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  1. Spent the ady yesterday at the multiplex while my truck was being worked on. 3 Days To Kill was completely forgetable, even though I enjoyed the script last year. Robocop wa a steaming turd. My passion is the craft of screenwriting. I'm a movie nut. I'm a story junkie. I'm a script hound. So why is that I can't remember the last time a film actually satisfied me... I have high hopes for Noah, even though Hollywood (Sodom and Gomorrah) looks like it's trimmed the ev...

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    2. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      benskelly2 - yes, I agree, but isn't the 70's era you highlight a product of a unique time period where maverick independent filmmakers were able to work within the studio system ($) and still make it THEIR WAY with vision and daring do, rather than the mush-machine Playdoh Pumper #9 we suffer through now?

    3. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      My goodness, I love the vitality and passion of this site.

    4. benskelly2


      Very true, Mr. Cakes! Your description of what made the 70's great (maverick talent given the big train set and left alone) is spot-on. Well said. Maybe if film gets as democratized as it seems to be heading and overrun with

      "amatuers", studios will start trusting and valuing talent again over familiarity and number crunching.

  2. Question: I prefer printing out scripts and reading them in a variety of places. How do YOU read scripts - print copy, computer screen or Kindle-type tablet? The Kindle Paperwhite sounds intriquing, but it's just too small for my desired experience. Is there a simple, 8 X 11 PDF reader out there?

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    2. Mysterian


      That's wicked sankofa... I work at a printing plant and I don't even print scripts out, unless it's my own work.

    3. NoahTG


      PDF Expert on iPad. Hands down the best for reading and making notes. Def worth the money.

    4. sankofa


      well they don't check what gets printed they only comment when the printing output is larger than usual and it's per quarter..and i rarely print things out in color, okay I DO...but not much...so i get away with it...but i've been doing it less often now that i'm writing my own stuff and haven't had much time for reading (ill be doing that when i'm off from work the next few days i'm re-reading The Silver Linings Playbook, re-watching and reading House At The End O...

  3. Gizmado is listing the best Cyber Monday deals, and I'm interested in a e-reader 'cause it's so damn cheap ($39). Has anyone had experience with a Nook Simple Touch? Might it be a good entry into an e-reader for PDF scripts? http://gizmodo.com/the-best-cyber-monday-deals-1474441564/@shanerobertscommerce

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    2. sbbn


      Let me know if you have any problems finding it.

    3. axalon


      Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks, sbbn!

    4. sbbn


      No problem! Always happy to share whatever I have to share.

  4. Oh, my, The Heat was horrid. Horrid, horrid putrid.

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    2. sangun


      I didn't know he was behind me. But I had made the decision to leave and I wasn't about to stop.

    3. Michael L

      Michael L

      I can't read that without laughing (I had to look up Burke and Hare).

    4. ahaikuis3@gmail.com

      [email protected]

      Most of the audience I was with laughed all the way through The Heat. I liked it.

  5. Hi everyone, I just wanted to say goodbye of sorts, perhaps not forever. In a few days, I won't be renewing my TB subscription. I want to say thanks again to all the terrific members here and the happy sharing. Perhaps in a few months, I'll join back in. My Kindle is going to be hungry, I know... If anyone wants my email address, drop me a message in the next few days.

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    2. Mr. Mo

      Mr. Mo

      Ditto, farewell, Cakes.

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      Good luck, Mr. C!

    4. npquinn


      :-( Hoping you'll be back with more Mr Cakes lists :-)

  6. Good Lord, I can't wait until the Black List comes out so I can read something interesting... It's dry as the Sahara out here...

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    2. Mr. Marbles

      Mr. Marbles

      Not until December. Second week usually.

    3. anti_hero2012


      The 2016

      Blood list scripts should be available soon, right?

    4. Mr. Marbles

      Mr. Marbles

      I wouldn't be shocked if they're not right away... way this year has been going.


      Think they come out around Halloween.

  7. Hmm, Write2Reel went to a "paid site" status yesterday. ($60.00 a year) How many of you frequent this "little brother" to the Tracking Board? For the most part, TB kicks ass over it in all areas, but lately some gems have popped up via someone scanning in hard to find scripts. I think I'll pass on paying for their weak service. Any thoughts?

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    2. agkinowerken


      I found it a good source for older, harder-to-find scripts -- e,g, a recent thread on Hitchcock thrillers, mostly scanned originals -- but I'm not convinced it's worth $60 per year... Also, lack of warning of movement to pay service was somewhat annoying....

    3. Gunnerkat


      Really, $60 a year...and you give no notice at all. Pretty amateur. I liked the site and probably gave more than I took, but for that kind of money I'd expect a lot more. Sayonara Write to Reel.

    4. Preminger


      So everybody has to pay $60 now? even long time members that added scripts?

  8. Good Lord, Fast & Furious 6 was simply wretched. Every line was a full-on groaner. I pity the morons that laughed along, above the howls the the damned infant on some idiot's lap. I was dying inside at the slow mental pitches to the lowest common denominators that pepper this increasingly jamoke planet. Twarn't much better when I snuck over and wasted two hours of my life in the excruciating wonderment that is Hangover III.

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    2. ... who are those guys?

      ... who are those guys?

      That sounds like the most painful double feature ever. What did you ever do that God punished you so?

    3. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      high hopes, my friend, high hopes...

    4. Sly0712


      Ah yes, block buster expectations. The leading cause of heart attacks amongst male cinephiles.

  9. Okay, I did it and I'm sorry... I should have known better. I should have used better judgement... But can I please have the hour back to my life for the time I spent reading the steaming pile of shite that is Bad Boys 3? Talk about "by the numbers"! It's like a word processor blended every dull, cliched cop-buddy script into a homogenized mush and then played Mad Libs, changing the villian's names to Albanian, etc, etc, etc... And to think Peter Craig & Davi...

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    2. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      I'm sorry, I was asked not to share this on the boards.

    3. mebishop2001


      What you gonna do?

    4. 36monsters


      Could be worse...you could have read the new Twilight book Stephanie Meyer "wrote."

  10. So, after all the hoopla over the Gawker leeking HATEFUL EIGHT, I'm surprised that there isn't a thread of reaction to the script. I just finished it and am composing my thoughts... Very QT (can he rip off himself?) but in the end it felt a little, well, "light." So, if Samuel L, Jackson plays Maj. Warren (way too easy, and a rather boring choice), Christoph Waltz plays Oswaldo (?),Tim Roth plays Bob (?), then Bruce Dern must be John Ruth, maybe???

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    2. ampersand


      I was waiting for a final twist that never came.

    3. twofingeredtypist


      Never found a copy....

    4. Mike


      SPOILER ALERT...LOGLINE: When a game of I'll-talk-you-to-death, amongst a group of old West degenerates reaches a stalemate, they all shoot each other.

  11. hmm, I don't know what to read next... any suggestions?

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    2. adlocke


      12/24 - nice and light

    3. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      thank you for the rec's - I shall read these 2 next.

    4. craktactor


      Best Actress. A fun read. Joan and Bette at their best/worst.

  12. Easy on the eyes, but NOAH was a steaming pile. I like what Ken Ham had to say in Time: I like what Ken Ham had to say in Time I like what Ken Ham had to say in Time http://time.com/42274/ken-ham-the-unbiblical-noah-is-a-fable-of-a-film/

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    2. Pompalompa


      I can see why he's pissed. It's the same reason I got pissed when they remade total recall. He's a purist and so am I. Only difference being, I don't think Total Recall actually happened... It was all a dream!

    3. electroglodyte


      Why do you like what Ken Ham had to say in Time?

    4. Viking79


      I just thought it was weird that they used Rock Transformers to build/protect the Ark.

  13. WOW. I caught a sneak peek showing of GET ON UP (James Brown bio-pic) earlier this week and it is REALLY, REALLY, REALLY GOOD.

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    2. mebishop2001


      83% positive on RT right now. Encouraging sign.

    3. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      It was a crowd pleaser. Lots of applause.

    4. Coz


      I really liked it. I know they struggled with the editing, but still, well done.

  14. Any recommendations for a terrific read from the latest batch posted in the File Exchange? I'm itchin' for a good read.

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    2. andrewpwoodberry


      Not new -- and both already filmed -- but I liked reading 2010 aussie film "Animal Kingdom" and the pilot for "Orphan Black." If you like Ingelsby, you should like those.

    3. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      Thank you. I've made my selections for tonight's read - the Orphan Black pilot and Luc Besson's MALAVITA (after seeing trailer online). Thank you - please keep the suggestions coming.

    4. admin


      The Orphan Black series is actually really good. Surprisingly so, dare I say.

  15. Does any one have any "scripts" of videogames? I guess it's in some sort of form of "rights and lefts", as in the choices a player makes along the way? My son is interested in media arts / game development and I'm trying to turn him on to the STORY side of the "art form." (cough cough...)

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    2. adlocke


      someone posted the 2 guns script recently, not quite video games, but he could read a script before the movie comes out in theatres, which is kinda exciting.

    3. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      thank you so much. This is such a tremendous community. The joys I find here are priceless.

    4. Galleria.Pictures


      www.vgscripts.com has a huge lot of reasonable transcripts for free.

  16. Yay! My script reading should explode! I just bought a Kindle DX.

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    2. sometimeaftertwoam


      How does the DX enhance the script reading experience above other Kindles?

    3. axalon


      Hater -- the screen size is perfect for scripts. iPads are nice but it's like staring into a light bulb which can be an eye sore even when dimmed down not to mention makes going to sleep more difficult if you read at night.

    4. sbbn


      What do you think of it so far, Cakes?

  17. I'm surprised, and rather disappointed that the Black List overlapps SO many Hit List scripts...

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    2. admin


      Taking with the TB guys this afternoon, apparently singe the HL began, the BL overlap has increased from 30% to 52%, rising each year. Which is kind of hilarious. Especially considering everyone keeps saying the spec market is dying - but, well, here we go.

    3. Nic.Lishko


      I think the reported spec sales make people think the market is dying. Gointothestory reports 55 spec sales this year. That's pretty low, but I imagine a lot go unreported?


    4. adlocke


      i'm gonna give the edge to hit list for better list this year.

  18. Wow. Things REALLY HAVE slowed down / tightened up 'round here. Is the golden age of "sharing" over?

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    2. Elliott79


      This place has been dead for new specs for over a year and I know several valued members who are looking unlikely to renew.



    3. mister_7


      Yeah, I was just thinking it might not be worth it to renew my membership due to the lack of updates/ specs. Met some nice people here though.

    4. keithdav


      Where are people going now to find out about specs?

  19. Remember that rush from seeing Pulp Fiction on opening night? The twists? The satisfaction? Wanna feel that way again? RUSH to see Damián Szifron's Wild Tales. Pure gratification

    1. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      So many great examples of smart screenwriting are peppered throughout.

    2. JEY


      My favorite of 2014.

    3. kjl451


      Thanks for this reccomendation Cakes. Saw it, loved it and have been turning people onto it. What an awesome flick. THANK YOU!!

  20. The new JACK REACHER flick is boring...

    1. Scott Crawford
    2. benskelly2


      Excellent debate.


    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      Not to blame marketing, but the TV promos I saw didn't exactly scream "must see." The first Reacher didn't grab me but happy to see a big production support Pittsburgh's industry.


  21. Geesh... I'm sorry, but The Green Inferno has me "green infuriated," 'cause dude, you CAN'T dissolve reefer in Amazon rain water - THC is only released by OIL extraction - NOT water! And so, okay, you slip the killer weed into the cannibal's food, oh no, I see it coming - yup, it gives them the MUCHIES - for YOU! Oh no, oh no, oh no...

    1. sangun


      Your post is like someone's internal monologue when talking to Eli Roth.

    2. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      oh no, oh no, oh no...

    3. dsjones


      Yea...some people put in zero effort.

  22. Caught a sneak peak of Moonrise Kingdom last night - absolutely fantastic.

    1. ThaVillain


      Going to see it today! Can't wait!

    2. StringerBell


      I'm in the tiny minority, apparently. This one just felt flat and forced to me. It was certainly no BOTTLE ROCKET or RUSHMORE.

    3. admin


      Not my favorite, not my least favorite - enjoyed it.

  23. Since TB Red cannot accept new private messages, who do I contact to get an okay for sharing a hot, possibly "hurt somebody's feelings" script?

    1. mebishop2001


      Better to ask for forgiveness than permission - words to live by.

    2. zkendall
    3. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      yup. just now.

  24. Just got back from WWZ. I think it worked, but it sure was different from the 3 drafts I read. There not one iota of gay in me, but Brad Pitt sure is easy on the eyes...

    1. Raffles


      WWZ ended too early. An extra 25 min. could've been added, I think. It picks up in the 2nd half for me. Drew Goddard and Damon Lindelof did a good job.

    2. sangun


      I've seen three incarnations of it. The released one made me want to die less than the previous two.

    3. dsjones


      high praise. We'll see how the BO treats it.

    1. axalon


      I wonder how much of this is the result of people reviewing scripts like Script Shadow and how much of it is from people just plain bashing scripts like the TMNT reboot.


      At least Script Shadow provides feedback and constructive criticism on the material he reviews.

    2. Frobisher


      "Old" is right. I remember reading a similar article 13 years ago about how M. Night Shyamalan and his scripts were so hot that he would have a courier deliver them to studio executives to read with a time limit and have the courier wait there until the executive was done and then immediately bring the script back to him.

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