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All the Write Moves: Velvet Buzzsaw
Cinematic satire has become something of a lost art. During the so-called “age of irony” in the 90s, the notion of presenting exaggeration as a means of revealing hypocrisy (or other social foibles) became somewhat redundant. Close to two decades lat...
All the Write Moves: Glass
M. Night Shyamalan, modern king of the twist ending, outdid himself with the final scene of Split (2016) — his surprise hit about a serial killer with multiple personalities — by connecting the picture to Unbreakable (2000), his cult-favorite thrille...
All the Write Moves: Green Book
In critical circles, certain words have toxic connotations. “Conventional.” “Old-fashioned.” “Sentimental.” There are good reasons why these words have gained dubious reputations; the history of cinema is full of condescending movies that subject aud...
All the Write Moves: If Beale Street Could Talk
Like his previous film, the Oscar-winning drama Moonlight (2016), Barry Jenkins’ new picture, If Beale Street Could Talk, might seem like a difficult artifact from which to extract screenwriting lessons. While both films have received considerable ac...
All the Write Moves: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Given the sheer number of Spider-Man movies that have been released since Tobey Maguire gave Kirsten Dunst that upside-down kiss back in 2002, it’s reasonable to wonder whether there’s anything left to say about the iconic Marvel Comics character. Th...
All the Write Moves: Aquaman
Given how deeply superhero cinema permeates pop culture nowadays, it’s borderline pointless to complain when a film in this genre defies normal expectations of narrative credibility. Nonetheless, the cheerful outrageousness of Aquaman is quite someth...
All the Write Moves: Destroyer
Contemporary media has no shortage of stories about complicated police detectives, but there’s always room in the mix for a smartly-crafted piece that uses a murder mystery as a means of exploring character. Destroyer, the new film from respected ind...
All the Write Moves: Mary Poppins Returns
When the beloved Disney musical Mary Poppins was released in 1964, ideas of what constituted movie magic were very different than they are now. Not only was Mary Poppins made nearly 20 years before the first CGI movie scenes, but audiences didn’t liv...
All the Write Moves: Vox Lux
When studying current movies for lessons applicable to future scripts, the temptation is to identify formulas—hit such-and-such plot point by page 10, make sure the narrative twists dramatically at the end of each act, etc. But sometimes it’s useful ...
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