Category Archives: Film Adaptations of Books

The Man With Questionable Core Values

This month’s film festival screening was based on a Roald Dahl short story.  Although you might be familiar with some of his books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, or The Witches, he also wrote lots of shorter tales for both kids and adults.

In Parson’s Pleasure, we meet Mr. Cyril Boggis – an antiques dealer in Chelsea, London.  He doesn’t have a large shop, but he still manages to make a tidy income each year by buying the most remarkable pieces of furniture at very, very cheap prices and selling them for immense profits.  His friends in the trade wonder where he finds such rare items so regularly.  It turns out that Mr. Boggis’s scheme is rather simple: he dresses up as a parson (sort of like a priest) and visits English farmhouses where he lies and says he’s writing articles for the Society for the Preservation of Rare Furniture.  When he finds something valuable, he makes the person an offer and then sells the item in his shop for twenty times as much.  On this particular trip he’s going around the county of Buckinghamshire and comes across three locals (Claud, Bert, and Rummins) near a dirty, ramshackle farmhouse.  Once he convinces them to let him inside, he is flabbergasted to see a Chippendale Commode standing in the living room.  These Commodes were made by the famous 18th-century furniture maker Thomas Chippendale, and only three others were known to be in existence.  Boggis nearly faints when he realizes that this piece could fetch up to twenty thousand pounds (the money that they use in England) in an auction.

What happens next is both tragic and funny, depending on how you look at it.  Do you think Boggis will get rich and famous for his special find? Or might he learn a lesson about honesty & integrity?

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Fahrenheit 3851

It is cooold outside (well, Vancouver-cold).  And it’s cooold in the library at St. George’s Junior School.  This got Mr. Weber and Ms. Walker talking about having a fire to warm up, and the conversation naturally shifted to the classic novel Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury.  This is a story about a futuristic American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found.  A big pile of burning books would certainly make our library nice and toasty, wouldn’t it?  (We kid, we kid . . .)

Check out a clip from the 1966 film adaptation below:

Can you imagine if you had no right to read?!

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Catching Fire Coming Soon

The Hunger Games is one of the all-time most popular series of books in our library.  Last year, the first movie in the series was a smash at the boxoffice, and made more than $150 million(!) on its first weekend alone.

The second movie in the series, Catching Fire, is slated to come out in theatres on November 22.  However, you can buy advanced tickets starting today – yay!  From the look of the trailers (check them out below) this movie looks like it might even be BETTER than the book!

What do you think?  Are you excited to see Catching Fire brought to life?

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Ender’s Game: This is Not a Game

One of the most popular novels in our library (and one of Mr. Weber’s favourites), Ender’s Game, is finally coming to the big screen!  In this amazing military science-fiction story, the Earth is under attack . . . again.  Alien “buggers” are poised for a final assault.  The survival of the human species depends on a miliary genious who can defeat them.  But who?  Ender Wiggin.  Brilliant.  Ruthless.  Cunning.  A tactical and strategic master.  And a child.

What do you think of the trailers? If you’ve already read the book, does the movie version look like what you imagined it would?  If you haven’t read the book yet, we just ordered some new copies – check it out!

Ender’s Game (the movie) is set to be released in cinemas on November 1.

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Do Dinos Like Wind Instruments?

Last week, while Mr. Weber supervised one of the Grade 7 studyhall periods, he played some calm music – including the score from the film Jurassic Park.  Check out this funny cover the the Juraassic Park Theme Song as played by Patrick T. Lo on the melodica:

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Mark Your Calendars for The Hunger Games

Two week countdown!  On March 23 – the world will be watching The Hunger Games!

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in The Hunger Games.   A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Over 23.5 million copies of the books, written by Suzanne Collins, are in print in the United States alone!  Check it out and let us know about how you think the movie compares to the novel.


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The Lorax Project

With the upcoming release of the movie version of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, we thought we’d let you know about an interesting way you can get involved in protecting the forests and endangered species of our planet: The Lorax Project!

Click here to find out how you can help the environment, as well as play games, do fun activities, and discover lots of other cool information.

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