All the Write Moves: Pose

All the Write Moves: Pose

One fascinating aspect of the peak-TV era is the growth of narrowcasting. Simply put, narrowcasting (a term that goes back to the 1940s) means creating specialized content for specialized audiences. Two factors make this concept central to the peak-TV era. First, the...
All the Write Moves: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

All the Write Moves: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The premise of the Jurassic Park franchise is that a scientist used DNA extracted from a fossil to create a horde of test-tube dinosaurs, leading to rampant carnage. Yet in some ways, the franchise’s narrative DNA has caused as many lasting problems as the genetic...
All the Write Moves: Marvel’s “Cloak & Dagger”

All the Write Moves: Marvel’s “Cloak & Dagger”

Based on two minor Marvel Comics characters who were introduced as supporting players in a second-tier Spider-Man title circa 1982, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger might seem to casual observers like an inconsequential part of the Marvel Studios story. Nonetheless, the...
All the Write Moves: “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

All the Write Moves: “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

Most quick-take analyses of Solo: A Star Wars Story focus on the movie’s disappointing opening-weekend haul, with some pundits going so far as to say Solo is the first flop of the Star Wars franchise. When trying to understand how cinematic storytelling works, such...
All the Write Moves: “Deadpool 2”

All the Write Moves: “Deadpool 2”

The makers of Deadpool (2016) endeared themselves to the screenwriting community with a gag in the film’s opening credits, referring to scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick as “the real heroes here.” Yet in the opening credits of Deadpool 2, those same writers —...