Her (2013) is a dialogue.

"I’d rather use an iPhone that can’t make phone calls than use one with a broken camera."
  • Writing a character who is a genius is a great challenge, because great storytellers are not geniuses.
  • Most American writers (especially screenwriters) are afraid to question (or strain) the intelligence (of any fraction) of their audience.
  • I can’t think of any American production that yet got the character of Sherlock Holmes right.

- Writer To Go

"everyone hates the way the US TV industry works, except for the US TV industry."
Now, that’s how you make an action movie:

Captain Phillips

This narration that opens every episode of Revolution (2012) smells like it was written by a focus group.

If you need to squander your 30 second opening explaining why I should give a shit, it’s because you’ve failed to make me give a shit.

"Was she the most influential translator of her time?”

- Writer To Go

A good looking film, with a very good cast swimming ably enough through a choppy script: North & South (2004).

Behind the scenes, on the set of Ishirō Honda's Godzilla (Gojira, 1954) movies.

A good documentary film relies on images, not narration, to tell its story.

You* can just about watch Lixin Fan's Last Train Home (2009) with the subtitles turned off, and still follow the story.

Watch on Amazon, Netflix or YouTube.

* those of us who don’t speak any dialect of Chinese

a Netflix original   A fish-out-of-water comedy spin-off, The Sopranos Lite in Norway, Lilyhammer passes the time in two languages.

Top of the Lake (2013) puts us in mind of The Killing, only with New Zealand rednecks in the mountains, not so disconsolate, and no rain.

"The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."
— Bertrand Russell

(quoted in Romulus, My Father)
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