The Cotton Club

1984 Zoetrope Studios Directed by Francis Ford Coppola Produced by Robert Evans Story And Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, William Kennedy and Mario Puzo It seems as if anytime movie fans get together and talk about great gangster/crime movies they’ll mention “The Godfather Trilogy” “Scarface” “Bonnie & Clyde” ”The Untouchables” “Once Upon A Time In […]

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The Warriors

1979 Paramount Directed by Walter Hill Produced by Lawrence Gordon, Frank Marshall and Joel Silver Written by David Shaber and Walter Hill Based on the novel by Sol Yurick The one Walter Hill movie that everybody can agree on that they love without reservation whatsoever is his 1979 masterpiece THE WARRIORS.  Walter Hill took equal […]

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My Name Is Nobody

1973 Paramount Home Entertainment Produced by Fulvio Morsella Directed by Tonio Valerii Screenplay by Ernesto Gastaldi Based on a story by Fulvio Morsella and Ernesto Gastald As will usually happen to a writer, people will always ask me what my influences are.  And I name various writers and genres and then I mention spaghetti westerns […]

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Carnage

2012 Sony Film Classics Directed by Roman Polanski Produced by Said Ben Said Screenplay by Roman Polanski and Yasmina Reza Based on the play “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza  When the end credits of CARNAGE scrolled on the screen I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes from the animated movie “The Point” […]

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Red Tails

2012 20th Century Fox Directed by Anthony Hemingway Produced by Rick McCallum, Charles Floyd Johnson and George Lucas Screenplay by John Ridley and Aaron McGruder By now the story is legend.  The Tuskegee Airman were heroic African-American fighter pilots that fought in World War II, earning honor and distinction as bomber flight escorts. So successful […]

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Thunderbirds

2004 Universal Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Mark Huffam Directed by Jonathan Frakes Screenplay by William Osborne and Michael McCullers Story by Peter Hewitt and William Osborne Based on “Thunderbirds” created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson I used to have this theory regarding TV shows turned into feature films: If the original theme […]

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Dirty Pretty Things

2002 BBC Films/Miramax Directed by Stephen Frears Written by Steven Knight Produced by Robert Jones and Tracey Seaward One of the things that made “Serenity” so memorable was the performance of Chiwetel Ejiofor as The Operative, the movie’s main bad guy.  Even though he was the antagonist and performed a number of truly horrific deeds […]

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