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How Lawrence Bender Reignited Careers in Jackie Brown

Lawrence Bender is an incredibly well-known film producer. While he grew up in Brooklyn, New York, Bender would go to attend school at the University of Maine. It was at this university where Bender would obtain a degree in Civil Engineering. Fortunately, many film fans are happy that he decided to pursue his passion for producing movies. Considering that, my favorite movie produced by Lawrence Bender is Jackie Brown.

This film was released in 1997 and features Pam Grier as the main star. That being said, there are plenty of other major cast members in this film including Samuel L. Jackson, Bridget Fonda, Robert De Niro, and Michael Keaton. This is the only film that notable friend of Lawrence Bender, Quentin Tarantino, has ever adapted from a previous work which was a novel titled Rum Punch.

The title character of this films works as a flight attendant. However, Jackie Brown finds herself earning additional income by sneaking drugs around the world while working for a dangerous drug dealer. Eventually, Jackie Brown must find herself dealing with pressure from both law enforcement and her boss wanting her to complete more smuggling work. What follows are plenty of plot twists that only Tarantino and Bender could work together to deliver.

Jackie Brown is a movie that combines multiple genres well, taking elements from action, crime, thriller, and comedic films. However, many people offer praise for the amazing acting that went into this film. It’s worth noting that each actor and actress in this film all deliver amazingly realistic performances. In turn, this helps the viewer to fully immerse themselves in the story. It was said that the casting process for this film reportedly took a very long time to complete.

In conclusion, my favorite Lawrence Bender film is Jackie Brown. This movie helped to reignite the career of legendary actress Pam Grier and actor Robert Forster. This film features Grier as the title character, a flight attendant who is finding herself on both sides of the law. Jackie Brown is a wild ride that will leave viewers intrigued and thoroughly entertained.

Revolutions in Film Adaptation

Major film studio New Line Cinema has recently acquired the rights to make a film based on the iOS game Fruit Ninja.

Oddly enough, it isn’t the first mobile application to receive a theatrical makeover with Angry Birds taking wing to a generally favorable audience turnout.

The idea of adaptation has become a significantly broader practice in the film industry. In fact, last Oscar season I pondered whether or not the Academy would ever consider nominating something like the CGI Peanuts movie for the Best Adapted Screenplay award as it was adapted, of course, from a comic strip.

But I could ask even more outrageous questions: Could The Lego Movie be nominated for that same category since it was adapted from a toy franchise. I’ll ask the same question again this year regarding the upcoming Trolls film.

If a truly great movie does surface from a project like the aforementioned attempts, then the questions I’ve asked might be taken a bit more seriously.

To date, all the winners in the category have been adapted from the likes of books, other films, plays, and articles; perfectly logical fodder for the idea. However, the category only requires that the screenplay be adapted for another source.

With this in mind, it’s only a matter of time before films like these increase in quality and the Academy begins to consider them for the category. Perhaps Fassbender’s upcoming project Assassin’s Creed.

As for Fruit Ninja? It’s doubtful that you’ll see a movie that has any Oscar chops. Like the Angry Birds effort, it will probably simply bill itself as a warm, fun family film. With producer Tripp Vinson (San Andreas) and writers J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani (Twist) it’s uncertain how well it will fare and what kind of directorial and voice talents the project will attract.

Above all else, the purchase expands an already growing trend: the adaption of popular enterprises other than books and the occasional article or film.