Good Reading : February 2015
GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING FEBRUARY 2015 26 BOOK TO FILM ANGUS DALTON checks out four upcoming films that had their beginnings in books. The Gunman Released 19 February 2015 Based on The Prone Gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette After a decade of working as an assassin, Martin Terrier has become a lethally pragmatic killing machine. But he’s finished with all that. He’s saved up enough to impress his wealthy childhood sweetheart, and now he’s poised to return to his hometown and win her over with the riches acquired from his lucrative slaughtering – like any true romantic. But the shadowy organisation he’s been working for doesn’t take his resignation lightly. The contract killer becomes a fugitive as he and his lover become the hunted. Starring Sean Penn. Mortdecai Released 19 February 2015 Based on The Mortdecai Trilogy by Kyril Bonfiglioli Charlie Mortdecai is an impeccably tailored aesthete who cultivates an enthusiasm for fine food and drink. Especially drink. He’s also a high-end art dealer and a bit of a crook. He’s trying to get hold of a stolen painting that allegedly has a hidden code inscribed somewhere amid its brushstrokes – a code that would provide entry to a bank account brimming with Nazi gold. His eyes are dewy with greed and are locked firmly on the promise of treasure, but the avaricious art dealer has nothing but his suave, oily char m and his grandiloquent tongue to guard him against terror ists, Russian mobsters, and the British spy agency MI5. Starring Johnny Depp. The Longest Ride Released 12 February 2015 Based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks Trapped in his car, 90-year-old Ira Levinson clings feebly to life after he has plummeted into an isolated embankment. As he wavers in and out of consciousness, an apparition of his late wife appears next to him. She urges him to resist slipping away and keeps him awake by retelling memor ies of their life together. As death pulls harder, her words become his life support. Meanwhile, Sophia Danko meets Luke, a young cowboy, at a nearby bull-riding event. As they fall in love in the midst of the adrenaline and danger of Luke’s bull-riding career, their lives will intertwine with Ira’s in unexpected ways. Starring Alan Alda. isolated embankment. As he wavers in and page to Fifty Shades of Grey Released 12 February 2015 Based on the novel of the same name by E L James From what was the bestselling erotic romance novel of 2012 comes the highly anticipated and possibly cringeworthy movie adaption. Anastasia ‘Ana’ Steele is a 21-year-old university student. She meets 27-year-old Christian Grey, a prominent but enigmatic entrepreneur, when interviewing him for the student newspaper. A bit of loaded eye contact and a few conveniently coincidental meetings later, and the pair are flinging themselves at each other with whips, masking tape and other bondage paraphernalia in sex scenes that are enough to make a nun, or anyone else remotely interested in good literature, openly weep. And it’s coming out just in time for Valentine’s Day. Starring Irish actor Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.
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