Archive for April, 2015

The Last Picture Show

Peter Bogdanovich was New York born and bred, so how did he manage to direct a masterpiece set in small town Texas when he had never set foot in the state?

Diner

Some of the best films have so much plot they are very difficult to sum up. Others give you too little. Barry Levinson’s classic serves you french fries and gravy.

The Case for the Courtroom Drama

Of all the genres, the courtroom is perhaps the one most beset by clichés. So is there any evidence for a few masterpieces?

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

There have been four adaptations of Jack Finney’s novel. But what new angle could you bring to the classic sci-fi allegory?

The Sweet Smell of Success

To make a masterpiece about greed, media manipulation and McCarthyism, you hire a director whose background is in comedy.


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