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Son Of Rambow

Son of Rambow is the most exhilarating, heart-wrenching, and surprising little movie I’ve watched in a long time, and I don’t think that’s only because it’s about me. It beautifully illustrates the power of friendship and imagination in the life of a child, and shows that these forms of escapism can be true saving graces …

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Topgun Days: Dogfighting, Cheating Death, and Hollywood Glory as One of America’s Best Fighter Jocks

I’ve always insisted that Top Gun is a character-driven movie, or perhaps even a soundtrack-driven movie, but that may have a lot to do with the fact that, after countless viewings, I have a fairly limited grasp on what’s going on in the film.  I mean, I know Maverick (Tom Cruise) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) are training …

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Something Startling Happens: The 120 Story Beats Every Writer Needs to Know

If you go to write a screenplay these days, there’s no shortage of books to tell you exactly how it’s done.  Formula seems to be the key to success, and it’s generally implied that if you deviate from the standard, you will have a very, very hard time getting anyone to bother with your movie.  …

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A Dangerous Woman: The Life, Loves, and Scandals of Adah Isaacs Menken, 1835-1868, America’s Original Superstar

You’ve probably never heard of Adah Isaacs Menken, but this pioneering free spirit could be considered America’s first true Superstar (with a capital “S”).  By fearlessly defying convention, Menken achieved things in the 1800s that are still considered risque today.  Certainly the world has become a more liberal and tolerant place, but imagine sending Kim …

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