Monday, February 11, 2008

Shawshank quiz & "Save the Cat" books

There is so much interesting trivia associated with The Shawshank Redemption that it needs a quiz. There was no time to do this on Saturday, at the connect group. You can access the quiz from the link in this post, or from the Links on the sidebar. The answers are not included. If you want to know how well you did, you can email me, go to my Facebook account and take the quiz there (quiz is scored when you submit your answers) or wait for the answers to be posted soon.

Also, kudos to Ryan for pointing out two more books worth reading -- Save the Cat! and Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies (see details on "Bibliography" sidebar). Both are focused on screenwriting and film analysis, not ethical and faith aspects. But, as we have learned, to interact with a movie ethically, we must first understand the message of the movie. The author, Blake Snyder, is a successful screenwriter who helps us see the structure of movies.

Finally, I watched The Heartbreak Kid (with Ben and Jerry Stiller; no, not the ice cream kings, the clowns of comedy). I struggled, unsuccessfully, to find any ethical or moral connections to write about. There are some movies that are just pulp, and this was one of them. It's a Farrelly brothers movie -- what more can I say! It's crass, crude and funny in spots. But don't expect to be uplifted or challenged. It's two hours you'll never get back.

Copyright 2008, Martin Baggs

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