Jeff York

“Downhill” Misses the Subtleties of the Original in Remaking “Force Majeure”

“Downhill” Misses the Subtleties of the Original in Remaking “Force Majeure”

If you’ve never seen Force Majeure, the 2014 French/Swedish production, then its 2020 American remake will likely be amusing enough for you. However, if you have seen the original, then you’ll realize Downhill doesn’t quite succeed as a sublime comedy of manners like its predecessor did. Even though stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell are […]

 Jeff York

“Zombieland: Double Tap” is a Hearty if Tardy Sequel

“Zombieland: Double Tap” is a Hearty if Tardy Sequel

What’s with all of the decades-late sequels these days? Mad Max: Fury Road, Blade Runner 2049, Mary Poppins Returns… the list goes on and on. But as long as they’re critical and financial successes, more will be made. One of the latest is Zombieland: Double Tap, a sequel to the hit horror-comedy Zombieland from 2009. And while […]

 Jim

Emmy-Nominated TV Writer David Mandel Goes Wide On “VEEP”

Emmy-Nominated TV Writer David Mandel Goes Wide On “VEEP”

David Mandel wrote the final episode of the highly-acclaimed TV series VEEP. He is a storied screenwriter who boasts writing credits on popular TV comedy shows including Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. VEEP is a political satire that cuts close to the bone. It’s a fine line between comedy and reality. But VEEP […]

 Steve Kaplan

The Comic Hero’s Journey According To Steve Kaplan

The Comic Hero’s Journey According To Steve Kaplan

Funnyman Steve Kaplan is a comedy screenwriting instructor and script consultant. Not only does he know how to make people laugh, but also why people laugh. He uses the venerable texts of Vogler and Campbell as the basis of his own guide to comedy writing. In the beginning was the film, and the film was […]

 Brianne Hogan

“Unboxed Creatix” Beth Lapides Encourages Writers To Follow Their True Selves Despite The Setbacks

“Unboxed Creatix” Beth Lapides Encourages Writers To Follow Their True Selves Despite The Setbacks

Beth Lapides is a hallmark on the female comedy scene. She has graced our screens and stages as she continues to entertain audience across the world. Creative Screenwriting Magazine got up close and personal with Beth to chronicle her entertainment career. In doing so, she discusses finding who you are as a writer and how […]