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‘“It’s the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how … Continue reading
What do these movies have in common: Alien, Fatal Attraction, and Godzilla? How about these: Star Wars, The Bad News Bears, and Lord of the Rings? The first trio belong to the genre that Blake Snyder called “Monster in the … Continue reading
In an earlier post, Tales of the Dummling, (January, 2013) I discussed a theme from folklore, and specifically from The Brothers Grimm, which has long intrigued me. In this story type, the youngest of three brothers, whom everyone else considers … Continue reading
I expected to like this movie. I wanted to like this movie. At the theater, I tried to like this movie, but I couldn’t pull it off. Dark Shadows was a gothic soap opera that ran from 1966 – 1971. … Continue reading
In my last post, I said I was going to review some folktales to see if any conventions of the “three act structure,” used in contemporary fiction and cinema, apply. Lest I be accused of hubris, I did not say … Continue reading
I found a great post on story and movie structure on one of the blogs I follow, Albert Berg’s Unsanity Files. http://unsanityfiles.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/building-on-the-bones-or-why-structure-doesnt-have-to-be-boring/ Despite Mr. Berg’s caution that discussions of structure has been known to cause some Californian’s heads to explode, … Continue reading