A Review Haiku
It starts on the page.
ACT BREAKS! DIALOGUE!! SETTING!!!
SCRIPT SECRETS REVEALED!
This is a mess. The film maker managed to score sit-downs with the iiving Big Names in screenwriting, then overlit them, hacked them up, and strung them together as a series of quotable quotes. He could have used a storyline.
Good documentary about scriptwriting.
A documentary about screenwriters. Astoundingly pedestrian at the get-go -- just a bunch of talking heads, broken up in an effective but loose structure, no graphics aside from a few clips -- but, eventually, a surprisingly good-natured look at the complexities of it all. There's some yawny-predictable Variety-skewed wankery, but some thoughtful and apt material too. Cool stories. Ok ideas.
Documentary about screenwriters has an impressive array of interview subjects, but its below average talking heads presentation sinks it. Its not just that its completely visually uninteresting, but the way it shuffles through snippets of conversation of these writers allows precious little depth. The individual unedited interviews would likely be immensely more interesting than the little bits we get here.
A satisfying collection of soundbites from screenwriters on why one should never want to become a screenwriter.
A documentary that’s worth a look if you’re interested in writing screenplays or film making.
Curious conversations about screenwriting. Would like more screenwriters to be interviewed since i felt that it could go even deeper into the troubles of this professionals.
You can see why some of these writers have failed to have a great career, they are just so f*cking boring leading to terrible interviews. Luckily there are some top notch writers here who are interesting and brilliantly/brutally honest about their experiences and so this saves it a little. However, my ultimate issue with this movie was the run time. It feels at least 30 minutes too long, and when you have the boring talking heads it's pretty hard going near the end.
Did you know that screenwriters write movies?
Did you know that can be hard?
Did you know that sometimes the scripts get changed?
That's the level of insight you can expect from this completely banal doc.
Probably of interest only for writers. But this is not a bad talking heads documentary.
You get plenty of engaging insight from guys like John Carpenter, Shane Black, Frank Darabont, and William Goldman - who is not in it nearly as much as he should be.
Couple of things, though… The Bucket List? Really? That's a writer you want to talk to?
Also… Some guy who did a pile of DTV action films starring Lorenzo Llamas? Him?
Which is not…
Tales From the Script
1 Hour & 45 Minutes
Tales From the Script is a documentary about the hardships that screenwriters face in the land we call Hollywood. There were many personal stories told that I appreciated from the piece, but all and all it ultimately fell short. As nearly two hours of interview followed by interview followed by blown up stills passed before my eyes, I couldn't help but wonder when the documentary was going to get interesting.…