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  1. story endings with protagonists walking away from camera, resuming an argument or banter or repartee? It seems like a convention (like riding off into sunset), yet I'm stuck for examples.

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    2. lauriestark


      Yeah this seems like a common ending for comedies, especially buddy comedies or maybe comedy heists? But I can't think of examples that aren't listed above.

    3. Michael L

      Michael L

      nice -- thanks again...


    4. jptorma


      Lethal Weapon? Not sure...

  2. As great as so much television is these days, and as addictively as I tune in to some of it, I tend not to re-watch it. Yet I do re-watch movies. I'm curious if others have similar tendencies. And thoughts on why that is (or isn't). Assuming this is the case for others, is it something as simple as production value? Or does it go deeper? Does it have to do with the story mechanics? Like, in order to go on this 2 hour journey, movies are super-compressed with idea and emotion, and...

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    2. opie100


      Didn't Voltaire imply that the joy of recognition surpasses the joy of surprise?

    3. Michael L

      Michael L

      Thanks for thoughts -- I agree with many. I also think there's something to be said for design, and how that resonates with us. And historically in films there really has been a high level of consideration applied to shotmaking and prod design, that television because of its production constraints, usually doesn't allow its filmmakers to indulge to the same degrees. And I think this is built in to the best screenplays. All of this of course subjective and...


    4. Michael L

      Michael L

      ...apparently for many here TV is rewarding on repeat visits, so, so much for my psuedo-scientific speculations. On a perhaps unrelated note I once went around counting cuts-per-minute in TV shows vs films, just to see if there were any glaring differences in timing and momentum. If I recall they were quite similar. Anyway, none of this helping me deal with the massive exposition dump smoldering at the end of my overlong first "act." Back to work, friends...!


  3. 'You go to the movies to see people you love suffer'

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    2. axalon


      Character suffering is always entertaining

    3. sbbn


      I don't even care if they have problems, I just like seeing the beautiful people. No one watched Entourage expecting or hoping that Vince or his buddies were going to fail (and who to screw does not in my mind qualify as "suffering").

    4. sbbn


      (and yes, I know Entourage isn't a movie...)

  4. "I hate space."

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    2. Reader George

      Reader George

      Wow - just caught it in 3-D today; easily among the best films in recent years. Wow.


    3. dsjones


      Just rewatched it in Italian - their performances transcend language barriers: the Italian audience reacted to their dubbed version the same way the US one did. Loved it.

    4. dsjones


      (too fast to learn italian properly though)

  5. As someone who regularly questions his sanity and abilities in this uncertain and often agonizing endeavor, I'd like to extend a big, blanket loving thanks to all you TBers who have shared your work here. With so many stories around us, just sheer numbers, it's easy to forget that every screenplay is in some ways evidence of a battle. Proof its author tangled with the abyss, and emerged to write another day. Presenting it to the world then takes a whole other kind of courage.

  6. We all got it comin', kid.

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    2. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      The greatest Western of all time. If only Marlon Brando was still alive for the role of The Judge in Blood Meridian. The screenplay adaptation I read was wonderful. McCarthy writes the purtiest language in the whole wide world.

    3. Mike


      Couldn't agree more Cakes! That's some elegiac sh*t!

    4. Michael L

      Michael L

      Totally. And as evocative as McCarthy's prose is, it's somehow unpretentious. There aren't many writers who can immerse me in a world I need a thesaurus to understand, but don't want to leave (Suttree, anyone?). (btw, Mike, halfway through Child-44 - book - and loving it)


  7. Speaking of walking out, I've been trying to read the books ahead of the scripts concerning certain adaptations. So I'm halfway through Ender's Game (book), and I'm surprised to say I don't think I can finish.

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    2. Allen


      It's one of the most overrated science fiction novels of all time, in my opinion. Not a terrible book, but not nearly as great as it's often spoken to be.

    3. Galleria.Pictures


      The Ender Saga is pretty unique once you get beyond the first novel. They're not your usual sequel affair and I'm sure they'll be ignored in films.

    4. Mike


      I thought Child 44 was great read. And very well suited to an adaptation. But then, I believe the writer was an exec in the biz and probably had that in mind. Still, I had a hard time putting it down.

  8. Anyone know a film or show with the milieu of paparazzi life and/or a paparazzo as a principal character?

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    2. Escapist


      joe pesci did one years ago - the public eye I think it was called, about Weegee, who invented the whole paparazzi thing...

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      La Dolce Vita


    4. Michael L
  9. "A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people." - Thomas Mann

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    2. ddollar


      agreed, it just seems to get harder for me the more i write

    3. craktactor


      "People who aren't writers, shouldn't BE writers..." Hank Moody - Writer

    4. Michael L

      Michael L

      Ha! Just discovered comments function with this. Yeah, I'm a little slow on the draw. Good times.

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