October 2, 2012

On My List: Bookish Movies

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I’m surprised by the number of book related movies I’ve watched and reviewed on Chrisbookarama over the years. Not only do I like to talk about books, but the films made from them as well.

Here’s a list of the top movies reviewed on my blog.

Rebecca (1940). Alfred Hitchcock’s film based on Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel. Such a great movie. It’s worth watching for creepy Mrs Danvers alone.

Jane Eyre (2006). BBC’s slightly sexy mini-series. Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson, Mr Rochester and Jane, have perfect chemistry. This is my all time favorite version of any film interpretation of the story, and there have been many.

Bleak House (2005). BBC makes the best mini-series. Dickens honking big book of a honking big court case gets turned in a TV series (as he always meant, I’m sure). Gillian Anderson does an excellent job as Lady Dedlock.

House of Mirth (2000). Gillian Anderson plays the ever unlucky Lily Bart in this adaptation of Edith Wharton’s tragic novel. Pre-Downton Abbey Elizabeth McGovern also stars in the movie.

Wuthering Heights (2009). Sexytimes on the moors with Cathy and Heathcliff. Heathcliff is the most awful person in the world but Tom Hardy makes a girl think, “I could change him.”

Little Dorrit (2008). I enjoyed the movie version of this other Dickens door stopper more than the book. Amy (Little Dorrit) tries to get her broke family out of jail, but some people just can’t be helped.

Jane Eyre (2011). An Oh-so-plain Mia Waskowska (yeah, right) plays Jane to Michael Fassbender’s Rochester. He’s pretty hot but I wasn’t quite buying their bad romance. Still, it’s a beautiful looking movie.

Have you watched any of these movies? What did you think? Any favorites?

16 comments :

  1. I haven't seen any of those movies. :/

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  2. I've seen all of them except the 2009 Wuthering Heights and Little Dorrit. I may have a Victorian literary movie obsession. I loved the 2006 Jane Eyre and 2005 Bleak House. Rebecca (1940) is one of my all-time favorites too! I hope you enjoy them!

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    1. Little Dorrit is really good but fairly long.

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  3. I loved House of Mirth and enjoyed Rebecca and Bleak House. I've a list of movie adaptation to see this fall starting with a new Wuthering Heights that comes out this Friday. Then on to Life of Pi, Cloud Atlas and The Great Gatsby.

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    1. I really want to see the new Wuthering Heights. As soon as I can, I'll be watching it.

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  4. I've only seen the latest Jane Eyre. I guess I've been hanging with Kathy too much. (I wish.)

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  5. Uhg, I HATED the 2011 Jane Eyre. Yeah, it looked good. And that's it. If I want to look at pretty pictures, I can turn to the internets. The Toby Stephens adaptation is my favorite Jane Eyre movie that I've seen so far, although I thought Samantha Morton was perfect as Jane Eyre in the Ciaran Hinds adaptation.

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    1. I'll have to watch that version again. It's been ages.

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  6. I want to watch Rebecca, the only thing that puts me off is the date of it, because I know there'll be all the melodrama and screechy violins. I'm not against old movies, but sometimes I have to work myself up to it. Enjoyed both the Jane Eyres, though the movie gets my vote because of Judi Dench.

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    1. There is definitely all that in the movie but it's not as bad as some of the movies from that time.

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  7. I actually haven't, I have had some friends that have watched the recent Jane Eyre. Some of them liked it, and some of them didn't. I guess I'll just have to check it out for myself to see where I fall.

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    1. Yeah, people are rather divided over it.

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  8. I love watching movies based off books, but I’ve only seen recent ones like Fight Club, The 25th Hour, and the movie adaptation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Blade Runner. Thanks for posting this list because I think it’s high time that I expand the number of movie/books I’ve watched. Ever since I let one of my friends I work with at DISH talk me into getting Blockbuster @Home, I’ve been watching all sorts of movies I never knew existed. I’m adding all of the above to my queue, and I should expect Tom Hardy’s Wuthering Heights to arrive shortly. I love having access to such an eclectic selection of movies, it really makes projects like the one I’m about to embark on a lot easier!

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