Author Archives: Jim Knipp

By the Book: Arrival

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Arrival …um …arrived in US theaters over the weekend. Based on Ted Chiang’s Nebula and Sturgeon award winning novella, The Story of Your Life, the movie opened to mostly good reviews  and a modest third place domestic box office take. How did the movie hold up to its source material? Let’s chat after the break (and yes, lots of spoilers!)

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By the Book: Carrie

by-the-bookNovember 3rd marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Brian DePalma’s instant classic Carrie.  Based off Stephen King’s first published novel, the movie got a forgettable sequel (The Rage: Carrie 2) in 1999, an even more forgettable straight-to-tv remake in 2002, and finally it’s own gritty reboot in 2013.  How do original novel and original movie compare?  And does the 2013 reboot hold up to either?  Find out after the break…(and yes, there will be spoilers for the 43 year old book and 40 year old movie).

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By the Book: The Girl on the Train

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One thing you can always count on in Hollywood is people are always looking for “the next <fill in the blank>,” so when the 2012 novel and 2014 film adaption Gone Girl both made a truckload of money, it’s no surprise that people started looking for the “next Gone Girl.”  A lot of critics and movie-goers think they have found it in The Girl on the Train, the 2015 thriller written by British author Paula Hawkins and fast-tracked into a Universal film released a few weeks ago. With its disappearing woman, emphasis on unreliable, first-person narrators, and a twisted, corkscrew ending, it’s easy to see why. But is it really the next Gone Girl? And how does the novel hold up to it’s movie adaptation? Find out after the break! (And spoilers ahead!)

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By the Book: The Magnificent Seven

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John Sturges’ 1960 western The Magnificent Seven is considered to be a masterpiece. The movie, based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai,  is one of the American Film Institutes top 100 films, and was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry. It spawned three forgettable sequels (Return of the Seven [1966], Guns of the Magnificent Seven [1969], and The Magnificent Seven Ride [1972]), and a television series (1998-2000),  but its trope featuring a bunch of ragtag malcontents has been copied hundreds of times, everywhere from Sam Pekinpah’s The Wild Bunch to this summer’s Suicide Squad.  After 56 years, it finally got its big Hollywood remake.  How did it hold up nearly six decades later?  Find out after the break (and spoilers, of course).

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By The Book: Introductions

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We are currently in the Season of the Sequel, the Age of the Adaptation, the Reign of the Reboot.  While the entertainment world has always relied on the written word (and perhaps over-relied on sequels and reboots), we are smack dab in the middle of a boom of quality films and television based on other work.  The conventional wisdom is “the book (or the original) is better;” but is that always true?  Find out what I think after the break.

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“The Winds of Winter” Blow Strong in the Game of Thrones Season Finale

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Someone get me oxygen, stat. We don’t have oxygen? Christ… fine, a paper bag or something, ’cause I stopped breathing for about an hour and ten minutes and I’m not allowed to pass out until I finish this recap. Find out if I make it, after the bre……… (spoilers ahead)

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Biff Bam Pop’s Alien Invasion: “Mork and Mindy”

The first alien I ever loved originally came to earth in 1950s Milwaukee. He didn’t have the best intentions, since he planned on alien abducting my good friend Ritchie; used his magic finger to make Ralph, Potsie, and Al do crazy things; tried to destroy my favorite burger joint, Arnold’s; and even beat the unbeatable Fonzie in an epic thumb vs. finger duel that became the stuff of legend. Ultimately, he decided to leave empty handed, but returned on another mission  20 years later to Boulder, Colorado and launched a phenomena. Let’s talk a little more about it after the break.

I was a little bit...um, off...in the seventies...

I was a little bit… um… off… in the seventies…

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There’s a “Battle of the Bastards” on this week’s Game Of Thrones

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New allegiances were struck, old ones moved to very shaky ground, and a whole field of watermelons were sacrificed by a raving horde of foley artists as Season 6 of Game of Thrones nears its thrilling end. Let’s have a spoiler-filled discussion after the break.

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Jim Knipp Reviews Game of Thrones S06 E08: No One

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This week’s episode gave us a tense, thrilling episode that started slowly before reaching its full, butt-clenching, head-popping boil. We are reminded that it’s best not to ever get too happy or self-satisfied, that the Clegane brothers really do have a lot in common, and it’s really the badass ladies who ultimately rule the Game of Thrones. Find out why, after the break!

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Jim Knipp Reviews Game of Thrones S06 E07: The Broken Man

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In this week’s episode of “Game of Thrones” an old frenemy returns, the Jaime-Bronn bromance is back, and a lot of characters act against their own self-interest as a second straight placeholder episode jumps between plotlines like a Braavosi Water Fighter on speed. Let’s talk about what it means and all the reasons I’m pissed after the break. (Of course there are spoilers, silly)

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