Cosmopolis

 

David Cronenberg’s adaptation of the 2003 novel hits our screens soon, in amongst the highly publicized troubles of leading actor Robert Pattinson’s recent private life.

Keeping quite true to the novel, Cronenberg keeps a lot of the original lengthy dialogue in the movie, which follows a young billionaire Eric Packer (played by Robert Pattinson) during a seemingly average day, turning a ride in his limo into something a lot darker and more revealing along the way.  Pattinson who is knowingly trying to rid his teen heart-throb persona, finds his way in this dark portrayal of the cold and self-destructive nature of Eric Packer.

Be warned, Cosmopolis is definitely not a main stream popcorn movie for a Friday night after work, with insane comedy satire at times and intensely wordy dialogue in others, you will need to give it your full concentration.

Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton and Paul Giamatti also star in the complex film, that after it’s release in Cannes, promises to impress intellectually, so be prepared to watch it more than once to get the full effect.

 

Watch Robert Pattinson in the Cosmopolis trailer here

 

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Pixar confirms Finding Nemo 2!

Find out what’s installed for Nemo and Dory soon as Pixar has confirmed a ‘Finding Nemo 2’!

Andrew Stanton, the director of the less than glorious ‘John Carter’ is set to direct, very fitting seeing as he was the writer ‘Finding Nemo’ and other great animation films such as ‘Wall-E’, ‘A Bug’s Life’ and ALL of the ‘Toy Story’ films.

We look forward to hearing who will voice the characters, we vote for Ellen DeGeneres to return as the lovable Dory!

 

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Breaking Bad Returns (Season 5)!

 

So Breaking Bad Season 5 has returned to our screens and it starts off on Walt’s 52nd birthday.  If any of you die-hard fans remember back to the beginning, the pilot episode introduces us to Walt on his 50th birthday, where his wife makes him a breakfast of bacon and eggs, positioning the bacon strips to write out ’50’ on the plate.  This time round in Season 5, Walt is celebrating his birthday alone at a diner, so he makes the bacon arrangement for himself.  It’s a very symbolic turn-around.

Right off the bat, we see Walt is in more trouble than he thought he would be in the last episode of Season 4.  He’s grown his hair back, goes by a fake alias and constantly changes his cars.  The episode touches on what went wrong after everything went right for the meth cooking pair, Walt and Jesse.  After they blew up their lab to try put their past behind them, Walt realizes he had forgotten one thing… The recordings of the security cameras that Gus has set up in their lab.  By the time he realizes, Walt’s DEA brother-in-law, Hank, has already confiscated the Gus’s laptop and the security footage it contains.

By the end of the episode, their attempt to destroy the laptop has only lead to a authorities discovering further possibly incriminating evidence, suggesting that Walt and Jesse are once again, neck deep in trouble.  Walt’s character arc is bent even further towards the darker, morally questionable and perhaps even violent side.

It looks like Season 5 is gonna have us hooked!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Dark Knight Rises

 

Opening in theatres this week is Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.

It sets place eight years on where Gotham City is introduced to the mysterious Catwoman (played by Anne Hathaway)  and masked terrorist, Bane (played by Tom Hardy).  The only salvation is the reappearance of Batman (Christian Bale).

The big question is:  Can Anne Hathaway live up to the Catwoman icon created by Michelle Pfeiffer?

Watch The Dark Knight Rises Trailer here before it opens in theatres on Friday July 20, 2012.

 

 

 

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SHOW don’t TELL – The Importance of Visual Screenwriting

 

Screenwriting.  Writing for the screen.  That’s all we’re aiming to do so why do we sometimes fall into the trap of TELL instead of SHOW approach.

To TELL something in a script, we use over the top obvious dialogue that we think is explaining some valuable info or insight to our reader.  A fictional example may be:

INT.  OFFICE  – DAY

John and Jane stand over a dead body.

JOHN

Jane, his neck has teeth marks,

two punctures perfectly aligned.  It must be–

 

JANE

–A vampire.

 

Whereas, to SHOW something in a script, would be to utilize visual cues and describing action as it happens, allowing the information and insight to be revealed visually to the reader or viewer.  Another fictional example could be:

 

INT.  OFFICE  – DAY

John and Jane enter with caution.  Jane crouches over the lifeless body, pulls his collar down to check his pulse but sees… two puncture holes in his neck.

 

We all have to remember to use our words wisely, using only the words necessary to get the point across.  This applies when writing both dialogue and action in your script.  You really do want to make every word count, your reader will thank you for it and it will ultimately be to your advantage.

 

Take notes when you watch your favorite films, write down what scenes work and which don’t and you’ll start to see a pattern of why that is.  After that, read the scripts of your favorite films and see how they tackle important scenes and then compare how they translate on the actual film.


 

 

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Killer script: Killer Joe

 

Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple and Thomas Hayden Church star in the dark comedic crime thriller, ‘Killer Joe’.  When Chris (Emile Hirsch) needs to repay his life or death debt to a drug dealer, he and his father, Ansel (Thomas Hayden Church) decide to hire a hit man (cue Matthew McConaughey as Killer Joe) to kill his evil mother and collect her life insurance policy.

But Killer Joe will need cash upfront for the service and since Chris and his Father Ansel have no way to pay him, the youngest in the family, Dottie (Juno Temple)  seduces Joe and becomes his “collateral”.

No doubt, there’ll be twists and turns in this wicked script as it’s due for a theatrical release on July 27, 2012.

See some scenes from the movie as well as a peak at the trailer below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch the Killer Joe Trailer here

Fun Fact:  Killer Joe won the Golden Mouse Award at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Apparition

 

I’m a big fan of horrors and Ashley Greene, so naturally I’m excited about ‘The Apparition’ hitting cinemas next month.

It’s a supernatural horror, about a college experiment gone wrong and a young couple are haunted as a result.  An interesting premise, nothing terribly unique but I think it’ll be fresh enough to capture the audience’s attention, which the help of a young, good looking cast never fails to help either.

Watch The Apparition Trailer and check out what you think.

But how do you write a compelling and truly frightening horror script?  One that can hold its ground amongst greats like ‘The Shining’, ‘The Ring’ and ‘The Sixth Sense’.

First, think about the type of horror film you love and would want to write.  Is it more the “reality-show” style of ‘The Blair Witch Project’ or ‘Paranormal Activity’ that captures your attention, is it a slasher horror like ‘Wolf Creek’ or ‘Saw’, or more supernatural like ‘The Skeleton Key’ or ‘The Grudge’.  Target your strengths and write accordingly, if you’re good with visuals, maybe slasher horror would work for you, or if you depict nuances well then maybe supernatural is the way to go.

Next think of your target market, is it teens or adults, or both?

Lastly, don’t forget about the amazing, unique and chilling concept, one that hasn’t been done before.  You want it to be clear and prominent so one can tell immediately what the scare factor is by the movie poster or trailer.  You need to pull your viewers in but showing them an insight into some place so dark and scary, they’re too afraid to watch but terrified to miss out on.

Prepare to scare us, we’ll be waiting.

 

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