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    Posted: 15 May 2019 at 10:34am
The Silence of the Lambs the book, was almost identical to the screenplay.  Really liked them both.  Just saying.  
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'Wag the Dog' has always been one of my favourites.

Great movie and the first script I ever sat down and read.

A very poignant and sobering story in these days of the Trump Whitehouse.

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It’s difficult to pick just one - particularly given the variety of genres - but I guess that “The lives of others”, “Annie Hall”, “A fish called Wanda”, “Rocky” or “Casablanca” are scripts I would have loved to write myself...
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Two of my recent faves are 'Stand By Me' and 'Her'.
Stand By Me made me laugh and cry, despite having seen it numerous times already. Beautiful, distinct characters and despite quite a simple plot, it tells a much larger story.
Her is a fantastic example of subtle world building - you're placed in this futuristic world and know the rules straight away without ever feeling like someone is explaining them to you.
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Honestly, Die Hard. All seriousness.

Though I was blown AWAY by the screenplay for Trumbo, so much so that the actual film didn't seem as good in comparison.
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I’m obsessed with The Conjuring screenplay. I’ve read it numerous times and it never stops creeping me out no matter how many times I read it. I used it for reference when writing my ghost story screenplay for round one because the writers are so great at creating an eerie atmosphere and also good at leading the reader through the script in a way that creates the same tension you get when watching the movie. I actually haven’t even seen the movie because I’m a bit of a chicken but I LOVE the screenplay so much!
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Originally posted by NilesPerry NilesPerry wrote:

Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

I'd love to get my hands on a Killing Eve script. I've also been trying to find the Jessica Jones pilot forever. I know this doesn't answer your question, but since screenplay readers might show up, please hit me up if you have either of these!
Here's the pilot for Killing Eve. Can't help you with Jessica Jones, though. Sorry.


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Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

I'd love to get my hands on a Killing Eve script. I've also been trying to find the Jessica Jones pilot forever. I know this doesn't answer your question, but since screenplay readers might show up, please hit me up if you have either of these!
Here's the pilot for Killing Eve. Can't help you with Jessica Jones, though. Sorry.
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Originally posted by OnyxLily OnyxLily wrote:

I love the movie "Memento" and the screenplay is available online. I think it's a good example of who to structure a complex, time-jumping plot.


I was going to say this one too!  I couldn't put it down (I also hadn't seen the movie... but still).

"Witness" is also really, really good.  LOVE love love the movie but the screenplay really got my heart a little more.
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I'd love to get my hands on a Killing Eve script. I've also been trying to find the Jessica Jones pilot forever. I know this doesn't answer your question, but since screenplay readers might show up, please hit me up if you have either of these!
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