3 items from 2015
Hot on the heels of discussing the best work of Danny Boyle’s career, in honor of this week’s release of Steve Jobs, I want to do the same today with scribe Aaron Sorkin. Considered one of the very best, if not the absolute best, writers in the business, Sorkin is one of the most distinctive creators of dialogue that this generation has. A star both on television and in the movies, Sorkin is an undeniable genius. As such, it’s a distinct pleasure to rank his screenplays, as I’ll be doing below. It’s basically just ranking things from good to great, so everything listed is well worth checking out if you’ve yet to see something. Enjoy, and as always, remember that this is only how I would rank things, not the absolute final word on the matter… First as a bonus, here’s how I would rank his TV writing, »
- Joey Magidson
This Time, It’s Rogue: Cruise Continues Singing It Forever Just Because
Arriving nearly four years after the highly celebrated and significantly lauded fourth Mission Impossible installment, 2011’s Brad Bird directed Ghost Protocol, Tom Cruise and company are back, perhaps nervously expecting to pale in comparison to what remains a difficult act to follow. Though an element of surprise is lacking, it’s safe to say Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is an energetic action comedy manufactured with the utmost attention to detail in its remarkable action sequences. Helmed by favored Tom Cruise scribe Christopher McQuarrie (who wrote Valkyrie, Edge of Tomorrow, directed Jack Reacher, and did uncredited revisions on the last Mi film), the whole endeavor feels like a snug outfit for its headlining celebrity.
- Nicholas Bell
Sony’s planned narrative adaptation of the 2014 documentary The Seven Five just took a big step closer to realisation, with the news that the studio is approaching screenwriter Scott Frank to undertake scripting duties. Frank is the scribe behind such titles as Malice, Get Shorty, Out Of Sight, Minority Report and The Wolverine, and his potential involvement brings huge momentum to the project.
The documentary The Seven Five had its premiere at Doc NYC last year, and Sony snapped up the rights to remake it soon after. It details the devastating police corruption case that shook the New York Police Department to its core in the early 1990s, when 75th precinct officer Michael Dowd was tried and convicted of a raft of terrible crimes. Dowd established a network of illegal activities, recruiting his fellow officers to extort money from drug dealers for protection, and also sell drugs of their own. »
- Sarah Myles
3 items from 2015
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