CULTURE Thursday, September 4, 2014 COLUMN | FILM
Fall features to focus on novel adaptions By Drew Pendleton
A rule of thumb for many bookworms when it comes to adaptations is to always read the book before seeing the movie. This year, several highly anticipated movies premiering at festivals over the next few months are based on books, which may be worth checking out before seeing them on the big screen.
Oct. 3: “Gone Girl”
Oct. 17: “Men, Women & Children”
Nov. 7: “Rosewater”
Since its release in June 2012, Gillian Flynn’s suspense novel “Gone Girl” has taken the literary world by storm. It was no surprise when 20th Century Fox bought the rights to the movie adaptation. Since then, the anticipation for the film – written by Flynn herself and directed by David Fincher – has grown. In the film, Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a man who comes under the suspicious media’s microscope when his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike) mysteriously disappears on their anniversary. “Gone Girl” – which opens the New York Film Festival on Sept. 26 – should be a surefire hit at the box office.
Released in June 2011, Chad Kultgen’s “Men, Women and Children” has had a generally positive reception. Examining the intimate frustrations and pressures on teenagers and parents in today’s world, the novel serves as the latest directorial effort from Jason Reitman, known for the acclaimed “Juno,” “Up in the Air” and “Young Adult.” Featuring an ensemble cast including Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson, Ansel Elgort and Kaitlyn Dever, “Men, Women & Children” is an intriguing, potentially thoughtprovoking choice for audiences come mid-October.
Serving as “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, this drama is an adaptation of Canadian-Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari’s “Then They Came For Me.” Bahari, played in the film by Gael García Bernal (“Y Tú Mamá También”), was imprisoned for nearly four months in Tehran during the 2009 Iranian presidential election on suspicions of being a spy. The book chronicles his ordeal, as well as Bahari’s family history. With the personal connection to Stewart, “Rosewater” looks to be a harrowing, powerful story that has received stellar reviews following its first screenings at the Venice and Telluride festivals.
UA to host bone marrow drives
Students pose for a photo during a drive last spring. Photo Courtesy of Rachel Harris By Tara Massouleh | Assistant Culture Editor
When Michael Keefe added his name to the national bone marrow registry during a drive at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house in the spring of 2013, he didn’t think twice. A few months later when he got the call that he was a potential match for someone, he headed to Mass General Hospital in New Hampshire to undergo an outpatient procedure where he would donate his bone marrow. “In the end it’s worth it 100 percent to go through the process because no matter what, it’s a couple of needle
sticks for you, but for this person you’re donating to it can mean years on their life,” he said. Keefe, a junior majoring in nursing, is one of over 1,300 University of Alabama students who have joined the national bone marrow registry through the University’s chapter of Be the Match. Caitlin Roach, a senior majoring in biology and the group’s current president, said she didn’t know what the bone marrow registry was before Be the Match. Seventy percent of people who need bone marrow, typically those with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, do not have a match within their own family. Be the Match provides a 76 to 97 percent chance of finding a match for each patient on the registry. Roach said it’s especially important to target college students because the registry only accepts those between 18 and 44 years old, and most donors are between 18 and 30 years old. This year, Be the Match at Alabama is planning to take part in the first Be the Match campus competition. During the week of the Texas A&M game, the two schools will host drives followed by fundraisers at Chipotle on the Friday before the game on Oct. 18. The University of Alabama’s marrow drives will take place Oct. 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Ferguson Center Theatre. The fundraiser at Chipotle will take place on Oct. 17 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Vintage market returns for 3rd year PLAN TO GO WHAT: The 5th Street Vintage Market WHEN: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: 4150 5th St. in Northport
The 5th Street Vintage Market is returning to Northport for the third time. Photo Courtesy of Lori Watts By Hannah Widener | Contributing Writer
The 5th Street Vintage Market is coming back to Northport for the third year. New this year are Crabapple Lane Handmade Soaps and Gifts, Bama Bath and Body and Mary’s Cakes and Pastries. Student vintage clothes vendors Lake Stanfield and Andrew Hyder, who co-own Queen City Clothing, will also be making their debut appearance at the market Sunday. “I think the market has been very beneficial to the community and to our vendors,” Watts said. Hyder, a junior majoring in accounting, came across the market with Stanfield one day. He said he immediately knew their clothing and vintage
finds were a perfect match for the vintage market. “We surveyed their wares, bought a couple things and realized that the stuff we had would fit right in,” Hyder said. Stanfield and Hyder will be selling vintage men and women’s clothing, audio equipment, golf clubs and various home goods. “I hope I find customers with panache,” he said. “That’s what I have for sale. My favorite item is probably this dope patchwork madras sport coat. Also a Marantz receiver and Kenwood turntable.” The market will take place this Sunday following Alabama’s first home game of the season. Watts said she hopes the Gameday crowd will create a bigger draw to the market while also showing football fans another side of Tuscaloosa. “I think what makes the market special is there isn’t really anything else in Tuscaloosa to compare it to.” Watts said. “We’re kind of one of a kind. All of our vendors are all very knowledgeable of what they sell and create.”
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