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

EVERYBODY KNOWS (2018)

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.
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MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (2018)

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (2018)

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.
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THE FAVOURITE (2018)

THE FAVOURITE (2018)

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.
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Widows (2018)

Widows (2018)

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.
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A Simple Favor (2018)

A Simple Favor (2018)

Robert McKee's "Works/Doesn't Work" Review THE FAVOURITE Written by Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara It Works. (Spoiler Alert!) THE FAVOURITE is my favorite for the Best Picture Oscar in 2019. Here's four reasons I would love to see it win: Always remember, a cliché...

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The Third Murder (2017)

The Third Murder (2017)

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.
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SANTA CLARITA DIET

SANTA CLARITA DIET

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.
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LEAN ON PETE (2018)

LEAN ON PETE (2018)

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.
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The Rise of One-Act Films

The Rise of One-Act Films

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.
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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)

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.
COMING HOME (2014)

COMING HOME (2014)

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.
EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014)

EDGE OF TOMORROW (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.
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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