It’s a week of pondering other people’s opinions. First, Craig and John take a look at the Bechdel Test: is it a useful metric for screenwriters, or just meaningless checkbox-ticking?
From there, we dive into David Wong’s analysis of troubling superhero lessons. Are these just updated versions of the classic myths, or do they say something specific about modern times?
Finally, we heap praise on screenwriter Justin Marks’s article on what it’s like to be a working writer who is mostly unproduced.
- The Hangover Part III is in theaters now!
- CinemaScore’s official site, and on Wikipedia
- The Bechdel Test
- John’s 2010 blog post on Women in film
- The 5 Ugly Lessons Hiding in Every Superhero Movie by David Wong
- My Life as a Screenwriter You’ve Never Heard Of by Justin Marks
- Wikipedia’s list of common misconceptions
- Esha Khare’s twenty-second phone charger (via Ryan Conroy)
- OUTRO: The Clique’s Superman covered by Rob Lamber
You can download the episode here: AAC.
UPDATE 5-31-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.