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I'd say you hit the nail on the head with this analysis. People don't need complex, they just need cute. In a case where there are 20 people sharing scenes no one scene will be long enough to lose the audience. With all that's goign on it seems reasonable that simpelr will do better. The issue I see is that superhero movies get the best writers but that may be because they cost more. Something like V-Day was probably $40M so it'll make it's money back by next week - well minus the theaters. Coming soon, the even cheaper ensemble. Christian H. The Soul has been Revealed
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2010 on Who Asked For It? at Living the Romantic Comedy
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Howdy. Long time no post. For me. I have to agree that this Bridges has that something. I liked him more in Fearless though as he showed a degree of vulnerability mixed with strength. Haven't sen Crazy Heart but if it's well-written it should have that and good acting. Even "The Door in the Floor" was good though a bit quirky and overtly sexual.
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I know I kind of rambled there but the gist of it was, I agree with you and think that it isn't always necessary to be "mainstream" to get an audience.
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In their favor it is definitely hard to make a dark, cynical movie. The problem I think is two fold - the characters have to actually think that way and; they're just not a lot of fun. I mean truthfully audiences don't care about your opinion only being entertained. Admittedly, that's not the type of movie I go in for but their cinema is usually riveting. And according to IMDB, they have a running $31000 per theater which compared to Couples Retreat is a blowout. It's a shame that so many high average pics are being released so small, as if they have to prove it's not a fluke. Maybe it's the fanaticism of "hey we release it large enough even a $6000 per theater will make money." It keeps competent cinema out of reach which may be why the viewership is still down from its peak in 2004. It's all the same, same, same. And of all of the "toy games" coming, I could only think of one good plot line and that was surprisingly ViewMaster. I'm sure there are good writers working on them but come on. I don't see determining two years of slate as a great idea. Even superhero movies have fizzled. Well, that may have nothing to do with the Coens...
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I definitely believe in the economy of story and usually come out around 95-100, but as studies have shown page numbers don't always equal screen time. I guess a lot of it is in the hands of the director as you said. Of course, it's quicker to read 10 100 page scripts than 10 120 page scripts, but it's all about the director being economical in the footage he leaves.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2009 on The Fat and the Thin at Living the Romantic Comedy
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Will they ever stop making me look bad? Idiot frickin rappers.
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I think his story illustrates a LARGE problem facing screenwriters: people who think Shane Black didn't write Lethal Weapon as his Bachelor's thesis. It's hard to believe sites like this don't have hundreds of active posters and theorists. You write by yourself but you can't be a writer by yourself. Imagine if people went out for architecture jobs because they think they have a good idea for a building since they work in one. It would clog up the market for actual architects. Being an "already have a career" type I can't take the time to go back to a formal program, but I have availed myself of the thoughts and techniques of several pro writers I found with a little diligence.
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I thought it was funny and poignant at the same time. I'd rather find an inexpensive consultant than bother someone who has to write for a living. Sure, I'd love it I impressed a pro enough for them to say "I'd love to read something of yours," but I'd actually rather read theirs. And if you are at least offer them $50 or something so they know you understand how valuable time is. Or better yet just expect an overview, not full coverage. Writers don't do that.
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I actually meant to say "That's where" or something like that. Need vacation.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2009 on The Big Move at Living the Romantic Comedy
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That's unless cats and dogs actually talk to each other and have complex relationship issues. LOL
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2009 on The Big Move at Living the Romantic Comedy
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