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We often talk about favorite actors , directos and make up artists (just kidding). But are there any screnwriters that we think they have showed good work more than once? Eric Roth and Tarantino come to my mind. I don't know why but when it comes to movies, we always say I loke this or that director. When it comes to TV series we talk more about the writers. Well, who are your favorite screenwriters (for movies)?

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Sat Feb 14, 2009 10:41 pm
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I think the most obvious answer would be Charles Kaufman.


Sat Feb 14, 2009 10:53 pm
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Hmmm, you notice the more famous you are the worse you movies are ie Joe Eszterhas.

But other than The Long Kiss Goodnight, I do like Shane Black movies.


Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:35 pm
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You know...I've said it before, but I am really becoming a Judd Apatow groupie.

Although, I do believe he gets a lot out of the improv his actors provide...he freely admits it as well.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:20 am
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ram1312 wrote:
You know...I've said it before, but I am really becoming a Judd Apatow groupie.

Although, I do believe he gets a lot out of the improv his actors provide...he freely admits it as well.


I pretty much love all of his work. And now, for the obvious choice, Quentin Tarantino. His writing for True Romance is some of the best ever.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:58 pm
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I really like Paddy Chayefsky - he could occasionally "overwrite" some dialogue, but for the most part he wrote some great lines.

The Coen brothers deserve a mention too.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 2:21 pm
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The Insider, Munich, and The Good Shepherd are 3 of my all time favorites; when I discovered they were all written by the same guy, I was floored. Long live Eric Roth...

Oh and also, Tom Jankiewicz, he has only written one thing (Grosse Pointe Blank), but the dialogue in that movie is so unbelievably clever that I have to mention him


Sun Feb 15, 2009 3:15 pm
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A quick second for the Coens ... and a first for Paul Schrader. His script for Taxi Driver was an airtight stunner.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 3:19 pm
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I love charlie kauffman.
Loved being john malkovich,adaptation,ESOTSM and human nature.
haven't seen Synecdoche new york although James dint give it a good call


Sun Feb 15, 2009 3:24 pm
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Great topic!

David Koepp is one of my favs, and he's a pretty solid director as well, even though he's only directed two films (STIR OF ECHOES rocked!)

Also, David Mamet. That trademark rapid-fire dialogue is pretty good.

Tarantino is another obvious choice.

Christopher McQuarrie is another one, Usual Suspects was a great film, as well as the little-seen The Way of the Gun.

Kevin Smith also writes some great dialogue.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 7:51 pm
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Kaufman's great. I rewatched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind last night and I was reminded how brilliant the man is. Tarantino and Smith are great writers in their own right, though they both have their flaws. Mamet and the Coen brothers are smart, of course. I also give love to Paul Thomas Anderson, Francois Truffaut, Jay Cocks, Eric Roth, Krzysztof Kieslowski, and many others I forgot.

Individual works: Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing), Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List), Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In), and many others I forgot.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:01 pm
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My favorites are probably Charlie Kaufman and Paul Thomas Anderson.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:30 pm
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Woody Allen.

Interestingly I do not care for Charlie Kaufman. ESotSM is the only film of his that I really liked. I hated the ending to Adaptation, wasn't fond of Being John Malkovich, and am not anxious to see SNY. I find his work to be too self obsessed and self referential. The former criticism, of course, could easily be hurled at Woody Allen, but I think that Woody's great films rise above Kaufman's.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:31 pm
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Yes, David Mamet is awesome, as is Eric Roth and Christopher Nolan. I'm surprised no one has mentioned Stephen Gaghan yet though. Traffic and Syriana, nuff said.


Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:28 am
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M. Night Shyamalan (Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village)

Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood)

Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight)

David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Carlito's Way, Stir Of Echoes, Panic Room, Spider-Man)

Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Insider, Munich, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button)

Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List, Gangs Of New York, American Gangster)

John Logan (Gladiator, The Last Samurai, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd)

David Webb Peoples (Blade Runner, Unforgiven, Twelve Monkeys)

Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River, Man On Fire)

John Carpenter (Halloween, The Fog, Escape From New York)

Francis Ford Coppola (Patton, The Godfather 1 & 2, The Conversation, Apocalyse Now)

Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Touch Of Evil)


Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:19 pm
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All the usual suspects here: Roth, Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Kaufman, PTA, the Coens, Allen, Mamet. Also Aaron Sorkin(A Few Good Men, American President, Malice, Charlie Wilson's War) for film and for tv(West Wing, SportsNight, Studio 60), Richard Linklater(Before Sunrise/Sunset, Waking Life, Dazed and Confused), Nick Pillegi(Goodfellas, Casino, City Hall), Mel Brooks(Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, The Producers).


Sat Feb 21, 2009 1:59 pm
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I love how everyone made 'obvious' picks, and there are no William Goldman, Robert Towne, or Ingmar Bergman mentions!


Tarantino is great, yes, and I agree wholeheartedly with the Linklater mention - his range truly is masterful - but Charlie Kauffman, for all of his talent, has not been the 'cure-all' to screenwriting that everybody thinks he is. He is definitely amazing in alot of respects, but his strengths are more attributed to his fresh perspective and interesting subversions of film convention rather than the pure ability to write fantastic screeplays. I think he has approached overrated over the last few years.


Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:19 pm
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Dustin Lance Black (Milk, many episodes of Big Love) is a screenwriter to watch in coming years. He has a great sense of human relationships and their far-reaching effects in his work. I also think good things are to come for Kelly Masterson as the screenplay for Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is close to perfect.

As for current proven favorites, most of mine have already been mentioned. I particularly love Aaron Sorkin and Richard Linklater. Yasujiro Ozu's scripts (Tokyo Story, Late Spring) were very good as well.


Sat Feb 21, 2009 4:17 pm
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What about Wes Anderson? He is a name that was the hot one a few years ago. Then came Darjeeling Limited. I still find this an entertaining movie after watching it a few times. Yes, I know he has his formula and won't let go of it. I admit that was my thought when I first saw Darjeeling. Nonetheless, he still gives us quirky characters in utterly absurd situations and manages to make us laugh in the process. Yes, I'd like to see him expand his writing at this point but that being said, I still enjoy his output so far. What do the rest of you think?


Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:23 pm
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bob harris wrote:
What about Wes Anderson? He is a name that was the hot one a few years ago. Then came Darjeeling Limited. I still find this an entertaining movie after watching it a few times. Yes, I know he has his formula and won't let go of it. I admit that was my thought when I first saw Darjeeling. Nonetheless, he still gives us quirky characters in utterly absurd situations and manages to make us laugh in the process. Yes, I'd like to see him expand his writing at this point but that being said, I still enjoy his output so far. What do the rest of you think?


I'd say Anderson had cooled off considerably after Life Aquatic, which was met with some disappointment


Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:05 am
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