When it comes to film adaptations of young adult literature, this year has been a long slog through mediocrity. From the impressively forgettable “Beautiful Creatures, Mortal Instruments,” and “Percy Jackson” films to the mixed bags that were “Ender’s Game” and “The Book Thief,” Hollywood has been giving credence to the bookworm mantra “the book is always better than the movie.”
When Marvel announced their live-action TV series, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” the Internet erupted with unmitigated nerd-joy. Marvel fans dreamed of fan-favorite superheroes being introduced on their TV screens. Joss Whedon fans were delighted the creative mastermind would return to television. Marvel, Disney and ABC execs patted themselves on the back gleefully for coming up with such a clever cross-promotional machine.
No one who has lived in the city of Madison would deny that we reside in a vibrant place, brimming with activities for students. Madison is home to restaurants featuring food from more countries than the average American is probably aware of, scenic lakes and parks, a state of the art arts center, a thriving farmer’s market and more indie bookstores and coffee shops than you can shake a scarf at.
By the time the opening shot of “Gravity’” appeared on the screen I already knew that I’d made a terrible mistake. Being a typical, vehicle-lacking college student I decided to see the film at Sundance cinemas to avoid the hour-long bus odyssey needed to get to an IMAX screen. Unfortunately, Sundance was only screening the film in 2D. It seemed like the logical choice at the time, but I now see the error of my ways. I totally repent to director Alfonso Cuaron for not seeing his masterwork of digital imagery on a screen that could do it justice.