My 5 Best Movie Scripts of All Time
While thinking how I’m going to write the script for “You Go Girl”, I tried to remember some great movie scripts that had inspired me in the past.
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)
In terms of its screenplay, this one is number one for me. In the movie, you get a narrator, who narrates the story to you in a fun way.
The movie is centered around Harry Lockhart, a loser and a humble burglar, whose career suddenly skyrockets when Harry lands a part in a Hollywood action movie and travels to LA to take private detective lessons for his role. There, he meets his unrequited school love, Harmony Faith Lane; befriends private detective Perry (whom he takes lessons from), and gets dragged into the turmoil of a real criminal story with real gangsters, real money at stake and real risks for his life.
My favorite dialog from this movie:
Blonde girl: Hi!
Blonde girl: So, what do you do for a living?
Harry: Err, I’m retired, I invented dice when I was a kid.
Blonde girl: Oh!
Harry: How about you?
Blonde girl: I do a little acting.. OK, I’m gonna see who else is here.
Red Lights (2012)
The movie portrays 2 colleagues, Dr. Margaret Matheson and Tom Buckley, whose job is to investigate paranormal phenomena and expose fake psychics. Just when they seem to have run out of serious and interesting cases, Tom is trying to convince Margaret to take on a really challenging task – to expose a living-legend psychic, Simon Silver. However, Margaret is hesitant to do that, because of a traumatic experience she had in the past that also involved Silver.
When speaking about the movie, director Rodrigo Cortés (who also wrote the script) said:
“Actually, your opinion as an audience member changes several times over the film—there are some moments where you don’t know what to believe in, and you start to doubt yourself and your own perception, which is actually the position I wanted everyone to feel.”
By the way, if you are going to watch the film, don’t ruin yourself the pleasure by reading the synopsis prior to watching it – it’s a really great movie if you watch it “unprepared”.
Hello Ghost (2010)
Out of all movies I have watched in my life, this movie had the most shocking surprise ending. I literally wept. Besides, it gives you quiet a few other insights that are valuable.
“Hello Ghost” is a Korean movie that tells a story of a lonely, unemployed orphan-guy who has no one in the entire world, and that’s why he keeps trying to commit suicide, but ends up being rescued each time. After another unsuccessful suicide attempt, he suddenly discovers he can see ghosts, and 4 different ghosts begin to follow him everywhere he goes. It seems they want to use Sang-man’s body to complete something they didn’t manage to finish while they were still alive…
Fortunately or not, the movie was purchased by 1492, an American film production company (didn’t know you could “purchase a film”). So, we’re likely to see its American incarnation in 2014.
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Norton, a US-Mexico border patrol man, accidentally shoots Melquiades Estrada, an illegal immigrant working at a ranch in Texas. To conceal the evidence, Norton buries Melquiades and does not report the incident to the police. Melquiades’s best friend, rancher Pete Perkins, finds out the truth and kidnaps Norton to force him to fulfil the last wish of Melquiades – that to be buried in his home town of Jiménez in Mexico.
Guillermo Arriaga won the Best Screenplay awards for this film at the Cannes festival in 2005. Although a bizarre movie at first, it keeps you on the verge of your seat from beginning till the very end.
I Heart Huckabees (2004)
This is a David O. Russel film, which David co-wrote with Jeff Baena.
One of the movie’s central characters is Albert, an emotionally sensitive introvert who has a problem with many people, but especially with his hypocritical, yet disarmingly charming, opponent Brad who is trying to oust Albert from the very environmental group the latter founded.
To make sense of his complex feelings, Albert hires “existential detectives” Bernard and Vivian Jaffe, who are supposed to spy on Albert in all his activities and help him figure his life out. However, as the movie progresses, pretty much everybody around Albert becomes the target of the Jaffes in the never-ending quest to find out what makes people do what they do.
My favorite line from this movie:
[Albert’s poem dedicated to a piece of rock]: Nobody sits like this rock sits. You rock, rock. The rock just sits and is. You show us how to just sit here and that’s what we need.