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Spielberg in anti-Netflix crusade

When Steven Spielberg made comments last year about Netflix, deriding their movies as ‘TV Movies’, deserving of an Emmy rather than an Oscar, I called it a Cult of Cinema and discussed differences in nomenclature. But according to reports, one year on and Spielberg is doubling down on this: as the Academy Governor representing the directors branch of the Academy Awards, he is proposing a rules change that would favour cinemas and exclude Netflix’s so-called TV movies. Apparently he’s going to seek much wider theatrical releases to be eligible for an Oscar, a direct attack on the threat of Netflix

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Suspiria Coming to Amazon Prime UK in April 2019

Updated: See bottom of post. It might have divided audiences, but there’s no denying that the 2018 “tribute to” the 1977 Italian film of the same title directed by Dario Argento, has made an impact. Starring Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton, there’s no denying the visuals in the stills are powerful, and many critics have declared it a must-see. It’s clearly been an influence, already being heavily referenced in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. However, distributors MUBI have been slower to arrange UK distribution than the US has, where it’s available on physical and digital media already. But, as alluded to in the

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Olivia Colman – Best Actress

In honour of Olivia Colman winning the 2019 Best Actress Oscar, not to mention the much-sought after Best Oscar Speech 2019, I’ve decided to pull together as many of the scripts she’s been involved with as possible. The Favourite (2018) – Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara Murder on the Orient Express (2017) – Michael Green Broadchurch (2013-2017) – Chris Chibnall & Louise Fox – Sadly I can’t find a screenplay for this, but I’d love to read them Fleabag (2016) – Phoebe Waller-Bridge The Night Manager (2016) – David Farr Peep Show (2003-2015) – Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain Locke

Bird Box
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Story of a Script: Bird Box

Bird Box was written by Eric Heisserer, based on the book of the same title by Josh Malerman. While Eric’s previous adaptation, Arrival was a stunning science fiction release from last year, Bird Box was a somewhat different affair, eschewing a wide cinema release for Netflix. Bird Box is a post-apocalyptic survival thriller, telling the story of a woman, played by Sandra Bullock, trying to survive with her children. It is the story of a parent trying to find the a way to protect her children from a world of terrors unseeable, that may only exist in the mind. The

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2018: A Year In Movies

What a year, since the last time I wrote a list like this! There have been left-field entries, surprisingly successful sequels, and some unique movies that have managed to be a commercial success! Now, sadly I’ve not been able to watch as many films as I’ve wanted this year, life just hasn’t worked out that way. Were I to try and follow Scott Myer’s 1-2-7-14 methodology, I should have managed to watch 104 movies this year. Sadly I only made it to a total of 29 movies I’d never seen before, a decrease on last year. As well as those films

The Shape Of Water
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Most Anticipated Movies of 2018 – Revisited

I wrote about my most Anticipated Movies of 2018, and I thought it was time to revisit the list. Didn’t That Come Out Last Year? Not in the UK, sadly, otherwise I’d have seen them already. That’s the problem with Awards season, some of the best films end up straddling the New Year. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh I saw it, it courted controversy for its ambiguous ending and portrayal of racism in small-town America, but I loved it. The Shape of Water – Guillermo Del Toro A beautiful fairytale, no wonder it swept the 2018 awards season.

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Story of a Script: Arrival

Story of Your Life is a science fiction novella by American writer Ted Chiang, first published in Starlight 2 in 1998, and in 2002 in Chiang’s collection of short stories, Stories of Your Life and Others. It took 18 years from first publication for the novella to be highly acclaimed as the Denis Villeneuve’s movie Arrival. And in between those two events? In that space we had screenwriter Eric Heisserer, writing feverishly away. I loved Arrival, from the direction, to the theme, to the acting; but especially the screenplay. And in that regard we are very lucky that we have available

Once Upon A Time In The West
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What No Westerns?

A thought struck me this morning, after RTing a One Perfect Shot image. https://twitter.com/oneperfectshot/status/1001297151467630592?s=21 I love Westerns, as problematic and outdated as they are and have seen so many. Even terrible ones, spin-offs, re-imagining, mashups, films that inspired the genre, and films that were inspired by the genre. And yet I’ve never written a Western, or anything that smells of a Western, or carries Western tropes. Noir and crime and thrillers and horror and science fiction and mysteries and urban fantasy; but never once a Western, or Western-inspired script. I just don’t know why. Movies like Once Upon A Time

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Spielberg and the Cult of Cinema

It’s been all of a week since a major voice in films said anything controversial. Thankfully though, Spielberg’s “hot take” was not a point of horror, but one of cinematic philosophy. Should Netflix Originals, and other streaming movies, be counted as Oscar-worthy material? If they just barely scrape by the cinema showing rules to qualify, should they be counted as much as those films made specifically for a traditional cinema distribution? He said: “But in fact, once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie. You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an

The Shape Of Water
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Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

I covered it briefly in my review of 2017 movies, but I do keep getting asked what movies I’m looking forward to in 2018. Partly so I don’t forget what’s coming up, I’ve expanded on the topic a little. Didn’t That Come Out Last Year? Not in the UK, sadly, otherwise I’d have seen them already. That’s the problem with Awards season, some of the best films end up straddling the New Year. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh The Shape of Water – Guillermo Del Toro Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig. The Main List Untitled Chris Morris

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Favourite Movies of 2017

What a year it’s been in the world of film! There have been left-field entries, surprises amongst tired franchises, successful sequels, and some unique movies that have managed to be a commercial success! Now, sadly I’ve not been able to watch as many films as I’ve wanted this year, life just hasn’t worked out that way. Were I to try and follow Scott Myer’s 1-2-7-14 methodology, I should have managed to watch 104 movies this year. Sadly I only made it to a total of 36 movies I’d never seen before, ranging from films released in 1995 (Copycat), to this

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Gone Girl – A Screenwriter’s Analysis

The news came down this week that an amateur screenwriter is attempting to sue Gillian Flynn for taking the idea from her unsigned screenplay, and turning it into the bestselling novel Gone Girl and its subsequent screen adaptation. Now, I’m not saying it’s impossible that preternatural writing talent Flynn stole… No. Wait. Yeah, I am saying that. You only have to read her work, whether the novel or the astonishingly written screenplay to see that she’s in a league of her own. But I thought this would be a good opportunity to bring together a few resources and talk about Gone Girl. Storywise,

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Short film: Snow Steam Iron by Zack Snyder

Update: Snow Steam Iron is now available without the Vero app. Link Say what you like about Zack Snyder, but that man knows two things exceptionally well: montages and marketing. So, when struggling mobile-only social network Vero needed a brand ambassador, they knew where to go. While he’s taking a bit of a career break, he’s got plenty time to take their money, emblazon his name on their site, and create the short film Snow Steam Iron. Finding the short film is an exercise in frustration. There’s no direct link to it, you need to sign up to Vero, which

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Short Film – Emotional Fusebox

https://vimeo.com/98312465 When the list of 2014 BAFTA Nominations came out, after my glee that Birdman looked like it was going to get the acclaim it deserved, I started working my way through the list of short films. I hadn’t seen any of them, nor was I able to, due to the lock-in ‘feature’ of film festivals. But I had heard of Emotional Fusebox, partly because I think Jodie Whittaker is an excellent actress, with excellent turns in Broadchurch, Black Mirror and Attack the Block. So, I contacted the writer/director of Emotional Fusebox Rachel Tunnard, and she very kindly gave me a link to

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Short Film – Textual Relationship

Textual Relationship, by Syd Heather, is a charming, bittersweet romantic comedy short adapted from a theatre short written by award-winning playwright Tom Glover. It explores the differences between ‘real-world reality’ and our more interesting fabricated online personas, via two characters courting via an online dating app, and then trying to work past their offline incompatibilities. Tom wrote the play for Descent Theatre, where actor David Frias-Robles saw the play and thought it’d make a great short film; and with that, he brought it to filmmaker Syd Heather. Syd, with a healthy roster of films behind him, instantly saw the potential in Textual

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