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Ep 150: “Good Will Hunting”

June 01, 2021

We gotta see about Gus Van Sant’s “Good Will Hunting” and discuss:

  • story & writing, Boston as a character, character driven vs plot driven, the climax & ending;
  • mood, and music;
  • and other such stuff and things and stuff.

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams

Notes & References:
“The Problem with Mary’s Room”
George Dantzig accidentally solves unsolved math problems
Wes’ favorite graffiti in Austin
The story behind the “Never Give Up” graffiti in Austin
“Toy” meaning in graffiti lingo
The story behind writing/making Good Will Hunting – and yes, they do say they worked out scenes through improvising and tape recording them!
Correction: Terrence Malick came up with the ending (not Kevin Smith)
“In Treatment” season 1 trailer
“The Man Who Knew Infinity” trailer
Did a man freeze to death in an unplugged boxcar freezer? (Snopes says there is no confirmed story to be found)

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