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Life of Pi

Movie Release Date: December 21st, 2012
Directed By: Ang Lee
Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan and Tobey Maguire
Movie plot:

The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: September 2001
Written By: Yann Martel
Book Description:

Growing up in Pondicherry, India, Piscine Molitor Patel — known as Pi — has a rich life. Bookish by nature, young Pi acquires a broad knowledge of not only the great religious texts but of all literature, and has a great curiosity about how the world works. His family runs the local zoo, and he spends many of his days among goats, hippos, swans, and bears, developing his own theories about the nature of animals and how human nature conforms to it. Pi’s family life is quite happy, even though his brother picks on him and his parents aren’t quite sure how to accept his decision to simultaneously embrace and practise three religions — Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.

But despite the lush and nurturing variety of Pi’s world, there are broad political changes afoot in India, and when Pi is sixteen his parents decide that the family needs to escape to a better life. Choosing to move to Canada, they close the zoo, pack their belongings, and board a Japanese cargo ship called the Tsimtsum. Travelling with them are many of their animals, bound for zoos in North America. However, they have only just begun their journey when the ship sinks, taking the dreams of the Patel family down with it. Only Pi survives, cast adrift in a lifeboat with the unlikeliest of travelling companions: a zebra, an orang-utan, a hyena, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

Thus begins Pi Patel’s epic, 227-day voyage across the Pacific, and the powerful story of faith and survival at the heart of Life of Pi. Worn and scared, oscillating between hope and despair, Pi is witness to the playing out of the food chain, quite aware of his new position within it. When only the tiger is left of the seafaring menagerie, Pi realizes that his survival depends on his ability to assert his own will, and sets upon a grand and ordered scheme to keep from being Richard Parker’s next meal.

As the days pass, Pi fights both boredom and terror by throwing himself into the practical details of surviving on the open sea — catching fish, collecting rain water, protecting himself from the sun — all the while ensuring that the tiger is also kept alive, and knows that Pi is the key to his survival. The castaways face gruelling pain in their brushes with starvation, illness, and the storms that lash the small boat, but there is also the solace of beauty: the rainbow hues of a dorado’s death-throes, the peaceful eye of a looming whale, the shimmering blues of the ocean’s swells. Hope is fleeting, however, and despite adapting his religious practices to his daily routine, Pi feels the constant, pressing weight of despair. It is during the most hopeless and gruelling days of his voyage that Pi whittles to the core of his beliefs, casts off his own assumptions, and faces his underlying terrors head-on. – From ‘Knopf Canada’ book jacket

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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Books - 2001, Movies - 2012

 

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The Secret World of Arrietty

Movie Release Date: July 18, 2010 (Japan); February 17, 2012 (North America)
Directed By: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Original Title: Kari-gurashi no Arietti / The Borrower Arrietty / 借りぐらしのアリエッティ
Movie plot:

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family’s residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: 1952
Originally Published as: The Borrowers
Written By: Mary Norton
Book Description:

The Borrowers—the Clock family: Homily, Pod, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Arrietty, to be precise—are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country manor. All their minuscule home furnishings, from postage stamp paintings to champagne cork chairs, are “borrowed” from the “human beans” who tromp around loudly above them. All is well until Pod is spotted upstairs by a human boy! Can the Clocks stay nested safely in their beloved hidden home, or will they be forced to flee? The British author Mary Norton won the Carnegie Medal for The Borrowers in 1952, the year it was first published in England. – From ‘Odessey’ book jacket

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Being Flynn

Movie Release Date: March 2nd, 2012
Directed By: Paul Weitz
Starring: Paul Dano, Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore
Movie plot:

Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: September 2004
Originally Published as: Another Bullshit Night In Suck City
Written By: Nick Flynn
Book Description:

Nick Flynn met his father for the third time when he was twenty-seven years old, working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in Boston. As a teenager he”d received letters from this stranger, a self-proclaimed poet and con man doing time in federal prison for bank robbery. Nick, his own life precariously unsettled, was living alternately in a ramshackle boat and in a warehouse that was once a strip joint. In bold, dazzling prose, “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City” (a phrase Flynn senior uses to describe his life on the streets) tells the story of two lives and the trajectory that led Nick and his father into that homeless shelter, onto those streets, and finally to each other. – From ‘Norton’ book jacket

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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Books - 2004, Movies - 2012

 

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The Vow

Movie Release Date: 2012
Directed By: Michael Sucsy
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum and Sam Neill
Movie plot:

A car accident puts Paige (McAdams) in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo (Tatum) works to win her heart again. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: January 1st, 2000
Originally Published as: The Vow: The Kim & Krickitt Carpenter Story
Written By: Kim Carpenter, Krickett Carpenter (with John Perry)
Book Description:

The life that Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew was shattered on November 24, 1993, two months after their marriage, when their car was hit from behind by a fast-moving truck. A massive head injury left Krickitt in a coma for weeks. When she finally emerged from the coma, she recognized everyone but Kim. The Vow is the true tale of the reconstruction of two lives and a marriage after a life-changing event. – From ‘B&H Publishing Group’ book jacket

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Books - 2000, Movies - 2012

 

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close


Movie Release Date: January 20th, 2012
Directed By: Stephen Daldry
Starring: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock
Movie plot:

A nine-year-old amateur inventor, jewelry designer, astrophysicist, tambourine player, and pacifist searches New York for the lock that matches a mysterious key left by his father when he was killed in the September 11 attacks. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: April 1st, 2005
Written By: Jonathan Safran Foer
Book Description:

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.- From ‘Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’ book jacket

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Books - 2005, Movies - 2012

 

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Snow White and The Huntsman

Movie Release Date: June 1st, 2012
Directed By: Rupert Sanders
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron
Movie plot:

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: Unknown
Originally Published as: Schneewittchen und die sieben Zwerge / Snow White & The Seven Dwarves
Written By: Brothers Grimm (best known version)

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Posted by on November 13, 2011 in Books, Movies - 2012

 

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The Lucky One

Movie Release Date: In production (Set to release Fall 2012)
Directed By: Scott Hicks
Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner
Movie plot:

A Marine returns to North Carolina after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: September 30th, 2008
Originally Published as: The Lucky One
Written By: Nicholas Sparks
Book Description:

After U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his tour of duty in Iraq , he experiences a sudden streak of luck — winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat . Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph — his lucky charm. Back home in Colorado , Thibault can”t seem to get the woman in the photograph out of his mind and he sets out on a journey across the country to find her. But Thibault is caught off guard by the strong attraction he feels for the woman he encounters in North Carolina – Elizabeth, a divorced mother — and he keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate love affair, his secret soon threatens to tear them apart — destroying not only their love, but also their lives. Filled with tender romance and terrific suspense, THE LUCKY ONE is an unforgettable story about the surprising paths our lives often take and the power of fate to guide us to true and everlasting love. – From ‘Grand Central Publishing’ book jacket

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The Lorax

Movie Release Date: March 2nd, 2012
Directed By: Chris Renaud, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio
Voiced By::Betty White, Danny Devita, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Taylor Swift and Zac Efron.
Movie plot:

Based on Dr.Seuss fable about preserving the environment. The tree-loving Lorax vs. the greedy Once-ler.

Book Release Date:
Originally Published as: The Lorax
Written By: Dr. Seuss
Book Description:

“Unless someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…It”s not.”

Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth”s natural beauty. – From ‘Random House Children’s Books’ book jacket

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The Hunger Games

Movie Release Date: March 23rd, 2012
Directed By: Gary Ross
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Movie plot:

In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives – imdb.com

Book Release Date: October 1st, 2008
Originally Published as: The Hunger Games
Written By: Suzanne Collins
Book Description:

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV. One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor tohis or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rule. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her impoverished district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before?and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins, author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. – From ‘Scholastic’ book jacket

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Posted by on March 6, 2011 in Books - 2008, Movies - 2012

 

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