Frank Martin 7 of the Best

Frank Martin’s 7 of the Best

Written by Frank Martin

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dune-frank-herbertDune
A packed adventure contrasting everything I could want from a story. A fantastical world filled with technological marvels and wild creatures. It has political intrigue and supernatural undertones. There’s drama, romance and the occasional comedy. It’s influence can be found in everything from Star Wars to Game of Thrones. All we need now is a worthy adaptation.

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matrixThe Matrix
Other than The Matrix unexpectedly becoming a cultural phenomenon, The Matrix fascinates me for an entirely different reason apart from its content: it’s marketing. As a kid watching commercials for the film I became intrigued as they focused on a single question. What is the Matrix? It’s no coincidence that the question also plays a role in the film’s plot. But in this day and age where so much info about the movie is released beforehand, it’s great to remember a film that was built up on its mystery.

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dreamSandman
Neil Gaiman’s title is an example of fantasy comics at its best. From the first issue to its last, Gaiman masterfully crafts an intricate tale detailing the journey of a being beyond even the gods. He mixes humor, horror, and drama seamlessly while blending old world mythology into modern themes and settings. To call it a masterpiece would be an understatement.

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strange_lStranger in a Strange Land
This novel is strange (no pun intended). It’s true science fiction in that it takes a concept and attacks it head on. There’s really no action or adventure. No horror or comedy. Just true philosophical exploration of its subject matter. It sounds terribly boring. And yet, the story is entertaining, engaging, and sometimes even thrilling. It’s not for everyone, but for those who became enthralled by the character of Valentine Michael Smith, this novel is truly something special.

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aliens_posterAliens
Aliens is more than just a great movie by itself. It’s great because of what it did for the franchise. Ridley Scott made an classic sci-fi film with Alien. When faced with creating a sequel, James Cameron naturally continued the story by changing the genre from horror to action. It may seem like an inconsequential change, but it drastically altered the way audiences perceive the characters and the world; a perception that still remains in effect today.

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world_war_z_book_coverWorld War Z
There are very few books I would read more than once (mainly because I just don’t have the time) but World War Z is definitely one of them. I’ve never seen the movie, but I couldn’t imagine it captured the same essence of the novel. Rather than focus on the horror and action like most zombie stories, World War Z focuses more on the social, political, and economic consequences of a zombie Apocalypse. It chronicles the story with such striking realism that, at times, I had to remind myself it was a work of fiction and not a prophecy of things to come.

hookHook
Hook is just a fun movie. A great example of how you can take a timeless tale familiar to everyone and put a new spin on it to create something original. It expands on the story and respectfully adds to the characters in an interesting way. Add to it some great performances by great actors in iconic roles and there’s little not to like about Hook.

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