The Double

Cool premise, awful approach. While a choice of approach, I’m still pointing this out as a screenwriting issue because that’s where it started. What was the point of the unrelatable world and dark style? To me, it single-handedly ruined the movie as I didn’t get into it and fast forwarded parts just to see what […]

John Wick

While it appealed to the action fan in me during its runtime, just about everything in the movie was forgotten soon after. Too bad, Wick easily could’ve been wicked. Character and Premise Keanu Reeves as John Wick went on a revenge spree because of a dog. Repeat, a dog. Yes, the canine gift was from […]

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

A good example of what Blake Snyder calls Too Much Marzipan. Premise and Plot The basic start was good: the US wanting to dispatch all transformers and not caring or believing that some are allies (the Autobots). Problem #1: The CIA partnered with another race of transformers (where did they come from?) to catch and […]

Dallas Buyers Club

Great movie. This is not a screenwriting issue: it would have been better in terms of the visuals and character arc had Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) started the movie at a regular weight. It would have been ideal for the weight loss and more of the AIDS sickliness to show when the story jumped from […]

Carrie (2013)

A few secondary things were improved from the original, but the core remained problematic. Premise and Plot For a story about a unique teenage girl coming of age (Adolescent Passage according to Blake Snyder), there wasn’t enough to it. For a story about a girl breaking free from her psycho mother (perhaps Family Institution?), there […]

Oz the Great and Powerful

More like, Oz the Awful and Lame. Character I’m surprised when writers and directors argue against the notion that the audience should like the protagonist. In some movies, as with a criminal, it’s impossible so we at least have to empathize with the main character. In movies like this where the protag is seriously flawed, […]

Grown Ups

I liked it for the light summer flick that it was. There were good jokes from beginning to end and it was cute the way the actors truly seemed to laugh and have a good time from all the ribbing. Structure / Plot and Character – I would have liked more drama as this could […]