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Oscar Talk: Moneyball

It’s awards season. Here at SBM, we’ll take a writer’s look at some of screenplays nominated at this year’s Academy Awards. Moneyball is a film working in very classic dramatic principals. It adores contrasts, pairing the physically blessed with the … Continue reading

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Scattered Thoughts: Top 5 Sword Fights

With the passing of the great Bob Anderson, the swordmaster whose work has graced films such as Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings series, I thought it’d be nice to maybe celebrate the Top 5 Sword fights. First, … Continue reading

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Mad Man McKinnon's Marvelous Menagerie of Magnificently Manly Men: Jason Sudeikis

So often, ‘greatness’ is a subjective, ineffable designation, one that Masters, Critics, and Scholars can debate endlessly. However, on rare occasions, greatness is so transcendental, so obvious, it overcomes dispassion, ignorance, and apathy, and stirs the souls of even the … Continue reading

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Writer's Toolbox: Second Chances

We all have regrets, moments we wish we could have back. Nothing haunts us like the ‘what ifs’ and ‘if onlys’. Since so much of fiction is wish fulfillment, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that second chances play such … Continue reading

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Scattered Thoughts: Heroism and Sexuality

Every once in a while, usually in art associated with comic books or video games, I come across an image that stirs something in me. Generally, it’s a sort of shudder, a cringe at being associated with something crass or … Continue reading

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Writer's Toolbox: Totems and McGuffins

Like a sage of disputable authority once proclaimed, we are living in a material world. Be it our clothes, collectibles, or accessories, we define ourselves by our possessions because of the values we or our cultures attribute to them. Whether … Continue reading

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Mad Man McKinnon’s Marvelous Menagerie of Magnificently Manly Men: The Beastie Boys

To gaze upon the Beastie Boys is to gaze upon the true face of camaraderie. A trio of longtime friends since Hebrew School, they’ve evolved from punk rock misfits, to holder of Hip Hop’s first #1 album, all the way … Continue reading

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Scattered Thoughts: Sequels Part II – The Sequel

Earlier, SBM tried to delve into what made great sequels such a special and rare beast. Here, we’ll look at why so many fail. It should be obvious that the motivations that drive sequels into production are not exclusively artistic … Continue reading

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Scattered Thoughts: Sequels

Summer is upon us, and we all know what that means: sequels, and lots of them. So with that in mind, SBM will be looking at how some writers and filmmakers manage the miracle of a satisfying and compelling sequel. … Continue reading

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Writer's Toolbox: The Other Man

We all know the drill by now. Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl back. Somewhere between meeting the girl and losing the girl, some conflict inevitably emerges, and more often than not, that conflict is The Other … Continue reading

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