In the good old days, an empty, unconventional but overblown idea with no commercial future like Paradise would never have been green-lighted by a crafty studio executive like Louis B. Mayer or Jack Warner. Times have changed. Today, if an experimental novice like Diablo Cody wins an Academy Award for a screenplay (which she did for the surprise, low-budget hit Juno), somebody will surely grab her next movie, even if it’s written in pencil on a roll of Bounty. Paradise is the first film Ms. Cody has both written and directed. It isn’t ready. Read More
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