It is OK to be stupid because I am the protagonist

by Gunther Heinrich, 25 Mar 2008 in Analyses

Did you ever watch a movie in which the main protagonist acted like a complete idiot for no apparent reason? If your answer is yes you must have watched a German comedy…

Sometimes I am really glad to be able to watch (major) Hollywood movies. Despite their lack of truly good stories lately they at least manage to create characters that are not complete idiots who would be better off dead. It is an accomplishment to be proud of. In comparison German screenwriter seem to lack everything of how to write a good character – at least in comedy movies.

Yesterday I watched a German comedy movie called HARDCOVER. It revolves around a writer of pulp crime stories who finally want to write something good and decides to investigate the real life

The last shot of MICHAEL CLAYTON

by Gunther Heinrich, 16 Mar 2008 in Analyses Reviews

It doesn’t happen very often that you can witness a wonderful if not ingenious moment in a movie. Yet sometimes you can. And those moments are sadly rare.

Today I watched the movie MICHAEAL CLAYTON with George Clooney playing an attorney who has to deal with a mental breakdown of a fellow attorney and slowly gets involved of a big case of lies and murderer.

Well, you can say many things about that movie, but two things are sure: firstly, this is not the regular attorney-gets-conscience-thriller-movie. And secondly the last ending shot of MICHAEL CLAYTON is pure genius.

At the end of the movie, George Clooney confronts the bad guy/girl with the fact that not only he is still living but also wants a big bribe to keep his mouth shut. The girl

Do you want to know what really is embarrassing? When you think you know something although in fact you don’t.
When you follow this post by Kevin Koch and the comments, you will see that I contributed my thoughts to it. This includes my understanding of the small little word “plot”. And you know what? I screwed up. So here is the deal: you have fun reading while I start my research engine, dive into the worlds of “plot” and “story” and will try to make clear what they mean.

Story and Plot, Aristotle and Forster

On the search for the right definitions and explanations regarding “plot” and “story” Wikipedia comes to mind as it is in many ways an (not always) adequate start

TALK TO ME and the constant conflict in its story

by Gunther Heinrich, 5 Feb 2008 in Analyses

(Spoilers ahead)

It seems to pay that I have read several books about screenwriting several times, especially STORY by Robert McKee. Because, while watching TALK TO ME, I suddenly switched to my Analysze Mode and realized that this movie is a constant ongoing conflict on many levels.

The Movie

Okay, what is TALK TO ME? TALK TO ME (2007) is a drama/biography that tells the true story of Petey Greene, a successful and popular radio show host during the 60s and 70s who once was an ex-con. Although it might sound cheesy a little bit this movie is nevertheless really good. Besides the interesting characters and the ongoing sparks of humor it is the constant conflict that sets this movie apart.

TALK TO ME, STORY and the use of conflict

Well, anyone who reads STORY …

This part continues the analysis of the second part of “The Dawn of Man” in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick. It covers all scenes and sequences that take place on the space station Dr. Floyd was flying to during the space waltz sequence (and which was discussed in the last part). Besides a visual analysis this part will also mark the first one that will take a look at the dialogue spoken by the characters.

(Note: All images are copyright Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) and used solely for the purpose of analyzing 2001.)

After the space waltz sequence finishes with a close-up/fly-by of the exterior of the rotating station, Kubrick cuts right to the arrival of Dr. Floyd at the “reception” of the station.