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  1. cancel my account

    1. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      And while you’re at it, put down my dog.

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  2. What are some of the biggest changes you've seen from script to screen?

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      benskelly2

      Worst of all is JOY. What David O Russell did to Annie Mumolo’s script should be considered a war crime. He should be tried in The Hague.

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  3. What are some of the biggest changes you've seen from script to screen?

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      benskelly2

      Interstellar was very different on the page.

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  4. Wasn't a big fan of Grand Budapest, but Isle of Dogs is fantastic. Moves much faster than other Anderson flicks

    1. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Good to hear. Hope to see it this week.

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  5. Just looked at my profile for the first time in years and saw I only have 4 out of 5 stars :(

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      benskelly2

      I only have three! So... I’m an asshole?

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  6. Only a few months late... Boy, were you guys right about The Last Jedi! WTF? Why can't anyone seem to write a smart, fun, exciting Star Wars script anymore?? None of it really makes sense and it's not even half as clever as it should be. Diminishing returns all around.

    1. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      LOL, a ping-pong ball with a light saber. That pretty much nails it. And yes, the movie did feel like it was sort of awkwardly back-engineered from what JJ Abrams committed to in TFA...but which never made a whole lot of sense to begin with. I don't have any better idea of what Kylo Ren's goal is or why Rey has The Force or why Luke is "hiding out"...I could go on. None of it has any logic or emotional weight.

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  7. Only a few months late... Boy, were you guys right about The Last Jedi! WTF? Why can't anyone seem to write a smart, fun, exciting Star Wars script anymore?? None of it really makes sense and it's not even half as clever as it should be. Diminishing returns all around.

    1. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      I’m not a SW diehard, but none of it felt interesting or fresh to me. It was lazy and pointless, a placeholder. And worst of all, they really did waste Luke, whose scenes with Rey were so flat. I just have a hard time understanding why the biggest franchise in history cannot get a decent script. Hire three different writing teams , gangbang it, but Jesus, give us something new.

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  8. So what suggestions do ya all have to breathe some life back into these forums?

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      benskelly2

      That seems like a good idea. Everybody can manage that in their schedule and it would draw people back into the site and get them communicating again.

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  9. Is there a reason both Paddington movies are released in early January stateside and miss the Oscar cut-off? These movies are amazing (I see Paddington 1 wasn't even nominated in the animation category).

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      benskelly2

      Wouldn’t qualify for an animated film Oscar. Except for a very particular bear, it’s live action, no?

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  10. I don't disagree with the Plummer/Spacey switcheroo, but goddamn! Sony is cold as ice! LOL, who even thought this sorta thing was possible so close to release??

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      benskelly2

      I thought it was Ridley Scott’s decision. And like I say, I get it. I just wouldn’t want to see it become a go-to thing at the first whiff of scandal. Can anyone remember this being done before with a finished film?

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  11. I don't disagree with the Plummer/Spacey switcheroo, but goddamn! Sony is cold as ice! LOL, who even thought this sorta thing was possible so close to release??

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      benskelly2

      I’m not minimizing Spacey’s sickness or guilt, but I do find a mob mentality that wants to “erase” people from art a little scary, yeah. I understand it, but I certainly wouldn’t want to see it become a norm. Sorry if that shocks you.

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  12. I don't disagree with the Plummer/Spacey switcheroo, but goddamn! Sony is cold as ice! LOL, who even thought this sorta thing was possible so close to release??

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      benskelly2

      Yeah, however merited, it sets a scary precedent.

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  13. Kudos to all the uploads of late. You guys rock!

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      benskelly2

      Second that! To quote the good doctor, "It's Alive! It's Alive!!"

  14. What age did you start writing? I mean actually writing scripts, in screenplay format?

    1. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Wrote short stories and "plays" as a kid, but first wrote a screenplay when I was 17, a senior in High School. My English teacher, a nun, hated it.

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  15. Vulture has a whole series of screenwriting article and interviews this week, some good stuff: www.vulture.com/news/how-movies-are-made-now/

  16. For those interested in the nuances of telling a good story, check out this week's series in the LA Times on an Orange County relationship gone bad. Perfect example of storytelling that gets you to lean in and find out what happened next. http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-dirty-john/

    1. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Thanks for both, Andrew. This is the kind of thing that I love for writers to share on here. Appreciate it.

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  17. Best scripts and movies about "the come-up"? e.g. Scarface, A Star is Born, Wall Street...

    1. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Just watched it again myself - great, underrated film.

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  18. Just contacted the admins. They're fixing the chat room. :D

  19. How is everyone's year going?

    1. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Meh, not that great, but thanks for asking! Haha. No, I'm okay. It's all about perspective, right? Writing is a tough gig, but with moments of great satisfaction.

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  20. Script reading club has a new spec to read. Blonde Ambition!

  21. There's something crushingly confusing about reading great specs and learning from them, only to see them actualized in the theaters and get railed over by audiences and critics alike. Read: Nobody. Knows. Anything.

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      benskelly2

      I take it we're talking here about a certain pair of movie stars falling in love in outer space.

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  22. There's something crushingly confusing about reading great specs and learning from them, only to see them actualized in the theaters and get railed over by audiences and critics alike. Read: Nobody. Knows. Anything.

  23. Should we do a new topic for each script in the chit chat? Or should we post them in Member Reviews? I added all the people who've messaged me into the list on chit chat. Want to start next week?

    1. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Sounds good. Whatever you decide. Is it a rotating thing where each member gets a chance to choose a script or by votes, what?

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  24. Current list of people in the reading group below. Anyone else interested?

  25. I have a GREAT movie pitch, but it might be too unbelievable: As the top law enforcement official in the United States, the U.S. attorney general, incredibly, met with the husband of a woman under investigation by the FBI in the back of an airplane idling on the tarmac. As a former president, the husband had considerable political clout. Days later the head of the FBI recommended no charges be brought against the woman, to jaw-dropping incredulity. In the aftermath, the head of the FBI finds...

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      benskelly2

      How about a stone cold idiot becomes POTUS? Would anyone believe that?

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