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May 1, 2010

A Beginner’s Guide to Endings

Author: Jonathan Sobol Genre: Comedy Storyline: 5 Dialogue: 6 Characterization: 5 Writer’s Potential: 5 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Pass Logline:When three brothers learn they only have a few months left to live, they each embark on death-defying activities. Synopsis:In voice…

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May 5, 2010

Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods

Author: Christian Ditter Genre: Adventure/Family/Comedy Storyline: 7 Dialogue: 7 Characterization: 6 Writer’s Potential: 7 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Consider Logline:A nerdy Viking boy must lead warriors on a quest to find his kidnapped father and Thor’s hammer. Synopsis:Led by warrior…

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This Must Be the Place

Author: Paolo Sorrentino & Umberto Contarello Genre: Drama Storyline: 2 Dialogue: 3 Characterization: 3 Writer’s Potential: 3 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Pass Logline:A washed-up rock star embarks on a trip across the U.S. to find the Nazi soldier who tormented…

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Safe

Author: Boaz Yakin Genre: Action Storyline: 3 Dialogue: 3 Characterization: 4 Writer’s Potential: 4 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Pass Logline:After saving the life of a Chinese girl who was kidnapped and forced to work for a mob boss, an ex-boxer…

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May 4, 2010

Transit

Author: Michael Gilvary Genre: Action/Thriller Storyline: 7 Dialogue: 7 Characterization: 7 Writer’s Potential: 7 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Strong consider Logline:A vacationing family becomes embroiled in a bank robbery when they discover the loot hidden in their luggage. Synopsis:Four criminals…

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May 3, 2010

A Dangerous Method

Author: Christopher Hampton Genre: Drama/Historical Storyline: 5 Dialogue: 7 Characterization: 6 Writer’s Potential: 6 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Pass Logline:In the early 1900s, Carl Jung’s working relationship with Sigmund Freud is jeopardized by Jung’s love affair with a patient. Synopsis:In…

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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Author: Tony Grisoni and Terry Gilliam Genre: Comedy/Fantasy Storyline: 7 Dialogue: 8 Characterization: 6 Writer’s Potential: 7 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Reluctant pass Logline:While shooting a commercial in Spain, a burned-out director meets a man who may be Don Quixote….

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May 2, 2010

The Raven

Author: Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare Genre: Crime/Drama/Historical Storyline: 5 Dialogue: 5 Characterization: 5 Writer’s Potential: 5 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Pass Logline:In 1840s Baltimore, a police inspector enlists the help of Edgar Allan Poe when a serial killer starts…

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May 8, 2010

ATM

Author: Chris Sparling Genre: Thriller Storyline: 8 Dialogue: 9 Characterization: 9 Writer’s Potential: 9 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Disappointed consider Logline:When three coworkers make a late-night stop at an ATM, they’re trapped and taunted by a mysterious man with an…

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May 12, 2010

Gaturro

Author: Unknown Genre: Comedy/Kids/Animated Storyline: 6 Dialogue: 5 Characterization: 5 Writer’s Potential: 5 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Pass Logline:In order to impress his childhood sweetheart, a clumsy cat tries to become a TV star. Synopsis:GATURRO (a cat) arrives outside the…

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May 11, 2010

Margin Call

Author: J.C. Chandor Genre: Drama Storyline: 4 Dialogue: 3 Characterization: 4 Writer’s Potential: 4 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Pass Logline:When a mathematician discovers a revenue shortfall, a group of Wall Street investors must pull an all-nighter in order to figure…

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My Tutor

Author: Mark A. Altman & Steve Kriozere Genre: Comedy Storyline: 2 Dialogue: 2 Characterization: 1 Writer’s Potential: 2 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Pass Logline:A nerdy high school student and his obnoxious playboy father both fall for the same woman: the…

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May 10, 2010

The Last Hippie (a.k.a., The Music Never Stopped)

Author: Gwyn Lurie & Gary Marks Genre: Drama Storyline: 7 Dialogue: 8 Characterization: 8 Writer’s Potential: 8 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Consider Logline:In the mid-1980s, parents try to use music to reconnect to their estranged son, who has a neurological…

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May 9, 2010

The Home

Author: Eric Vespe Genre: Horror Storyline: 5 Dialogue: 5 Characterization: 5 Writer’s Potential: 5 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Pass Logline:A young man forced to stay at a rest home for the elderly discovers a sinister presence is killing the residents….

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May 7, 2010

Trespass

Author: Karl Gajdusek & Eli Richbourg & Milo Addica Genre: Thriller/Crime Storyline: 7 Dialogue: 7 Characterization: 7 Writer’s Potential: 7 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Pass Logline:When a gang of thieves holds a family hostage, the family is forced to face…

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The Nth Degree

Author: James Bird Genre: Comedy/Fantasy Storyline: 2 Dialogue: 1 Characterization: 3 Writer’s Potential: 1 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Pass Logline:A disparate group of people with mysterious ailments join together to find a doctor who can cure them. Synopsis:KATE watches as…

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May 6, 2010

Three Musketeers

Author: Andrew Davies and Alex Litvak Genre: Action/Adventure/Historical Storyline: 8 Dialogue: 6 Characterization: 7 Writer’s Potential: 7 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Consider Logline:The Three Musketeers take new recruit D’artagnan under their wing to foil Cardinal Richelieu’s plot to start a…

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Upside Down

Author: Santiago Amigorena & Juan Diego Solanas Genre: Sci-Fi/Romance Storyline: 4 Dialogue: 5 Characterization: 4 Writer’s Potential: 5 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Pass Logline:In a universe defined by two “mirror image” worlds facing each other, a man from “down below”…

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May 21, 2010

Objects in Mirror

(Written with Tarini Anand) Title: Objects in Mirror Genre: Romantic Comedy Draft: Second Length: 110 pages Logline: A cynical rock journalist must team up with the obnoxious brother of a newly anointed pop star in order to save her career….

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May 18, 2010

(Late Edition) Script Review: Harry Brown by Gary Young

[In lieu of actual content, for the next several weeks I will present, at least, one review of an upcoming film each week. These are scripts that I’ve been paid money to read, and many of them contain watermarking, identification numbers, password-protection, and other ways of tracking what company it was sent to; because of this and my desire to keep my job, I will not offer downloads for ANY of the scripts I review here. Don’t bother asking.]

Sometimes I get busy. Longtime readers know my comically inconsistent posting routine is one of the few charms of Stan Has Issues™. I did like the habit of posting one script review a week. That was something I figured I could handle, because even if I got busy, I could write several when things were slow and post them when I anticipated getting busy. I had it all planned, on an assembly line, with spreadsheets and dates and I’ll do this script for this week and that script for that week.

It all fell apart when (a) release dates for films whose scripts I’d already read professionally kept getting pushed back, (b) I had zero interest and negative motivation in reading different scripts to substitute my original picks, and (c) my planning went to shit, so I suddenly stopped preparing reviews in anticipation of getting busy, and instead posted pathetic rants about women. I’m okay with the pathetic rants. In fact, as you may have noticed from the disclaimer, I don’t really consider these script reviews to be actual “content.” I much prefer either ranting about general screenwriting trends or chaotic broads, idiot friends, and why nobody but me knows how to drive. I just find myself lacking the time to accomplish the feat of writing about what’s going on with me. Not to sound glib, but I’m 100% serious when I say I’m too busy living life to blog about it. I know — weird, huh?

Read "(Late Edition) Script Review: Harry Brown by Gary Young" »

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