Member Rara Avis
"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" wasn't a book. Actually, it was a short story by Philip K. Dick, one of those right up there with Asimov for presenting some wildly radical ideas about humanity in robots.
I am in complete agreeance about the costume of the Green Goblin; just look hokey out-and-out. Didn't ruin the movie though, in my opinion. Venom would be cool to see, but that's quite a ways down the road as far as the comic timeline is concerned... of course, they jumped straight to the GG, instead of... trying to remember his name... dang... Morpheus or something - the vampire dude who I think was Spidey's first nemesis (though i could be wrong, lol).
I though X-Men fairly well done. It was obvious that they weren't trying to nail the flick dead-on with the comic. (Reference when Logan asks if [The X-Men] actually go out in the black uniforms, and Scott retorts, "Would you rather wear yellow spandex?") It was fun, which i think was the whole point.
Spawn - blech. We're just not technologically advanced enough yet to match anything drawn by McFarlane. No way, no how.
The Stand - As bad as the movie was (and there were many bad things about it) it was still one of the closest to book movies i've seen. Granted, it took six hours worth of movie, and they still left out a lot, but it came closer than any other. For all that, though, pretty much anything written by Stephen King that became a movie... sucked. Uhm - Lawnmower Man? I'm still trying to figure how they got where they did based on the short story...*confused look*
More bad ones: Pick one by Michael Crichton. Jurrasic Park was cool. Lost world was completely bogus. The premise was so far off the book (uhm, did anyone else notice that Malcom and Hammond DIED in the first book?). Sphere wasn't even that good of a book to begin with, neither was Congo. The movies were worse. Rising Sun was actually about the only decent one out of the bunch, go figure.
The Firm (Grisham) - a highly suspenseful, sincere, horrific book... played by Tom Cruise. Uhm, yeah. In the words of the famed Stan Lee, "'Nuff said." The rest of them - same thing. There is no way to match in a movie what Grisham puts down in a book - too much of it is either internal dialogue, or something that would bore the hell out of movie goers.
What else is there... "Soylent Green" was pretty good (originally "Make Room, Make Room" by Harry Harrison), though I don't think the technology was enough to match the vision from the book. Heh - "Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" by Mark Twain (though i have to admit to a very strong bias toward anything done by Danny Kaye). The roiginal "Time Machine" (H.G. Wells) movie was actually pretty good, the one with Rod Taylor (i think that was his name) - but the most recent one with Guy Pierce? AR-Double-GH!
Oh, and one more REALLY bad one before i stop rambling - "Starship Troopers." (Heinlein) DOn't get me wrong, the movie was fun as far as action and level of corniness... but in comparison to the book? Argh (again) - i think what they did was read parts of the book, then dumb it down about three notches so as to ensure none of the political, social, or moral message slipped into the movie.
ok, i'll shut up now.