New York Times

All 17 Oscar Best Original Screenplay Winners From The 21st Century Ranked

By Ian Flanagan

An original screenplay doesn’t adhere to the rules of adaptation, which often lends the subsequent original film more novelty than the latest production of a New York Times bestseller.

In the 21st century, countless innovative screenwriters have taken real life or a really great idea and set the foundation for refreshing genuine cinema. They’ve missed a few, but an excess of inventive scripts have been honored by the Academy Awards with at least a nomination. But without delay, here are the 17 winners for Best Original Screenplay so far this century ranked from worst to best.

17. Crash

Racism: The Movie would have been a more fitting title. Somehow edging out masterful screenplays like Good Night, and Good Luck and The Squid and the Whale, Crash was foolishly rewarded many times over for all of its blunt, cliché-ridden storytelling choices.

Even ignoring the painful obviousness of its themes, Crash’s greatest detriment is in its fractured narrative that, as is often the case with this unwise screenwriting choice, reduces the impact of any individual thread of the story because each fragment is buried by the rest. Only the subplot involving Michael Pena’s character actually carries any sense of emotional weight in its brief focus.

So completely removed from subtlety and severely hackneyed in it unfocused narrative, Crash’s Academy Award wins it will go down as one of the Oscar’s biggest regrets of the 21st century. It has virtually nothing to offer the problems of racial discrimination in the modern era.

16. Birdman

Edward Norton - Birdman

Though it has a solid premise, Emmanuel Lubezki’s magic touch and a few good characters to its credit, Birdman’s script is hindered throughout by how badly it smacks of smug self-importance. It had little right to have beaten the likes of Boyhood, Nightcrawler → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

5 Reasons Why “The Shining” Is The Best Horror Movie of All Time

By Rashawn Prince

Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “The Shining” was released in theaters in spring 1980. The film opened to mixed reviews; Janet Maslin, film critic for the New York Times, gave the following critique of the horror film: “The supernatural story knows frustratingly little rhyme or reason. Even the film’s most startling horrific images seem overbearing and perhaps even irrelevant.”

While many film critics weren’t blown away with the film during its initial release, the film would go on to be considered as one of the greatest horror films ever made. The scares in the film weren’t delivered by gore or or grisly special effects; it was masterful direction orchestrated by Kubrick and a tour de force performance by Jack Nicholson that created a suffocating sense of dread and doom throughout the film, building a psychological horror that traps the viewer inside the Overlook Hotel with the tragic characters in the film, making “The Shining” an unforgettable masterpiece of horror cinema and the best horror movie of all time.

1. Stephen King’s book vs. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation

From the time the film was released up to this very day, the biggest critic of Kubrick’s “The Shining” was none other than Stephen King. King described Kubrick’s version as cold and unfaithful to his novel, but to be fair, Kubrick’s version is less of an adaptation of King’s novel and more a frightful hallucination of the book. While King hated the movie version of the book, the author had to concede to the brilliance of the film in an interview he did for TV Guide: “Could it have been done better? Over the years I’ve come to believe that it probably could not. The film is cold and disappointingly loveless—but → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema