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Thoughts on this year’s nominees.

Oscar Talk: Midnight in Paris

There’s an interesting thing that happens when a writer becomes a celebrity. Woody Allen is probably the only screewriter I can think of who has this issue. Sure, there are some famous screenwriters out there, but Allen’s life is uniquely … Continue reading

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Oscar Talk: The Descendants

When people walk into a movie theater, or pop in a dvd, their first and simplest hope is to see something new. People want to be transported, brought into novel worlds with unfamiliar cultures and bizarre new sets of rules … Continue reading

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Oscar Talk: Hugo

More so than any other medium, film seems to embrace a rich and flattering appreciation for its own history. This year’s Academy Award frontrunners, Hugo and The Artist, can certainly attest to that. Maybe it’s because making a film is … Continue reading

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Oscar Talk: The Ides of March

The Ides of March is a dark, cynical thriller about the campaign for nomination of George Clooney’s Governor Mike Morris. From the beginning, Ryan Gosling’s Stephen Myers, a political wunderkind, sees Morris as a once in a lifetime figure: a … Continue reading

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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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Oscar Talk: Toy Story 3, Social Network, Winter's Bone, Black Swan

My initial intention for this series was to discuss the best writing nominees, but Another Year has proven inaccessible by traditional means. Maybe I’ll see it soon if it manages a more extensive theatrical run in Toronto, but in the … Continue reading

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Oscar Talk: 127 Hours, The Fighter, The Kids Are Alright,

With the Oscars around the corner, SBM will be offering quick looks at the various nominees in both the Original and Adapted Screenplay categories. Here is part 2 of 3. 127 Hours 127 Hours initially seems like the sort of … Continue reading

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Oscar Talk: King's Speech, Inception, True Grit

With the Oscars around the corner, SBM will be offering quick looks at the various nominees in both the Original and Adapted Screenplay categories. Here is part 1 of 3. The King’s Speech The King’s Speech is the sort of … Continue reading

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