The Six Pack

Six Novels Whose Endings are Rarely Filmed When They’re Adapted

The reason Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel is called “I Am Legend” is because our hero realizes he’s the villain: To the vampires that now inhabit the Earth, he is a monster who kills them as they sleep.

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Six Pack: Six Films Featuring Yellowface

Even postwar Asian actors had trouble getting decent roles in Hollywood. The meaty Asian parts went to, of course, Caucasians, including Katharine Hepburn as a Chinese woman standing up to the Imperial Japanese Army in 1944’s “Dragon Seed.”

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A Highly Subjective List of Six of the Best Films Shot in Philadelphia

Among them is 1976’s “Mikey and Nicky,” starring John Cassavetes and Peter Falk as mobsters trying to escape a hit. Their chatty meanderings take them through Philadelphia at its scuzziest.

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Six Films Featuring Major Actors Doing Crazy Shit

In the mid-‘60s, Hollywood’s puritanical Production Code, enforced since 1934, finally eroded and died. It wasn’t long before buttons were really pushed. Soon, Ken Russell, who had staged a nude wrestling scene in 1969’s Women in Love, decided to one-up himself.

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Six Films That Turned Out Pretty Well Despite Being Taken From Their Directors

Midway through making their first “Superman” sequel, a fallout led rights holders Ilya and Alexander Salkind to replace director Richard Donner.

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Six Pack: Six Literary Adaptations Directed by Their Authors

Before the Michael Crichton film bash of the ‘90s, there was the Crichton film bash of the ‘70s. That includes the director’s own directorial output, including a bland version of his own bestseller, “The Great Train Robbery.”

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Six Pack: Six Modern Films Shot in Old-Timey Formats

The “Academy ratio” (1.37:1) is roughly the size of old TVs and was, up until CinemaScope, the dominant shape of the projected film frame. Some modern films perversely bring it back, as did Gus Van Sant with both “Elephant” and “Paranoid Park.”

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Six Pack: Six Dramedies About Comedy

One of Tom Hanks’ early glimmers of deeper talent is present in “Punchline,” a vaguely ‘70s-style drama about the desperation of the comic scene, with Hanks as an obsessive, self-destructive jerk.

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Six Pack: Six “Big Chill”-Type Movies

Lawrence Kasdan’s monster hit shocked a generation of former counter-culture types into realizing they had become sell-out yuppies who would eventually vote Republican and attend Tea Party rallies.

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Six Non-Teen-Friendly Movies Starring Heartthrobs

Leonardo DiCaprio was already an Oscar nominee before the “Romeo + Juliet” and “Titanic” era, which he followed up in 2000 with “The Beach,” Danny Boyle’s edgy, dark, druggy island romp.

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