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Ramona and Beezus: A Surprisingly Good Adaptation

This post is dedicated to the memory of my family’s cat, Winston, who sadly passed on this week. That may seem random, but watch the movie and you’ll see why it’s appropriate. I wasn’t the biggest fan of children’s author … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol (2009) Stave IV: The Insanity Peaks Before It Ends

The silent Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come (Jim Carrey) is actually portrayed as Scrooge’s shadow-or rather Scrooge’s shadow transforms into it. At first, I found this somewhat anticlimactic. (Does Scrooge really fear this specter more than any he’s seen … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol (2009) Stave III: Visual Creativity and Missed Opportunities

As the clock strikes one again, Scrooge sees light coming from the adjoining room and hears the sound of booming laughter. He opens the door to the find that his house has been redecorated and that the Ghost of Christmas … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol (2009) Stave II: Well-Done Moments and Random Weirdness

Scrooge awakens to the sound of the clock chiming one-the very time his first ghostly visitor is supposed to arrive. In the book, he actually awakens at twelve and is shocked since it was two when he went to bed … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol (2009) Stave I: A Fairly Promising Start

This Christmas, I’ll be doing something different on The Adaptation Station. I’ll be going through one particular adaptation, analyzing it scene by scene. I’m not doing it because I love Charles Dickens’s 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol in Prose Being … Continue reading

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These Specials Are Underrated, Charlie Brown

Peanuts is awesome. Not only does it have a unique and extremely funny sense of humor, but its characters and images are like mythic archetypes that sum up aspects of the human experience. Do Sisyphus and his boulder represent the … Continue reading

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Another List of Great Screenplays

If you’ve been following this blog, you may remember I recently did a post about the scripts for the 2018 BBC miniseries of Les Misérables, which are available to read online. Sometime before then, I did a post about which … Continue reading

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Animation Station: Hand-Drawn Dreamworks Part 4

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) I’ve made the claim that Dreamworks’s four hand-drawn animated films didn’t have a formula and I’ll stand by that, but it can be argued that they came in pairs. The Prince of Egypt … Continue reading

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Animation Station: Hand-Drawn Dreamworks Part 3

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) Dreamworks’s third hand-drawn animated movie, which tells the story of a wild mustang in the yet to be tamed American West, presents me with one of the hardest challenges for a reviewer: something that … Continue reading

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Animation Station: Hand-Drawn Dreamworks Part 2

The Road to El Dorado (2000) Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio, the screenwriters for Dreamworks’s second hand-drawn animated film, have had their hands in kicking off some highly successful movie franchises, such as Aladdin, Shrek and Pirates of the Caribbean. … Continue reading

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