Patterns: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (AND ARC)

If you’re a screenwriter you’ve probably talked a great deal already about RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: it fascinates people.  It’s so “typical” in its structure yet so “atypical” at the same time. This is a special movie; like James Bond, but more rough & tumble, with a mystical, divine intervention.  Jamie Nash was dubious …

Patterns: CAPTAIN AMERICA

In a way I can’t believe I spent this kind of time on CAPTAIN AMERICA; however in Grade 2 I heard, one Remembrance Day, a horrifying story that I never forgot, and this movie had the exact same story in it.  It hit a personal nerve and compelled me; this movie really got me as …

Double Bill: MAX and THE RAVEN, or “Pseudo-biopics”

MAX is about Adolf Hitler (widely considered to be one the world’s greatest evil world-dominating dictators) while THE RAVEN is about Edgar Allen Poe (widely considered to be a deeply influential genius of dark literature). Not content to settle for boring, real-life stories about these compelling, dark, passionate, intriguing personalities, the filmmakers in both cases …