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5 Mistakes Most Young Adult Movies Make

The_Maze_Runner_poster.jpgI know, already, that I am going to get some shit for this list. Fans of the young adult genre, both movies and books, cling tightly to their fandoms and will tear the throats out of anyone who disagrees with them or challenges them. I fear that once this post is up and on my website that I am going to have angry people spanning from 14-23 ready to burn down my house and steal my kittens. But no matter the consequences, this is something that has been a long time coming.

Young Adult movies have had a huge surgance since the mid 2000’s. Before someone corrects me to tell me they have been around before then, I am well aware that the genre has been around for decades. However, with Harry Potter and Twilight came a massive wave of young adult movies and more popular books that has been in the forefront of the movie industry for some time. While the movies have waned in popularity over the years, they certainly hold a strong following of people who will see them and fight anyone who says bad things about them to their last breath. While the genre has certainly  been a rollercoaster from the acclaimed Harry Potter franchise to the dregs of horrendousness that was The Host, there are certain mistakes that this movie genre continues to make that cannot be ignored. So with that being said, this list is to commemorate 5 mistakes that the majority of Young Adult Movie Adaptations continue to make.

I should stress a few ground rules. First off, I will primarily be focusing on young adult book to movie adaptations. Second, I do not deny that some of these mistakes have permeated to other movie genres. Some of these things can be found outside the young adult spectrum. What I am saying is that young adult movies are the worst culprits of this. Third, I am NOT saying that young adult movies are bad!!! I want to make that perfectly clear. There are some out there that I like. I am not making a blanket statement! With that said, let’s get going. Continue reading “5 Mistakes Most Young Adult Movies Make”

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The Best Films of 2014

Now we come to one of my favorite times of the year! It is time to countdown the best films of 2014! I kind of felt a little like a slouch this year for not being able to see any of the big films for 2014 one of which is Interstellar that still kills me I didn’t get to watch. But after looking at the Oscar Season and lack luster feel of 2014, I feel like I didn’t really miss much so if there is some extra special omissions this year, I apologize. 2015 you will find me at the movies a lot more frequently. But for now we will look at the Best Films that I reviewed on Tanner Reviews.

Keep in mind if the intro did not give it away, these are films that I have personally reviewed for 2014. There may have been a film that was the Citizen Kane or Plan 9 from Outer Space of our generation this year, but if I didn’t see it and review it then sadly it cannot make the list. With that said, let’s have a look at the Top 5 and an honorable mention. Continue reading “The Best Films of 2014”

Tanner Reviews The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

MockingjayPart1Poster3Sorry for missing Sunday’s post. But after a trip to Roanoke for my girlfriend to meet the family, I was kind of distracted for the majority of the week. But luckily while I was down there, I was able to make a stop into an old favorite of mine, The Grandin Theater in Roanoke Virginia to watch the latest installment in the film version of the Suzanne Collins series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. It was around this time last year that I took a look at the second installment in the series, Catching Fire which you can read at the link provided here. I have had nothing but praise for the film series since it has come out, often heralding it as a fantastic movie rich with plot and subtext, as well as a great adaptation from the source material. With that said, my praise continues to be showered on one of the best and most entertaining series that I have seen in quite some time.

I would like to expand upon my praise for the film as an intro to the actual review, but I feel in doing so would be an effort in redundancy on the review of Catching Fire so I will leave it here and get to the synopsis. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1”

Tanner Reviews American Hustle

American_Hustle_2013_posterFinally! It took me damn near a month and several times I had to push this review back, but after weeks and weeks I finally saw one of the movies I have been looking forward to all year, American Hustle. After last year and seeing what is quickly becoming one of my favorite movies of all time Silver Lining’s Playbook; I have been waiting with baited breath hoping that David O. Russell and his cast could bring the cinematic gold that its predecessor brought… I was not at all disappointed. American Hustle is one of those classic movies that will stick in my mind for years to come. It has solidified David O. Russell as a favorite director of mine and Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence as some of my favorite actors. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews American Hustle”

Tanner Reviews Catching Fire

220px-Catching-Fire_posterSo a little while back, you may have remembered my comparison and contrast of the two books in the teen death match genre, Battle Royale and The Hunger Games.  (And if you didn’t here is the link *wink wink nudge nudge*) I talked in pretty open detail about the merits of both books and found both of them to be stellar stories within their own regards… But one thing I did not touch upon is what I thought about the film adaptations that were created. Now we will get into Battle Royale’s movie in just a little bit… Because today we are talking about The Hunger Games movies. Without getting into a full scale review of the first movie (which you won’t be seeing from me), I can tell you that I did really enjoy the first film. It was very well done and well acted all around. Solid 4 in my books. Today’s subject; however, is the next story in the saga, Catching Fire. And I have to say that this is one of those rare instances where the film is on par, if not better than its novel adaptation. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Catching Fire”

Battle Royale vs. The Hunger Games: An Analysis

200px-Battle_Royale_JapaneseHunger_gamesAround the time The Hunger Games movie was released and people were praising both the book as well as the film for being a very gripping and original tale, the agitated manga otaku of the world were crying foul and betrayal from the rooftops. They demanded that the teenage death match game show that preceded The Hunger Games, Koushun Takami’s novel turned manga Battle Royale. For those unaware of these two books, both Battle Royale and The Hunger Games is set in a distopian future where a group of teenagers are forced into a fight to the death for the entertainment of others. It is a straight up gladiator style tournament where out of all the contestants (42 for Battle Royale and 24 for Hunger Games) only one can achieve victory. Continue reading “Battle Royale vs. The Hunger Games: An Analysis”

Tanner Reviews Silver Lining’s Playbook

Silver_Linings_Playbook_PosterBack when Silver Lining’s Playbook came out I did not get the chance to see it. At the time I was still loving me some Les Miserables and never got the  chance to get to the theaters and watch it, much to my parents dismay who had called and told me MANY times, claiming it to be a fantastic movie with all kinds of characters that reminded them of our family. My dad even said he liked it and believe me if that man says he likes a movie THAT MEANS SOMETHING. But as much as I wanted to see it, the more it got put to the back of my mind until it was out of theaters and I was on the outside looking in. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Silver Lining’s Playbook”