Episode #18 — Watchmen (2009)

In honour of San Diego’s 50th annual Comic-Con, William and Alan decided to look back at the 2009 film ‘Watchmen’, a very unique take on the superhero genre, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and adapted for the screen by David Hayter and Alex Tse. They consider this adaptation in detail, with particular focus on the primary characters and themes of the original story. They also contemplate the particularities of adapting visual medium such as comics, and how it is not as straightforward as treating the original work as a ‘storyboard’.

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I’m not locked in here with you. You’re locked in here with me!
— Rorschach
 

Episode #15 — Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

One of the most original, daring and emotionally compelling screenplays of the 21st century, Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ wowed audiences upon the films release in 2004. In this week’s episode, we track the progression of the story from concept, to first draft, to the final shooting script and the final changes made in the editing room.

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Joel, I’m not a concept. I want you to just keep that in your head. Too many guys think I’m a concept or I complete them or I’m going to make them alive, but I’m just a f***ed-up girl who is looking for my own peace of mind. Don’t assign me yours.
— Clementine
 

Episode #12 — Whiplash (2014)

They say that every good screenplay needs conflict, and Damien Chazelle’s first story ‘Whiplash’ delivers it on every page. In this episode The 21st Rewrite is looking at the tale of the teacher who goes too far, and asks if Terrence Fletcher is a well-meaning character with flawed methods or a true villain? The discussion also touches upon details about what was removed from the screenplay: Andrew taking drugs, some more details about Fletcher’s personal life, and a fascinating commentary on what Hungarian psychologist László Polgár has to do with all of this.

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There are no two words in the English language more harmful than ‘good job’
— Terrence Fletcher