Jeff York

The Rarity of Rug-Pulls in the Modern Era of Entertainment

The Rarity of Rug-Pulls in the Modern Era of Entertainment

Pulling the rug out from under an audience is tricky work these days. We’ve all seen so many hours of entertainment, even the casual viewer has become well-versed in narrative structure, the tropes of Hollywood storytelling, and genre clichés. For a screenwriter, trying to write a screenplay that will surprise an often jaded audience becomes […]

 Jeff York

Producers At Comic-Con State Their Intention Not To Stray Too Far Into The Unknown

Producers At Comic-Con State Their Intention Not To Stray Too Far Into The Unknown

At Comic-Con in San Diego two weeks ago, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) mapped out all of the projects in their “Phase 4” for the next few years. What was surprising was how much of what they’ve got planned is for the small screen. As part of what they’re calling Disney+ series, a host of […]

 Jeff York

Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is Masterful, but Not Quite a Masterpiece

Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is Masterful, but Not Quite a Masterpiece

As Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) carves a swastika into the forehead of Nazi Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, the American quips, “I think this just might be my masterpiece.” It was a fantastic curtain line, as well as the filmmaker’s clever opinion of his work. Indeed, for my money, that […]

 Kieron Moore

Tarantino’s Rewriting: The Hateful Eight

Tarantino’s Rewriting: The Hateful Eight

What changed in Tarantino's rewrite of The Hateful Eight... and why.

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight had a notoriously difficult route to the screen. In January 2014, barely two months after the writer/director had announced he was working on a second Western after 2012’s Django Unchained, an early draft of the script leaked onto the internet and caused Tarantino to abandon the project. It was only […]