July 2020


A Century of Film


Miramax  /  The Weinstein Company


The Studio

Some forty years ago, long before one brother sank beneath the weight of his other brother’s sexual crimes, there were Bob and Harvey Weinstein.  Though they were from New York City, they had been successful with a rock promotion business in Buffalo during the seventies.  But their passion for films won them over and began a small, independent distribution business that they named after their parents Miriam and Max. (more…)

A Century of Film


Action Films


The Genre

For a lot of people (and for me when I originally broke things into genres after first starting to track all of my movies back in 1989), this would be considered Action-Adventure.  And if that were the case, there would be a long, complex history going back to the early days of film history and the total numbers would be close to those of Horror or Musicals.  However, that’s not the case.  For me, an Action film centers around the action itself while for the most part Adventure films center around a journey of some sort.  But they crossed paths along the way.  Going forward, by 1959, Action was in dead last as a genre for total films but Adventure was in sixth place.  But, since then, Action is the fourth highest genre and Adventure is among the five lowest.

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A Century of Film


Adventure Films


The Genre

For a lot of people (and for me when I originally broke things into genres after first starting to track all of my movies back in 1989), this would be considered Action-Adventure.  And if that were the case, there would be a long, complex history going back to the early days of film history and the total numbers would be close to those of Horror or Musicals.  However, that’s not the case.  For me, an Action film centers around the action itself while for the most part Adventure films center around a journey of some sort (and, though this is far from a solid rule, Action films generally use guns and fists while Adventure films use swords and arrows).  But they crossed paths along the way.  Going forward, by 1959, Action was in dead last as a genre for total films but Adventure was in sixth place.  But, since then, Action is the fourth highest genre and Adventure is among the five lowest. (more…)

“As Laura sets the plates and forks on the table – as they ring softly on the starched white cloth – it seems she has succeeded suddenly, at the last minute, the way a painter might brush a final line of color onto a painting and save it from incoherence; the way a writer might set down the line that brings to light the submerged patterns and symmetry in the drama. It has to do, somehow, with setting plates and forks on a white cloth. It is as unmistakable as it is unexpected.” (p 207)

My Top 10

  1. The Hours
  2. Adaptation
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  4. Minority Report
  5. The Pianist
  6. The Quiet American
  7. About a Boy
  8. Road to Perdition
  9. Solaris
  10. About Schmidt

note:  A fantastic Top 5 and Top 10 as should be expected from one of the best years in film history.  There is also a very long list after that.  My #11 (Catch Me if You Can), #12 (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) and #15 (Chicago) are reviewed because of award considerations.  But my full list was 30 films long and the other 17 are listed down at the bottom.
note:  Until libraries fully reopen in San Diego, this is the list Adapted Screenplay post I can do.

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The Night Circus

  • Author:  Erin Morgenstern
  • Published:  2011
  • Publisher:  Doubleday
  • Pages:  387
  • First Line:  “The circus arrives without warning.”
  • Last Lines:  “You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.”
  • Film Version:  none yet
  • First Read:  Spring 2011

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Death at a Funeral

  • Director:  Frank Oz
  • Writer:  Dean Craig
  • Producer:  Sidney Kimmell  /  Laurence Malkin  /  Diana Phillips  /  Share Stallings
  • Stars:  Matthew MacFadyen, Rupert Graves, Peter Dinklage, Keeley Hawes
  • Studio:  MGM
  • Award Nominations:  none that I track
  • Length:  90 min
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Black)
  • MPAA Rating:  R
  • Release Date:  17 August 2007  (#154 – 2007)
  • Box Office Gross:  $8.58 mil
  • My Rating:  ***.5
  • My Rank:  #40 (year)
  • Nighthawk Nominations:  none
  • Nighthawk Notables:  none

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