Moviemaking

  • Are Women Psycho or is it Just Hollywood?

    I have recently noticed a disturbing trend in Hollywood cinema: the psychotic woman. The films that come to mind are Basic Instinct,...

  • How I Made a 1 Mil. Feature Virtually for Free

    Mark Knudsen wandered into the MovieMaker offices last month and told us an extremely unusual story about how he financed his first...

  • Citizen Cotten

    In the title of his autobiography Joseph Cotten said Vanity Will Get You Somewhere. Talent, and possibly vanity, took Cotten from his...

  • Spielberg Finally Wins the Gold

    The Academy Award nominations have been announced, and to absolutely no one’s surprise, they were dominated by Steven Spielberg, whose Holocaust opus,...

  • Another Getaway

    When he died in 1977, Jim Thompson left as his legacy a handful of crime novels. Never popular during his lifetime, he...

  • Scraping Bottom

    Evil priests. Lascivious nuns. Mischievous monkeys in a graveyard. What genius dwells in the minds of low-budget moviemakers. What quirky flourishes of...

  • American Messiah

    Three in the morning is always a great time to think. No distractions. It’s you and your thoughts… mano a mano. Right...

  • MM Notebook

    Sometimes when I watch my two and-a-half year old daughter I’m utterly amazed that she’s come so far so fast. My sweet,...

  • Portrait of the Screenwriter as a Young Man

    I met George Wing through his girlfriend, who was working an unglamorous day job with me at a discount brokerage. He was...

  • Pay Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

    The Phantom Empire by Geoffrey O’Brien W W. Norton & Co., New York, 1993 $20.00 "Instead of visions modern people see movies,...