Peyton Place (1957)

Peyton Place is a small town in New England which, at first glance, may seem like the perfect town. Look a little closer, though, and you’ll see cracks in the façade. Michael Rossi (Lee Philips) is new in town and looking for work. He’s eventually hired by Leslie Harrington (Leon Ames), the town’s big-time mill owner/school board president, to be the new high school principal. … Continue reading Peyton Place (1957)

FIVE 2017 reads I’d like to see on film

Somehow, we’ve made it to the half-way point of 2017. As always, this year I’ve been participating in a Goodreads reading challenge, and while browsing my progress recently an idea struck me: some of these books would make great films! Several times in the past, I’ve shared books I would love to see adapted for the big screen. Today I continue that tradition, with reads … Continue reading FIVE 2017 reads I’d like to see on film

TMP Reads: Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

**WARNING: This post will contain some spoilers for both the novella Double Indemnity and its film adaptation. I’m sure most of you have at least seen the adaptation, but in the event that you haven’t, or have seen the film but would like to keep the book shrouded in mystery, read with caution! Double Indemnity is a film that needs no introduction. One of Barbara … Continue reading TMP Reads: Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

Book vs. Film: The Furies

Originally published in 1948, Niven Busch’s novel The Furies was adapted to film with director Anthony Mann at the helm. Released in 1950, the film tells the story of the Jeffords family. Patriarch T. C. (Walter Huston) owns a New Mexico ranch, “The Furies.” His wife is long dead. His son (John Bromfield) is soon to be married. Left on the ranch with T. C. is … Continue reading Book vs. Film: The Furies

Could it be a movie?: Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee

Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee is dubbed “A Novel of Second Chances.” The novel tells the story of Emily, a hard-working literary editor and devoted wife, whose world is turned upside down when her husband dies in a tragic accident. In addition to her work as an editor, Emily volunteers at an animal shelter, where she meets Einstein, a scruffy dog who was … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee

Could it be a movie?: The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

What happens when you die? After making a short journey through an unusual desert or ocean, with the sound of a heartbeat pounding in your ears, you may end up in The City. Imitating any decent-sized city on Earth, The City is fully functional. Residents live in apartment buildings. There are restaurants, shops, and parks. There’s even a newspaper, started by a man who was a … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

Second Looks: Skyscraper Souls (1932)

The Dwight Building is an architectural marvel, one hundred stories tall and crafted with utmost elegance. David Dwight (Warren William), banker, owns the structure… but he may not remain owner for long, when bank examiners begin questioning the loan David made to himself to gain ownership. The ruthless David will stop at nothing to keep the magnificent tower in his possession. He’s not only a … Continue reading Second Looks: Skyscraper Souls (1932)

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 book I knew that it had the makings for a … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy

Book vs. Film: Divergent

Divergent is the latest in a long line of young adult novels to be adapted into films, with the hopes of spawning a lucrative film franchise for Lionsgate. Sure enough, the sequel, Insurgent, has already been greenlit for release next year after a successful opening weekend. Both Veronica Roth’s novel (the first of three in a series, followed by Insurgent and Allegiant) and its adaptation … Continue reading Book vs. Film: Divergent

Book to Film Adaptation Tag (Video)

Watch me talk about adapted films while beautiful ragtime music plays in the background in today’s post, which marks the first vlog addition to TMP. This is only the second video I’ve ever made, the first I’ve published publicly, and I’m still feeling a little awkward about sharing my face with the world in addition to my words, so please be kind! Continue reading Book to Film Adaptation Tag (Video)