Episode #14 — First Man (2018)

We conclude our series on the films of Damien Chazelle with ‘First Man’, written by Josh Singer. One of the most accurately-researched biopic screenplays, ‘First Man’ captures the essence of Neil Armstrong’s life, highlighting his struggle to overcome the death of his infant daughter and how that marked his character even as the years passed, and he steadily persevered at his career until ultimately becoming the first human being to walk on the lunar surface.

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All these protocols and procedures to make it seem like you have it ‘under control’. But you’re a bunch of boys making models out of balsa wood, you don’t have anything under control.
— Janet Armstrong
 

Episode #11 — Particular Disposition (2018)

‘Particular Disposition’ is based on the last execution of two men for the crime of sodomy under English law in 1835. It was selected by the Austin Film Festival jury as the best stage play script of 2018. We were extremely fortunate to spend some time talking with the playwright, Benjamin Fulk, about his writing process and the importance of bringing this forgotten story back to the fore in the 21st century.

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I refuse to live a life in fear
— James Pratt

Episode #2 — Roma (2018)

We were so excited to talk about Alfonso Cuarón’s new film, we put our other episodes and research on hold to focus entirely on this one. This is the first Spanish-language screenplay that we have evaluated (don’t worry, the episode is entirely in English) hopefully with more to come for those that wish to learn more about Spanish and Latin American films. The protagonist is a young indigenous woman working as a maid for a middle class family in the Colonia Roma in Mexico City in the turbulent 1970s — the story written by Alfonso Cuarón is a unique combination of memory, magic and the tragedy of life itself. Filmed entirely in black and white and featuring exceptional performances by Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira, it is a triumph of artistic cinema.

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Estamos solas. No importa lo que te digan, siempre estamos solas
— Sofía