Tag Archives: script gods must die

You get one scene from On The Waterfront, which do you pick? How about the Father Barry (Karl Malden) monologue where he gets pelted with crap for rabble-rousing?             Or the final punch up scene with a half-crippled Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) fighting the heinous Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb)? […]

The writer Bruce Vilanch once said something in one of my classes that resonated. When you describe your lead character, imagine someone of star magnitude, A-list, reading it. The description is the first exposure to their character. You don’t get a second chance to make a good impression. Protagonist/antagonist descriptions should be nailed down. How […]

When it comes to action sequences we’ve looked at some rule breakers–Tarantino and Shane Black– in recent weeks. Today, we’ll compare a classic action scene from The Fugitive, how it looks on the page vs. what it looks like on the screen. The longest movie version I can find online is here, on Vimeo. The […]

  Can’t let today go by without giving a nod to the Devolve team, which launched the first episode of Devolve, the web series, on the Fourth of July. Nice job everyone! Great scene celebrating with a party at Lexington and 23rd (see above) only a few days ago. The link to Episode 1 is […]

You know you’ve made it into national consciousness when folks snap photos for Trip Advisor at the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitor’s Bureau in front of the wood chipper from the movie Fargo. This is the second Coen Brothers psycho to make my Top 10, and though Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare) isn’t as celebrated as Madman […]