Seeing this reminds me of how mixed my feelings are about the upcoming Hobbit movie. I thought the Lord of the Rings films were pretty good, but there were some plot choices that made no sense to me. Looks like Jackson is getting even bolder with his Hobbit proposal.
While we're on the fantasy theme, I read somewhere that Terry Gilliam could have been the director of Potter, and JK Rowling wanted him to do it. That was a huge opportunity lost. It would have been watchable.
I am enjoying both manifestations of Sherlock Holmes, but the BBC is far superior.
Children of Men was based on a novel, and it was fan-tas-tic.
Ender's Game is supposed to be made into a movie, I really hope it's good but I'm not optimistic.
The Godfather needs to be mentioned. At least 1 & 2.
I am Legend was pathetic. I like Will Smith but that was a mistake. If they had actually kept the book's ending it might have been salvageable, but alas, twas not to be.
Fight Club was interesting, but I liked the twists and turns of the book better.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Baron Munchausen as adapted by Terry Gilliam were fantastic.
The Bourne Identity was as well, though its sequels were lackluster.
Lord of the Flies had an older adaptation, I'm wondering how long it will be with the angsty "Hunger Games" and of course the child actors of Ender's Game, I hope they bring that back.
The Chronicles of Narnia bring tears of embarrassment to my eyes. They tried to make it Middle Earthy. Even Liam Nieson Aslan couldn't save it.
The Hunt for Red October was an okay movie, if my childhood memories aren't too off-base.
Last one I'll mention, I know this is a few years old but the latest adaptation of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was supposed to have had Douglas Adam's personal input but it was such a disappointment for me, I must say. The push to make it a love story was just misguided.
"Don't treat your common sense like an umbrella. When you come into a room to philosophize, don't leave it outside, but bring it in with you." Wittgenstein