Category Archives: Directors

What You Need to Know About Charlie Wilson’s War and Perfect Casting

What You Need to Know About Charlie Wilson’s War and Perfect Casting

Released in 2007, Charlie Wilson’s War is one of the more entertaining political dramas Hollywood has ever produced. In many ways, this is thanks to the script, which benefits from Aaron Sorkin’s whip-smart, rapid-paced dialogue. However, strong dialogue isn’t effective if the actors delivering the lines aren’t equipped to turn the words on the page… Read More…

Adapting Limitless to TV – What You Need to Know

Adapting Limitless to TV – What You Need to Know

Successfully adapting a film into a television show is often difficult. In many cases, the creative forces behind these types of projects are simply looking to make a quick buck off a film’s popularity. They don’t necessarily take the time to determine what types of changes they should make to the story and characters to… Read More…

This Is Why You Need to See Gridiron Gang Again

This Is Why You Need to See Gridiron Gang Again

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is unstoppable. This former wrestler turned professional actor is one of the few movie stars working today whose very presence virtually guarantees big box office returns. Thanks to his famous work ethic and natural charm, Johnson has established himself as one of the most dynamic and entertaining performers working in Hollywood… Read More…

How Duplicity Balances Genres: What You Need to Know

On paper, Duplicity (2009) doesn’t seem like it should work as a film. Telling the story of two corporate spies who rekindle a previous romance while working together on a case, the film juggles many genres. It’s a spy film, a crime film, a romance, and a comedy—with a healthy dose of satire to round… Read More…

This Is How The Kingdom Perfectly Balances Realism and Action

This Is How The Kingdom Perfectly Balances Realism and Action

Not all action films are the same. Within the genre, there are many different subgenres, including martial arts movies, sci-fi action films, action comedies, and many more. One of the most difficult types of actions films to make, however, is the realistic one. So many action thrillers exist in worlds that don’t resemble our own.… Read More…

You Need to See The Spy Next Door to Appreciate Jackie Chan

You Need to See The Spy Next Door to Appreciate Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan is so well-known for his skills as a martial artist that it’s easy to forget how skilled he is as a comedic performer. That’s why it’s always enjoyable when a movie studio casts him in the type of role that gives him the opportunity to show off his lesser-known, but no less impressive,… Read More…

This Is Why 3 Days to Kill Is An Ideal Action Thriller

This Is Why 3 Days to Kill Is An Ideal Action Thriller

When action thrillers work, they join the ranks of some of the most entertaining films ever released: Die Hard, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and The Fugitive. However, it’s no secret that these movies often fail to engage audiences. That’s because, too often, the filmmakers behind them focus on the wrong elements. While any movie… Read More…

This Is Why MacGruber Is One of the Best Films Based on an SNL Sketch

This Is Why MacGruber Is One of the Best Films Based on an SNL Sketch

In the past, several recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketch formats have spawned major motion pictures. Some have been successful (Wayne’s World), others (It’s Pat) less so. Granted, it’s not easy to take a character that works in a short, three to five-minute sketch and try to make him or her sustain a full-length… Read More…