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Yojimbo vs A Fistful of Dollars

This past weekend, I rented Yojimbo (1961, dir./co-writer Akira Kurosawa) and A Fistful of Dollars (1964, dir. Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood). They were recommended by my student advisor at RRFC (a mentorship program) to help develop a story I want to write. … Continue reading

Save the Cat – Loglines

I read this book a while ago and it got me on a logline writing frenzy. Most of the good ones I came up with ended up being joke loglines like this one I made for a potential Bananagrams movie: … Continue reading

On Directing Film by David Mamet

On Directing Film by David Mamet A review by Shawn Duenas “Always do things in the least interesting way, and you make a better movie.” pg 20 A hand grabs a book off of the shelf. It’s opened wide. A young … Continue reading

Action movies This article got me thinking about what action movies I like. I seem to like and respect all of the action scenes and fight choreography shown here, but the lack of characters having fun was noticeable. Lock out was … Continue reading

Lessons from Liar Liar

The first time I saw this movie was in theaters back in 1997, so I was 9 1/2 years old. I remember liking it but forgetting about it until we got it on VHS. From that point on it was … Continue reading

Jurassic World (Spoilers)

Let me preface this by saying I saw Jurassic World in perhaps the worst theater I’ve ever been in because all my friends bailed on me, and by the time they did, all the tickets were sold out for the … Continue reading

Inside Out Review Part 2 of 2

Spoilers in a Paragraph: Every human has five emotions in their mind reacting to circumstances and encouraging emotional responses from a command center in the mind:  Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger.  Riley moves to a new town where circumstances … Continue reading

“Inside Out” Review Part 1 of 2

My review of Inside Out is a 1/5. It’s a very personal 1/5 but I also had problems with the story, characters, clarity of the world, and Inception-style explanations of story solutions. The one point came solely from the message they were trying to put on screen. Continue reading

How to write a four-quadrant story

Article on ideas for writing the Four Quadrant story (related to High-concept). Taken verbatum from In the movie business, studios look to maximize the audience for their blockbusters by appealing to the largest audience possible. The default strategy is to … Continue reading

Wordplayer #5 Death to the Reader Death to the Reader by Terry Rossio For those who don’t know what Wordplayer is, it’s a web blog created nearly two decades ago. It was written by the screenwriters of Aladdin (1992), Mask of Zorro (1998), and the Pirates … Continue reading