekly Sex and the City get togethers — 30 minutes with the TV and another two hours gabbing and laughing with friends. Sure, reruns are on almost every night of the week (or you can reserve the DVDs at the Library), but I seem to need more than that. What will fill that void after I see the movie? A book, perhaps? Here are a few novels I think Sex and the City fans might like; it’s a list for those of us who know it’s more than just the shoesbook cover of how to be single

How to Be Single by Liz Tuccilllo
Julie Jensen embarks on a tour around the world (France! Bali!) to research a book on single women’s experiences in other cultures, while her friends in New York deal with their own singledom. Tuccillo wrote the nonfiction book He’s Just Not That into You and worked on HBO’s Sex and the City.

Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisenberger Continue reading “Just for fans of Sex and the City …”

Read a Movie, See a Book

“See what it is invisible, and you will see what to write. That’s how Bobby used to put it. It was the invisible people he wanted to live with. The ones that we walk past every day, the ones we sometimes become. The ones in books who live only in someone’s mind’s eye.”

A Love Song for Bobby Long was originally released in 2004, and is to me one of the most overlooked films in our collection. Its screenplay is based on the novel Off Magazine Street by Ronald Everett Capps. Also featured throughout the movie are quotes from some of our most famous writers, and it is filled with themes from the book The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. It’s a movie inundated with the love of literature. Continue reading “Read a Movie, See a Book”