Every Movie I Watched Over Christmas Break (and the Books Related To Them)

I don’t normally consider myself a movie watcher, but over this Christmas break, which was just over three weeks long, I watched a metric heck ton of movies. Unsurprisingly, a huge chunk of these movies were related to books.  If you haven’t read these books or seen the movies, check them out ASAP.

Wonder 

Wonder is the story of a young boy with a craniofacial deformity who faces new challenges as he goes to a real school for the first time. The book is by RJ Palacio and the movie stars Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, and Owen Wilson.

The Hours 

The Hours is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Michael Cunningham (who is going to be my fiction writing professor this semester!) that follows three women separated by time by united by much more.  The movie stars Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Meryl Streep.

The Circle

The Circle is a book by Dave Eggers that explores technological innovation and the invasion of privacy by social media networks. The movie stars Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling is a new foray into the world we met through Harry Potter but is set in America in the 1920s and follows Newt Scamander on his adventures. The second movie will be coming out this November. The movie stars Eddie Redmayne.

Stronger

Stronger is the story of Jeff Bauman, the man who lost both of his legs in the Boston Marathon Bombing and has since learned to walk again on prosthetics and become an inspiration for many.  The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal.

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures is the story of three black women and their time at NASA as they become a part of history and fight to achieve more than their skin color might otherwise allow them.  It’s an incredibly inspiring story and a must-see movie. The movie stars Octavia Spencer, Taraji P Henson, and Janelle Monae.

Mockingjay Part 2

Mockingjay Part 2 is the final installment in the Hunger Games movie franchise and follows Katniss Everdeen as she attempts to be a face of the rebellion and determine what her life will be like going forward. The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutchinson, and Liam Hemsworth.

Basic Instinct

Basic Instinct is a 90s movie that riffs on every psychological thriller/domestic noir suspense novel ever, and I loved it.  The movie stars Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone.

Homeward Bound

I like dog movies where the dog doesn’t die, so this movie really did it for me. I later learned it was also a book, so that’s fun! The movie features the voice talents of Michael J Fox, Sally Field, and Don Adler.

Movies I watched that did not have a clear book counterpart

Table 19, Birdman, The Big Sick, The Layover, Home Again, The Greatest Showman, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Okja

6 Comments Add yours

  1. rachel says:

    That’s so cool that Michael Cunningham is going to be your professor! I haven’t read any of his books but I’ve heard really great things about them. I did see the film adaptation of A Home at the End of the World and it made me curious to check out the book at some point.

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    1. I didn’t realize they made that into a film too! I almost picked this book up today but I will make sure to later on!

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      1. rachel says:

        I saw it in my quest to watch Colin Farrell’s entire filmography 😄 it wasn’t my favorite movie of all time but it’s a really interesting story about a queer polyamorous relationship, I’d never seen anything quite like it.

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  2. That’s so funny, I also don’t consider myself much of a movie watcher but people always seem to think that’s so bizarre…glad to hear I’m not alone! 🙂 I also saw Fantastic Beasts over my Christmas sort-of break, I loved it. Hidden Figures seems so good, I really want to see it.

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    1. You should definitely check out Hidden Figures! I’m probably going to read the book too!

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      1. It’s been on my list forever!

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