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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

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.

Rotten Tomatoes is no longer synching with my taste

Rotten Tomatoes review index usually was pretty close to my feelings on particular films, but lately I feel like it's not reflecting my view on movies. I'm not sure if it's the index, the reviewers or that my taste has shifted.

An example, MI: Rogue Nation got a 93% Tomatometer score from reviewers, meanwhile - I walked out of the film about 3/4 of the way through, bored witless.

Conversely, the new Vacation remake received a 28% Tomatometer score -I thought it was forgettable but a lot of fun. Lot's of other examples - Pitch Perfect 2 got a 66%, but I thought it was pretty awful compared to the original. Don't know, maybe I'm just too old. I mainly go for the popcorn anyway.

The Film Theorists

"Do you love overanalyzing movies and TV? If decoding Game of Thrones lore, dissecting the physics of Dragonball’s Kamehameha wave, or figuring out how to win the Hunger Games using Game Theory sounds appealing to you, then welcome to the community of Loyal Theorists!

And when you’ve had your fill of theorizing, hop on over to Did You Know Movies, bringing you incredible facts and little-known behind the scenes moments from all your favorite big screen hits! And finally Frame by Frame, all about the ART of moviemaking and cinematography..."

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