Halcyon Days (Chapter I)

EXT. ROAD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MOUNTAINS – NIGHT Echoes of drifting wheels, to one side and to the other. A faint light is lit in the intense darkness. As we get closer, the light reveals the outline of the street, the rows of trees around it. It’s a winding road through a mountainous…

THEM (chapter IV)

EXT. OPEN FIELD NEAR THE ROAD – NIGHT Julia’s hood is removed. It’s Mason, still wearing his prison clothes, ragged, dirty. He drags her out of the car with her hands tied up. Then cuts the police tape as he drags her into the same open field where the police found the bodies. JULIA (struggling)…

A Few Good Men 1992 (review)

I swear that while I was watching A Few Good Men it occurred to me that I was watching the same plot as in Full Metal Jacket, the premises are quite similar, but with a positive twist of growth for the character and without the social criticism or experimentation in the human condition. The paths…

THEM (Chapter III)

EXT. OUTSIDE JULIA’S HOUSE – DAY The beacons of the police cars illuminate both sides of the street. On the windows of the houses. On the trees and the grass on the frontyards. On the Chiaroscuro of the evening. The police car stops outside Julia’s house. Some neighbors look through the curtains of the houses….

PULP FICTION 1994 (REVIEW)

I think there’s at least two aspects of modern narrative techniques from which Pulp Fiction benefits greatly, the idea of choosing a clear premise and immediately setting the most ( apparently ) incapacitated characters to achieve that premise and the enigmatic ability to hide the chronological sense that the non-linear narrative gives to stories. Quentin…

THEM (chapter II)

INT. HOSPITAL DELIVERY ROOM – DAY Blurred light blue and white all around. The doctor picks up the baby and slaps him, the baby starts crying (no audio). JULIA (V.O.) I wish you could have been there to see this. Our daughter. Julia looks at the baby, smiling, exhausted on the delivery bed. (no audio)….

BOYHOOD 2014 (REVIEW)

Through Boyhood, filmmaker Richard Linklater not only shows us in a consistent way the process of childhood towards the end of adolescence, but also manages to build a story full of conflicts and obstacles demonstrating not only his mastery in storytelling but also using these devices as a showcase of how these obstacles both impede…

THEM (Chapter I)

OVER BLACK: “To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering“. – Friedrich Nietzsche. EXT. FARMHOUSE – DAY The wooden door opens, a FARMER (52) steps out of the old white house and walks into the front yard and into the cornfield. The sky grizzled. Shrouded in a dense fog that makes the plantation…

Baptism (chapter III)

EXT. PLANTATION FIELD – DAY The day is intensely sunny. The heat drawn in the tanned color of the skin of the people working the land. In the profuse sweat on their foreheads. Among these people is Elle, crestfallen, silent. Concentrating solely on plowing the earthen space in front of her. In the area surrounding…

Baptism (chapter II)

(WHITE NOISE) Images on the television screen. Explosions, protests, empty supermarket shelves, robberies, etc. Graphics on TV news: “Millions of people disappear in the blink of an eye.” “Collapse of civilization.” “Is this the end of the world?” INT. ELLE’S LIVING ROOM – DAY (WHITE NOISE stops) Elle watches TV sitting on the living room…