Nicholas Sparks is a literary phenomenon – an author whose books shoot to the top of the best seller list as soon as he types “The End.”
They also do quite well at the box office, too. According to Forbes magazine, his movies have generated more than a half billion dollars worldwide (they termed his touch “movie money magic”). Enuf said.
His latest book-to-big screen endeavor,”The Lucky One,” now available on XFINITY ON Demand, is a typically dewy but addictive and thoroughly enjoyable romance (our editor’s pick) starring Zac Efron as an Iraq War veteran who searches for the woman in a photo he credits with saving his life.
Sparks is often asked if he has a favorite movie adaptation of his books. He’s reluctant to pick one. “It’s really hard for me to say my personal favorite, because you like them all for different reasons,” he says. “I think ‘The Lucky One’ is a fabulous, fabulous film. Yet in the end it’s not just up to me, and you like things for different reasons.”
That said, Sparks does have favorite movies. He picked his top five exclusively for XFINITY subscribers (listed below), and explained why. Let us know if you agree (or which of the movies made from his books you like best) by clicking here and leaving your comments.
This is a classic, and with good reason. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman couldn’t have been better together—their chemistry was unforgettable—and it’s a nearly perfect love story in which there are no easy answers: Rick’s got papers that will allow the woman of his dreams and her husband to get to safety, but if he gives them to her, he loses the girl. Watch previews and get on XFINITY On Demand here.
A great love story, this film is utterly heartbreaking, but also full of hope and humor. If that’s not enough, it’s got that great supernatural element to prove that true love never dies. There’s a scene in which Demi Moore’s character sees her late husband’s ghost, and she wants nothing more than to reach out and feel his presence—his physical presence—one more time, but of course she can’t. It’s heart-wrenching stuff, but it’s ultimately—even inexplicably—reaffirming. Click here to purchase on XFINITY On Demand.
Steve Martin has never been funnier than in Parenthood, and I think that any parent who has ever felt overextended (that’s every parent . . . ) will relate to this ensemble comedy. Families are complicated, exhausting, enriching and—in life as much as in Parenthood—a treasure-trove of laughs. It’s not to be missed. Click here to purchase on XFINITY On Demand.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Anyone familiar with my writing knows that small town values and second chances are important to me, so it’s no surprise that the perennial Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life would be among my favorites. There’s never been a more selfless character than George Bailey, which makes his decision to climb up on that bridge—and on Christmas Eve no less—all the more difficult to accept. Yes, there are guardian angels, but what’s truly memorable about this story is the wonder George discovers in his everyday life.
Forrest Gump is great because it captures the extraordinary persistence of the titular character by intertwining his story with a series of iconic historical events that defined not just the second half of the 20th century, but the American spirit. The fact that none of these earth-shaking events proves to be an insurmountable obstacle to Forrest in his quest to win his true love, Jenny, is testament to just how much intelligence Forrest really possesses. Tom Hanks is genius in the role, and it’s a marvel of a movie. Click here to get a preview, set your DVR or purchase on XFINITY On Demand.