Archive for May 15th, 2013

May 15, 2013

10 Things Every Writer Can Learn from Iron Man 3

Iron-Man-4T.J. Barnard of WhatCulture! has written another great “10 Lessons” article. This one is about Iron Man 3, which was penned by the infamously well-paid Shane Black. Here’s a snippet of what Barnard has to say:

Iron Man 3 probably wasn’t the movie people were expecting, though: in an age where movie-goers are willing to embrace the idea of a serious and (at times) terribly bombastic Batman, you might have expected Marvel to poise one of their most popular superheroes similarly. Not so: Iron Man 3 emerged as one of the silliest superhero movies for a long time, and – for once – I mean that as a genuine compliment.

In the build-up to the release of Marvel 7th installment in its Cinematic Universe, the marketing department seemed intent on pushing this chapter as a darker, more existential outing – we were given a few glimpses of Tony taking a beating and dragging his broken armour through a bleak, snowing terrain. And yet Iron Man 3 is certainly the funniest Marvel movie yet, a sequel willing to embrace and subvert its comic book origins at once. And it’s a blockbuster in every sense of the word. As for the angst? Not so much. Dark Knight Rises it ain’t.

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May 15, 2013

Quote of the Day: Mark Twain

Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.