Charlie Kaufman may not be one of the most prolific writers in Hollywood, but he’s definitely one of the most popular. Despite his trademark predilection for the eccentric, Charlie Kaufman’s unique style of writing still manages to stay grounded, emotional and compelling.
After being nominated twice in the Best Screenplay category at the Academy Awards for his work on Adaptation (2002) and Being John Malkovich (1999), Kaufman finally came home with a trophy for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).
With only six feature films under his belt, that’s already an impressive resumé indeed.
Writer and director Alexander Payne managed to turn heads with his eccentric high school dark comedy Election (1999). But it wouldn’t be until About Schmidt (2002) that he’d manage to carve a name for himself as one of the most talented and unique writer-directors in the industry.
Two years later, Payne would strike gold once again with his academy award winning film Sideways (2004).
Check out his folio of various screenplay works below:
Hey, another sequel – 23 years after the original…. Oliver stone revisits Wall Street. I haven’t seen it yet, but coming back to the topic is apropos for the times. Michael Douglas gets to play and older Gordon Gecko. Stone co-wrote the original script but does not have scriptwriting credit for the sequel.
War has always been a popular backdrop for some of the greatest movies in the history of cinema. Whether it’s man’s triumph over evil, or his capability to destroy himself, themes of violence, survival and hope have always played a big role in bringing drama to the people, soldiers and civilians caught in the crossfire.
This week, we look at the Top 5 War Movie Scripts of all time. From Francis Ford Coppola to Stanley Kubrick to Steven Spielberg, check out the list of some of the most epic screenplays for war movies in film history.
Mission to Mars (2000)and Red Planet (2000)were two films that weren’t so fondly remembered in Hollywood. Released only months apart from each other, both films were big flops in the box-office. Despite genuine interest in turn-of-the-century space travel, audiences shunned the limp storytelling and the cookie-cutter characters.
And though the genre of science fiction has recently begun to pick-up again in television and movies, don’t expect these scripts to be referred to in a long while.
Where did they go wrong? Check out the scripts below and see for yourself.
With Oliver Stone’s sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps hitting theaters later this year, it looks like the legendary filmmaker has no plans of slowing down. From Platoon (1986) to Any Given Sunday (1999), Oliver Stone’s directorial range has given audiences a glimpse into everything from murder to football, wall street to fallen presidents.
Other than being a very accomplished director, Oliver Stone is also a very capable screenwriter. His deft grasp of story and character has allowed him to not only pen his ideas on paper, but to properly translate then unto the screen.
See a compiled collection of his written feature-length works below:
Zack Snyder broke into the public eye of Hollywood after his feature film remake of George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (2004). He hasn’t looked back ever since. Snyder has then moved on to create the blockbuster phenomenon, 300 (2006) as well as the highly ambitious film adaptation of Watchmen (2009).
Now, Snyder is moving into animated territory with Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010) while putting the finishing touches on the sexy action flick, Sucker Punch (2011).
Whether it be with devils, demons, psychopaths or ghosts, great horror films have always begun their scares on the written page. This week, Scripts on Screen, takes a look at our very own Top 5 Horror Movie Scripts.
For those curious with how fear is brought to the big screen, check out some of the very best fear inducing screenplays below.
Daughter of revered filmmaker (and wine maker) Francis Ford Coppola, Sophia Coppola had begun to step out of the her father’s shadow after her directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides (1999). However, it wouldn’t be until her academy award winning Lost in Translation (2003) that she was able to gain recognition as a filmmaker of her own credit.
Though Sophia Coppola still has a modest number of films under her belt, she has a bright future ahead of her. Check out her small but brilliant collection of feature length screenplays below:
1998 was a year of falling meteors. Or at least, that’s how Hollywood felt about it. In this week’s Versus, we’re taking a closer look at the two films that sent audiences contemplating the possibility of humanity going dinosaur when an asteroid threatens to wipe out all of civilization.
Though Armageddon (1998) and Deep Impact (1998) have been largely accused for taking on the same premise, critics have been fair to point out that the films differ in tone, style and substance.
But which one stands atop the other? Judge for yourself.