The Les Misérables Movie: Script Changes Reflect the Book, Guide the Viewer [Spoiler Alert]

Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean from the opening scene of the movie version of Les Misérables

In yesterday’s post, The Les Misérables Movie: Fact Check, I observed that the script for the movie diverges in a number of respects from the script for the stage musical. I offered to do a kind of “fact check,” comparing these two scripts, especially in light of their faithfulness to Victor Hugo’s original novel (in [Read More...]

The Les Misérables Movie: Fact Check

Russell Crowe plays Inspector Javert in the film version of Les Misérables

When a presidential candidate gives a speech, members of the media often follow up with a “fact check” commentary. They evaluate the accuracy of the candidate’s claims, something that often reflects poorly on his or her grasp of reality. I propose to offer a handy fact check for the recently released film version of Les [Read More...]

Good News for Movie, Tech, Culture, and/or Apple Fans! Sorkin to Write Jobs Movie

Jobs and Sorking. A little Photoshop goes a long way. Giveaway? No black turtleneck for Jobs.

If you’re a movie buff, or if you are fascinated by technology, or if you’re an observer of culture, or if you like Apple, then there is good news. Aaron Sorkin has signed on to write the move version of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs. This story has shown up in most major news [Read More...]

Why is The Hunger Games So Popular? Part 2

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In my last post on The Hunger Games, I offered some explanations for the popularity of the book/movie that do not account for its extraordinary popularity. Yes, it’s a page-turning thriller, but that doesn’t explain why millions of people, especially teenage girls, love it so much. There are many other less successful page-turning thrillers. The [Read More...]


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