“Detectorists” and “Catastrophe”: Weirdos We Can Love

If you feel like you’re in need of stories that are emotionally realistic but won’t leave you feeling like a shell of a person, do yourself a favor and try out “Detectorists” and “Catastrophe,” two British TV shows that are available on Netflix and Amazon (respectively).  “Detectorists” follows metal detector...
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The Great Screenwriters – Part 5: Herman J. Mankiewicz

In many ways, Herman J. Mankiewicz was the ultimate screenwriter – but that is not an entirely positive accolade to bestow on someone.  Mankiewicz was a truly great screenwriter, having co-written Citizen Kane, which is still widely regarded as the finest film ever made, but like almost every other screenwriter...
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Recapping the 2016 Toronto Screenwriting Conference

Last weekend, thousands of writers – from amateur to professional – converged on the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the annual Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC). And who can blame them given the con’s penchant for attracting the best in the biz, from David Goyer and Michael Arndt, to long-time legends...
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Why Does Sunset Boulevard Work So Well?

Sunset Boulevard, Billy Wilder’s 1950 film, is a name that almost everyone recognizes, and is a film that has influenced many. Take for example, David Lynch, a notable director who praises Wilder’s film and noting it as a major influence to both Eraserhead and Mullholland Drive. Now, the tricky thing...
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