Cinema Channel by pigeon

Welcome to the Picture Show.


The opposite of CinemaSins. "Because liking things is more fun than not liking things.

Sometimes the critics are wrong. Some movies, while full of plot holes, continuity errors, and bad acting have plenty of wins! Every week I’ll do a movie you love, that maybe the world hates. Did you go into a movie with your mind made up? Maybe there's more greatness in it than you thought! And some movies are just so good they deserve the winning treatment.

The internet is full of so much hate and negativity, ultimately I hope my videos will brighten your day!

I use a similar format as CinemaSins specifically to be their opposite. They're great. This is just my spin on films that I think don't get the respect they deserve or are so good they need to be celebrated. Or more often, stupid crap that made me laugh and want to watch it again..."

Lessons from the Screenplay

"I believe that a more informed audience raises the bar for storytelling. That examining the techniques used to tell great stories makes your own writing better and your appreciation for the stories deeper.

With Lessons from the Screenplay, I make videos that analyze movie scripts to examine exactly how and why they are so good at telling their story. Part educational series and part love letter to awesome films, Lessons from the Screenplay aims to be a fun way to learn more about your favorite films and help us all become better storytellers.

I’ll be releasing new videos every couple weeks, and taking suggestions about what scripts I should look at in future episodes."

The Force Awakens - spoiler free review (Spacy Talk)

Cut to the chase and no spoilers: it's good.
I'd be lying if I said it was perfect, but goddamn it, I loved huge parts of it. I really want to talk more but can't without spoiling.
Chewie, we're home.

What it gets right:
- The look: I'm on record as hating JJ, but damn, dude can shoot. By a country mile, the best looking SW film in every way (apart from one dodgy CGI creation)
- The score: JW nails it. Not as overblown as the prequels but building just enough on the originals. If he doesn't get an oscar for this, there's no justice.
- The characters: Fin, Ray and Kylo are solid additions and Han, Chewie and Leia feel like natural extensions of themselves.
- The action: I had genuine moments of "that was f#$king awesome".
- The dialogue: thank every god you've ever prayed to, the nightmare of the prequels is over. There's genuine wit and pathos here.

What it gets wrong:
- The pacing: A New Hope had a near perfect interest curve, but TFA feels like it takes too long to get going.
- Originality: hard to say without spoiling, but there are some pretty familiar story beats here.

I want to talk more about this, but really don't want to spoil. The highest compliment I can pay it is that, for a few hours, I was a kid again.

JJ, I forgive you for Star Trek.

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