Seven Psychopaths – derivative retread hell

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 "Seven Psychopaths" is what a filmmaker makes when he thinks no one is looking.  Writer/director Michael McDonagh has hit the skids of derivative and retread hell – think “Pulp Fiction” only on a smaller budget, if that’s possible. He says his new film has a moral conundrum (NY Times Magazine October 14, 2012) but if it does he does not commit to it.McDonagh also says he finds Shakespeare boring. Fine, everyone has a right to their own opinion. But why did you choose to become b … [Read more...]

The Writer’s Speech: Frank Cortrell Boyce

Frank Cottrell Boyce (right) with Danny Boyle Photo by riviera 2005 at flickr.com

When Oscar nominee, Colin Firth was asked to guest-edit the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, he wanted to look at the sometimes complex relationship between faith and film. Who better to talk about this than renowned screenwriter, Frank Cottrell Boyce? The writer of several films, including Hilary and Jackie and Welcome to Sarajevo, describes what it is like to be a Catholic in the film industry:Cinema and religion are completely – in fact, architecturally – tangled up in my head. That’s large … [Read more...]

My Oscar picks and hopes: A few good men lead the pack

2010 was not a particularly great year for mainstream film.Stories about men dominated the films up for Oscars and it is my guess that these will sweep the awards – and deservedly so in terms of art.  Films are often in production for years so there is no real way to balance releases though we know that stories about men dominate – male experiences and points of view (wait until you see the upcoming “The Adjustment Bureau” with Matt Damon or check out the 2009 documentary “Oh My God”.)This ye … [Read more...]


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