Novelist Stephen Elliott: ‘Screenwriting is definitely easier than writing a novel’

Stephen Elliott goes from novelist to screenwriter for 'About Cherry'
Stephen Elliott goes from novelist to screenwriter for ‘About Cherry’

Stephen Elliott never set out to be a writer. Seven books later, he’s become a respected author and the editor-in-chief of his own online magazine, The Rumpus.

He never set out to become a filmmaker, either. Now Elliott’s promoting his directorial debut, About Cherry, a film he also co-wrote.

Read moreNovelist Stephen Elliott: ‘Screenwriting is definitely easier than writing a novel’

‘The Master’ might just be a… ‘master’-piece

Joaquin Phoenix returns to the big screen with 'The Master'
Joaquin Phoenix returns to the big screen with ‘The Master’

[rating=4]Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson

When I ranked Magnolia as my top film of 1999, I often found myself in the position of have to defend it often to non-believers. Yes, it was tough, I acknowledged. Yes, it was difficult. But unlike many other works, which receive acclaim for breaking the rules, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s uncompromising visionary vista was to be applauded for creating a set of rules all his own. Anderson’s latest, The Master, is a visually arresting and highly stylized look at a similar group of those who may doubt and disbelieve.

Read more‘The Master’ might just be a… ‘master’-piece

‘Liberal Arts’ is a strong sophomore effort from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ star

Elizabeth Olsen does well opposite 'Liberal Arts''s star/writer/director, Josh Radnor
Elizabeth Olsen does well opposite ‘Liberal Arts”s star/writer/director, Josh Radnor

Liberal Arts – “those subjects or skills that in classical antiquity were considered essential for a free person, in other words, a citizen, to know in order to take an active part in civic life and public debate.”

Read more‘Liberal Arts’ is a strong sophomore effort from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ star

’10 Years’ is a better than average directorial debut for Jamie Linden

Kate Mara and Oscar Isaac in ’10 Years’

10 Years is just what it sounds like.  It is the ten year reunion of a group of former high school classmates.  Just like any real reunion, the graduates travel from close by and far away to spend a night drinking, reconnecting and sharing what’s gone in their lives over the decade since they graduated.  Some people dread receiving that invitation in the mail, others salivate and wait impatiently for its arrival and the chance to go.

Read more’10 Years’ is a better than average directorial debut for Jamie Linden

‘Hello, I Must Be Going’ is excellent independent filmmaking

Melanie Lynskey in 'Hello, I Must Be Going'
Melanie Lynskey in ‘Hello, I Must Be Going’

“Amy” (Melanie Lynskey) is a woman in her mid-thirties who has spent the last three months inside of her parent’s home, not leaving the grounds once. She is in the middle of divorcing her husband, never finished her Master’s degree and basically eats, sleeps and watches old black and white television.

Read more‘Hello, I Must Be Going’ is excellent independent filmmaking