Monthly Archives: May 2014

20 Feet From Stardom & What We Can Learn About Storytelling Principles From Great Documentaries

I love documentaries because they so often illustrate the simplest and most profound principles of storytelling. Take the Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom as an example. This movie couldn’t be any clearer what it’s about: back-up singers. That’s it. That … Continue reading

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Mala Noche. Gus Van Sant. 1986.

Gus Van San’ts directorial debut (he also wrote it). There is a real sweetness to this movie. Ostensibly, it’s about two people who are using each other: gay convenience store clerk Walt (Tim Streeter) uses money and lodging to manipulate … Continue reading

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Drinking Buddies. Joe Swanberg. 2013.

What Drinking Buddies does, it does well. Namely, it captures the way that romantic partners casually lie to themselves about their true feelings and remain content to skirt the edges of major issues like infidelity, long-term commitment and authentic connection. … Continue reading

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Shotgun Stories. Jeff Nichols. 2007.

“You raised us to hate them and now we do, and this is where it has gotten us.” Writer/director Jeff Nichols rightfully came to prominence last year with the deceptively sophisticated Mud (the first major piece of the Matthew McConaughey … Continue reading

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