Baltimore: July 27 1812. The war of 1812 is a done deal. Most of the surrounding “Democrats” support war with Britain, over stained honor from an attack of the USS Chesapeake. They want to fight because Britain is supporting guerrilla warfare. But, one old Revolutionary war veteran, doesn’t agree with the mob. General James MacCubban Lingan wishes for peace. And he defends the home of the publisher of a pro-peace newspaper, the home of the editor of the Federalist Republican.
To the Federalist Republican, war with Britain is merely helping Napoleon. The United States has nothing to gain and everything to lose.
William Goldman shares two important lessons in Adventures of the Screen Trade. First, he claims that Nobody Knows Anything. Then, he contradicts himself with his strongest piece of advice : Protect Your Story’s Spine To The Death.
Yes, Goldman whines and whinges melodramatically about how screenwriters are on the bottom of the power ladder, how you have to collaborate to the bosses, how stars have too much power, and about how if all you do is write screenplays your life will be unfulfilling.
But, just when he appears to give up all hope of influencing anyone else, Goldman shows how he actually fights to defend the integrity of his films. We see how a certain number of projects were sunk by the writer, and most importantly, how having the courage to protect the integrity of his screenplay produced the classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (yes, the film with Robert Redford which inspired the famous film festival). Continue reading “Why screenwriters should grow spines”
A mystery, filled with red herrings, deceptions and hilarious false leads, but at the end, when it’s all solved, it seems so obvious. The entire plot falls into place. How can anyone claim to forget who the murderer is? Roger Ebert claimed in his review that “I’ve seen the movie seven times, and the murderer still doesn’t immediately spring to mind.” Continue reading “Laura (1944) review”
Editor’s Note: I wrote this shortly before the attack on the embassy in Libya. I did not have time to do a spell check right away, and considered not publishing it when the attack happened. Unfortunately, when I heard about the attack, I was not surprised. The controversial video on Youtube was not the cause of the attack, the West has long been known to write plays and other works that insult other religions. It did not light a fuse, it only shifted the direction of an already burning fire. As we can see, many of the tombs desecrated have stood the test of time, and their destruction marks a general attitude shift in that part of the world.