Screentakes

Character and Theme-focused Screenplay Analysis

I Beg To Differ

Dallas Buyers Club

Posted by Teacher Lanouette on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

  Watching Dallas Buyers Club, I saw some curious screenwriting choices being made. I liked the film well enough. Certainly Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto’s performances were transporting. And, of course, I couldn’t help sympathizing with the subject matter. I have to say, though, I did find some of the metaphoric elements rather self-consciously applied—all read the full article.

Of Souls and Star Babies: Cloud Atlas

Posted by Teacher Lanouette on Monday, November 26th, 2012

I have a lot of respect for Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, the makers of Cloud Atlas. I believe they have a sincere desire to grace the world with art. They had a heartfelt message they wanted to communicate with this film and, judging from the $100 million budget, they intended for it read the full article.

Like Beads on a String: The Master

Posted by Teacher Lanouette on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

The opening images of The Master gave me a visual thrill – blue swirling water in a ship’s wake, a sailor chopping into a coconut, making love to a woman made of sand, drinking from a torpedo shell, passed out on a high perch. It was clear to me that writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson was read the full article.

The Hunger Games

Posted by Teacher Lanouette on Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

I can get on board with the eye-popping thrill ride of big films like Spider Man or Iron Man as much as the next guy. Just turn off the brain and go. But once in a while comes a big film that purports to have greater meaning, like Avatar banging us over the head with it’s read the full article.

Awakenings: Inception

Posted by Teacher Lanouette on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Here’s Ed and I after I got home from seeing Inception last night: Me: (grumpily) When are you going to get rid of that junk in the garage! I can barely get my car in. Ed: I guess you didn’t like the movie. Me: No, I guess I didn’t. . . . A few minutes read the full article.