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Salvo's interviews with Screenwriter
and Film Critic Barbara Nicolosi

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(3) What's the Story?

Today's Filmmakers Don't Know the First Thing About Decent Narratives

(2) Blockbusted

What's Wrong with the Summer Movie Season?

(1) Oscar Redux

What the 2008 Academy Awards Reveal About the Culture

In Salvo 3, we had the privilege of speaking with screenwriter Barbara Nicolosi about the importance and influence of movies. Well, we were so impressed with her insights that we decided to check in with her on a quarterly basis to help us keep tabs on the messages emanating from Hollywood. We are calling this ongoing series of interviews "R&R"--as in "rest and recreation"--but you will soon realize that Nicolosi views filmgoing as anything but a passive activity. Rather, she would have us audience members thoroughly scrutinize what we see at our theaters and multiplexes, noting not only the craft of a given movie, but also the ideas that it communicates. It is thus somewhat fitting that we begin our conversations together with a discussion of the 2008 Academy Awards. For perhaps nowhere are a culture's attitudes and perspectives more apparent than in the films that it celebrates.

Barbara Nicolosi

Barbara Nicolosi is a Hollywood screenwriter, the head of creative development for Origin Entertainment, and the founder of Act One, Inc. Her film criticism can be found at Church of the Masses.

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