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Review: Shutter Island, Bright Star, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, Masquerades, Toy Story 3D and Crazy Heart

By Cinema, Reviews and Screenwriting

There’s something very odd about the opening scenes in Shutter Island and it takes the entire film for you to put your finger on it. Shots don’t match between cuts, there’s a stilted quality to the dialogue (too much exposition for a Martin Scorsese movie) and the pacing is off. For a while I found myself wondering whether Marty had lost the immense influence of his great editor Thelma Schoonmaker, but there she is, still in the credits, as she has been for Scorsese since Raging Bull.

Several years ago, Scorsese played a practical joke on me (personally, it felt like at the time) when an entire reel of The Aviator was treated to look like faded 1930s Technicolor – I went to the Embassy counter to complain and felt very sheepish to be told by Oscar, the projectionist, that the director meant it that way. So, this time around I decided to trust the maestro and roll with the strangeness and was rewarded with one of the best (and cleverest) psychological thrillers in many a year.

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Online listening tip

By Cinema and Screenwriting

I’ve just gotten around to listening to the Creative Screenwriting Q&A between Jeff Goldsmith and Rachel Getting Married writer Jenny Lumet and producer Neda Armian. It’s an excellent conversation, the two women are frank and honest and incisive, and there are some lovely stories about the making of one of my favourite films of the year.

Download here or listen below:

[audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/creativescreenwritingmag/RachelGettingMarriedQandA.mp3]

If you don’t have time to get through to the whole thing ff through to about 41:30 for a great story that inspired the competitive dishwashing scene in the film.