Splinter Cell by Stuart Beattie | #57

This week, we talk about how Christopher Nolan directs a movie, we have a role call, and we discuss the problematic adaptation of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, written by Stuart Beattie!

Things to Consider:

  1. America vs. everyone else
  2. Hitman with a heart
  3. Building out the cast

Matt's Thing: Journaling with Day One

Hunter's Thing: Barry on HBO

Next week's screenplay: Super Mario Bros. by Parker Bennett & Terry Runté

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Halo by Alex Garland | #56

This week, we find out our country personas, we discuss the future of office spaces, and we take a trip into space to read Alex Garland's screenplay adaptation of Halo, based off the hit 2001 Xbox launch title and franchise!

Things to Consider:

  1. Writing for an aware audience
  2. The perfect hero
  3. Advancing the plot
  4. Mission accomplished?

Matt's Thing: This is America by Childish Gambino

Hunter's Thing: SortIt! Apps

Next week's screenplay: Splinter Cell by Stuart Beattie

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Uncharted: Drake's Fortune by David O. Russell | #55

This week, Hunter makes a really good/bad pun, Matt discusses the history of candles, and we jump into an unofficial video game movie month with David O. Russell's unproduced adaptation of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune!

Things to Consider:

  1. Going on an adventure!
  2. It takes three (or more)!
  3. In the nick of time!

Matt's Thing: Overwatch

Hunter's Thing: Arkham Horror: The Card Game

Next week's screenplay: Halo by Alex Garland

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Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh | #54

This week, Matt has a tickle in his throat, Hunter pitches his new interactive theme park, and we follow up on Martin McDonagh's most recent writing venture with the script for Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri!

Things to Consider:

  1. Dialogue vs. action
  2. Likeable characters
  3. Desperation

Matt's Thing: Headspace

Hunter's Thing: Really Bad Chess

Next week's screenplay: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune by David O. Russell

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In Bruges by Martin McDonagh | #53

This week, we make up a word, come up with a new hit horror movie, and we discuss the comedic, dramatic, and all around good looking script for Martin McDonagh's In Bruges!

Things to Consider:

  1. Foreshadowing
  2. Purgatory
  3. That ending tho

Matt's Thing: MoviePass

Hunter's Thing: Westworld

Next week's screenplay: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh

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Ratatouille by Brad Bird | #52

This week, we update a classic phrase, discuss the birth of podcasts, and we do the cooking by the book as we discuss Disney-Pixar's script for Ratatouille written by Brad Bird.

Things to Consider:

  1. Voiceover and Gusteau ghosts
  2. The struggle for control
  3. Who's the protagonist?

Matt's Thing: Avec Laudenum by Stars of the Lid

Hunter's Thing: In A Wacky World by EZPZ

Next week's screenplay: In Bruges by Martin McDonagh

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A Hero Calls: An Erotic Thriller | One Year Birthday Bonus 'Sode

We play a fun party game called Buy the Rights!

Thank you for sticking around and listening to us for a full year! As a thank you, we've recorded a special bonus episode for you all! We play a game called Buy the Rights, a movie-pitching party game with ridiculous and hilarious results.

Listen as Matt and Hunter scramble to write an erotic thriller about a super villain who can communicate with ghosts over his cell phone. This episode is especially NSFW (sorry moms!).

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The Matrix by The Wachowskis | #51

This week, Hunter and Matt let out their secrets for sneaking food into a movie theater, we solve the world's dessert crisis, and we unplug from the real world to discuss The Matrix by the Wachowski Sisters.

Things to Consider:

  1. Expedited expositions
  2. Living up to high expectations
  3. Archetypes vs Specificity

Matt's Thing: Deactivating Facebook

Hunter's Thing: 'The Office' Dialogue in Five Charts

Next week's screenplay: Ratatouille by Brad Bird

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Prisoners by Aaron Guzikowski | #50

This week, we discuss crosswalks, Matt pitches his new app idea, and we discuss the tense crime thriller Prisoners by Aaron Guzikowski!

Things to Consider:

  1. Rooting for a compromised “hero”
  2. Motives and intentions
  3. The alternate ending

Matt's Thing: Sasha Sloan Hunter's Thing: Game Night and its soundtrack

Next week's screenplay: The Matrix by The Wachowskis

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Twelve Monkeys by David Peoples and Janet Peoples | #49

This week, Matt and Hunter discuss hoodies, adventures in the Apple store, and break down Twelve Monkeys by David Peoples and Janet Peoples.

Things to Consider:

  1. Limiting information for a reader
  2. Repetition and iconography and repetition and iconography and repetition and iconography and…
  3. Satisfactory ending?

Matt's Thing: Hue Hunter's Thing: The Daily Podcast, 3/21/18

Next week's screenplay: Prisoners by Aaron Guzikowski

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Matt Dernlan & Hunter Rising