Art of the Adaptation: The Jungle Book

About halfway through the latest version of The Jungle Book — written by Justin Marks and directed by Jon Favreau — Mowgli, the man-cub raised by wolves, bows in reverence to a distressed group of elephants around a ditch. Once he sees the cause of their alarm, he grabs a rope he’s...
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Making Introductions

Film production under the old studio system was all about meeting audience expectations.  Legendary potentates like Jack Warner and Louis B. Mayer were continually asking themselves: What does “our audience” need from a musical?  Who do they want to see paired with Clark Gable in an epic period romance?  Their...
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The 10 Best Comic Book Movies of the Millennium

Since the year 2000, the popularity of the comic book characters has spilled onto the big screen, taking over the battle for the summer box office in a big way. This year is no different, from the massive standoffs seen in Captain America: Civil War and Batman v. Superman, to...
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“Detectorists” and “Catastrophe”: Weirdos We Can Love

If you feel like you’re in need of stories that are emotionally realistic but won’t leave you feeling like a shell of a person, do yourself a favor and try out “Detectorists” and “Catastrophe,” two British TV shows that are available on Netflix and Amazon (respectively).  “Detectorists” follows metal detector...
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