Story | Sep 19, 2014 | 1:51 PM
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Column | Sep 25, 2014 | 9:02 AMWalking across Western Avenue on a muggy September afternoon, Gillian Flynn stepped through the rutted pavement of a construction zone and explained with patience and precision how she would murder me one day. Granted, I had asked. Say you needed to kill me, I proposed, how would you do it? Hammer? Rope? A chain saw to the back? Immediately, I regretted asking, and not because she had an unnervingly ready response. The question was gauche: In polite conversation, one does not ask a magician to perform a magic trick or a comedian to tell a joke, and one does not ask the hottest crime and mystery writer in the nation, particularly one with a knack for bottomless wells of unease and characters harboring corrosive tempers, to plot your death. It's tacky. Thankfully, Flynn is not a polite conversationalist, and she doesn't blink at tacky.
Story | Sep 17, 2014 | 12:30 PM
Generations of novelists have been frustrated upon seeing their books interpreted onscreen. But on three recent films, the writers won't be able to complain that their vision was compromised. Scripts for Dennis Lehane's "The Drop," Jonathan Tropper's...
Story | Sep 15, 2014 | 11:50 AM
TORONTO "The Drop" will forever be known as James Gandolfini's final performance, and fellow actor Matthias Schoenaerts finds the actor's death "insanely difficult to talk about." "I had two scenes with him. I can't really say I know this person. I...
Column | Sep 11, 2014 | 3:30 PM