Comes out Dec. 19, 2008
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas October 29, 2008
Here’s another YA novel to movie coming out on November 14.
Bruno’s life changes drastically in 1942. After the “fury” comes to dinner, Bruno and his family move from their Berlin home to “Out with,” where Bruno’s father becomes the Commandant. Sheltered from the world through his family’s wealth and privilege, Bruno has no understanding of the view from his new bedroom window, which looks at a huge fence topped with barbed wire, confining boys and men of all ages dressed in grey striped pajamas. One day on a walking exploration, Bruno meets Shmuel, who is sitting on the other side of the fence, and these two lonely boys start a friendship. Everyday for a year, they meet at the same spot along the fence, and somehow, Bruno still does not understand. Bruno’s inability to comprehend the situation is the inadequacy of this book. Even though Bruno is very intelligent and inquisitive, he does not see that Shmuel is not having fun on the other side of the fence. If the reader can somehow excuse the boy’s void of empathy, it is nearly impossible to believe that the Commandant father never tries to explain the people in the striped pajamas, never tells his truth. Would such a high Nazi official not start his son’s indoctrination early? The other characters are finely drawn and add to the fullness of the book, but Bruno’s voice, whispering and hesitant, keeps one reading and wondering about the German children in 1942 and their many stories. That speculation on the part of the reader alone makes the book very worthwhile.
Nick & Norahʻs Infinite Playlist October 3, 2008
So, Nick and Norahʻs Infinite Playlist began as a YA novel by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. It comes out tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 3 and I know a few YACSers were possibly interested in setting up a trip to the movies to see it. If youʻre interested, e-mail YACS, leave a post on facebook, or leave a comment here and weʻll see what we can do.
Here is the trailer:
Here is a review from School Library Journal on the movie:
It takes endless patience to sit through the film adaptation of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s awarding-winning Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist (Knopf, 2006). A night on the town with these two hip, quick-with-a-quip teens lacks spark and drags, even at 90 minutes. It lacks chemistry, like an unsuccessful first date.
Norah (Kat Dennings) goes clubbing with her boozy and brassy BFF Caroline (Ari Graynor) and impulsively kisses a stranger to prove to mean girl Tris (rhymes with bris) she’s not frigid. The guy, Nick (Michael Cera), is a straight bassist in the queercore band the Jerk Offs, and unbeknownst to Norah, he was just dumped by Tris (Alexis Dziena). Though still too raw from the break-up, Nick goes along with the hook-up ruse.
It’s not that the Nick and Norah aren’t likable. Much of their sharp banter is lifted from the book’s repartee,
Nick (Michael Cera)
Photo: Barbara Nitke
though they don’t drop nearly as many F-bombs. But in trying to top each other while remaining aloof, their exchanges become monotonous. At least in the book, where alternate chapters are written by Cohn and Levithan, the monologues break up the back-and-forth verbal one-upmanship.
As a result, the actors coast on sarcasm, the script giving them little room to grow. Easy-going, shy, and unfazed, Cera’s dweeby Nick will only remind viewers of his performance in the much snappier Juno (not to mention Superbad or TV’s Arrested Development.)
Given that the rom com has been rated PG-13, the dialog has been cleaned up, and much of the frankness that added to the book’s appeal is missing. A kissing tutorial by Tris on a willing Norah doesn’t make the cut. And when Nick and Norah finally have a moment alone in her music mogul father’s recording studio, the camera discreetly cuts away from the love scene. Had the film been anywhere near as sexy as the book, the perv patrol would have been alerted.
Nora (Kat Dennings)
Photo: JoJo Whilden
Unlike so many films set in downtown Manhattan but filmed in Canada, Nick & Norah was actually shot around the East Village. Norah’s right—pigging out at the 24-hour après club restaurant Veselka is a great way to top off the night.
Directed by Peter Sollett