Spotless

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind first published by Movie Gazette As a screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman is nothing if not consistent. His Being John Malkovich (1999) spins an absurdly logical yarn from a portal which enables people temporarily to enter Malkovich’s mind; Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) is based on Chuck Barris’ half-fictionalised ‘memoirs’…

Without

My Life Without Me (2003)

My Life Without Me first published by Movie Gazette in 2003 Most films about terminal illness resort to a predictable set of clichés – melodramatic confrontations with friends and family, deathbed pathos, tears and joy at the wake, or, worst of all, the miracle cure at the eleventh hour. Isabel Coixet’s My Life Without Me…

Zodiac

Zodiac (2007)

Zodiac first published by musicOMH “Finish this”, Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal) is told by his wife Melanie (Chloë Sevigny) shortly after she has taken the kids and left him, fed up with his obsessive investigations into the Zodiac murders and the risks that it poses to their family. “Finish the book”, Detective Dave Toschi (Mark Ruffalo)…

Shutter

Shutter Island (2010)

First published by EyeforFilm It is 1954, in the Boston Harbour Islands. A ferryboat emerges from a thick mist, as belowdecks a man is puking his guts out. This sequence which opens Martin Scorsese’s latest opus also sets the tone for what it is to follow, in a film where seemingly everything is shrouded in…