Tag Archives: Harrison Ford

Die Hard

What makes a classic film? The plot’s originality, director’s vision, or the star’s magnetism? Paradoxically, any, all, yet none of the above. It’s the audience.

Great Shots – Part Two

What makes for a great shot? Beauty? The lens? Lighting? Combine them and you have something more than just an image.

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.

Witness

Just how long does it take to write an Oscar-winning screenplay? In the case of Witness, it was 13 years. But how many drafts did it take and how many writers?

The Shawshank Redemption

A box-office flop in 1994, Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novella is proof that some films deserve a second chance.

Peter Weir – Master and Commander

Peter Weir: 6 Oscar nominations, no wins. No other living director has been so denied the statuette. Does it matter?

The Untouchables

The studios didn’t like the script and no one wanted to play the heroic Treasury Agent, Eliot Ness. So how did The Untouchables turn out to be such a success?

Dead Poets Society

The students of Welton College carried their English teacher around the yard, shoulder high. Is this a fair reflection of school, or is it another Hollywood fantasy?

Working Girl

Before the Devil wore Prada, there was Working Girl, a fairytale in New York about big hair, big shoulder pads and even bigger dreams.


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