Assalam alaikum wr wb,
Hello and happy weekend!
Though it’s almost over.
My head is splitting so this one will be brief, I’m afraid.
Ted Hope said that we should all have a list of things we love about film. To avoid chaos and confusion. To elevate our work from good to great (this link via the Black Board. Discussion of it here). To know what to fight for and what to let go.
I’ve been struggling (yet again) with my rewrite for Mr. Wonderful. I hope – Ted Hope – this exercise will help me figure out how to fix it.
It’s a rookie screenwriting mistake, but I love it too much to let it go. And really, really, really – I do think there’s something there worth saving.
I’ve been collecting a list of films that just make my heart sing. Movies that made me sad when they ended.
This is the list and I hope it continues to grow.
- Blade Runner
- Star Wars: A New Hope
- Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
- Back to the Future 1
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Half Nelson
- Fight Club
- Inglourious Basterds
- The Future
- Me You and Everyone We Know
- The Dark Knight Rises
- The Prestige
- Michael Clayton
- Crazy Stupid Love
- Lars and the Real Girl
- The Odd Couple
- Billy Elliot
- In Bruges
- Death at a Funeral
- Manhattan Murder Mystery
- American Beauty
Just off the top of my head, this is what I perceive are some of the common traits of these movies. I’ll unpack the movies and the traits they contain one by one and add to them.
- Adults acting like children (not really bad adolescents)
- Looking at the true ugliness of human nature and not looking away.
- Looking at the true beauty of human nature and not looking away.
- Subverts expectations. Weird, freaky, disturbing.
- A dark, even disgusting, sense of humor.
- Deals with questions about the nature of human existence.
- Beautiful to look at.
Now I’m off to rest my head.