Sunday, August 11, 2019

Literary Adaptations A to L

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Advise and Consent

The African Queen

The Age of Innocence (1934)

The Agony and The Ecstasy

Albert Nobbs (based on The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs)

Alex Cross (based on Cross)

Alice Adams

Alice Through the Looking Glass (based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass)

All of Me (based on Me Too)

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) *

All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)

The Ambassador (based on 52 Pick Up)

American Assassin

An American Tragedy (1931)

Anatomy of a Murder


Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) (based on Aparajito)

Arrival (based on "Story of Your Life")

Atlas Shrugged Part I

Atlas Shrugged Part II: The Strike (based on Atlas Shrugged)

Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who is John Galt? (based on Atlas Shrugged)


Band of Angels

Beau Geste

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Bel Ami

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (based on These Foolish Things)

The Best Years of Our Lives (based on Glory for Me)

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

The Birth of a Nation (1915) (based on The Clasman)

The Black Cauldron (based on The Book of Three and The Black Cauldron)

The Blue Angel (Der Blaue Engel) (based on Professor Unrat)

The Book Thief

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Bright Road (based on "See How They Run")

Broken Blossoms (based on "The Chink and the Child")


Call Me by Your Name

The Call of the Wild (2020)

Charulata (based on Nastanirh)

Christmas with the Kranks (based on Skipping Christmas)

Christopher Columbus (based on Columbus)

Cinderella (2015)


Crazy Rich Asians

Cruel Intentions (based on Les Liaisons Dangereuses)

Dances with Wolves

Dangerous Liaisons (based on Les Liaisons Dangereuses)

Daniel Isn't Real (based on In This Way I Was Saved)

The Descendants

Detour (based on Detour: An Extraordinary Tale)


Doctor Doolittle 

Dragon Seed


Duel in the Sun

Dune (1984) 

Dune (2021)

Endless Love (2014)

The English Patient

Executive Suite

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

A Face in the Crowd (based on "Your Arkansas Traveler")

Family Plot (based on The Rainbird Pattern)

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fire Over England

Forrest Gump

The Fountainhead

Frenzy (based on Goodbye, Picadilly, Farewell Leicester Square)

From Here to Eternity

Frozen (based on "The Snow Queen")


The Godfather

The Goldfinch

Gone Girl

The Gorgeous Hussy

Gorky Park

Grand Hotel (1932) (based on Menschen im Hotel)

Greed (based on McTeague)

The Green Knight (based on Sir Gawain & The Green Knight)

The Help


How Green Was My Valley *

Hugo (based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

If Beale Street Could Talk

In the Heat of the Night *

In This Corner of the World

Ivanhoe (1952)

Jack the Giant Killer (based on "Jack and the Beanstalk")

Jack Reacher (based on One Shot)

John and Mary

John Carter (based on A Princess of Mars)

Jojo Rabbit (based on Caging Skies)

The Jungle Book (2016)

Kramer vs. Kramer

Last King of Scotland, The

Leave No Trace (based on My Abandonment)

The Legend of Tarzan (based on Tarzan)

Les Misérables (1952)

Les Misérables (2012)

Let Him Go

A Letter to Three Wives (based on A Letter to Five Wives)

Life of Pi

The Light Between Oceans

Live by Night

The Lorax

The Lost Weekend

Love, Simon (based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda)

Love Story

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Literary Adaptations M to Z

Madonna of the Seven Moons

Maleficent (based on Sleeping Beauty)

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (based on Sleeping Beauty)

The Martian

Mary Poppins

Me Before You

Midnight Cowboy

Million Dollar Baby (based on Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner)

The Most Dangerous Game

Motherless Brooklyn

Mrs. Miniver


The Music Room (based on Jalsaghar)

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Myra Breckinridge

The Night of the Hunter

No Country for Old Men

No Time for Sergeants

Now, Voyager

Nightmare Alley (1947)

Nightmare Alley (2021)

Nocturnal Animals (based on Tony & Susan)

The Nun's Story

Odd Thomas

Of Human Bondage (1934)

Of Human Bondage (1946)

Of Human Bondage (1964)

Old Gringo (based on The Old Gringo)

One Day

One-Eyed Jacks (based on The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Ordinary People

Oz the Great and Powerful (based on The Wizard of Oz)

Padmaavat (based on Padmavat)


Paris Blues

Pather Panchali

Peyton Place

A Place in the Sun (based on An American Tragedy)

Pretty Maids All in a Row

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Psycho (1960)

Psycho (1998)

Raintree County

Re-Animator (based on "Herbert West: Reanimator")

Real Steel (based on "Steel")

Rebecca (1940)

Rebecca (2020)

Red Sparrow

The Rescuers (based on The Rescuers and Miss Bianca)

The Revenant

The Rhythm Section

Rise of the Guardians (based on The Guardians of Childhood and The Man in the Moon)


Rosemary's Baby

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Sarah's Key

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Schindler's List

The Sentinel


The Silver Chalice

Silver Linings Playbook (based on The Silver Linings Playbook)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

The Snowman

So B. It

The Song of Songs (based on Das Hohe Lied)

Stage Fright (based on Man Running)

Straw Dogs (2011) (based on The Siege of Trencher's Farm)

The Stunt Man

Sweet Smell of Success (based on Tell Me About It Tomorrow!)

Sylvia Scarlett

Terms of Endearment

That Hagen Girl

Three Godfathers (based on The Three Godfathers)

The Three Musketeers (2011)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tom Jones (1963) (based on The History of Tom Jones)

Total Recall (2012) (based on "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale")


Two Women

Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927)

Valley of the Dolls

The Verdict

Victor Frankenstein (based on Frankenstein)

War Horse

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

When Knighthood Was in Flower

The Wife

The Wind (1928)

The Woman in Black

A Wrinkle in Time

Written on the Wind

Yentl (based on "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy")

Young Bess

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Opening Day Films Catalog

2017 Opening Day Film: Eight Men Out

2018 Opening Day Film: Fear Strikes Out

2019 Opening Day Film: Ladies' Day

2020 Opening Day Film: Mr. 3000

2021 Opening Day Film: Alibi Ike

2022 Opening Day Film: Bull Durham

2023 Opening Day Film: Angels in the Outfield (1951)

2024 Opening Day Film: 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Plaza Classic Film Festival Retrospective

2009 Plaza Classic Film Festival: An Introduction
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Personal Reflections

2010 Plaza Classic Film Festival: Opening Thoughts
2010 Plaza Classic Film Festival: Conclusions

2012 Plaza Classic Film Festival Preview
2012 Plaza Classic Film Festival: Eva Marie Saint
2012 Plaza Classic Film Festival: Jackey Raye Nyman Remembers Manos: The Hands of Fate
2012 Plaza Classic Film Festival: Mary Badham
2012 Plaza Classic Film Festival: Tippi Hedren

2013 Plaza Classic Film Festival: Opening Thoughts
2013 Plaza Classic Film Festival: Conclusions
2013 Plaza Classic Film Festival: Thoughts on Ben-Hur

2014 Plaza Classic Film Festival Preview
2014 Plaza Classic Film Festival: Day Two Overview
2014 Plaza Classic Film Festival: Day Four Overview
2014 Plaza Classic Film Festival: Day Seven Overview
2014 Plaza Classic Film Festival: Day Ten Overview
2014 Plaza Classic Film Festival: Day Eleven Overview


2015 Plaza Classic Film Festival: Some Thoughts


2017 Plaza Classic Film Festival Preview
2017 Plaza Classic Film Festival Conclusions


2019 Plaza Classic Film Festival: An Introduction

Plaza Classic Film Festival Films Catalog

2009 Plaza Classic Film Festival Films

Gone With the Wind
It Happened One Night
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Some Like It Hot
The Terminator

2010 Plaza Classic Film Festival Films

Howl's Moving Castle
Leave Her to Heaven
Metropolis (1927)
Safety Last!

2011 Plaza Classic Film Festival Films

Planet of the Apes (1968)

2012 Plaza Classic Film Festival Films

Manos: The Hands of Fate
Midway (1976)
On the Waterfront

2013 Plaza Classic Film Festival Films

Ben-Hur (1959)
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Thief of Bagdad (1924)

2014 Plaza Classic Film Festival Films

12 Angry Men
El Bolero de Raquel
Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin
A Hard Day's Night
The Women

2015 Plaza Classic Film Festival Films

The Deer Hunter

Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Politics Of...Series

The Politics Of...An Introduction

The Politics Of...The Blind Side

The Politics Of...Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

The Politics Of...High Noon

The Politics Of...Mission to Moscow

The Politics Of...The North Star

The Politics Of...Rocky IV

The Politics Of...Spartacus

The Politics Of...Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

The Politics Of...The Ten Commandments

The Politics Of...Trumbo

Friday, August 2, 2019


Thoughts on the NBA in China

Thoughts on Martin Scorsese vs. The MCU

Thoughts on WWE in El Paso 2019

Thoughts on Gillette's We Believe: The Best We Can Be Ad

Thoughts on Rick's Texan Reviews' Tenth Anniversary

Summer Under the Stars 2018: Doris Day and Rock Hudson Films: An Introduction

Thoughts on Chris Hardwick

Letter to a Young Critic: Advice to Future Reviewers/Critics

Thoughts on the 13th Doctor

Thoughts on the 2017 Emmy Awards

Summer Under the Stars 2017: Personal Reflections on John Wayne in The Searchers

Summer Under the Stars 2017: A Preview

Thoughts on 2017 Golden Globes

Thoughts on Baby, It's Cold Outside: Millennial Version

The Politics Of...An Introduction

Superman on Supergirl: Some Thoughts

Summer Under the Stars 2016: Some Thoughts on Roddy McDowall

Thoughts on Being A Christian

Thoughts on #OscarsSoWhite 2015

2015 Academy Awards: Some Thoughts

On Eddie Redmayne's 'Acts of Charity' (Or, Eddie Redmayne's Oscar Campaign via Good Press)

The Worst of 2015

The Best of 2015

First Impressions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Avengers: A Second Look

Spider-Man 2: A Second Look

X-Men: First Class: A Second Look

On Tollywood/Bollywood Recommendations

Why I Don't Like Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything

2014: Some Odds and Bitter Ends

The Best of 2014

The Worst of 2014

Sherlock, Elementary, and Sherlock Holmes: A Comparison

The Interview: Some Observations

DISH vs. Turner: Some Thoughts

On Sherlock vs. Elementary Shippers Part II

El Paso Symphony Orchestra September 2014

2014 Kennedy Center Honorees: Some Thoughts

World War I Blogathon

Chris Hardwick and The Nerdist: A Fraud

My Future Legends: 8 Actors/Actresses Who Will Have Great Success

My Five Worst Bollywood/Tollywood Musical Numbers

My Five Best Bollywood/Tollywood Musical Numbers

The Ten Best Comic Book Castings

The Ten Worst Comic Book Castings

Is Gone With the Wind a "KKK Recruitment Film?" Cody Decker's Allegations and My Response

Madam Secretary as Hillary Clinton Campaign Ad: Some Thoughts

On Sherlock vs. Elementary Shippers

Alone Yet Not Alone: Thoughts on the Rescinding of Its Best Original Song Nomination

Ben-Hur: Comparisons of 1925, 1959, 2010 Versions

2013: Some Odds and Bitter Ends

2013: The Worst So Far

2013: The Best So Far

2012: The Worst So Far

2012: The Best So Far

The Burning Questions of 2013

Joan Fontaine & Olivia de Havilland: The Eternal Feud Ends

Seth MacFarlane's We Saw Your Boobs Academy Award Opening Number

4th Anniversary of Rick's Cafe Texan

85th Annual Academy Award Predictions

85th Annual Academy Award Nominations

Kennedy Center Honors Vs. Hispanics Part II

On River Song Being Better Than A Doctor Who Companion

On A Potential Madame Vastra Spin-Off From Doctor Who Series

On the Kevin Clash Sex Scandal

On George Lucas Selling Lucasfilms to Disney

On Malala Yousafzai

Kennedy Center Honors Vs. Hispanics

On the Best John Watson

Hispanic Vs. Gay Representation on Television

2012 Kennedy Center Honorees

Five Things Killing Doctor Who: Number 1: Steven Moffat

Five Things Killing Doctor Who: Number 2: Matt Smith

Five Things Killing Doctor Who: Number 3: River Song

Five Things Killing Doctor Who: Number 4: NuWho Fans

Five Things Killing Doctor Who: Number 5: Ignoring History

Clint Eastwood at the Republican National Convention

Marilyn Monroe: A 50th Anniversary Retrospective

Manos: The Hands of Fate: The Restoration

Benedict Cumberbatch: The Best Sherlock Holmes EVER?

Keith Olbermann Fired From Current TV

Shame and Pornography

The Arab Spring

On How to Fix the Academy Awards

The Rosie Show Cancellation

The Lone Ranger Restarts Filming

Rick's Cafe Texan: A Third Year Anniversary Celebration

Goals for 2012

Thoughts on Natalie Wood's Death

On My Admission To the Online Film Critics Society

The Controversy Over the Phrase "Polish Concentration Camp" from X-Men: First Class

Bryan Singer Reflects on The Failure of Superman Returns

Addendum to Second Anniversary

Rick's Cafe Texan at Two Years Old

Zach Snyder as Director of Superman Reboot Man of Steel

Lindsay Lohan


Impressions of Paris 2010

Impressions of London 2010

Brandon Routh Dismissed As Superman

John Mayer

Brief Thoughts on Remakes, Re-Imaginings and Reboots

Mission Statement

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