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The Butcher Boy

Posted on October 11, 1998

In a Dramatica grand argument story, it is the influence character that has the most impact on the main character. The influence character, wittingly...
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American Psycho

Posted on October 10, 1998

October celebrates horror. It is only fitting then, that this is the month in which Stephen King's novella, Apt Pupil, will finally be released as a...
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Ally McBeal

Posted on September 26, 1998

Introduction "When you just give love, and never get love You'd better let love depart. I know it's so, and yet I know I can't get you out of my...
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The Truman Show & Wag the Dog

Posted on August 26, 1998

Media produced constructed reality is addressed in The Truman Show, written by Andrew Niccol and directed by Peter Weir, and Wag the Dog, written by...
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A Room with a View

Posted on August 19, 1998

Pensione Bertolini The window to Miss Lucy Honeychurch's (main character) room does not open to a view. The dank back alley that confronts the young...
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Saving Private Ryan

Posted on August 15, 1998

Saving Private Ryan, screenplay (principally) by Robert Rodat, directed by Steven Spielberg, is an epic WWII film without a Dramatica grand argument...
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Out of Sight & Get Shorty

Posted on August 12, 1998

Jersey Films presents Get Shorty and Out of Sight as slick film adaptations of Elmore Leonard novels, written for the screen by Scott Frank. The...
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Planet of the Apes

Posted on July 15, 1998

In the X-Files episode, War of the Coprophages, Scully and Mulder engage in typical conversation: SCULLY Mulder, I think the only thing more...
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Posted on July 15, 1998

Uncovering the Dramatica storyform in any story can be quite an undertaking--at times headache inducing. Fathoming order (mc solution) in the chaos...
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In the Company of Men

Posted on June 17, 1998

Bastards. That's whose company we keep In the Company of Men, writer/director Neil Labute's in your face psychological (objective story domain)...
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Arsenic and Old Lace

Posted on May 15, 1998

Frank Capra's Arsenic and Old Lace ". . . is a Halloween tale of Brooklyn, where anything can happen and it usually does." Mortimer Brewster,...
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The Catbird Seat

Posted on May 1, 1998

Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature defines the short story as: Brief fictional prose narrative to be distinguished from longer, more...
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Il Postino

Posted on April 15, 1998

IL Postino recounts the story of a diffident postman and a world renown poet, set against a backdrop of conflicting political, societal, and...
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Dramatica’s Style & Substance

Posted on April 1, 1998

The buzz on film at the turn of the millennium-loud and clear-touts this time as artistically ingenious and financially flush. A collage of popular...
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Romeo and Juliet

Posted on March 30, 1998

Writer/director Baz Luhrman's 1996 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet invigorates Shakespeare's first tragedy. The experimental filmmaking with its...
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Posted on March 15, 1998

Aliens is the second installment in what is, at this time, a four part "Slimy monster from Outerspace" (Videohound, 1998, p. 49) story. Written and...
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Gods and Monsters

Posted on March 12, 1998

James Whale, as dapper in death as dressed for dinner, is the main character in Bill Condon's Gods and Monsters. He is conscious (mc...
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True Liabilities

Posted on March 2, 1998

Jack of all trades, master of none. Sometimes a story just tries to do too much. Often when creating a work, an author will be inspired by a bit of...
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The XX and XY Files

Posted on February 5, 1998

What is it about The X-Files that has attracted such a following? Is it the blend of New Age philosophy and hard science fiction? Could it be the...
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Titanic: One Interpretation

Posted on February 1, 1998

This historical event continues to compel the imagination and provide material for documentaries and fictional accounts. The latest film offering,...
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Posted on January 30, 1998

RANDY There are certain rules that one must abide by in order to successfully survive a horror movie. For instance: One: You can never have sex....
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Posted on January 12, 1998

Human sexuality will not be bound to societal mores. Incomprehensible and unpredictable, grotesque or beautiful, it is inextricably tied to the...
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Building a Better Dinosaur

Posted on June 2, 1997

Jurassic Park is wonderfully entertaining. The concepts are intriguing, the visuals stunning. Everything it does, it does well. Unfortunately, it...
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Posted on April 16, 1997

Grease is the word that has maintained its 50's presence in pop culture vocabulary for the last 20 years. With its current re-release, the film and...
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Natural Born Killers

Posted on April 2, 1997

Guilty as (Sin) Charged Warning: This article contains material that may offend your sensibilities. Proceed with caution. Indicted, tried, and...
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What is Dramatica?

Posted on May 1, 1994

So, what exactly is Dramatica? Dramatica is a whole new theory of Story. Because it wasn't based on any pre-existing theories, much of what it has to...
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