Category Archives: based on a book

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot Trailer and Poster

Directed by Gus Van Sant, who brought us notable movies like To Die ForMilk, The Sea of Trees, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot is based on a true story.  The movie follows Joaquin Phoenix, a Van Sant alumni, as he performs John Callahan lust for life with a quirky knack for off-color jokes and an obvious drinking problem.

The tragedy begins with an all-night bender and ends in a catastrophic car accident. John wakes up to the reality of being confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

The movie is his journey back from rock bottom, his honesty and wicked sense of humor turn out to be his saving grace. He builds friends with an oddball AA group while finding out that love is not beyond his reach. He develops a talent for drawing irreverent and sometimes shocking cartoons that bring him notoriety. 

The movie is brought to us by Amazon Studios, which means I am a Prime member and will be able to see it as soon as it leaves the movie theaters.  I look forward to taking a peek at the acting chops of some fine actors in this movie including Rooney Mara, Jack Black, and Jonah Hill.

Check out the trailer and notice both Jack Black and Jonah Hill are taking a serious turn in this poignant story.

The Leisure Seeker Trailer and Clips

Directed and co-written by Italian Paolo Virzì, The Leisure Seeker follows a vintage recreational vehicle as John, played by Donald Sutherland and Ella Spencer, played by Helen Mirren take one last road trip from Boston to the Hemingway House in the Florida Keys.

The road trip movie is about John and Ella arriving at the Keys before his Alzheimer’s and her cancer can catch up with them.  The movie is based on a novel, so the story is rich and thought-provoking.


First Images of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Sophie Turner stars as Jean Grey.

Twentieth Century Fox just released the first images of their next X-Men movie, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, directed by Simon Kinberg who has written quite a few of the franchise movies including this one.

The movie stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique, and Jessica Chastain as Smith.

Simon Kinberg and Michael Fassbender

New faces and a new director who is very familiar with the story that follows Jean Grey, played by Turner, who begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix.

The story is an extended version of the fictional Marvel Comics’ series penned by both Chris Claremont and illustrated by both Dave Cockrum and John Bryne.

Jessica Chastain as Smith

The X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world. That shouldn’t be too hard to figure out. Don’t you think?

Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique

As soon as X-Men: Dark Phoenix is out, I will be posting it.

Photo Credit goes to Doane Gregory.

Every Day Trailer from Bestseller

Directed by Michael Sucsy, Every Day is based on a bestseller by David Levithan. The movie follows Rhiannon, played by Angourie Rice, a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious spirit named “A” who inhabits a different body every day.

Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and “A” work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and “A” to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make.

The movie also stars Maria Bello. I’ve liked her work since History of Violence.

The movie trailer is inspirational and gets under my skin.

Mortal Engines Trailer

Peter Jackson is attached to this production as one of the producers. Yet, directed by Christian Rivers, Mortal Engines follows Tom Natsworthy, played by Robert Sheehan, after thousands of years civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved.

This new way is very science fiction with a twist of fantasy. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Natsworthy comes forth from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London. The movie finds him fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw, played by Iceland actress Hera Hilmar.  Both are completely opposite in views and purposes, but their paths crossed anyway. They build an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

Mortal Engines is adapted from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic.

The trailer doesn’t offer much of the movie, but it focuses on Shaw – a female character instead of a male character like Natsworthy. I wonder if it is because Universal understands the importance of celebrating the female role in Hollywood.

Annihilation Trailers

Photo Credit: Peter Mountain


Written for the Screen and Directed by Alex Garland, Annihilation is based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer – Southern Reach Trilogy.  The movie stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac.

It’s good to see Jennifer Jason Leigh in this movie.

Avengers Infinity War Trailer

I must have watched the trailer over ten times to count how many superheroes are in this movie. Infinity of superheroes is definitely the way to interpret the title.

Then, at the very end of the trailer, we see and hear Thor say, “Who are you guys?”  I like the line better in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, “Who are those guys?”

The poster is slick but doesn’t say much. When the character posters come out it will be an epic download for all the fans.

The movie will be fun entertainment, and I look forward to seeing more trailers, clips, and sound bites.

A Wrinkle in Time Trailers and Poster

Directed by Ava DuVernay, Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time is based on a wonderful and timeless book by Madeleine L’Engle. My daughter read her book with awe and excitement. The timeless classic came to the screen before in the 1980s. The technology at the time failed to bring the magical story to life.
Now, the audience will be able to view the dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

The movie’s cast is stellar with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Michael Pena, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zack Galifianakis, and Chris Pine.

DuVernay is a woman of many firsts in the movie industry as a director and screenwriter. In 2012, she won Best Director for her second feature Middle of Nowhere at Sundance becoming the first African-American woman to win the award. For her work in Selma, she was the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award and the first black female director to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. A Wrinkle in Time exceeds a budget of $100 million, making her the first black woman to direct a live-action film with a budget of that size.

The movie’s screenwriter, Jennifer Lee, is best known as the writer and director of the Disney’s Frozen, for which she earned an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

The second trailer shows more of the storyline. The CGI is pretty awesome looking. I just hope there are no pan shots of CGI.

The Man Who Invented Christmas Trailer, Poster, Movie Clips, and Featurette

Directed by Bharat Nalluri, The Man Who Invented Christmas follows the magical journey of Charles Dickens, played by Dan Stevens, which led to the development of one of the most classic characters in literature – Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Christopher Plummer. The classic story includes other well-known characters such as Tiny Tim.

Watching this trailer and being a writer, I find myself caught up in the irony of Dickens trying to create one of the most celebrated stories ever.

The movie is based on the book by Les Standiford, who is also a historian and has written several books on poignant times in history.  Nalluri also directed Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day, which did quite well at the box office.

The Man Who Invented Christmas entertains the story of how Charles Dickens mixed real-life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

I am delighted to see Outlander alumni, Scottish actor Bill Paterson, who plays Ned Gowan, Simon Callow, who played Duke of Sandringham, and Annette Badland, who played Mrs. Fritz.

Great little clip, Dickens struggles to concentrate in a household of children.

This looks like a fun movie to see during the holiday season.

It is wonderful to see the process of such a great writer.

Great Featurette, the movie gets under Dicken’s skin.

Goodbye Christopher Robin Trailers, Featurettes, and Interviews

Winnie the Pooh will always be in the soul of children of all ages. There is something about Pooh’s innocence that draws readers to his adventures. Seeing these trailers, featurettes, and interviews, audiences will gain a deeper understanding of the reasons for A.A. Milne stories about these awkward and unique animals in the forest.