'High Ground' shows the richness and brutality of Australia's history
The origins of High Ground are found in the landscapes of Northern Australia where its director, Stephen Maxwell Johnson, grew up, and therefore the story's time period and concept hold deep meaning for him.
5 Screenwriting Takeaways: Billy Crystal’s new film ‘Here Today’ deals with aging, heartbreak and humor
It’s been 20 years since Billy Crystal has written or directed a film (America’s Sweethearts and 61*, respectively) but it took watching an old friend regale David Letterman with a tale on TV that inspired the new film Here Today.
5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘Four Good Days’ takes a hard look at addiction
Four Good Days is a brutal film that addresses the heroin epidemic head-on as Molly (Mila Kunis) struggles to stay clean for four days so she can take naltrexone, a monthly injection that makes it impossible to get high. Her only option to stay clean...
'The Virtuoso' looks into the paranoid world of an assassin for hire
Ideas come in a variety of ways. Sometimes it’s the lyrics of a song, an article you find online, or even a conversation you overhear. For director Nick Stagliano’s The Virtuoso, the idea came from an unlikely place — one of his previous films.
5 Screenwriting Takeaways from Nicolas Cage vs. animatronics horror film: 'Willy’s Wonderland'
There are very few movies in which the protagonist does not utter a word for a period of time. What makes Willy’s Wonderland truly unique is that the film's star, Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage, does not say a single syllable throughout the 88 minutes of...
With ‘Vanquish’, George Gallo finds a unique take in the action genre
When a retired police officer kidnaps the daughter of his caretaker, who used to be a drug courier, he forces her to spend one long night taking out a series of gangsters and collecting cash.
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.