Although Summer is wrapping up and school has begun, there’s an upside to the cold weather that’s coming. Fall movies are on the horizon and this season is shaping up to be pretty exciting.
One movie I’m really excited about isn’t what you would call a typical Blockbuster although it is filled with stars! The notoriously reclusive, aloof and wonderfully talented author J.D. Salinger is featured in a new documentary due out in September. Salinger published beloved classics filled with teenage anguish and alienation such as The Catcher in the Rye, Raise High the Roof Beam, Nine Stories, and Franny and Zooey. The new documentary features huge stars of Hollywood and of the publishing world talking about how Salinger’s work affected them. It also seems to hint at some answers to the mystery of Salinger’s life…
Meg Rosoff’s amazing 2004 book, How I Live Now is getting the Hollywood treatment this Fall as well! This Printz prize winner tells the story of Daisy an American teen visiting family in England. At first Daisy feels homesick but quickly falls in love with her new family. Her experiences in England start out idyllic but the peaceful countryside is soon shattered by a fictional Third World War. The film is mostly supported by newcomers but Daisy is played by the talented Saoirse Ronan.
I have recommended The Book Thief by Markus Zucak to more people than I can count. I can’t tell if its the beautiful language and description, the charming and lovable characters or the triumph over dire circumstances that makes it so great but it has become on of my favorite books. That’s why I’m excited and nervous for the film version to debut. The singular grace of the book may not be matched by the movie but if its even half as good we’re all in for a good ride.
I’d tell you to keep a lookout for the second installment of the Hunger Games Series, Catching Fire in November, but I have a feeling the buzz surrounding this one is gonna be huge. Things get a little more complicated in Suzanne Collins‘ second book and it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out on the big screen. If the trailer is any indication it looks like another exciting ride.
~Brooke, CLP-South Side