Screenplays of 2014


Matt Bird joins us to discuss a selection of quality screenplays from 2014. We look at what makes these scripts tick and what the takeaways are for writers.

Mentioned in the episode:

Matt Bird’s blog series on the best screenplays of 2014




Edge of Tomorrow




Mississippi Burning

Schindler’s List

White Man’s Burden on TV Tropes

Little Women

A Little Wanting Song (the book Cheryl was actually thinking of when she was talking about a Cath Crowley novel — not Ms. Crowley’s other novel, Graffiti Moon)

Groundhog Day; the suicide sequence

Quantum Leap

Source Code

Dr. Strangelove

Up Series

The Matrix

The Matrix parody with Will Ferrell

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3 Responses to “Screenplays of 2014”

  1. Fred Garber March 1, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

    With regards to Edge of Tomorrow, I think the growth was supposed to be in Tom Cruise from a paper leader (he was an officer, he was the ‘face’ that the army used to sell the war) into a real leader and officer. He had to learn the value of sacrifice, ironically by making his own life so cheap (until it wasn’t)

    When I watched Snowpiercer, I couldn’t help but compare/contrast it with Captain America. Both of these movies require some suspension of disbelief as to the cartoonish setting. In both movies, Chris Evans is the leader of a diverse band of underdogs, fighting a heroic fight to end oppression. But the characters are very different men, although they are played with the same actor, hitting some similar beats.


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