Tag Archives: Alan J. Pakula

Zodiac

When a film breaks with tradition, it is often rejected by audiences. Which may be why Zodiac was not initially recognised as the groundbreaking masterpiece it is.

Writers

All films begin at a keyboard. But whether the film is about screenwriters, journalists, novelists or composers, how does cinema depict the art of writing?

Klute

With its progressive attitude toward gender and sexuality, is Alan J Pakula’s 1971 film more a character study than it is a psychological thriller?

All The President’s Men

This Oscar winning adaptation of Woodward and Bernstein’s book is one of the great masterpieces of American cinema.

Spotlight

Spotlight is more than just an investigation into the child abuse scandals that riddled Boston’s Archdiocese. It is an examination of the institutions you and I create.

The Parallax View

Adapted from Loren Singer’s poorly reviewed best seller, Alan J. Pakula’s conspiracy thriller is a classic of assured pacing and paranoia.

Gordon Willis

Gordon Willis was one of cinema’s greatest artists. Irrespective of genre: comedy, drama, thriller, musical or gangster picture, his style and technique was so unmistakable he should have been called a cinematrograph-auteur.

Michael Clayton

Akin to a 70s’ conspiracy thriller, Michael Clayton is also a character study with strong turns from George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson.

The Insider

The Insider was nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Actor and Screenplay, but came away empty handed. Surely questions need to be asked.

Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron left behind a formidable legacy of films. While most of them were romantic comedies, her impact was wider than just one genre.

To Kill a Mockingbird

When a great novel is adapted to the screen, due reverence can be more ruinous than respectful. Did Robert Mulligan’s film of Harper Lee’s do it justice?


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