Robert McKee’s WORKS / DOESN’T WORK Film Reviews

THE SALESMAN (2016)

THE SALESMAN (2016)

While both participating in a production of “Death of a Salesman,” a teacher’s wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife’s traumatized objections.

LOVING (2016)

LOVING (2016)

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court.

MOONLIGHT (2016)

MOONLIGHT (2016)

A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young black man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Black Mirror

Black Mirror

A television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology.

20TH CENTURY WOMEN (2016)

20TH CENTURY WOMEN (2016)

The story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s.

LA LA LAND (2016)

LA LA LAND (2016)

A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.

HIDDEN FIGURES (2016)

HIDDEN FIGURES (2016)

The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.

Horace and Pete (2016)

Horace and Pete (2016)

An American comedy-drama web series created by Louis C.K. starring himself and Steve Buscemi as co-owners of an Irish bar, Horace and Pete’s.

45 Years (2015)

45 Years (2015)

A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receive shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives.

Other Reviews

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015)

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015)

A review of George Miller’s film, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), by Bass Wakil, co-author with Robert McKee on their upcoming book on the Action genre, ACTION: The Art of Excitement.

Robert McKee on AMERICAN SNIPER Success

Robert McKee on AMERICAN SNIPER Success

Public Radio International’s The Takeaway recently asked Robert McKee about the reasons for the surprising box office success of American Sniper (2014), starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood.

KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON (2014)

KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON (2014)

The writing lesson here is the difference between sentiment and sentimentality; how to express the hard truth of sentiment without wallowing in the mushiness of sentimentality.

COMING HOME (2014)

COMING HOME (2014)

Stories created for the page demand a special talent for retelling in film.  And as COMING HOME once again demonstrates, Zhang Yimou is one of the world’s most brilliant conveyers of prose to the screen.

EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014)

EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014)

Robert McKee gives a short review of the film EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014), starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014)

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014)

Bass Wakil reviews Marvel’s surprise hit GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2015). Bass is the co-author with Robert McKee on their upcoming book ACTION: The Art of Excitement.

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