So It Goes... Archives

by memadeleine | created - 31 May 2018 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

Anything I've read in the last 5ys and could feasibly describe on So It Goes... (my radio show that talks about books that have been adapted into movies and tv shows).

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1. Breakfast of Champions (1999)

R | 110 min | Comedy

42 Metascore

A portrait of a fictional town in the midwest that is home to a group of idiosyncratic and slightly neurotic characters. Dwayne Hoover is a wealthy car dealership owner that's on the brink ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Bruce Willis, Nick Nolte, Albert Finney, Barbara Hershey

Votes: 7,439 | Gross: $0.18M

2. The Mist (2007)

R | 126 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher

Votes: 269,087 | Gross: $25.59M

3. The Mist (2017)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

After an eerie mist rolls into a small town, the residents must battle the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain their morality and sanity.

Stars: Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Danica Curcic

Votes: 20,050

4. Mercy (I) (2014)

R | 79 min | Horror, Thriller

A single mom and her two boys help take care of their grandmother with mystical powers.

Director: Peter Cornwell | Stars: Frances O'Connor, Shirley Knight, Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney

Votes: 4,704

5. Monkey House (1991– )

Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

An anthology series focusing on various stories from Kurt Vonnegut's acclaimed collection "Welcome to the Monkey House". The stories blend elements of black humor, satire, and science fiction.

Stars: Stuart Margolin, Teresa Woodham, Jeff Boyd, Malcolm Stewart

Votes: 59

6. A Room of One's Own (1991 TV Movie)

53 min

A one-woman show based on the writings of Virginia Woolf, the tragic writer who committed suicide in 1941.

Director: Patrick Garland | Star: Eileen Atkins

Votes: 35

7. 1984 (1956)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In a totalitarian future society, Winston Smith (Edmond O'Brien), whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Michael Redgrave, Jan Sterling, David Kossoff

Votes: 2,916

8. 1984 (1984)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 62,360 | Gross: $8.40M

9. Annihilation (2018)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong

Votes: 253,503 | Gross: $32.73M

10. The Old Man and the Sea (1958)

Not Rated | 86 min | Adventure, Drama

An old Cuban fisherman's dry spell is broken when he hooks a gigantic fish that drags him out to sea. Based on Ernest Hemingway's story.

Directors: John Sturges, Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Felipe Pazos, Harry Bellaver, Don Diamond

Votes: 6,680

11. The Old Man and the Sea (1990 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway. Santiago goes out on his usual fishing trip and makes a huge catch, the biggest of his life. Then a shark attacks and tries to steal his catch. ... See full summary »

Director: Jud Taylor | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Gary Cole, Patricia Clarkson, Joe Santos

Votes: 1,291

12. American Gods (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself "Wednesday" and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow's life and past.

Stars: Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Yetide Badaki

Votes: 67,873

13. The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

In a dystopian, polluted right wing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern

Votes: 8,092 | Gross: $4.96M

14. The Handmaid's Tale (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, Ann Dowd

Votes: 147,322

15. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson

Votes: 40,784

16. 30 Rock (2006–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), head writer of the sketch comedy show "TGS with Tracy Jordan", must deal with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful television show without losing her mind.

Stars: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jack McBrayer

Votes: 107,170

17. Lolita (1962)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon, Gary Cockrell

Votes: 87,073 | Gross: $9.25M

18. Lolita (1997)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella

Votes: 48,963 | Gross: $1.40M

19. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1977)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

Stephen Dedalus is a young man growing up in Ireland in the early part of the twentieth century. His search for knowledge and understanding, and the decline of his family's circumstances, ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Strick | Stars: Bosco Hogan, T.P. McKenna, John Gielgud, Rosaleen Linehan

Votes: 185

20. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

66 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 835,081 | Gross: $44.02M

21. The Shining (1997)

Not Rated | 273 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A recovering alcoholic must wrestle with demons within and without when he and his family move into a haunted hotel as caretakers.

Stars: Rebecca De Mornay, Steven Weber, Wil Horneff, Courtland Mead

Votes: 14,975

22. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

85 Metascore

A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.

Director: John Cameron Mitchell | Stars: John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask, Theodore Liscinski

Votes: 30,561 | Gross: $3.03M

23. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,511,325 | Gross: $134.97M

24. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,058,629 | Gross: $57.30M

25. The Godfather: Part III (1990)

R | 162 min | Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York City and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia Don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins, while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, Talia Shire

Votes: 337,969 | Gross: $66.67M

26. The Martian (2015)

PG-13 | 144 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara

Votes: 715,269 | Gross: $228.43M

27. East of Eden (1955)

PG | 118 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Burl Ives

Votes: 38,152

28. East of Eden (1981)

480 min | Drama

Screen adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel which begins in the years after the American Civil War and, through the story of the Trask family, brings to light a struggle and conflict inherent in the human condition.

Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Jane Seymour, Bruce Boxleitner, Soon-Tek Oh

Votes: 640

29. The Road (I) (2009)

R | 111 min | Drama

64 Metascore

In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall

Votes: 213,907 | Gross: $0.06M

30. Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring

Votes: 39,415

31. Fahrenheit 451 (2018)

TV-14 | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In a terrifying care-free future, a young man, Guy Montag, whose job as a fireman is to burn all books, questions his actions after meeting a young woman - and begins to rebel against society.

Director: Ramin Bahrani | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Davis, Cindy Katz, Michael Shannon

Votes: 15,806

33. The Seagull (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

In the early 20th century, an aging actress and her lover visit the estate of her elderly brother.

Director: Michael Mayer | Stars: Annette Bening, Corey Stoll, Glenn Fleshler, Billy Howle

Votes: 2,572 | Gross: $1.25M

34. Uncle Vanya (1957)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

A retired professor has returned to his estate to live with his beautiful young wife, Yelena. The estate originally belonged to his first wife, now deceased; her mother and brother still ... See full summary »

Directors: John Goetz, Franchot Tone | Stars: Franchot Tone, Clarence Derwent, Dolores Dorn, Shirley Gale

Votes: 47

35. Uncle Vanya (1963)

120 min | Drama

Retired Professor Alexander Serebryakov has returned to his estate to live with his beautiful young wife, Yelena. The estate originally belonged to his first wife, now deceased. Her mother ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Burge | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Robert Lang, Max Adrian, Lewis Casson

Votes: 111

36. Dyadya Vanya (1970)

104 min | Drama

A retired professor has returned to his estate to live with his beautiful young wife, Yelena. The estate originally belonged to his first wife, now deceased; her mother and brother still ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Irina Anisimova-Wulf, Sergey Bondarchuk, Irina Kupchenko, Yekaterina Mazurova

Votes: 545

37. Uncle Vanya (1967 TV Movie)

110 min | Drama

Retired Professor Serebriakow (Max Adrian) has returned to his estate to live with his beautiful young wife, Jelena (Rosemary Harris). The estate originally belonged to his first wife, now ... See full summary »

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Max Adrian, Wynne Clark, Rosemary Harris

38. Three Sisters (1970)

G | 165 min | Drama

Olga (Jeanne Watts), Masha (Dame Joan Plowright), and Irina Prozoroff (Louise Purnell) lead lonely and purposeless lives following the death of their father who had commanded the local army... See full summary »

Directors: Laurence Olivier, John Sichel | Stars: Jeanne Watts, Joan Plowright, Louise Purnell, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 310

39. Three Sisters

Drama | Pre-production

A modern day adaptation of Anton Chekhov's play follows three sisters as they navigate through life after the death of their father.

Director: Drew Michael Feldman

40. The Cherry Orchard (1981 TV Movie)

130 min | Drama

Madame Ranevsky (Dame Judi Dench) is a spoiled aging aristocratic lady, who returns from a trip to Paris to face the loss of her magnificent Cherry Orchard estate after a default on the ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Judi Dench, Bill Paterson, Anton Lesser, Harriet Walter

Votes: 93

41. The Cherry Orchard (1999)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama

56 Metascore

Madame Ranevskaya (Charlotte Rampling) is a spoiled aging aristocratic lady, who returns from a trip to Paris to face the loss of her magnificent Cherry Orchard estate after a default on ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Cacoyannis | Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates, Tushka Bergen, Frances de la Tour

Votes: 563 | Gross: $0.14M

42. Humans of New York: The Series (2017– )

Documentary

Filmed over four years. Taken from 1200 interviews. New York City, one story at a time.

Votes: 50

43. Sphere (1998)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years' worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Coyote

Votes: 96,019 | Gross: $37.02M

44. Death in Venice (1971)

GP | 130 min | Drama

While recovering in Venice, sickly Composer Gustav von Aschenbach becomes dangerously fixated with teenager Tadzio.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Romolo Valli, Mark Burns, Nora Ricci

Votes: 17,405