Too much CGI: How special effects are killing good scripts

Almost as long as there have been films, there have been special effects, evolving through rockets in the Moon’s eye and a giant ape climbing landmarks to lightsabers, dinosaurs, and Michael Bay. They made the impossible filmable; they created some of the most iconic moments in cinema. With computers, we can go further than ever, […]

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W.E.: Madonna’s first film isn’t one to cherish

Some films come with baggage, and few as much as W.E. – short for Wallis and Edward (VIII): the depiction of the affair that led to Edward’s abdication and Wallis’ vilification. Yes, Madonna directs. Yes, the subject featured in last year’s The King’s Speech. And yes, apparently a sympathetic portrait of Wallis Simpson is scandalous. […]

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Based on the book…

Adaptations to stage are always an interesting endeavour. If they’re from films, you lack the multiple locations, the special effects, the cast of thousands; from books, there are just so many details – from inner monologues to vast descriptions – to be dealt with. Books can offer the most challenge, or at least the more […]

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