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The Villain Checklist: Consistency

Character is everything in stories, in my opinion. You can have the most thrilling plot imaginable, the most dazzling special effects, the most triumphant score, but if you don’t have the characters, for the audience to root for, hiss against … Continue reading

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Review: Sand Castle

Sand Castle Trailer The Iraq War is already proving itself to be an historical quandary, not even 15 years after it began. The war was, in the title of the best expose of its incompetent motivation and planning, a fiasco of … Continue reading

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The Villain Checklist: Risk

In establishing what our villain wants and how they will go about getting it, the story we are experiencing we hopefully do one other thing of immense importance. All going well, it will establish the critical element of risk: Risk – The … Continue reading

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Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 Trailer     My enthusiasm for the “MCU” has been cooling at a steady rate for the last number of entries. They have their strong central performances, the right kind of spectacle and tend … Continue reading

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The Villain Checklist: Goal/Motivation

Having gone through the villain’s introductory elements in detail, we now turn more to the nitty-gritty of the villain’s character. And perhaps nothing is more important for villains than their goal and motivation in the story. As with many things … Continue reading

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Review: In Loco Parentis, The King’s Choice, The Age Of Shadows

I was able to see all of the following films at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival. In Loco Parentis Trailer Through the experiences and tribulations of its teachers, staff and students, In Loco Parentis is an in-depth look at Headfort, the … Continue reading

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The Villain Checklist: Kick The Dog

Blake Snyder’s seminal work Save The Cat! is considered the bible of Hollywood screenwriting and its backbone is the titular plot point. In the book, Snyder describes the “Save the cat” moment as a relatively small but very important instance … Continue reading

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