William Friedkin is a big part of what I love about the 70’s. It was the decade when I became a teenager. It was also the greatest movie decade, ever. It gave us an unrivalled diversity in movies and genres, from CHINATOWN to JAWS, from STAR WARS to THE EXORCIST. Friedkin came out as one […]
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Beau Willimon is a powder keg of clean-cut realism, childlike curiosity and sharp wit. During his Bafta speech, Willimon covers political writing, research in everyday life and the importance of finding your characters’ inmost needs. “I don’t think writing is a choice. It’s not a career. It’s something that’s born of necessity. If I didn’t write, […]
Nightcrawler is a phenomenal screenplay, and a great movie. I read the script long before seeing the film, and had such a great experience that I was almost fearful of watching the movie. Like when you read a great book, you don’t believe the movie can add to it. Fortunately, in this case the writer […]
Back in 1985, Back To The Future received 3.5 stars from Roger Ebert. Ebert was always my preferred reviewer, and he got it almost always right. Like Ebert, it took me some time before I realised the movie’s greatness – and clout. Time travel had been done well before. One of my favorites is Time After Time (1979), […]
When director John Guillermin died a few weeks ago, I missed this news. He directed two films that I enjoyed as a child. I will forever remember the moment, age eleven, when I left the cinema after seeing King Kong die on the New York streets. I was devastated. Yet I wanted to go straight […]