SPP229 Nine Movies All Writers Should Watch

Released On: September 28, 2016

Movies are the greatest storytelling medium of our generation. Whether you’re a movie fanatic or still get your greatest thrills from books, there are some films that can give you some amazing storytelling techniques and ideas. Today, the guys discuss some of their favorite movies and how their storytelling has been changed.

  • Alien
  • Descent
  • American Beauty
  • Usual Suspects
  • Se7en
  • Old Boy (original)
  • Run Lola Run
  • Adaptation

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  • This is really weird, but just last week I showed Casablanca to my Screen Studies class, and stopped it at Plot Point I (when Rick sees Ilsa and sits down to drink) and we discussed the Inciting Incident (when Ugarte gives Rick the papers). I then stopped it again at Plot Point II (after Ilsa visits Rick upstairs) and had them try to predict what was going to happen. I had no idea you guys had discussed this, so I was delighted when I heard it.

    Incidentally, Rick never says “Play it again, Sam” in this movie.

    • I recently read “The Elements of Eloquence” by Mark Forsyth which is all about rhetoric and he mentioned a few similar incidents where the language is so strong that quotes are attributed to people or movies that were never actually said and why that was. It was a good read.

  • For anybody looking up the list w/o listening to the whole episode, Casablanca should be up on there too.

  • Joe M

    The guys mentioned a site where story structure is broken down for movies? I know of the Story Structure Database at KM Weiland’s site, but they mentioned something different?