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Screenwriting : Favorite movie by DeShawn Buckner

DeShawn Buckner

Favorite movie

I'm curious what is everyone's favorite two movies ? Mine are every single Spider man movie lol ( I'm counting it as one even though its many ) and Lone survivor !

Craig D Griffiths

I am going for movies I rewatch

Black Knight


both Nolan I know. Or


Fury Road

Roshika Fernando

I would say Dead Poets Society for it's message and Robin Williams of course :P

Jermaine Chatman


James L. Gray Jr.

Memento is one of my favorite movies too, Craig. Guy Pearce was incredible in it.

Paul Chironi

Dr. Strangelove and The Godfather

Laura L Planson

Toy Story and Jurassic Park

Eric Christopherson

It's spelled "Memento" by the way, and yeah, it was awfully good. I'll go with The Third Man today but tomorrow it might be Treasure of the Sierre Madre or North by Northwest or ...

Derek Reid

Ben-Hur, LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring

Ernest Dempsey

The Silence of the Lambs, The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Debbie Croysdale

Ice Cold In Alex Directed by J .Lee Thompson. A superb depiction of underdog group against all odds second world war in North Africa, human interaction in adversary and in reality, is historically viable. Vertigo director Alfred Hitchcock. Supreme example of an invisible cut where desk is thrown, (AHEAD of his time cos technology limited back then) ladder and roof scenes very clever noir and general sinister feel. Edgy acting without over kill, eg scene where Kim Novak puts flowers on grave and James Stuart shadows her, then audience see recipient been dead over a hundred years. I agree with @Craig on Dark Knight being epoch cool BUT mentioned other two films cos film making then did not have our options today. Vertigo was two hours and nine minutes long but cos it never bores it feels more like running time is one hour. Interestingly the more recent often "all time favourite of audiences" Pulp Fiction ran for two hours and fifty eight minutes ( but some channels chisel time down so you may have seen cut version) yet to me it felt like 90 minutes and that's the beauty of a cool film.

Craig D Griffiths

Debbie Croysdale get hold of Rope. The entire film feels like one take.

If anyone put any trust in my spelling they should take up stunt work cause they must like living in the edge. Autocorrect is my hero and my undoing...

Debbie Croysdale

Thanks for the tip @Craig. Worse than auto spelling is the cursor key following each letter we type. I can't see WTF I'm writing in thread cos faces of who have the beginning letter in their name I'm replying to, pops up like a telephone directory. I am about to check out your suggestion of film to watch, thanks, kudos!

Sam King

Mine are probably Apocalypto and Shawshank Redemption.

Adam Harper

Ooh, tough call. Definitely There Will Be Blood and then perhaps Fargo? ...ask me again later and my answer will have changed :-)

Harri-Pekka Virkki

There are many! Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow) and Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill, Jr and The place beyond the pines just to mention few...

Rutger Oosterhoff

"The Matrix" and "Pulp Fiction" .

James L. Gray Jr.

The Wrestler, Memento, Inception, Inglorious Basterds, and the Big Lebowski.

James L. Gray Jr.

another good list is a guilty pleasures list: Adventureland, Horrible Bosses 2, Half Baked, all the Friday movies

Hank Biro

Brawl in Cell Block 99 for its amazing dialogue and excellent fight choreography and practical gore effects. Inherent Vice for being the most epic and atmospheric detective noir movie I've ever seen.

Doug Nelson

My favorite films were released likely before you (and most) in here were even born. I liked Bad Day at Black Rock because of the use of color & charactor blocking. I like Vertigo because of the way it is blocked and the slow tension; Rear Window for much the same. The Bridges of Madison County maintained a wonderful story rhythm throughout its flashback pattern. Million Dollar Baby and Grand Torino are very strong human interest stories. The Shawshank Redemption rates up there as a modern example of excellence and most recently, I was impressed by The Mule.

So why do you like what you like?

Cannon Rosenau

Yes, but Toby Maguire as Spiderman - that's up there, but if I had to pick 2 because my life depended on it: Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and Elf (2003).

Rutger Oosterhoff

Ahhh -- "excellence".... .Why didn' t I think of that. Maybe if you let modern movies "ripe", they get better over the years. Like wine. Then again, maybe not.

Jim Boston

DeShawn, I'm going with 1974's "Blazing Saddles," because it was a laugh-out-loud-funny spoof of Westerns; and 1992's "Malcolm X," on account of Denzel Washington's portrayal of the title character.

Surina Nel

For me it has to be The Green mile and Hotel mumbai

Juhani Nurmi

My two fave movies of all time (I can't decide on "the king of the hill" as the #1 spot between these two changes almost daily): Ridley Scott's ALIEN (1979) and Steven Spielberg's JAWS (1975).

Kerstin Stutterheim

my two are Man with a Movie Camera by Vertov & Slivova and Orlando by Sally Potter

Phil Parker

The two films I will see every time my local cinema has them on - CASABLANCA and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. Infinitely enjoyable.

Stefano Pavone

Back to the Future - all three of them (yes, even the unfairly-criticised Part 3).

Doug Nelson

So here we have a forum full of 'screenwriters' mentioning their 'favorite' movies. What is it about these films that stands out in your screenwriter mind? For example what do you like about Lawrence of Arabia - is it the character development, the historical aspect, the stunning cinematography (has little to do with story)... What about Jaws - is it the tapestry of the A,B,C story web, the character juxtaposition, the 3-D blocking style (Director influence).

My point is; analyze your favorite films through the eyes of a screenwriter to garner a greater knowledge & understanding. Suggestion: Pay attention to short films (The Phone Call, Stutterer, The Neighbors' Window) - a whole lot to learn there. Go deep!

Bill Costantini

The two films that I have probably watched the most are Young Frankenstein and The Big Lebowski. I love those two films - with 8 1/2, Cinema Paradiso, and Pulp Fiction close behind.

Best fortunes in your creative endeavors, DeShawn!

Cannon Rosenau

Can I add a third to my above answer? Too bad, I'm gonna. Wayne's World.

Marleen Irani

I also have many favorites, but Nocturnal Animals tops the list for me atm. The way the storylines flow for me is mesmerizing, the plot goes deep. It kept me intrigued! I also loved Cloverfield (first film), the screenplay of Cloverfield tought me so many things on screenwriting! :)

Jenean McBrearty

Depends on the genre, but I'd say: Mrs. Miniver (the closing church scene where the preacher delivers a 3-hankie speech that stunningly captures the essence of "total" war). Double Indemnity (Robinson's amazing performance and the superb dialog). Triumph of Will (Leni Riefenstahl's camera work and editing is magnificent.)

David Melbourne

Either Bertolucci's The Conformist, a film I never tire of watching and get something new out of every time I watch it, or Scorsese's Goodfellas for the same sort of reasons.

Tasha Lewis


Debbie Croysdale

Hi I’m on i phone this second and tuned in to follow this thread cos I participated a couple of days back. Was talking about Vintage films (40’s) and @Craig had mentioned Dark Knight, a more recent favourite film. Our posts are not showing. (I take this site seriously) I think there are a few glitches here at moment, maybe only on mobile. Will check out desktop soon. @Doug Good point about “Screenwriters point of view”. A lot of films are executed from a hybrid input of three minds, (writer, producer, director) for purpose of expectations audience reaction/sales. I think a screenwriters POV is in full swing if they direct and produce aswell. A screenwriter could have a diamond product but maybe end result far from their original blue print. That was why I mentioned in my removed post “Hitch” and J.Lee Thompson, cos they didn’t stray too far from script and directed world beating executions with different budgets.

Reid Johns

For me, it’s Casablanca and Lethal Weapon. Weird pairing, huh?

Debbie Croysdale

Hi @Reid No not weird pairing, just both mind blowing films for very different reasons, yet both left a mark in the ether.

Rosalind Winton

That's like asking who your favourite child is lol, but if I had to choose two, I think I would pick Phantom Of The Opera and Liar Liar. Phantom because it is my most favourite musical and Liar, Liar because it doesn't matter how many times I watch it, it has me in stitches every time.

Jenean McBrearty

ROSALIND: I have to say Liar. Liar. is one of the truly funniest movies ever made even though I'm not a fan of Carey. ("Ace Ventura, Pet Detective stinks, but then, I thought When Harry Met Sally was a stinker too, yeah even the orgasm scene. Not funny.) My Cousin Vinny is a close second. I own both and when ever I need a laugh, they're my go-to. The exchange over "the two yewts" is priceless.

Rosalind Winton

Jenean, in Liar, Liar, the court scenes and the scene with the pen in his office are just hysterical, could watch them on a loop 24/7/365 lol.

Seraphima Nickolaevna Bogomolova

Mine are 'The Best Offer' (2013) and 'Inception' (2011). Also on the list are '8 Women' (2002) by François Ozon, 'Titanic' (1997), 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' (2014), The Return (2003) by Andrey Zvyagintsev....

Charles Portillo

Sorry in advance. Boom here we go! My two favorite superhero movies are Batman Begins and X-Men: Class WOW! Two favorite dramas; The Count of Monte Cristo and A Civil Action. Although I have only seen the trailer of Born on the Fourth of July and it will probably replace 'Count' once I watch it. Two favorite horror movies are An American Werewolf in London and A Nightmare on Elm Street ('84) Two favorite comedies are The Wedding Singer and Planes Trains and Automobiles with There's Something About Mary a close third. Yes I know I have great taste in movies thank you! ;)

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