There’s a governing principle in screenwriting that says a scene should work to raise a question or answer one. The best scenes strive to do both. In this way, a movie pulls the viewer along, introducing new information to urge us from one moment to the next. Good films make us want to know more. There’s an implicit trust that forms here, a pact between audience and filmmaker; the film reassuring that if you give up your time, you will be rewarded with something. But when a movie tosses out more questions than it answers, when its mystery grows beyond proportion, the audience is asked something slightly different. Here, faith is required.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the newest episode in the series, and the first without George Lucas’ touch, we see the end result of J.J. Abrams labour: no way can this thing be self-contained.
By: Daniel Reynolds There’s a running joke in the first half of This Is Where I Leave You, the latest film from director Shawn Levy, that involves a young boy […]
By: Daniel Reynolds With so many new TV shows, movies, books and music coming out these days, sometimes staying culturally literate can be exhausting. To help sift through it all, we […]
By: Daniel Reynolds It takes a special performance to carry a film so thoroughly so as to urge you from its one moment to the next. This past weekend I […]