David Mamet’s Three Magic Questions

David Mamet’s book Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business contains a wonderful litmus test for every aspiring screenwriter.  Mamet, who has written or collaborated on more than 30 films (and directed a dozen of his own scripts), is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. 
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The Great Screenwriters – Part 8: The Epstein Brothers

“Round up the usual suspects.” This classic line from Casablanca, delivered by the cynical Captain Renault (played by Claude Rains) near the beginning of the film and also near its end, has haunted me while trying to write these pieces on “The Great Screenwriters”, because all too often I have...
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Review: Florence Foster Jenkins - You’ve Never Sounded Better

Florence Foster Jenkins is a biographic dramedy, based on the life of a New York socialite, during wartime in 1944. Florence has always dreamed of becoming an opera singer. Her biggest goal? To perform at Carnegie Hall. But there are complications. Florence has delusions of grandeur, but more importantly, she...
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Review: Look Who's Back Offers Disturbing Satire

Look Who's Back, original German title "Er Ist Wieder Da", combines unscripted man-on-the-street performance, a drama plot, and traditional mockumentary in a darkly funny comment on modern political sentiments. In 2014, Adolf Hitler inexplicably wakes up on the site of his former bunker, and begins his exploration of the new...
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