Movie Breakdowns

Writing Challenge: First Act Decision

This is it. This sequence is the moment that your audience showed up to see. In the Pre-Existing Life (sequence one) we established who your character is and what they want. In the Inciting Incident (sequence two), something happened to get in their way. Now, something is going to happen that will push your protagonist to make a decision that drives the whole movie.

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Election

Before Hilary and that other guy, before Leslie Knope and Bobby Newport, there was Tracy Flick v. everyone. When Election premiered in 1999 it was not a commercial hit, but garnered awards season attention and has since grown to cult status. Directed and co-written by Alexander Payne, the story is adapted from the book by […]

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Don’t Think Twice

In the past couple of years, the number of television and films centering on a world behind-the-scenes of comedy appears to have grown at a steep incline. Being a comedy nerd myself and having worked in the industry for several years, I love these projects but I always wonder if they resonate to anyone outside […]

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Florence Foster Jenkins

While most Oscar-hopeful films wait until the fall to enter the rat race, a few tend to pop up over the summer. They’re the movies that might get a few technical awards nominations, but usually win attention for one or two main acting roles in an otherwise enjoyable-but-predictable movie. This is exactly what Florence Foster […]

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Nine Lives

Okay, I had no real interest in seeing this movie but I was so incredibly surprised! Nine Lives is not what it’s advertised, at least not from what I can tell. After a summer filled with the same third act (re. giant end of the world succubus situation) over and over again, and directors that with seemingly […]

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Bad Moms

I didn’t think I’d be able to squeeze in a trip to the movies this week but managed to fit Bad Moms in at the last minute yesterday and I’m so happy I did. I didn’t take a second to make any notes yesterday though, so I’ll be breaking this down from memory (which I […]

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