The Double (2013)

Richard Ayoade’s “The Double” is a stirringly fantastic adaption of Dostoyevsky’s iconic novella. It reframes and refocuses the key characters and story beats of Dostoyevsky’s work. Rather than focus primarily on the psychological breakdown of the protagonist and use the medium to sink the audience down with him, Ayoade instead uses the doppelganger as a…

The Double (1846) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The Double” has a very strong premise – a man meets someone who appears to be his exact double, who slowly usurps all parts of his life. The story could have been some kind of psychological examination of the ego and identity, and on some level it is that, but I was surprised by how…

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

An eminently charming adaption of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” that manages to grind down the controversial and unpleasant elements of the original story into a heart-warming teen high school movie. For the record, I think the primary story of the play was a farce, as indicated by the framing device so often left…