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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Is that what makes a movie good for you?

    Anyway, I already explained why but I guess you didn't read that post.
    I obviously didn't read it.

    Visuals aren't everything but I admit I'm a visual junkie. I like stunning visuals. Is there anything wrong with that?
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    The first Lord of the Rings movie was such a chore that I didn't bother with the last two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    The first Lord of the Rings movie was such a chore that I didn't bother with the last two.
    I "watched" all of them, technically... although I think I spent about half of the time asleep on my couch. I've never been a big fan of the books either, really... just could never get into any of the characters. Thought I'd give the movies a shot as rentals, as they'd been so well received, but they didn't really grab me either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuchIrony View Post
    Visuals aren't everything but I admit I'm a visual junkie. I like stunning visuals. Is there anything wrong with that?
    There's nothing wrong with liking visuals.

    It's just that if you want visuals, you don't need the overkill of a movie which is typically about a whole bunch of other things as well; get a good picture book.

    Sitting through two hours of pictures no matter how good seems more taxing, since the eye will tire fairly quickly and the brain usually looks for other things to focus on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    The first Lord of the Rings movie was such a chore that I didn't bother with the last two.


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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    The first Lord of the Rings movie was such a chore that I didn't bother with the last two.
    Dude! Dude.

    You missed two or three massive battles that dwarf anything you've seen before, ever.
    You also missed Legolas skating down stone stairs while firing off a volley of arrows into the invading Uruks.

    And strong homoerotic undertones deriving from the Frodo/Sam companionship.

    Shame on you.
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    Blade Runner and The Thing are two that spring to mind. Probably I Am Legend.

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    Lord of the Rings - debatable
    Star wars - weren't the books published after the movies? XD I still want to add this to the list
    Shawshank Redemption - after skimming the thread I only saw 1 person mention this, this is one of the best adaptations ever IMO.

    oh, and Eragon, can't forget Eragon :3
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    I only didn't post shawshank because i think the story itself is damned good, so i can't say the adaptation is better... in fact the best stuff in the movie is cribbed right out of the novella almost word for word.

    Star wars was not adapted from books, as you stated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    A movie where I think the book was good but I think the movie nailed it even better was "The Silence of the Lambs." Thomas Harris actually is a decent enough writer that he could pass off a book with a ludicrous plot like Hannibal and still make dung smell sweet (I mean, I just shook my head reading that piece of trash and consider it a snub by Harris against his publisher, since basically he put a pig -- so to speak -- in nice clothes)... but I think that SotL was just one of those pictures that took an already decent narrative and made it sing.
    Same here. I rather liked the book but the film lifted it to an even higher standard. I consider it one of the best jobs in adaptation I've ever come across. I also think they a great job at hinting at things that were explored more fully in the book - it subtly incorporated these themes into the atmosphere without laying it on too thick or making it all seem contrived.

    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    I've heard One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was better than the book, but I've never read it and probably never will.
    I've read it and thought the film was better... but then this might have been more to do with the fact that the novel had more blatantly sexist undertones, which I found irritating.
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