Robert breaks down what worked (and didn’t work) in some of the stories he’s seen throughout 2021 on the stage, page and screen.
A tear-stained list of Jerry Springer chants (He stole my money! He stole my property! He stole my baby!) infects this wannabe art film.
The enmity between Mary and Elizabeth becomes a kind of legal argument that drags on for 40 years. Scenes are thinly disguised prosecution v defense debates over whose queenship is legitimate.
This excellent film merges the Heist (one of the fourteen subgenres of Crime) with subplots of Social Drama, Political Drama and Domestic Drama and uses this mix of genres to revitalize tired conventions.
If you are looking for a breezy, fun crime story, A SIMPLE FAVOR delivers just that. But for the writer looking to study a fine work, the film offers skillfully executed examples of three key writing principles.
This courtroom drama delivers a fine reworking of the Open Mystery. We know who committed the murder but not why. The storytelling builds curiosity by making us guess between at least six different whys and the possibility of innocence.
If Oscar Wilde diddled Noel Coward (or the other way round), this show would be their great great grandchild.
Robert McKee shares his thoughts on the new film by 45 YEARS director, Andrew Haigh.
Over the last few years there seems to be a trend or at least a drift toward minimalism and a focus on inner conflict. More and more well-regarded films are being told in just one act.