Category Archives: Directors

This Is the Incredible Story behind the Making of The Fighter

This Is the Incredible Story behind the Making of The Fighter

The Fighter, released in 2010, is an inspiring film that tells the true story of Micky Ward, a Massachusetts boxer who overcame major life obstacles to reach his goals. The film succeeds by injecting a popular Hollywood genre with real-world emotion and stakes. It’s no surprise the movie ended up making such an impact on… Read More…

Talladega Nights and Perfect Story Structure: What You Need to Know

Talladega Nights and Perfect Story Structure: What You Need to Know

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a goofy 2006 comedy starring Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Leslie Bibb, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jane Lynch, and Gary Cole. The film reunites Ferrell with director and co-writer Adam McKay, with whom he previously worked on Anchorman. With that kind of talent behind and in front of… Read More…

This Is Why Movie 43 Offers Viewers a Unique Treat

This Is Why Movie 43 Offers Viewers a Unique Treat

Finding unique, major Hollywood releases is difficult. That’s understandable. Producing movies is risky. Most productions are major financial investments. Studios are often unwilling to take risks on projects that don’t have built-in audiences. That’s why most Hollywood films are based on existing properties. Those that aren’t still tend to follow a well-established format. That’s why… Read More…

Why Shark Night 3D Is One of the Most Fun Movies You Can Watch

Why Shark Night 3D Is One of the Most Fun Movies You Can Watch

Hollywood films typically fall into familiar genres, with filmmakers taking stories and inserting them into formulas that audiences expect. However, these genres aren’t always basic classifications like “the western movie” or “the gangster film.” Sometimes the genre has more to do with the type of experience filmgoers have when they go to see it. For… Read More…

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…