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Forum: Films Today, 01:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 77
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: A Marriage Story

The opening sequence is basically that trailer -- each one describing the other from their own POV, for a very specific reason. The rest of it is split roughly equally between the two, though i...
Forum: Films Yesterday, 01:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 77
Posted By JoeBanks
A Marriage Story

As an attorney who never practiced "family law" (really, divorce and custody fights), this movie reminded me why I don't regret that decision for a hot second.

As a child of two divorces, I don't...
Forum: Screenwriting 11-08-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 101
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Opening scene

Especially in the first ten pages, backstory and "events" are less relevant that understanding who the characters themselves are. We'll get that it's WWII, what really matters is who this couple is...
Forum: Television 11-06-2019, 02:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 73
Posted By JoeBanks
His Dark Materials

Never read the Phillip Pullman series of fantasy novels or saw the first attempt to adapt it (The Golden Compass). But the pilot did a good job of pulling me into the alternate world. Strikes an...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-04-2019, 05:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 237
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Start an LLC?

As a lawyer, the answer is almost always... it depends!

Yes, there are tax advantages (especially under current tax law) to organizing as a loan-out for receipt of payment for services.

But,...
Forum: Films 11-04-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 222
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: The Irishman

It doesn't really feel it until maybe the last 30-45 mins. Not as propulsive to the finish line as Casino or Goodfellas but that's also kind of the point of it.
Forum: Films 11-04-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 222
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: The Irishman

it's playing in a limited number of theaters for the next two weeks before it drops on Netflix. here in LA, the Egyptian (which Netflix bought) is running it. many Landmark cinemas also
Forum: Films 11-02-2019, 07:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 222
Posted By JoeBanks
The Irishman

Depending where one places Mean Streets in Scorsese's oeuvre, The Irishman is either the last in his mob trilogy with De Niro and Pesci that started with Goodfellas and Casino, or the bookend of a...
Forum: Television 10-29-2019, 08:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 581
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Watchmen

Not many of the worldbuilding touches make much sense to me. In an alternate history where superheroes are real (and were the thing that tipped the balance of the cold war to America), the only...
Forum: Television 10-21-2019, 12:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 581
Posted By JoeBanks
Watchmen

For what it is -- Damon Lindelof's take on the comic in an America 34 years after the events of the comic -- I guess it was fine. Does it bear anything more than a passing resemblance to the source...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 10-20-2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 159
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Best Channel on YouTube

tossup between Writers Guild Foundation and BAFTA Guru for me. tons of great lectures and panels on both
Forum: Films 10-20-2019, 02:04 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 118
Posted By JoeBanks
JoJo Rabbit

Even if you think Nazis and Hitler are worthy of a comedic sendup (not really my personal take on WWII and the Holocaust), Taika Watiti's satire felt mostly toothless to me. In the same vein as the...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 10-16-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,089
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Advice needed from repped writers (spec related situation)

Without knowing the substance of their understanding on the manager-client relationship, i would say . . . maybe. Because I can make a pretty good guess that if the writer takes the script out...
Forum: Films 10-14-2019, 02:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 338
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: The next TERMINATOR flick

I stopped watching after the third one, when it became apparent to me that the story engine of the first two Terminators -- Skynet sends a cyborg back in time to erase John Connor by killing his...
Forum: Films 10-13-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 269
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Parasite

Caught the Bong Joon Ho Q&A screening last night at the Dome. I dunno...

I liked it better than Okja.

Without spoiling anything (there's a big narrative shift in the middle of act two), it's kind...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 10-12-2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 547
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Benefits Of Getting An Entertainment Lawyer Before Agent or Manager

the short answer is before the Talent Agencies Act required a state-license franchise to procure work for clients, there were a lot of shady "agents" ripping off the vulnerable actors and writers...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 10-12-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 547
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Benefits Of Getting An Entertainment Lawyer Before Agent or Manager

pro: saving 10-20% in commissions

con: can't legally solicit work in California

one of my writer's group just got her first staffed job on a basic cable show and only has a lawyer to handle her...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 10-09-2019, 01:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 583
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Good Advice From Writers

"Calculate Less" -- Brian Koppelman

http://messageboard.donedealpro.com/boards/showpost.php?p=802915&postcount=33
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 10-08-2019, 06:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 516
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Exits and Promotions @ ICM

Heh, this is seemingly quite unrelated to the WGA stuff

https://deadline.com/2019/10/icm-partners-spencer-baumgarten-lawsuit-wrongful-termination-1202755700/

“On or around August 15, 2019,...
Forum: Films 10-06-2019, 12:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 195
Posted By JoeBanks
Pain and Glory

While far from a Pedro Almodovar completist, his 80s ensemble melodramas were fairly essential viewing for those of us with an interest in the cinema. Personally, the manic heightened tone was always...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 10-05-2019, 05:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,215
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: RIP Endeavor IPO

Mid-tiers are likely currently in some kind of talks with WGA, now that they don't really have to take the bullet for Ari to get his IPO. it's only been about three weeks since the guild elections...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 10-05-2019, 03:21 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 19,643
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Nicholl 2019

Greg Beal can correct me if I'm misremembering that quote but I think it was more in the vein of "a Nicholl winner may not always have the best 'script' in the strictest sense of the term but the...
Forum: Films 10-04-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 801
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Ad Astra

one of the elements that separates The Abyss from Ad Astra is that there are actual aliens behind the mystery, which then generates all the action and conflict when the crew goes underwater.

i was...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 10-03-2019, 05:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,617
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Austin 2019

the usual Inside Pitch suspects will be out in force at the Driskil
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 10-03-2019, 05:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 953
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Manuscript Wish List

"the same but different"

nobody knows what they really want until they see it
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