Beneath all science fiction lies a dilemma, one solved by the best storytellers: whether the speculative devices are more interesting than the characters created to experience them.
Even students who love writing aren't thrilled about first-year composition. If not taught well, the classwork and assignments feel routine, like practice with no chance for game time.
Suzuki's approach adheres to Godard's dictum that all one needs for a movie is a girl and a gun.
As Wood noted frequently, genre is largely based on ideology; it's fostered through popular entertainment and in the film, directly stated by the chief.
As in life, some promises are hard to keep onscreen. This is true in the case of Walter Hill's cult pic The Warriors.
The food science/health documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead makes the filmmaker-subject motif – in which the man behind the camera spends as much time in front of it – appear to be the norm.
Sadly, it's been a while for Alexander Payne.
John Hughes' rise has been well documented.
A Fellini moment was due for a journeyman director like Louis Malle.
Picture this: a secluded scientist waits in a checkout line for his new love interest to return with an item. An unusual pickup for him, she had invaded his radio interview about bird flu (he's an expert) and then asked him to bed when they had drinks.