Writing

Writing

SELECTED film reviews, interviews and other miscellaneous stuff.

 

THE MASTER: FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN

Breaking down the biggest differences between the screenplay for The Master and the finished film.

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ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE COMES TO BROOKLYN: AN INSIDE LOOK AT NEW YORK CITY'S NEWEST THEATER

My interview with Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League and head of programming Cristina Cacioppo about their plans for their Brooklyn outpost.

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TIFF Review: Jason Reitman’s ‘Boogie Nights’ Live Read Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Josh Brolin, Olivia Wilde & More

Review of the Live Read of Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights screenplay at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Over-Analyze This: A Deep Dive Into Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’ Trailer

My deep dive into the trailer for The Master.

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WHAT KIND OF BIRD ARE YOU? Deconstructing The ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Trailer

My deep dive into Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom trailer.

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ALEX WINTER DISCUSSES HIS 1993 CULT HIT 'FREAKED'

Writer/director/Bill S. Preston Esquire Alex Winter discusses the making of his cult 1993 film Freaked at 92Y Tribeca.

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The Cast & Creators Of ‘The Adventures Of Pete & Pete’ Reunite In NYC To Discuss Their Cult ’90s Show

Recap of an epic Q&A for one of my favorite shows of all time.

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Jason Reitman Debuts His ‘Live Read’ Series In NYC With ‘The Apartment’ Starring Paul Rudd & Emma Stone

Review of the Live Read of Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond's The Apartment screenplay at the NY Times Center.

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When Is Everything Going To Get Back To Normal? Taking A Look At The Upcoming Season Of ‘Mad Men’

Recap of the Mad Men Season 5 premiere.

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You Only Live Twice: We Look Towards The Future As ‘Mad Men’ Wraps Up A Phenomenal Season 5

Recap of the Mad Men Season 5 finale.

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Review: ‘Mad Men’ Returns With A Confident 2-Hour Premiere That Proves It’s Still The Best Show On TV

Recap of the Mad Men Season 6 premiere.

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A Look Back At Season 6 Of ‘Mad Men’ & What May Lie Ahead In The Final Season

Recap of the Mad Men Season 6 finale.

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INHERENT VICE: FROM PAGE TO SCREEN

Breaking down the biggest differences between Thomas Pynchon's novel and Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation.

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MAKING THE MASTER

From 2010-2013, I co-ran Cigarettes & Red Vines, the official (unofficial) site of filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson ("Boogie Nights," "There Will Be Blood"). In early 2013, I conducted a series of interviews with Anderson and various cast and crew members who worked on his latest film "The Master," including his Producer JoAnne Sellar, Editor Leslie Jones, Costume Designer Mark Bridges, and Production Designers Jack Fisk and David Crank.

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Underrated/overrated films 2011-2014

A small collection of my yearly contributions to The Playlist's controversial year-end Underrated/Overrated feature.

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8 Established Filmmakers Who Reinvented Themselves With Risky Low-Budget Efforts

A feature I led that highlights risky low-budget efforts from high-profile filmmakers including 28 Days Later (Danny Boyle), Inland Empire (David Lynch), Gerry (Gus Van Sant), Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme) and more.

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Interview: Director David Lowery Discusses His Sundance Sensation ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ & Assembling ‘Upstream Color’

My interview with filmmaker David Lowery (Pete's Dragon, Ain't Them Bodies Saints).

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Interview: Inside The ‘Breaking Bad’ Writers Room With Writer/Producer George Mastras

Part one of my interview with Breaking Bad writer/producer George Mastras.

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Interview: ‘Breaking Bad’ Writer/Producer George Mastras Talks Wrapping Up The Series & Much More

Part two of my interview with Breaking Bad writer/producer George Mastras.

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SXSW ’12: Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow & The Team Behind ‘Girls’ Discuss The Brilliant New HBO Show

Recap of the Girls Q&A with Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner and Judd Apatow at the series' SXSW premiere.

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: Dark Dramedy ‘The Skeleton Twins’ Starring Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: Dark Dramedy ‘The Skeleton Twins’ Starring Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘The One I Love’ Starring Elizabeth Moss & Mark Duplass READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘The One I Love’ Starring Elizabeth Moss & Mark Duplass

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: Zombie Rom-Com ‘Life After Beth’ Starring Aubrey Plaza & Dane DeHaan READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: Zombie Rom-Com ‘Life After Beth’ Starring Aubrey Plaza & Dane DeHaan

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: Anton Corbijn’s ‘A Most Wanted Man’ Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams & More READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: Anton Corbijn’s ‘A Most Wanted Man’ Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams & More

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REVIEW: ‘Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me’ Documents The Greatest Band Who Never Made It READ IT HERE.

REVIEW: ‘Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me’ Documents The Greatest Band Who Never Made It

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: David Sedaris Adaptation ‘C.O.G.’ Might Work Better As An HBO Series READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: David Sedaris Adaptation ‘C.O.G.’ Might Work Better As An HBO Series

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: JILL SOLOWAY'S ‘Afternoon Delight’ Will Leave You With A Smile On Your Face READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: JILL SOLOWAY'S ‘Afternoon Delight’ Will Leave You With A Smile On Your Face

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: Austenland’ Is A Pleasant Comic Romp That May Leave You Feeling Unfulfilled READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: Austenland’ Is A Pleasant Comic Romp That May Leave You Feeling Unfulfilled

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TRIBECA REVIEW: Lightweight ‘Cheerful Weather For The Wedding’ Mostly Wastes FELICITY JONES READ IT HERE.

TRIBECA REVIEW: Lightweight ‘Cheerful Weather For The Wedding’ Mostly Wastes FELICITY JONES

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘Liberal Arts’ Is A Mostly Charming Sophomore Effort From Writer/Director Josh Radnor READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘Liberal Arts’ Is A Mostly Charming Sophomore Effort From Writer/Director Josh Radnor

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TIFF REVIEW: Fernando Meirelles’ International Love Story ‘360’ May Leave His Fans Heartbroken READ IT HERE.

TIFF REVIEW: Fernando Meirelles’ International Love Story ‘360’ May Leave His Fans Heartbroken

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REVIEW: ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’ Is Light On Scares & A Minor Effort From Producer Del Toro READ IT HERE.

REVIEW: ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’ Is Light On Scares & A Minor Effort From Producer Del Toro

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REVIEW: ‘Boy’ Doesn’t Talk Down To Its Audience, But May Have Trouble Reaching Them READ IT HERE.

REVIEW: ‘Boy’ Doesn’t Talk Down To Its Audience, But May Have Trouble Reaching Them

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TV REVIEW: HBO’s ‘Eastbound & Down’ Makes Its Long-Awaited Return With Hilarious Season 3 Opener READ IT HERE.

TV REVIEW: HBO’s ‘Eastbound & Down’ Makes Its Long-Awaited Return With Hilarious Season 3 Opener

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REVIEW: 'SUBMARINE' IS A SMART AND SHARP COMING-OF-AGE COMEDY AND A PROMISING DEBUT READ IT HERE.

REVIEW: 'SUBMARINE' IS A SMART AND SHARP COMING-OF-AGE COMEDY AND A PROMISING DEBUT

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: Nick Cave Docudrama ‘20,000 Days On Earth’ READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: Nick Cave Docudrama ‘20,000 Days On Earth’

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: Adam Wingard’s ‘The Guest’ Is A Thriller Throwback That’s A Damn Good Time READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: Adam Wingard’s ‘The Guest’ Is A Thriller Throwback That’s A Damn Good Time

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REVIEW: ‘Girl Most Likely’ Starring Kristen Wiig, Darren Criss, Annette Bening & Matt Dillon READ IT HERE.

REVIEW: ‘Girl Most Likely’ Starring Kristen Wiig, Darren Criss, Annette Bening & Matt Dillon

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SXSW REVIEW: VHS Doc ‘Rewind This!’ Is An Affectionate Tribute To A Bygone Era READ IT HERE.

SXSW REVIEW: VHS Doc ‘Rewind This!’ Is An Affectionate Tribute To A Bygone Era

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘In A World…’ IS A Low-Key Charmer & Promising Directorial Debut For Lake Bell READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘In A World…’ IS A Low-Key Charmer & Promising Directorial Debut For Lake Bell

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘The Way, Way Back’ A Familiar But Crowd Pleasing Coming-Of-Age Tale READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘The Way, Way Back’ A Familiar But Crowd Pleasing Coming-Of-Age Tale

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘The East’ Is A Divisive, But Stylish Thriller & Worthy Companion Piece To ‘Sound Of My Voice’ READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘The East’ Is A Divisive, But Stylish Thriller & Worthy Companion Piece To ‘Sound Of My Voice’

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TRIBECA REVIEW: ‘Queen: Days Of Our Lives’ Is A Good Overview Of The Classic Band’s Career READ IT HERE.

TRIBECA REVIEW: ‘Queen: Days Of Our Lives’ Is A Good Overview Of The Classic Band’s Career

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘Nobody Walks’ Is A Sensual, Emotionally Complex Film With Humor & Humanity READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘Nobody Walks’ Is A Sensual, Emotionally Complex Film With Humor & Humanity

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘Bachelorette’ Is For Anyone Who Wished ‘Bridesmaids’ Was More Like ‘The Hangover’ READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘Bachelorette’ Is For Anyone Who Wished ‘Bridesmaids’ Was More Like ‘The Hangover’

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REVIEW: ‘Project Nim’ Is A Tragic Look At The Life Of The Ape That Was Raised As A Human READ IT HERE.

REVIEW: ‘Project Nim’ Is A Tragic Look At The Life Of The Ape That Was Raised As A Human

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REVIEW: Tony Kaye’s ‘Detachment’ Is A Fascinating Mess You Can’t Look Away From READ IT HERE.

REVIEW: Tony Kaye’s ‘Detachment’ Is A Fascinating Mess You Can’t Look Away From

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TV REVIEW: HBO’s Fantasy Epic ‘Game Of Thrones’ Returns For A Satisfying Sophomore Season READ IT HERE.

TV REVIEW: HBO’s Fantasy Epic ‘Game Of Thrones’ Returns For A Satisfying Sophomore Season

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SXSW REVIEW: ‘Evil Dead’ Is A Grim, Humorless, Ultraviolent Update Of A Horror Classic READ IT HERE.

SXSW REVIEW: ‘Evil Dead’ Is A Grim, Humorless, Ultraviolent Update Of A Horror Classic

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘God’s Pocket’ Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman & John Turturro READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘God’s Pocket’ Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman & John Turturro

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-Funded ‘Wish I Was Here’ READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-Funded ‘Wish I Was Here’

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘The To Do List’ Starring Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader & Alia Shawkat READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘The To Do List’ Starring Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader & Alia Shawkat

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SXSW REVIEW: Olivia Wilde & Jake Johnson Have Crazy Chemistry In Joe Swanberg’s ‘Drinking Buddies’ READ IT HERE.

SXSW REVIEW: Olivia Wilde & Jake Johnson Have Crazy Chemistry In Joe Swanberg’s ‘Drinking Buddies’

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes’ Is A Frustrating Sea Of Clichés READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes’ Is A Frustrating Sea Of Clichés

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: Idiosyncratic ‘KINGS OF SUMMER’ Heralds The Arrival Of A Fresh New Comic Voice READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: Idiosyncratic ‘KINGS OF SUMMER’ Heralds The Arrival Of A Fresh New Comic Voice

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘Crystal Fairy’ Is A Hilarious Drug-Fueled Road Movie & A Welcome Return For Michael Cera READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘Crystal Fairy’ Is A Hilarious Drug-Fueled Road Movie & A Welcome Return For Michael Cera

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘Save The Date’ Is Light, Endearing & What Other Rom-Coms Should Aspire To READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘Save The Date’ Is Light, Endearing & What Other Rom-Coms Should Aspire To

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: Disappointing ‘Robot And Frank’ Is High Concept Sci-Fi That’s Low On Ideas READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: Disappointing ‘Robot And Frank’ Is High Concept Sci-Fi That’s Low On Ideas

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REVIEW: ‘Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey’ Is An Inspirational Doc About The Man Behind The Muppet READ IT HERE.

REVIEW: ‘Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey’ Is An Inspirational Doc About The Man Behind The Muppet

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TIFF REVIEW: Oh The Horror — Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Twixt’ Is A Low-Rent Nightmare READ IT HERE.

TIFF REVIEW: Oh The Horror — Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Twixt’ Is A Low-Rent Nightmare

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘Terri’ Is Another Enjoyable But Slight Coming-Of-Age Indie READ IT HERE.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘Terri’ Is Another Enjoyable But Slight Coming-Of-Age Indie

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REVIEW: ‘The Details’ Is An Inconsistent But Entertaining Dark Comedy READ IT HERE.

REVIEW: ‘The Details’ Is An Inconsistent But Entertaining Dark Comedy

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