The Pestle


Ep 111: “A Few Good Men”

July 27, 2020

We salute Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men” and discuss:

  • cinematography: background and blocking;
  • writing: strong characters, subtext, character descriptions in a screenplay;
  • and other such stuff and things and stuff.

โ€œThey’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.Harper Lee, from To Kill a Mockingbird

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Notes & References:
CORRECTION: I, Wes, misspoke on “Belle” which was directed by Amma Asante and not Gina Prince-Bythewood. I’d just watched “The Old Guard” on Netflix and had Gina Prince-Bythewood on the brain.
Rob Reiner’s IMDB page is fun to look through
Here’s a twitter feed that just tweets female character leads in scripts
That rifle drill by the Marines is called a “Silent Drill Platoon”

Joss Whedon’s original Wonder Woman script (which was not made), here’s a screenshot of his character description of Wonder Woman:

Here’s a link to Aaron Sorkin’s script, and below are descriptions for Joanne and Daniel:

Joanne Galloway character description in the script


Daniel Kaffee character description in the script

And for fun here are the stills from the scene with the vignetting that I assume is the top flag on the matte box:

small vignette at the top

no vignette at the top ๐Ÿ˜›

This Week’s Recommendations:! – really cool site to see how movies/actors/crew overlap in their projects! Cross reference Goodfellas with The Godfather, or see how many films Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor were in together. It’s a lot of fun!

movie lookup tool to find common films between actors, directors, cinematographers and other cinema industry cast/crew!


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