5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘Nobody’ Turns Odenkirk Into An Action Star
He’s a nobody, in many respects. He comes across as a quiet pushover who lives his suburban life. He can’t seem to get the trash to the end of the driveway in time, sleeps with a large pillow between him and his wife, and works at his father-in-law’s...
‘Collective’ Documents Corruption and Tragedy in Romania
It began with a devastating fire at Colectiv, a Bucharest nightclub, which killed 27 people. Over the course of the next few weeks, more victims who were supposed to be on the road to recovery died, bringing the death toll to 64. This is the catalyst...
'Amundsen' Explores the Life of the First Man to Reach the South Pole
He beat the British to the South Pole, then studied the ocean streams in the Arctic Ocean for nearly five years. He’s one of the most daring, prolific explorers in modern history, and he's finally getting the film he deserves.
5 Screenwriting Takeaways: 'I’m Your Woman' Focuses On the Thief’s Wife In a '70s Crime Drama
What’s the story behind the women in 1970s crime dramas? When you watch those '70s-era crime films, you’re apt to see stories of men – cops and robbers – who fill the screen with compelling stories from the grittiest cities. That was the inspiration ...
'Last Call' Raises Its Glass To the Working Class In the Old Neighborhood
This is the story of a real estate developer and an independent filmmaker teaming up to make a movie. While that’s not the plot of Last Call, it is the origin story of a new film starring Jeremy Piven, Taryn Manning, Bruce Dern and Jamie Kennedy.
5 Screenwriting Takeaways: 'The Courier' Delivers a High Stakes Cold War Thriller
The Courier is the story of how an everyman helps change the course of history. In 1960, a British salesperson becomes a reluctant spy alongside his Soviet source, sneaking out vital nuclear information in the midst of the Cold War. Written by Tom O’...
5 Screenwriting Takeaways From 'I Care a Lot'
From the very beginning, I Care a Lot makes the viewer uncomfortable and puts them on edge. That’s the point, though. It drives the viewer towards wanting to know how everything will play out. If there's one thing the film accomplishes, it’s frighten...
5 Screenwriting Takeaways From 'Minari'
We’ve all heard the story before: a Korean-American family moves to Arkansas because the patriarch wants to be a farmer. Okay, maybe we haven’t heard that specific story before but we all know the story of families struggling through hard times and g...
5 Screenwriting Takeaways From 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday'
When did the War on Drugs begin? That’s the question author Johann Hari poses in his 2016 book, "Chasing the Scream". He argues that it begins in the 1930s, when a federal agent named Harry Anslinger joined the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.