Today, many of cinema’s best writers are politely squeezed out of position while the industry’s actors, directors and producers are placed at the forefront of film advertising and distribution. The writer provides his story, leaving it up to the bigger men to turn it into whatever they are capable of. Read More
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Charlie Kaufman reveals himself in his entirety throughout Adaptation. It stands to say, as I’ve said many times before, that I’ve learnt more about the man here than I ever have by watching his television interviews, or by reading about him in books and newspaper articles. And what better way Read More
Chileans needn’t witness director Pablo Larraín standing on the stage of the Kodak Theater with an Oscar in his hands to know that No, the first movie in the country’s history to be nominated as Best Foreign Language Film, has already achieved something momentous. Taking an Oscar home is possible, Read More
Watching the trailer to Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master actually led me to the discovery of Spike Jonze’ next feature, simply titled Her – I’d Googled Joaquin Phoenix out of curiosity because his work with Anderson looked like it might be his most strange and experimental yet – which is Read More
Michel Gondry’s screenwriting debut couldn’t be more off-beat even if it was tied to Charlie Kaufman. The Science of Sleep gives viewers a passageway into the Frenchman’s extraordinary imagination, travelling far beyond reality to reproduce something verging on the masterful. Apparently, the film stemmed from a bed-time story invented by a then ten-year old Sam Mounier (Respiro, Messages From the Sea) before Gondry picked up a pencil and started scrawling down the soon-to-be script. The plot remains minimal but only because it has to be.