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More Black List Reviews for "A Different Story"


Review: A tongue-in-cheek political dramatic comedy, this film pokes fun in a smart way at the struggles of women in politics, the social burdens women face and, for good measure, the difficulties of marriage and family. Lead MACY is an accomplished, well-depicted strong female lead whose background is well-explained through the clever device of a documentary. The running gag of physical altercations and broken household items is quite funny and the humorous reactions of the exasperated staff will play well on-screen. Plotting antagonist RODDEN is well-constructed--the type of sneaky, devious guy whose two-faced actions mean inquiry must be made or he must slip up before his true nature is discovered. The writer has also taken much deliberation and artistry to envision and smoothly execute the scene transitions, setting and camera shots such that they are destined to be creative, eclectic, visually-appealing and just as important a feature of the script’s overall impression as any character. The tone of the script is remarkable and entertaining, utilizing its funny but incisive satire to mock the press and feminist politics. The script’s premise of having a First Lady run for president is refreshing and captivating.​


 

Review: This is a smart concept that's funny and enjoyable throughout. It's DAVE meets THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT and is a romantic comedy that takes place with the President of the United States as one of the main characters. There's a lot of stretching that goes on in the world of politics that is parodied in this script, but it's done so in a consistent way. There's some powerful humor throughout and Macy is a strong female protagonist.


 Review: This is a fantastic concept that is sure to garner attention from industry readers based on the premise alone. Macy is a strong female protagonist with a sharp voice that is layered throughout. One of the coolest things going for this script is the humor throughout despite the themes of infidelity and marriage issues as well as politics. In addition to the humor, the overall way that the script works to push the message -- that Henry actually delivers specifically to the press in the third act -- about how the media focusing on the personal lives of Macy and Henry is overplayed and unnecessary. There's a lot of strong parody moments throughout surrounding the politics, but at the end of the day this is a romantic comedy and the ending is very happy. When we see Macy overcome her conflict and end up forgiving Henry it's an amazing moment. The fact that she runs against him is very cinematic and perfect for this genre and when she gets sworn in as the President at the end it brings things full circle. The second act is intricate in its design for Macy's growth and really keeps the audience's attention leading up to the larger than life third act when they are awaiting the deliberation and there's literally a full on state by state recount.


 Review:​ The author has crafted and ambitious political film here with equal parts drama and comedy. The story's biggest asset is Macy's plan-- which is cerebral from the start and we inherently root for her as she breaks free from her marginalized role in the White House in a bid for a much greater one. Despite being engrained in the political universe, the script is refreshingly diplomatic when dealing with left/right issues and does well not to ostracize any of it's audience. In doing so, it still provides the escapism theatre-goers look for. The flashback on page 40 brings one of the most satisfying and poignantly written scenes to life as we see this young, wide-eyed future couple interacting. At it's best moments the narrative is reminiscent of great satirical political comedies of the 90's like WAG THE DOG and PRIMARY COLORS.


 

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The Telling

Logline: Ireland, 1366.  The English prince has just passed a law forbidding the speaking of the Irish language, adding fuel to the fire of the Irish Rebellion. But despite their fire, the Rebellion is losing--until one night, when a young girl arrives at camp, fleeing the English.  Her gift for telling the old Irish myths inspires the Rebellion Forces--and brings the ancient Gods to life.

Black List review:  The character work in THE TELLING really stands out as a highlight. Scathach, one of the primary leads, is a completely distinct personality. She's rather ruthless, as evidenced early on by her resistance to making a deal with the English - despite somewhat disastrous results. (That ruthlessness is not typically a trait seen in female characters, so it's incredibly fresh.) The massacre allows the audience to question whether Scathach's brutal decisions are justified in an engaging, authentic way. Diarmuid is a well-constructed character too. He tries to be a more compromising, reasonable mouthpiece, but ultimately Scathach's makes her own decisions. He's likeable for his attempts, though. Aine is fantastic here. Her stories alone make her memorable, distinct, and bold. But the supernatural element that accompanies them takes her character to a new level. The dialogue throughout has a very effective "olde" Irish feel to it; that helps transport the audience to the setting - 1300s Ireland. The sets themselves are described in a very vivid, concise manner too; having the setting come alive like this on the page is a huge plus.

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Father Sun

Logline: Last October a 9 year old boy snuck aboard a plane bound for Las Vegas--and made it undetected. "Father Sun" is the story of another young boy who sneaks aboard a plane, steals a boat and hops a train in an around-the-world odyssey to find the father who left him when he was a baby. Father Sun is based on the Greek myth, "The Phaeton", the story of a young boy who learns that his missing father is the God of the moon and the stars, and sets off around the world to find him.​

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