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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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The Adventures of Tin Tin

Movie Release Date: October 23rd, 2011
Directed By: Steven Spielberg & Peter Jackson
Voiced By: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig
Movie plot:

Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: January 10, 1929
Originally Published as: Les Aventures de Tintin
Written By: Hergé
Book Description:

Whether he”s trolling the high seas for treasure or blasting off for the moon, young reporter-sleuth Tintin and his faithful dog, Snowy, have delighted readers everywhere for generations with their timeless adventures. John Tintin and Snowy as they tackle the toughest mysteries around the world. – From ‘Little Brown And Company’ 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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Norwegian Wood

Movie Release Date: 2010 (Japan) / July 15, 2011 (Canada)
Directed By: Tran Anh Hung
Starring: Rinko Kikuchi, Kenichi Matsuyama
Movie plot:

Toru recalls his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki’s girlfriend, and another woman, the outgoing, lively Midori. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: 1987 (Japanese) /  2000 (English)
Originally Published as: ノルウェイの森 / Noruwei no mori / Norwegian Wood
Written By: Haruki Murakami
Book Description:

Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.

A poignant story of one college student”s romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man”s first, hopeless, and heroic love. – From ‘Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group’ book jacket

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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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My Week With Marilyn

Movie Release Date: November 23rd, 2011
Directed By: Simon Curtis
Starring: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh
Movie plot:

Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier’s, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl. – imdb.com

Based on: “The Prince, The Showgirl and Me” (1995) and “My Week with Marilyn” (2000)
Written By: Colin Clark
“The Prince, The Showgirl and Me” Book Description:

When Colin Clark left college in the 1950s, he got a job as a gofer on the set of the movie The Prince and the Showgirl, starring Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier. The film should have been a box office smash, but even before cameras rolled, things began going wrong–and Clark recorded it all in this beguiling, fly-on-the-wall diary. – From ‘Vhps Hardcover’ book jacket

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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Books - 1995, Books - 2000, Movies - 2011

 

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