Mildred Pierce: Book, Film and Mini-Series

Published in 1941, Mildred Pierce was written by James M. Cain and is a dramatic story of a mother willing to do anything to preserve her family’s social status through a divorce and the Depression, largely for the benefit of her conniving and wealth-hungry daughter Veda. Adapted to film in 1945, Mildred Pierce has long been one of … More Mildred Pierce: Book, Film and Mini-Series

A Lost Lady (1934)

Marian (Barbara Stanwyck) is set to marry her love, Ned Montgomery (Phillip Reed) in less than 48 hours. The two are celebrating their upcoming wedding at a party thrown for them by friends when they decide to leave and spend some alone time together. On their way out of the party, Ned and Marian are … More A Lost Lady (1934)

Could it be a movie? Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night

Dennis Lehane’s 2012 novel Live By Night is the author’s second tale of the Coughlin family, following 2008’s The Given Day. But don’t be mistaken: this isn’t a sequel. It follows Joe Coughlin, the youngest member of the Coughlin family (and only a minor side character in The Given Day) as he breaks from his … More Could it be a movie? Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night

Book vs. Film: The Most Dangerous Game

Originally published in Collier’s in 1924, Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game” (also known as “The Hounds of Zaroff”) is an incredibly chilling and suspenseful story. It begins with a man named Rainsford, traveling on a boat. He’s having a conversation with a fellow traveler about the island they’re passing by — an island cloaked … More Book vs. Film: The Most Dangerous Game

Could it be a movie?: Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy

Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey by Peter Carlson is a fantastic non-fiction read about two New York Tribune reporters, Junius Browne and Albert Richardson, and their time spent hunting down stories in the Confederate states during the American civil war. As soon as I read the synopsis for this … More Could it be a movie?: Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy