January 2015 Movie Prequel Guide: A Checklist
As we usher in the new year, it’s time to start over! While 2015 has a lot (and I mean a lot) to offer us, not a lot of that is in January. However, there still are some movies to be excited about.
For those (like me) that want to see the original movies or read the novels before the latest book-to-film adaptation, I’ve got you covered. Below are all the “prequel materials” you’ll need and they’re broken into Essential, Useful, and Extra categories.
The Woman in Black – The Woman in Black: Angel of Death is a sequel to the 2012 film starring Daniel Radcliffe. Since it has a new cast, I’m not quite sure what to recommend when it comes to whether you need to see the original or not. It’s always a good idea, though.
“The Woman in Black” by Susan Hill – The first Woman in Black movie is based on a book, so you could always read that, too.
“The Woman in Black: Angel of Death” by Martyn Waites – There’s also a novelization of the film but I’m usually not a huge fan of these. Still, you could check it out!
The Taken film franchise – Everyone knows this but I still have to say it: Taken 3 is the third in a franchise. Therefore, you should watch (or re-watch) Taken and Taken 2 before going to the theaters this weekend.
Short film – Most people don’t know a lot about Little Accidents. However, if you get a chance, there is an award-winning short that predates Sara Colangelo’s drama.
Michael Bond’s books – Paddington, the movie, follows the Paddington fictional character that can be found in twenty different Michael Bond books.
TV series – There are three TV series as well you could watch (titled Paddington, Paddington Bear, and The Adventures of Paddington Bear).
VHS – It may be tough to get your hands on the VHS of Paddington but there is one out there in someone’s garage.
“La Vida Robot” by Joshua Davis – Spare Parts is actually based on an article by Joshua Davis in Wired. This has happened before but it’s still pretty rare. If you’d like to know more about the true story, I’d start with this article.
“Still Alice” by Lisa Genova – The Julianne Moore-starring film is based on Lisa Genova’s best-selling 2007 novel. You can try to read it before the movie releases on January 16.
“The Mortdecai Trilogy” book anthology – There are four comic thriller novels that are the basis for Mortdecai.
“The Humbling” by Philip Roth – Lastly, there’s a novel for The Humbling as well. Check it out if you get a chance.
Good luck and enjoy January’s movies!
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