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July 27, 2011

15 Films You Shouldn’t Attempt to Emulate

This list from The Script Lab (they have a number of these — I highly suggest checking them out) is entitled The Top 15 Movies You Should NOT Watch in Film School. Find out why by reading on:

Beginning screenwriters learn by example; in fact, it’s really one of the best ways to master the art of screenwriting. The problem is, there are so many iconic and cult classic films that end up sending the novice down a road to ruin before they ever learn to write a simple plot. The following list should not be considered a list of bad films – far from it. But it is a list of films that break rules with such skill and acumen, it’s best to steer clear before you get any bright ideas that you’re ready to do the same.

15) Troll 2 – Alright, so this is the only one on the list that’s technically a “bad” film (kind of arbitrarily put on here to piss off Leroy James King, per Preston.) That said, this movie is totally enjoyable, albeit super kitschy and poorly executed. It’s not like one of Tarantino or Rodriguez’s Grindhouse films that are trying to be terrible. So watch out film school nerds – enjoy this at your own risk.

14) Million Dollar Baby – You know the old adage “Voice over is a tool of the lazy.” MDB uses VO to frame mood and genre, but even this movie at times feels like Eastwood might have been like, “Oh shit! We’ve got Morgan Freeman – let’s add VO just because he has the voice of God.” Prove that you can describe by showing, before you fall into the lazy trap of VO.

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July 27, 2011

Quote of the Day: John K. Hutchens

A writer and nothing else:  a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right.