Movie Talk

Sundance lineup announced

Hey, folks– Sundance announced the lineup for next year’s festival… click HERE, or on the link below, to see the press release with all the film info…http://festival.sundance.org/2010/press_industry/releases/2010_sundance_film_festival_announces_films_in_premieres/ You might also like:No Related Posts

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I’ve seen a lot of movies this week, but 9, the new animated movie produced by Tim Burton (The Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch, Day Watch), is easily the most disappointing.  It’s not the WORST movie I’ve seen this week (that distinction is saved for My One And Only)…...

Some Seriously Glourious Basterds

Okay, I know I’m a little behind the bandwagon on this, but I FINALLY got around to seeing Inglourious Basterds tonight, and I have to say… THAT IS AN AWESOMELY BAD-ASS MOVIE. I’m not usually a huge Quentin Tarantino fan… I like him, but I always feel like he recycles his same bag of...

6 Quick Movie Reviews

Every once in a while, the stars align in little ways that turn out to be AWESOME… like when A) you’re off work for a week, and B) your parents are in town, so you C) get to spend the week seeing a ton of movies.  This never happens… I mean, I like to...

MOVIE TALK: The Ugly Truth

The best part of “The Ugly Truth,” which opens this Friday, July 24, is that its title pretty much writes the review for you. A romantic comedy so bland and paint-by-numbers that it’s astounding it even got made (and more astounding that Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler chose it), it begins by following Abby,...

MOVIE TALK: Angels & Demons

Hey, guys– So sorry I’ve been awol for several days… we upgraded our software, and due to some unforeseen technical glitches, I haven’t been able to post! But I’m glad to be back, and wanted to take today to talk a bit about Angels & Demons, Imagine and Ron Howard‘s sequel to The Da...

A book recommendation… and a response to Dixon

Hey, guys– Wanted to take a second today to give you a great book recommendation.  Now, granted, I’m biased for a several reasons, but I’d urge you to check out Writer’s Digest‘s new book, The 2009 Screenwriter’s and Playwright’s Market.  Like TCG‘s Dramatists Sourcebook, it lists opportunities to which writers can submit scripts: agents,...

MOVIE TALK: The International

“The International,” which opens tomorrow, February 13, is first-time screenwriter Eric Singer and director Tom Tykwer’s solid and passable—if never genuinely extraordinary—political/corporate thriller.  As a script, it deftly follows the steps of your best TV procedural… yet it never fully makes a genuine emotional impact (except for one incredible scene). Basically, “The International” tells...

Coraline – A Follow-Up!

Hey, guys— Thanks to everyone who posted comments or emailed me after last week’s review of “Coraline.”  I always love getting feedback… and I REALLY love generating heated debate, and I have to be honest—I NEVER thought my criticism of “Coraline” would stir up as much controversy as it did!  I’ll also say… I...

MOVIE TALK: Coraline

Coraline, which opens this Friday (February 6), is the kind of movie critics love to praise.  They’ll use words like “quirky” and “whimsical”… they’ll congratulate it on being a kids’ movie that dares to be “dark”… they’ll laud it for using old-fashioned stop-motion animation.  And in their rush to appear smart or hip or...

MOVIE TALK: Paul Blart: Mall Cop

“Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (opening tomorrow night) is silly, stupid, juvenile, riddled with logic holes, and rarely hilarious… yet, somehow, surprisingly endearing. Written by star Kevin James and “King of Queens” writer Nick Bakay, the family-friendly (especially if that family is mostly boys) story follows Paul Blart (James), an overweight, hypoglycemic police academy flunkie...

MOVIE TALK: The Unborn

Writer/director David S. Goyer’s “The Unborn,” which opens today, is a perfect movie to review—especially from a writing perspective—because it’s a shining example of exactly how NOT to write a horror movie… or any movie in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror genre. “The Unborn” tells the story of Casey (Odette Yustman), a twenty-something college student who finds...

MOVIE TALK: Quantum of Solace

If there’s one thing the new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, is not… it’s a good screenwriting lesson. This isn’t to say it’s not a lot of other things: a collection of (mostly) cool action sequences, a solid attempt to be a genuine sequel to Casino Royale, another stand-out performance from Daniel Craig....

MOVIE TALK: Changeling

Hey, guys– Saw Changeling last night, the new movie by director Clint Eastwood and screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski (former Writers Digest columnist/author!), and I have to say: This movie is many things… •  A disturbing psychological thriller•  A restrained “little-guy-takes-on-the-system” drama•  A great screenwriting lesson•  A scathing indictment of the Bush administration Based on...

MOVIE TALK: The Express

I tend to believe everyone has a story to tell, every life is unique, and the quality of a biography’s storytelling usually depends on how you look at the life.  In other words, with the right storytelling, any life can be dramatic.  Or undramatic. Never has this been more true than in the case...

Mama vs. the Maid

Hey, screenwriters— Saw two movies this last week—Made of Honor and Baby Mama—that I thought made an interesting comparison of romantic comedies.  Neither is particularly brilliant, but I think Baby Mama succeeds more as a romantic comedy, or relationship comedy, and I wanted to look at why. Although there are plenty of things to...

Iron Man Update…

Marvel Studios doesn’t waste any time. After Iron Man opened at over $100 million, they’ve already announced the premiere date of Iron Man 2… April 30, 2010!  This is less than two months before the premiere of Thor, which is scheduled for June 4, 2010. The following summer, Marvel will release Captain America on...

MOVIE TALK: Iron Man

Before I begin this post, I need to warn you: spoiler alert!  If you haven’t seen Iron Man, and you want to, be warned: I am about to give away parts of the movie.  So proceed at your own risk… Saw Iron Man last night.  And all in all, it’s a fun way to...

WHAT NOT TO WRITE: Vantage Point

Hey, screenwriters— I just want to say this up front: my wife made me go. Okay, that’s a lie. She definitely wanted to go more than I did, but the truth is: I kinda wanted to see it.  At least, I had wanted to see it… before it got nothing but horrible reviews.  In...

WHAT NOT TO WRITE: Leatherheads

Hey, screenwriters– Today’s post is brought to us by Martin Scorsese‘s new Rolling Stones IMAX movie, Shine A Light.  (Okay, not really, but it looks incredible, so do yourselves a favor and check it out.)  And while I haven’t seen it yet, I can only assume that it will rock hard… which will help...