I'm a screenwriter, so I'd figure putting up a list of screenwriters that I like. They're in no particular order...
“ No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski, True Grit, Fargo, Burn After Reading ” - graycathome
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola
, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola
(née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
“ The Godfather Saga, Apocalypse Now, Dracula, The Great Gatsby, Patton ” - graycathome
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success. William Oliver Stone was born in New York City...
“ Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street, JFK ” - graycathome
Paul Haggis is the award-winning filmmaker who, in 2006, became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back - Million Dollar Baby
directed by Clint Eastwood
, and Crash
which he himself directed. For Crash
, he won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay...
“ Crash, Casino Royale, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, The Last Kiss ” - graycathome
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino
, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ Pulp Fiction, Inglurious Bastards, Resevoir Dogs, Kill Bill 1 and 2 ” - graycathome
“ The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Christmas Vacation, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller's Day Off ” - graycathome
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance...
“ Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove, The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey ” - graycathome
Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High School...
“ The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist, The Walking Dead, Frankenstein ” - graycathome
After The Dark Knight's success, Warner Bros. signed Nolan to direct Inception. Nolan also wrote and co-produced the film, described as "a contemporary set within the architecture of the mind". Before being released in theaters, critics like Peter Travers and Lou Lumenick wondered if Nolan's faith in moviegoers' intelligence would cost him at the box office...
“ The Dark Knight, Inception, Batman Begins, The Prestige, Memento ” - graycathome
“ Lost, Mission Impossible III, Star Trek, Alias, Armageddon ” - graycathome
Paul Thomas Anderson
Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
“ Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood ” - graycathome
Aaron Sorkin grew up in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York City where he was very involved in his high school drama and theater club. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, Sorkin intended to pursue a career in acting. It took him only a short time to realize that his true love...
“ The Social Network, A Few Good Men, The West Wing, Charlie Wilson's War ” - graycathome
“ Up in the Air, Juno, Thank You For Smoking, Young Adult ” - graycathome
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ Lord of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong, Heavenly Creatures, The Lovely Bones ” - graycathome
“ Harry Potter Saga, The Amazing Spider-Man, Wonder Boys ” - graycathome
“ The Crying Game, Michael Collins, Ondine, Interview with a Vampire, The Borgias ” - graycathome
Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market. Cameron Bruce Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, to Alice Marie Crowe
(née George), a teacher and activist, and James A. Crowe...
“ Almost Famous, Singles, Vanilla Sky, Fast Times of Ridgemont High ” - graycathome
“ The Departed, Kingdom of Heaven, Body of Lies, Edge of Darkness, London Boulevard ” - graycathome
M. Night Shyamalan
Born in India but raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is the son of two doctors. His passion for filmmaking began when he was given a Super-8 camera at age eight, and even at that young age began to model his career on that of his idol, Steven Spielberg
“ Unbreakable, The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village, The Happening ” - graycathome
“ American Beauty, Trueblood, Six Feet Under ” - graycathome
A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch
. He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile
, in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release, Thief
starring James Caan
as a safe-cracker who falls under the spell of the mob...
“ Heat, Last of the Mohicans, The Insider, Public Enemies, Ali ” - graycathome
Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen College...
“ The Thin Red Line, Badlands, The New World, Tree of Life ” - graycathome
“ District Nine, Smallville, Stargate SG-1 ” - graycathome
Kevin Patrick Smith was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, to Grace (Schultz) and Donald E. Smith
, a postal worker. He is very proud of his native state; this fact can be seen in all of his movies. Kevin is of mostly German, with some Irish and English, ancestry. His first movie, Clerks
, was filmed in the convenience store in which Smith worked...
“ Chasing Amy, Clerks 1 & 2, Mallrats, Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back, Cop Out ” - graycathome