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Your First Look at Dale Cooper in 25 Years Has Arrived

As the first film continues to confound skeptics by garnering nomination after nomination, Deadpool 2 continues to ramp up, and this week three names were added to the cast list. Before you get too excited, none of these actors are playing either Domino or Cable, the two big additions to the sequel, but rather all […]

Us Funny Muses on Mortality and Loss

Short of the Day From the team that brought you Thunder Road. It is a tricky thing balancing humor with heart, and even trickier if tragedy is thrown into the mix. Us Funny, a short film collaboration between writer-director-actor Julia Bales and director-actor Jim Cummings, not only achieves this balance, it does so in a way that […]

The Movies and Shows We Fear in 2017

Game of Thrones Neil Miller: If it hadn’t been for two tremendous episodes to finish season 6, Game of Thrones may have ended up being a disappointment last year. Combine that narrow victory with the longer wait until summer and an even greater degree of unknown thanks to a story that is well off the beaten […]

Reality TV Is Who We Are Now

Reality television may be on the decline but the ramifications of its rise are lasting. Reality shows and social media are voyeuristic in intent. We are curious about the lives of others. We treat reality shows and social media as a way to observe the lives of others. However, both reality television and social media offer […]

The Shyamalan Twist: How to Craft Unexpected Endings

A new video examines a master of misdirection. It’s a subtle distinction, but there’s a difference between a surprise ending and a twist ending. A warning before we go any further, this post and video spoil the following films, so if you haven’t seen them, leave now unless you don’t care: Friday the 13th, Scream, […]

The Zombie Apocalypse for $6,000

In our eyes, the small budget film is too easily overlooked. And that’s a goddamn travesty, because some of our best talents today are making great films with the catering budgets afforded to a modern day blockbuster. We plan to spend time with these folks and give you a chance to get to know the […]

Vomit Draft: The xXx Trump Allegory

Screenwriting advice from the Broken Projector team and special guest BenDavid Grabinski. This week, award-winning filmmaker BenDavid Grabinski joins us to answer your screenwriting questions about writing for an international audience [0:00–8:25], what the heavy amount of biopics on the 2016 Black List means [8:25–18:00], and how to dance around the specter of Donald Trump […]

The Most Interesting Movie Trailer of The Week is a Complete Mystery

A24 has us putting on our detective hats with their mystery trailer. Okay, gumshoes. Grab your notebooks because the game is afoot. Jinkies! We’ve got a movie mystery to solve. The suspect is A24 and the what is this very mysterious video that was uploaded this week: Note how the video is simply called “Untitled.” It […]

In Search of Today’s Great Noir

Search Party, Nocturnal Animals, and the climb up Twin Peaks. In Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, our alliterative hero, Sam Spade, delivers a ripping parable from his private eye years. It concerns a certain man named Flitcraft, guilty of going to lunch and never returning. After a construction beam almost kills him on his way, Flitcraft […]

What if Indiana Jones was a Contemporary Action Hero?

The famed franchise gets reframed as modern-day action a la the Bourne films. I was a kid in the 80s, and as I see it, there are two major distinctions between the action films of my youth and those made today: one, they were more quest-based rather than political — go find this, go save this person, go […]