“He doesn’t write for pussies and he doesn’t write for women. He writes for men, because he’s a man.” So says actor Sam Elliott. What are your favourite movies? Mine include Big Wednesday, Apocalypse Now and Dirty Harry (feel free to discuss). That means that John Milius is one of my favourite screenwriters and filmmakers. He grew up in California and surfed and went to USC film school with George Lucas and Randal Kleiser and Willard Huyck and wanted to be John Ford and tell Homeric yarns, great big stories that sucked you in and took you on a great ride. This documentary, by Zak Knutson and Joey Figueroa, lines up his colleagues and classmates and tells a compelling story which winds up in the political eye of the storm that was Red Dawn, a Reagan-era pro-US tale of teens vs the Soviet Union which effectively killed off the career of an NRA enthusiast whose political worldview has not evolved with age. He epitomises the term Hollywood outsider. Being ripped off by his accountant has compounded his employment woes. This is a fascinating piece of work, filled to the brim with great photos and film clips and interviews old and new and suffused with the sadness expressed by Steven Spielberg that the greatest raconteur he has ever known is now suffering the after effects of a stroke endured while shooting Genghis Khan in 2010. He had to learn how to speak again. For Spielberg this is the worst thing that has ever happened to any of his friends. (Bizarrely, for all Milius’ critics, and not mentioned here, the owner of the greatest collection of guns in California is … Steven Spielberg. Not many people know that!) Brilliant, action-filled, witty, informative, emotive and fast-moving. Kind of like a John Milius screenplay.