Saturday, July 31, 2010

Triangle Update

Not a lot of pages this week. On the plus side, I have been refining my outline and getting rid of plot holes. I figured out whodunit and whytheydunit. The outline for Act III still needs work though...

Grace



I really need to start exercising better judgment when it comes to obscure horror films. I’m always getting sucked in by a cool title or flashy poster. Grace is a perfect example. A while back, Roger Ebert tweeted about the creepiness of the one sheet and that’s all it took. Here’s how the imdb describes the plot:

After losing her unborn child, Madeline Matheson insists on carrying the baby to term. Following the delivery, the child miraculously returns to life with an appetite for human blood. Madeline is faced with a mother's ultimate decision.

Now that doesn’t sound half bad, but it’s not quite the film we end up seeing. Grace could have been a great black comedy in the right hands. Instead, we get a weird horror film that doesn't even attempt to explain itself. I have no idea what writer/director Paul Solet was trying to say — other than being fascinated with breast feeding. The production values are fine and the acting is solid for the most part. There’s a how-deep-does-this-rabbit-hole-go quality that compelled me to see it through to the end, but this was a trip that I should have avoided.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Suckerpunch



Okay, time for some fanboy true confessions. While I enjoyed Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead, I've been completely unable to sit through the likes of Watchmen and 300. Believe me, I've tried. They're great-looking films, but right around the halfway mark, my mind starts to wander... Does my printer have enough ink? How many pages did I procrastinate away today? Maybe the Knicks will make the playoffs this season — maybe I'm delusional...

I kinda feel the same way about this Suckerpunch trailer. Absolutely fantastic visuals. I mean, hot chicks, dragons *and* zeppelins! What's not to like? But has anyone seen... Story... Story? Anyone? Bueller?

Sure, there might be a great tale hiding deep, (deep, deep) underneath all the slo-mo shots, eye candy and epic trailer music, but what if there isn't? What if it's just more of the same?

INNER FANBOY

The trailer was designed to piqué our interests, Scream. Stop over-analyzing. Maybe Snyder just doesn't speak to you. As a matter of fact, why don't you tear up your fanboy card after this post, because you're no longer a member of our club. SNYDER ROOLZ!

Anyway...

They say you should always try to imagine the trailer for the your script: all the cool set pieces, visual gags, one-liners, etc. but don't forget about its heart.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Priest



Okay, I readily admit to being very disappointed/underwhelmed with Legion, but I'm willing give Paul Bettany and Scott Charles Stewart another chance with this vampiric comic book adaptation. Good cast that taps into Twilight *and* True Blood fan bases. Nice visuals. It can't be any worse than Legion, can it? Plus, it's in 3-D!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cruel Summer

So the Nicholl Fellowship Notifications came out today and... I didn't make the cut for the Quarterfinals (again). However, I did get a P.S. at the bottom of my rejection e-mail about receiving two positive reads but not cracking the top 20% of entries — really could have done without the second half of that statement. Guess that puts me somewhere in the top 30%? Nice to hear that my script didn't completely suck. Lessens the sting a bit. If you recall, I was pretty bummed last year.

I have a good idea where the weak spots are and how to fix them. Still, contests (readers) are subjective. The last thing I want to do is drive myself rewrite crazy, only to have the new draft booted after one read, which has been known to happen. The P.S. will help me push through my current masterpiece/disaster. Until next year, Nicholl...

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Triangle


No, it's not the title of some upcoming SyFy feature — actually, I think they've already used that one. UK actor/director/writer Noel Clarke issued an interesting challenge to his followers on Twitter last Friday: if you can write a brand new screenplay before he's done with the three on his plate, his production company will take a look at it. No promises beyond that. Still, it sounds like a fun summer project. Details can be found here. Also, you can track his progress on twitter and via the #thetriangle hashtag.

I haven't gotten very far with mine. No title. Outlining like a madman. I don't think he has any particular preference, just as long as it's good.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Devil Trailer



Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice — you get the idea. If this film had been written by Joe Blow Shyamalan, I'd probably give it the benefit of the doubt. No such luck, Night. Interesting enough premise, but I've been burned way too many times. Strictly a rental... if that.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Dead Air

A mixed-bag of summer television...



The Gates is certainly watchable with its impossibly beautiful cast (see Exhibit A above). Ratings haven't been stellar but they appear to be stable. After Eastwick fizzled, you gotta give ABC props for even attempting to put another supernatural drama on the air. On the other hand, we've been down this road before: paranormal teen love triangles, vampires trying to be human, good witches vs. bad witches, etc. I think it lacks that compelling must-see element. Does anyone care who killed the Sheriff? Where's a Hellmouth when you need one!? Maybe a community of paranormal beings is overkill. They no longer seem unique and interesting, which brings me to...



Gonna have to watch a few more episodes before I pass judgment. The pilot was okay. Both Haven and The Gates could take a few notes from Eureka, in terms of characters.



I caught the pilot and missed everything since. NBC's game of musical timeslots hasn't helped either.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Love Bites



Just a quick follow-up to my "Let Me In" post. According to an article in the LA Times, plans for a theatrical release *might* not be so certain — which would be a shame really. Regime change.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Right One In vs. Let Me In





The Let Me In trailer looks solid, but it doesn't quite stack up to Let The Right One In. Although some shots are identical, the tone of the remake feels... different. I can't put my finger on it, the music? Fans of the original have balked at the very thought of a remake, but this doesn't look half bad. Chloe Moretz makes a better Abby/Eli than I would have expected.

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