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New Read: Robert McKee's Story [May. 16th, 2004|02:34 pm]
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I scrounged up the meager pence to purchase Robert McKee's Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting.

Three film school friends cited this book as one of the best to have. How can I argue if I haven't read it?



Robert McKee: Story




Over time, we shall see, film school students, we shall see.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-17 04:40 pm (UTC)
I am a writer.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-17 05:19 pm (UTC)
Alas, I'm forced to make budgetary choices. Fulci films I can probably buy and most definitely rent . . .

It was time for me to get a screenwriting book to learn more. I lack the formal training to produce, and this de-motivates me from producing.

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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-17 05:29 pm (UTC)
Fulci films? Yes.

Film Students? Yes, I have some friends who are.

Celebrities? No, but Jim my roomate/best friend sees them, and Faye Dunaway likes bumping into him at movie theatres.

Money? I wish.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-17 05:46 pm (UTC)
Argento's Suspiria was interesting.

http://www.livejournal.com/users/sauce1977rm/65906.html

This Fulci film I know I've watched, the Zombie one we're talking about, after much debate:

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0080057/

I have difficulty thinking of the films because they seem to be titled with multiple names. You are far beyond my knowledge of Italian cinema, and you've probably watched more of them.

I couldn't identify one Fulci film from the IMDB list besides the one mentioned that I've watched. Fulci's darn good, and what I'm really lookin' for with Italian cinema is the best of the best of the best of the Italian horror . . . I've seen quite a few of the country's offerings on late night TV, but I can't identify a damn one of 'em.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-17 05:50 pm (UTC)
We might be able to work out a movie trade system, you know, backin' up copies of films we uh, already have.

Suggestions would be the most I'd expect, and a list of 10-15 would be excellent, as I've had a whirlwind Japanese/Asia tour of films and look to brach further east from Spain.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-17 06:15 pm (UTC)
Shhhh! I live in the pantheon of Hollywood!

Manny Perry, the spokesman for anti-piracy, lurks on every street corner!

I shall take note of your fine list and begin the hunt.

I do have a copy of Battle Royale . . . Asian cinema is wildly fun. Scanning back on my months of posts, you'll see many of my posts this year.

I noticed Inferno and Phenomena under Argento, and they looked interesting. I can't thank you enough for the list!

If at all possible, Happiness of the Katakuris is a worthy watch. Like Sunset Boulevard, those two films I'd love to own.

Because of your regard for it, I'll make special note for City of the Living Dead.

I do love zombie films, and Romero is a mere tap at the surface.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-17 06:26 pm (UTC)
Romero's Martin was dark and fun.

renazle_dazzle has given me some good suggestions, and I'm building up this great list of films . . . I love the recommendations of others. It helps me to discover my expanding range of film far faster than if I worked on my own. :D

This suggestion list is perfect . . . great stuff as I look over it!

I'm always thankful for those who've helped.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-17 10:35 pm (UTC)

<I>Phenomena</I>'s what's his name . . .

That would be Donald Pleasence, playing Prof. John McGregor.

Oh how we love him so as Dr. Samuel 'Sam' J. Loomis in Halloween.

I didn't realize that Pleasance acts in this film I own . . . Casablanca Express, with Jason Connery . . . Sir Sean's son.

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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-18 11:31 am (UTC)

Re: <I>Phenomena</I>'s what's his name . . .

Not feeble!

Well, speaking of feebles, Meet the Feebles is an awesome Jackson film that probably has been mentioned countless times already.

As an audience, we crave 3-D characters. We like that Pleasance has a monkey. If the monkey has personality, it shines as a pet, and in turn, it adds to Pleasance's character.

I'm not a big fan of the sequels to Halloween, since Akkad saw the dollar-signs and threw the story to an incoherent afterthought . . .

The very first one is a terrible B film without Carpenter. He was on top of his game with this film.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-18 05:55 pm (UTC)

Re: <I>Phenomena</I>'s what's his name . . .

I think people dislike it because of its association with the Halloween series by Akkad.

Akkad, while a great man, also suffered the series with profit-primary and cohesive-story-secondary.

I didn't mind Halloween 3: Season of the Witch. If left on its own, it's a rather interesting film.
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