The world in P.D. James’ novel The Children of Men differs vastly from the onscreen realm that we see in the 2006 film adaptation. The basic premise remains the same: widespread infertility has halted the birth of human babies for nearly twenty-five years and Oxford professor Theo Faron, along with the rest of humanity, calmly and apathetically … Continue reading Isolating Tensions: Foreground & Background in “Children of Men”
It’s been reported that some kind of remake and/or prequel is in the works for Ridley Scott’s 1982 cyberpunk film Blade Runner. As a fan of both the film and the original novel I find this somewhat troubling but also rather amusing. It seems that no other story has had such a complicated history with … Continue reading Planned Obsolescence
While waiting in the security line at Newark Airport last December, I had a minor revelation. It was a terrible line, probably the worst I had seen in my 4 years of flying home from the East Coast, so there was not much for me to do but look around and taken in the sights. … Continue reading Dystopia
Okay, that’s unfair. Inception didn’t win Best Original Screenplay because the Academy preferred The King’s Speech, and with good reason. It was a great film built upon the foundation of a powerful script. (Why Hans Zimmer didn’t win Best Original Score is beyond me though…) The most common criticism I’ve heard regarding the execution of … Continue reading Information Dump, or Why “Inception” Lost Best Original Screenplay
I suppose that would be a good place to start. I’m not sure that I can really pinpoint when my interest in film developed, but there is a definite moment where the screenplay became a distinct object of appreciation for me. In 7th grade I took a class called “Media” and one of our assignments … Continue reading Why Screenplays?