The Road

10 Nature-Survival Experiences in Film, Ranked by Awfulness

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The Revenant is arriving just in time to bring a little misery to your Christmas. Flavorwire’s Jason Bailey called the film an “endurance test,” and whether you’re into that or not, it seems clear that the film’s aim — with Emmanuel Lubezki’s trademark vertiginous cinematography, its bold running time, its ballyhooed bear-maulings, and all the accompanying press about an excruciating production process — is total survival-narrative immersion. 
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The Strange Case of Cormac McCarthy, Screenwriter

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We rarely appraise our most revered literary writers on the basis of their screenwriting. The bald truth is that most great writers never wrote original screenplays, and when they did, they were seldom produced. (Even the crop of famous literary men who dabbled in Hollywood — Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Nabokov, Dos Passos — routinely failed.) Nor do we judge these writers on their adapted screenplays, precisely because these works were adaptations and not originals, but also because Hollywood is a collaboration machine that historically chews up and swallows the solitary imagination, at least during production.
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