I Want My DVD: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

by Ethan Alter February 5, 2013 12:49 pm
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Don't fly these friendly skies.

Indie Snapshot: Four Comedies and A Drama

by Ethan Alter August 3, 2012 6:00 am
Indie Snapshot: Four Comedies and A Drama

Laugh it up at this weekend with four indie comedies, including The Babymakers and Celeste and Jesse Forever.

Our Idiot Brother: All of Our Friends Made a Movie Together

by Rachel Stein August 26, 2011 6:00 am
<i>Our Idiot Brother</i>: All of Our Friends Made a Movie Together

Do you ever get sick of films that obviously have a large amount of improv? I'm fine with a few riffs here or there, but sometimes I long for tighter editing and, you know, actual writing. A line that I loved in The AV Club's excellent "Michael Schur walks us through Parks And Recreation" article series was when showrunner Schur was discussing the use of improvisation on his series and noted, "[W]e have many, many times thrown away jokes that we thought were way funnier than the stuff we wrote because, completely unintentionally, in the moment, they alter the scene. They change the motivation of the character or they indicate that the character doesn't care about something that he or she cares about or something. And I will always cut those jokes out because it's never worth sacrificing the scene or the story or the character for one joke."

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