I actually got through a load of books this month, so read on if you're looking for something to read, or what to avoid reading perhaps... (Thought I'd add some pictures this time) Why review books on a blog about films? Because the best directors, writers and film makers read widely, always on the look… Continue reading July’s Review of Books.
Before you get concerned that this is going to be a rant that alienates you, think for a moment about this: the whole film industry works on creating a product for a target market. Over half that target market is female. Over half. So if you’re not making films with women in mind, you’re making… Continue reading Women Watch More Films Than Men: How statistics and film reality don’t add up.
Logline: Emmett, an ordinary Lego construction worker, finds himself to be the prophesied “Special” who can save the Lego world from being glued together forever by the evil Lord Business, by setting off on a quest with some amazing new friends . Genre: Animation Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks,… Continue reading Film Review: The LEGO Movie (2014)
When Darren Aronofsky announced his latest project, you'd be forgiven for thinking it would be gripping cerebral drama. Following on the heels of Black Swan or Requiem for a Dream, he decided to make a film called Noah (2014), about the bible story with the ark and the flood (you might have heard of it).… Continue reading The New Film Trend For Faith Based Films
Logline: Zero Mustafa recounts the tale of his adventures serving as a bellboy at the Grand Budapest Hotel under the famous concierge, Gustave M, who dominates the story. When an inheritance is left to the famous concierge, the greedy son sends out his agent to destroy Gustave, and a madcap caper ensues. Genre: Comedy Director:… Continue reading Film Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Laura Grain is a British artist, based in London, who created the piece above, which I am currently completely obsessed with, in 2013. It's a comfortable armchair with various compartments, shelves and hiding places for ... well, any little secrets you like, really. When the piece was shown, she added an interactive… Continue reading Artist Laura Grain’s Curiosity Chair
A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook some rather witty criticisms about Michael Bay’s filmmaking skills. He asked, why are these films being made if they’re crap? And then laughingly pointed out that it’s because people like him had gone to see them. He was referring to the new Transformers: Age of Extinction movie,… Continue reading Michael Bay, Giant Robots & Emerging Markets: How Hollywood investors are learning to stop worrying and love the kaiju.
Logline: "A friendly St. Bernard named "Cujo" contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town." (IMDB) Genre:Horror Dir. Lewis Teague Starring: Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Danny Pintauro Based on a Stephen King novel of the same name, this, as the poster suggests, is a movie about a rabid dog.… Continue reading Film Review: Cujo (1983)
(All illustrations by Kay Nielsen) Some of you may already be aware of my love for fairy tales and legends. I'm currently in the process of editing the short scripts I have written for a series of animations telling modern life lessons in the fairy tale style. Reading back over some of these tales for… Continue reading Five Classic Fairy Tales You’ve Never Heard Of.
As a screenwriter and film maker, I read constantly. I know a lot of directors do. It's partly because story and inspiration are everywhere, and the more you are exposed to it, the more you might be exposed to your next big idea... But also, it's partly because that's who I am, and I have… Continue reading What I read in June…