Archive for 2018

Don’t Save the Cat! Snyder vs. Sorkin and the Marginalization of Creative Screenwriting

Don’t Save the Cat!  Snyder vs. Sorkin and the Marginalization of Creative Screenwriting
“There are a zillion different ways to prepare beef. You can have filet mignon, Beef Wellington, flank steak…anything. But if you were to prepare beef the way the fewest people find objectionable…it would be a McDonald’s hamburger, every single time. I love McDonald’s hamburgers. I eat way too many of them. But if I were... Read more »

My 2017 at the Movies: Unsettled Ground (An Overview)

My 2017 at the Movies: Unsettled Ground (An Overview)
Movie-wise and otherwise, 2017 was an unsettling year. There may be a grim cosmic logic in Jonathan Demme dying the same year Donald Trump became President. Nothing stands in more direct opposition to the celebration of women, multiculturalism, social activism and free-spiritedness in Demme’s filmography than Cheetolini’s narcissistic rage and intolerance. As a freelance film... Read more »

My 2017 at the Movies: The Favorites (Top 10)

My 2017 at the Movies: The Favorites (Top 10)
If you didn’t read my year-end overview, it adds a little context to this list (like, why does he have a TV show here?). * Indicates a festival screening and the film had no other local 2017 theatrical run. 1. Lady Bird – Immediately joining the ranks of Rushmore, Dazed and Confused and other top-tier... Read more »
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My 2017 at the Movies: The Favorites (11-25)

My 2017 at the Movies: The Favorites (11-25)
If you didn’t read my year-end overview, it adds a little context to this list (like, why does he have a TV show here?). * Indicates a festival screening and the film had no other local 2017 theatrical run. **A late 2016 release I ignored the calendar to include. 11. The Florida Project – Sean... Read more »

My 2017 at the Movies: Honorable Mentions

My 2017 at the Movies: Honorable Mentions
If you didn’t read my year-end overview, it adds a little context to this list. * Indicates a festival screening and the film had no other local 2017 theatrical run. **A late 2016 release I ignored the calendar to include. At Your Doorstep* – From my Chicagoist coverage of the Chicago Latino Film Festival: “The... Read more »

My 2017 at the Movies: Odds and Ends

My 2017 at the Movies: Odds and Ends
If you didn’t read my year-end overview, it adds a little context to this list (like, why do I have a TV show here?). * Indicates a festival screening and the film had no other local 2017 theatrical run. Biggest Disappointments Alien: Covenant – After the huge disappointment of the prequel Prometheus, I was not... Read more »
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