What Works & What Doesn't: "Gremlins"

Column by Christopher Shultz December 19, 2016 (1) comments
Is this the ultimate comedy creature feature?

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'

Column by Christopher Shultz
Even the lightest of comedies have villains.

Well-Written Horror Films: Part IV

Column by Christopher Shultz October 19, 2016 (4) comments
Looking for scares alongside quality storytelling? Look no further...

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Halloween'

Column by Christopher Shultz October 13, 2016 (1) comments
Are Carpenter and Hill guilty of expository dialogue...or is there something more SINISTER going on?

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Children of the Corn'

Column by Christopher Shultz
Whoever decided voice-over narration in this film would be a good idea needs a visit from He Who Walks Behind the Rows.

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Forrest Gump'

Column by Christopher Shultz August 24, 2016 (8) comments
Films are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. And you never know why the hell some flavors are so beloved either...

Is "Stranger Things" The Contemporary Sci-Fi/Horror Juggernaut We've Been Waiting For?

Column by Christopher Shultz
The new Netflix original series has already garnered a big following, but can it sustain its momentum in future seasons?

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Full Metal Jacket'

Column by Christopher Shultz July 18, 2016 (8) comments
It's hailed as one of the best anti-war films ever made...but is its depiction of war not as good as it could be?

What Works & What Doesn't: 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'

Column by Christopher Shultz
It's an enjoyable, fairly straightforward adventure plot with a solid Act III...or is it so much more than that?

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Showgirls'

Column by Christopher Shultz
It's not as bad as you might remember, but it still isn't good. Let's explore why.

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Badlands'

Column by Christopher Shultz
How effective is the first act of Terrence Malick's debut feature on the page?
Batfleck Writes Batscript

Batfleck Writes Batscript

News by Peter Derk April 1, 2016 (1) comments
Did Batman V. Superman leave you wanting? As usual, Batman's got a contingency plan.

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Citizen Kane'

Column by Christopher Shultz
It's considered one of the greatest films ever made, due in large part to it's masterful non-linear storytelling and use of sequences.

On "The Witch," Great Cinematic Writing and The Tenets of Horror

Column by Christopher Shultz March 4, 2016 (8) comments
Audiences are up in arms about whether or not 'The Witch' is scary, and in doing so, ignoring how good it is.

5 Screenwriters Who Wrote Their Own Novelizations

Column by Bart Bishop
A look at screenwriters adapting their own scripts into novelizations of popular movies.

What Works & What Doesn't: 'The Apartment'

Column by Christopher Shultz January 8, 2016 (3) comments
A classic from Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond — but is it "damn near perfection" as Wilder insists?

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Shaun of the Dead'

Column by Christopher Shultz
This instant classic from Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright features some of the best dialogue EVER written.

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Repo Man'

Column by Christopher Shultz
The screenplay for this absurd and surreal classic features some great (and not so great) scene descriptions.

Dalton Trumbo: Who He Was And Why We Should Care

Column by Christopher Shultz November 5, 2015 (3) comments
He's the face of the Hollywood blacklist—and he's played by Bryan Cranston in a new movie—but just who is Dalton Trumbo?

What Works & What Doesn't: 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'

Column by Christopher Shultz October 2, 2015 (7) comments
We're going back to rural Texas to examine Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel's seminal horror masterpiece from a writerly standpoint.

Patton Oswalt's Night Café and the Script that Changed Joss Whedon Forever

Column by Bart Bishop September 23, 2015 (2) comments
A look at Patton Oswalt's concept of the Night Café, a room you enter and leave changed forever. For Joss Whedon, that room was his Alien: Resurrection script.

How Character Likability Kills Movies (and How It Can Save Books)

Column by Peter Derk September 21, 2015 (1) comments
Why does everyone have to be so damn nice? Character likability, how it's killing movies and how it can save books.

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Lost in Translation'

Column by Christopher Shultz September 4, 2015 (2) comments
Sofia Coppola's script not only typifies great nuts and bolts screenwriting, but also how prose-worthy and poetic approaches can influence the process.

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Chinatown'

Column by Christopher Shultz August 31, 2015 (2) comments
It's considered one of the best screenplays ever written, but why? Let's explore what works (and what doesn't work) about 'Chinatown.'

Why 'Fury Road' Is The Best-Written Movie of...Ever!

Column by Peter Derk July 3, 2015 (15) comments
Mad Max: Fury Road's storytelling techniques and flamethrower guitars are unassailable.