Movie Diary 5/7/2014

Million Dollar Arm (Craig Gillespie, 2014). Interesting to watch Jon Hamm as a character with a conventional arc that travels from selfish/shallow to enlightened/happy in two hours. Because he can do that, if called upon. The rest of the movie is not so interesting. (full review 5/16)

Thursday May 8, join me in Renton, WA, for “The Movie Mashup: Wild Literary Adaptations on Film,” a talk in the Humanities Washington Speakers series. This one’s a look at some of the kookier ways movies have treated original texts: how The Odyssey became O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Tempest turned into Forbidden Planet – that kind of thing. In the meantime, we’ll think about how movies differ from literature, always a rich subject. This is at 7 p.m., Renton Library, and it’s free.

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