I am a great fan of literary works of various genres: novels, novellas, plays, short stories, screenplays and poems (though I do not fancy poems as much as the other five.)
And we have often seen people giving us definitive lists of the five or ten (or even one-hundred, as we have seen from the American Film Institute,) films to watch before you die; but, inspired from these—and deciding to put my long time habit of reading screenplays of movies I have watched, or am going to watch, into practice—I decided to come up with my own list of screenplays for you to read as soon as you can lay your hands on one. Continue reading
It pleases one to no small limit to see all (or at least most) of his favourite actors, director(s) and screenplaywright(s) working on a common project and coming out with what can only be a masterpiece of a film. This coming year looks like its my turn.
Among my favourite actors are (in no particular order) Al Pacino[The Godfather (trilogy,) Scent of a woman, Scarface, S1m0ne,] Marlon Brando [The Godfather, Julius Caesar, A streetcar named Desire,] Robert DiNiro [The Godfather II, Mean Streets, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver,] Johnny Depp [Pirates of the Carribean, Charlie and the chocolate factory, Public enemies, Alice in Wonderland] and Hugh Grant [Four weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, About a boy, Music and Lyrics.] And then my favourite directors are Francis Ford Coppolla [The Godfather,] Martin Scorsese (SKOR-say-zee, many say it wrong!) [Raging bull, Good fellas, Taxi Driver, Shutter Island,] and Stevn Speilberg [Jurrassic Park, Schneider’s list.] And not to tire you out, two of my many favourite screen-playwrights are Steven Zaillian [Schindler’s list, Mission: Impossible, The Interpreter, American Gangster,] and Eric Roth [Forrest Gump, The Good Shepard, Munich, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.]
Now picture this: Robert DiNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci [My cousin Vinny] all starring in a film directed by Martin Scorsese and scripted by Steven Zaillian. Continue reading