Saturday, April 08, 2006

High fidelity

In the spirit of Nick Hornby's list-obsessive novel, I note that the Writers Guild has published its 101 Greatest Screenplays. Nothing terribly surprising near the top, but it is interesting to note that of the first 25, only two (The Shawshank Redemption at 22 and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind at 24) were written in the past decade-ish -- Shawshank was 1994. I'm not sure if it is more a case of they really were better written in the "golden age" or just that there has not been enough distance between more recent, equally good scripts. But grist for the discussion mill nonetheless.


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