All Time Best: Quotable Movie Character

September 29, 2010 at 8:37 am

All Time Best: Quotable Movie Character

When it comes to narrowing down the all time best quotable CHARACTER there was never a doubt in my mind.

Yet I hesitated…

While my champion was obvious, I felt like I needed to pay tribute to the all time best quotable actor.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Get to the choppah!”

Indeed, if this were a post about the King of the one-liners then there is no doubt who would reign supreme.

However, today is all about a single character.

One performance that stands above all others.  An impression that everyone has in their comedic repertoire.

Lloyd Christmas

All Time Best Quotable Movie Character

“We got no food, no jobs… our PETS’ HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!”

“G’day mate! Let’s put another shrimp on the barbie!”

“Woah, Big Gulps, huh? Well, see ya later.”

“Why you going to the airport? Flying somewhere?”

“Cannot, triple stamp, no erasies, Touch blue make it true.”

“WE’VE LANDED ON THE MOON!”

“I got robbed by a sweet old lady on a motorized cart. I didn’t even see it coming.”

Still with me?

Jim Carrey’s hilarious turn as Lloyd Christmas was the first and only choice for this post.  Although some credit has to go to his counterpart Harry Dunne played by Jeff Daniels and of course, The Farrelly Brothers.

There are simply too many amazing funny quotes to name.

I can honestly say I’ve never quoted any single character more than Lloyd.

What’s your all time best quotable movie character?

PS: Is this the funniest movie moment of all time?

There’s Something Cool About A 3 Page Screenplay

September 28, 2010 at 8:11 am

The Athletic Nerd Screenwriting Blog There's Something Cool About A 3 Page Screenplay

Recently, I’ve been writing a series of 3 page screenplays while riding the subway to work.

Using my iPhone and Scripts Pro, I’ve been creating little episodes of a series I call:

After

To date, I’ve completed 3 chapters of the series and I’ve been having a blast.

It’s essentially an experiment I came up with the night I watched the gigantic and entertaining finale to Lost.  (Though it took a while to get started.)

I wanted to test myself to see if I could develop a mystery on my own and create interesting characters around it.

Call it practice.  Call it an assignment.

I call it something fun to do instead of staring at strange people on the train.

AFTER is a horror story that begins after a couple dies and find themselves wandering a strange forest.  Eventually, they find their way to a cabin and a truly horrific discovery.

I honestly think the villain in this story will give people nightmares.

I’m also enjoying the format in which I’m telling the story.

3 page scripts.  Each ending with a cliffhanger.

Maybe it will become a web series some day.  Perhaps the story can be adapted into a feature later on.  I could always take these chapters and use them as an outline.  The options are limitless.

For now, I’m simply focusing on telling the story.

Writing little 3 page screenplays is a great way to stay sharp and challenge your creativity.

Why not?

Do you have a commute or some down time?  You don’t need necessarily need an iPhone but you can always be working on something.

Why not write something new and spontaneous.  You’ve got nothing to lose.

That’s what I find cool about 3 page screenplays. They may not turn into much but for me it’s all about writing.

It’s what I love to do!

10 Flicks: Awesome Horror Comedies

September 27, 2010 at 11:13 am

10 Flicks: Awesome Horror Comedies

A few weeks ago, I was right in the middle of a debate at work. The argument began when myself and a friend expressed our excitement for Hatchet 2.

A few people who had seen the first Hatchet disagreed.  Essentially, the conflict could be summed up with one question:

Are movies like Hatchet any good?

In order to answer that question, Team Hatchet came up with a list of Horror Comedies and the cult following they have achieved.

Admittedly, horror comedies are only for certain audiences who appreciate them.  Happily, I’m one of them.

Here are the 10 of the best:

Evil Dead

Bruce Campbell.  You can’t talk about horror comedies without mentioning Ash and his adventures in the Evil Dead trilogy.

10 Flicks: Awesome Horror Comedies

Evil Dead 2

Sam Raimi is awesome.  That is all.

10 Flicks: Awesome Horror Comedies

Arachnophobia

Spiders literally paralyze me with fear.  Once a year, I make a trip to the zoo just to dare myself to look into the Black Widow cage.  I regret it every time.

This movie scared me more than any other movie I can think of except THIS

Critters

Second only to Gremlins as my favorite ‘Little Monster’ movie.

Tremors

I’m not a fan of the follow up films but this one has stuck with me over the years.

Slither

“What kind of thing wants you to eat it!”  I laughed out loud several times during this flick.

Hatchet

The movie that started the debate.  By no means is it the greatest horror movie of all time but it’s definitely among the best tributes to horror.  Director Adam Green is a massive fan and his knowledge of the genre bleeds through this instant fan favorite.

Zombieland

A new addition to my horror comedy collection but a welcome one as well.

Gremlins

The first movie I thought of.  One of the classics.

Shaun Of The Dead

Easily my favorite movie on this list.  Changed the way I’ll look at movies forever.

Movies That Changed Everything: A Few Good Men

September 24, 2010 at 9:47 am

Movies That Changed Everything: A Few Good Men

I’m an aspiring filmmaker.  Like every filmmaker out there, I have a lengthy list of films that have inspired me along the way.  This series will examine twelve of the films that changed the way I looked at movies forever.  Films that have greatly influenced the filmmaker I hope to become someday…

A Few Good Men

movies that changed everything: A Few Good Men

It’s no secret that I’m extremely passionate about screenwriting. I can’t get enough.

Yet, it can be difficult sometimes to find time to write while balancing my career in television and other normal life responsibilities.

I still try to get into screenwriting mode as much as possible.

The goal?

To someday write something as good as A Few Good Men.

Forget the amazing film and the legendary performances of Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson for a moment.

In my opinion, the screenplay for A Few Good Men is one of best ever written.  It’s a phenomenal script.

Aaron Sorkin’s brilliant work has been a source of inspiration for me since the moment I heard Tom Cruise yell:

“Thank you for playing! Should we or should we not follow the advice of the galactically… stupid!”

Thought I was going to mention this famous exchange didn’t you?

That’s WHY the movie is so fantastic.  There are so many iconic and legendary moments.  I love everything about this movie but every time I think about how the story is structured and how well the characters are developed I just want to launch Final Draft and lose track of time.

A Few Good Men changed everything because of story, dialogue, action and drama.

Screenwriting.

Every aspiring screenwriter has a set of films they hold dear to their hearts.

A Few Good Men is at the top of my list for millions of reason but there is one reason that sticks out for me.

Inspiration.

Something every creative person craves.

Like a drug you can’t stop feeding your pressing need to write.

Thankfully, all I have to do is pop the DVD in and let my imagination  come alive.

The Town Has It All

September 21, 2010 at 9:47 am

Review: The Town Has It All (The Town 2010 Movie)

I was desperate for another action movie with a good story since Inception is the only film that really brought it this summer.

Finally, I got my wish.

The Town

First of all, The Town is one of the best movies of the year and should be up their on voters ballots when Oscars roll around.  Above that, it’s also one of the best heist movies I’ve ever seen.

To summarize, I absolutely loved The Town.

Review: The Town Ben Affleck

The best action movies ALWAYS have incredible stories to match the guns, explosions and brawls.

What I loved about The Town was how well the heist and chase sequences integrated into the story.  When you care about the people involved it makes the action that much more exciting and interesting.

Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner and Jon Hamm steal the show here. Every 5 or 6 minutes it felt like another bomb got dropped.  Another twist in the tale.  Gradually, the stakes continue to rise.  By the time you I saw those creepy nun masks come out, I already had the film in my top 5 for 2010. It’s that good.

Then the action starts and it’s every bit as entertaining as the story itself.

  • Ruthless gun fights.
  • Gritty car chases.
  • Vicious stand offs.
  • Explosions.
  • Punches.

…  Nice.

The Town is exactly what I needed after a summer of disappointments.  Like The Departed, it’s a look into a fascinating world that will stick with you.

I think it’s a lock for a best picture nomination especially now that they nominate 10 movies. I don’t think it will win but it’s such a well made movie that it deserves to be honored.

People will say that Ben Affleck is back.  They will say Jeremy Renner and Jon Hamm played incredible supporting roles.  They will say The Town is one of the best films of the year.

I couldn’t agree more.

The Town kicked ass.

PS: Honestly, how awesome is this trailer!