Patterns: Beating sheets

I was asked recently (by a novelist) “how do you do a beat sheet”? It gets easier the more you do, though there’s no science to it; people  certainly disagree on them.  I put a lot of time and energy into unravelling THE DARK KNIGHT, which I found mystifying; I’ve read other versions that I …

LE DÎNER DES CONS, or, THE DINNER GAME

I cut a dialogue reel of this movie, excising silence, music, and sound effects, reducing it to a one hour track of talking only, and then exported it as an MP3 to my MP3 player.  I’ve probably listened to it over 50 times.  More than anything, and especially in its juxtaposition of a successful businessman …

Patterns: THE COLOR OF MONEY beatsheet

I like to read FilmCritHulk and enjoy his essays on specific films and on cinema/writing theory… I agree there’s more than “just 3-act” (tho I like 3-act and am fine with it, too) He calls an act break “a decision there’s no going back from” (direct quote: A POINT IN STORY WHERE CHARACTER(S) MAKE CHOICE …

How Batman is morally worthy

One cinema writer I really enjoy is FilmCritHulk, who recently challenged readers evaluate and assess their personal reasons behind their devoted affinity for Bruce Wayne (who is in actuality also the wanted sci-tech vigilante known as (the) Batman).  Hulk further questions us about the fantasy of indulgence in BATMAN. Having thought about it a great …