Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup. I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery, and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today.
We only know the titles of 2013’s 72 top unproduced scripts, so let’s imagine the plots.
57. Frisco, Simon Stephenson
Beautiful, smart Jessica is from New Jersey, but she really wants to fit in here in her new home of San Francisco so she calls it Frisco all the time. The mystery at the heart of this film: why can’t Jessica make friends?
"Not to spoil the entire movie, but (spoiler alert) Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, and the liberals win the day, and the hawkish, Fox News-adoring, reactionary killers wind up either in jail or ripped to shreds by explosives and ammunition. It’s typical Hollywood liberalism with gigantic firearms."
"'The Purge,' a bloody horror movie starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, has as much to say about income inequality in 21st century America as it does about triumphantly swinging an ax into the spine of an amoral, wealthy college kid who's trying to kill your family."
Much in the same way that a marketing campaign will go out of its way not to use the word ‘gay’ when promoting a film about two despondent gay cowboys, the marketing campaign for After Earth has gone out of its way not to mention the words ‘M. Night Shyamalan.’
"Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters—a new action film presented in IMAX 3D that is very loosely based on the famous German fairy tale—delivers surprisingly profound commentary on the epidemic of diabetes."
— From our film critic’s review of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters in 3D. (Just read it to find out why, already.)