Zero Dark Thirty was a dreadful telemovie - or extended CSI - that had no place in the cinema. Blatant propaganda based on a lie:
Dude, if you're going to share a film, make sure it's worth sharing. That's 15 minutes of my life I'm never getting back.
Absolutely right. And not just short stories, but newspaper and magazine articles. Even "Agony Aunt" columns.
I attempted to adapt a 450 page action thriller to 100 minutes of film, but when I got to 100 pages I wasn't even half way through the book. I considered dropping one of the threads - and one of the main characters - when I realised a 7 part series was the way to go (the book was set over 7 days). That meant I had to put back a whole lot of stuff I'd cut out.