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[Video]: Steve Kaplan Thinks You’re Funny


Off-beat comedy writing genius Steven Kaplan discusses the idiosyncracies of comedy writing, including the idea of a flawed non-hero undergoing a Hero’s Journey. Are drama and comedy distinct genres? Is comedy, as Robert McKee dismissively stated, the schtick that gets in the way of the drama? Or is it a unique perspective that makes human … Read more

Killing Them Softly: How A Screenwriter Murdered His Own Protagonist

Killing Them Softly: How A Screenwriter Murdered His Own Protagonist Character Analysis by Jamie Wynen Andrew Dominik’s (The Assassination of Jesse James, Chopper)  latest film is an adaptation of the novel 1973 crime novel Cogan’s Trade, starring Brad Pitt as the excitingly dangerous Jackie Cogan, Animal Kingdom veteran Ben Mendelsohn, and the implausibly named Scoot McNairy. … Read more

Movie Moment: JCVD deserved not a black belt, but an Oscar

Take a fallen action movie star, plant him in a foreign language arthouse movie and tell his story. You might end up with indigestible pretention… or gold. by Karel Segers Jean-Claude Van Damme plays himself, a dead end, down-and-out Hollywood star who returns to retire in his home country. But when he wants to withdraw … Read more

Breaking Bad Has The Best Scene On Television – Ever

I only know a handful of movies with anything near the emotional power of this movie moment. Only this one didn’t premiere in cinemas. It happened on TV, on the evening of May 24, 2009. [UPDATE: Here’s a great interview with Bryan Cranston about this scene.] by Karel Segers Spoiler warning for season 2! I’m … Read more