The 19th of January is International Popcorn Day! A day we’re more than happy to hop aboard. What better way to celebrate than with the age-old tradition of a movie night. But how often is it you walk out of a cinema comparing the film to the book? We know, the book is always better. So don’t compromise! Opt for the bookish alternative of a movie night. Pick up a copy of one of these five bestselling film tie in’s and grab a bucket of that delicious salty and buttery snack we know you’re already salivating over.
In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twentysomething from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game in existence. Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly’s game became the game for those in the know-celebrities, business moguls, and millionaires. Molly staged her games in palatial suites with beautiful views and exquisite amenities. She flew privately, dined at exquisite restaurants, hobnobbed with the heads of Hollywood studios, was courted by handsome leading men, and was privy to the world’s most delicious gossip, until it all came crashing down around her and she lost everything.
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
Until age five, Loung Ung lived in Phnom Penh, one of seven children of an educated, high-ranking government official. When the Khmer Rouge stormed the city in 1975, the young girl and her family fled from village to village. Fighting to hide their identity, the Ungs eventually were forced to separate to survive. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans. As half her family died in labour camps by execution, starvation, and disease, Loung herself grew increasingly resilient and determined – armed with indomitable will, she miraculously managed to outlast the Khmer Rouge and survive the killing fields.
Director: Angelina Jolie
Starring: Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata
Set in Nigeria during the 1960s, ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ is an unforgettable read and a true modern classic. Its three central characters are swept up in the violence of the turbulent years of civil war. Ugwu is one of them, a young boy from a poor village who is employed at a university lecturer’s house. Another is a middle-class woman, Olanna, who has abandoned a life of privilege to live with her new lover, the revolutionary professor. And the third is Richard, a white man and a writer, who falls in love with Olanna’s remote and enigmatic twin sister. As their lives intersect, all three are forced to question their responses to the unfolding political events.
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.
Starring: Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Willem Dafoe
Benjamin Chaparro is a man haunted by his past – a retired detective, he remains obsessed with the decades-old case of the rape and murder of a young woman. As he revisits the details of the investigation, he is reacquainted with his similarly long, unrequited love for Irene Hornos, then just an intern, now a respected judge. Absorbing and masterfully crafted, The Secret in Their Eyes is a meditation on the effects of the passage of time and unfulfilled desire.
Starring: Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Chiwetel Eijiofor
Let us know in the comments below if you think the book is always better than the movie!
Posted on January 16, 2018 by Andrea Reitano
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