Technically one of the best mash-ups I've seen. You have no idea how much time somebody put into this. #rotoscope #mynightmares
How about another free screenplay for your reading pleasure? This should be an intriguing one. James Mangold took an interesting direction for the best (by far) solo Wolverine film; borrowing from Mark Millar's Old Man Logan story in the comics. Without further ado, here is your link...
Let's keep the free screenplay train rolling. This week, James Gunn shared his Guardians of the Galaxy 2 script with us for the low price of nothing. So if you're looking for something a bit more fun and blockbustery than last week's screenplays, this one may be your jam.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Script by James Gunn
It's that time of year again! I'm under the firm belief that the best way to improve your own writing is to read and study the work of great writers. Well, as luck would have it, we are now incredibly and improbably provided free access on a yearly basis to screenplays vying for Academy Award nominations. So, without further ado, here is your inspirational fodder for 2017...
- Beauty and the Beast
- by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos
- The Big Sick
- by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
- Brad's Status
- by Mike White
- by William Nicholson
- First They Killed My Father
- by Loung Ung and Angelina Jolie
- I, Tonya
- by Steven Rogers
- The Lost City of Z
- by James Gray
- The Man Who Invented Christmas
- by Susan Coyne
- The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
- by Noah Baumbach
- by Darren Aronofsky
- by Virgil Williams & Dee Rees
- by Bong Joon Ho and Jon Ronson
Proof positive. Daniel-San and Johnny are back and the Cobra Kai TV show is underway. We discussed it on the Talk Hard Movie Podcast and I wanted to offer visual confirmation. Entertainment Magazine released this behind-the-scenes image yesterday from the set of the new YouTube Red series.
So many questions about this series! Is Johnny returning to his bad guy ways? Are they buddies? Will Daniel be the Miaggi to a new Karate Kid? I'd say the guys are looking pretty good; what do you think? Are you excited about this? More to the point: are you excited enough to pay for this?
The next time you need some high quality TV to binge, allow me to recommend Halt and Catch Fire. Halt is a show from AMC that just finished its fourth and final season; highly lauded but never quite generating the attention of Mad Men or other critical darlings. Much like Mad Men, it paints a complex narrative on the canvas of a specific era and industry. Rather than the advertising world of 1960s New York, it's the burgeoning computer and tech scene of the early 80s through mid-90s. The machinations of the industry provide compelling and fun story lines to follow as our players constantly struggle to get one step ahead of the game and find the right idea at the right time. We get to experience a number of different tech touchstones as a result; the birth of the personal computer, the birth of the internet, etc. However, the meat of the series are the characters themselves.
Gordon, Donna, Joe, Cameron and Boz all have very satisfying character arcs and experience massive, organic growth over the four seasons of the series. Lee Pace is particularly captivating as the Steve Jobs inspired Joe Macmillan. Joe begins as a tortured and highly volatile futurist. You'll have to watch to find out where he ends up, but the writers do a great job of making it feel like a natural progression.
A limited number of seasons is another reason to watch. The series feels fully realized and perfectly paced. The producers knew their end date at the moment they began, which means you aren't going to suffer through any filler, nor do you have to work through ten seasons to finish this thing out. You can be in and out in a couple weeks (or months) depending on your pace.
I'm late to the game here, but so be it. I'll start by saying you have to admire Edgar Wright's runaway imagination and style. The guy always goes for it and the way he marries music and image in Baby Driver feels a step beyond where others have dared to tread; matching music beats meticulously with action in long one-shots. Sneaking lyrics into background graffiti as they pass, etc, etc. He uses so many songs in the soundtrack and yet I never felt overloaded. You can tell very choice was made with pride and carefully considered, much like a Tarantino piece and un-like a gratuitous, clueless dump of music like Suicide Squad.
Wright's biggest triumph may be the casting of Ansel Elgort as Baby. The kid has an embarrassing amount of charisma and southern charm to burn. I can imagine someone falling in love with Baby the way I love The Dude and returning to this movie again and again as a result. I'll say I was moderately sad that Baby wasn't able to keep his figurative hands completely clean. A more significant disappointment; Kevin Spacey's Doc feels way too surface level and like any other paint-by-numbers Spacey villain until we get a small turn at the end.
In short, if you love a high-paced chase film and can stomach a lot of stiff language, this is absolutely the movie for you. You're going to have a blast. It may be a bit thin on story, but it is masterful in style, pacing, and fun.
The blu ray? Looks fantastic, sounds fantastic, and has a very healthy dose of special features to dig through.
We've lost another great musician. I'm a big fan of Petty and he provided the soundtrack for more than one of my college video projects. I know it's probably blasphemous to mention a compilation album for some of you audiophiles, but Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits is among the elite of the elite of greatest hits albums. So, I leave it here for you to enjoy over the course of another sad day.
This. I love this. The idea, the execution; it's all perfect. I share this with you now because I had to. It might be my favorite Digital Short since the Lonely Island guys left SNL. Plus, we just got done telling Todd he needs to get on board with Ryan Gosling. Further proof.
Harry Dean Stanton. Universally revered by the legendary directors he worked with, his Hollywood peers and those who have followed. Enjoy this piece posted by Fandor for a taste of Harry Dean's film career and stay tuned for our thoughts and an examination of this Kentuckian's life's journey on the next episode of Talk Hard.