Feature Film (and Series) Inspiration…

Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Films and well-written series teach us plot, the importance of setting, rich characterization and its necessity, scene/sequel, and much more as writers. Cinema has always been a part of my life, especially when my folks were still alive. As little theater actors and “armchair” film critics, I was exposed to a myriad of great pictures growing up. All kinds of subjects, characters, action, genre films, you name it, we checked them out. I remember my Dad even kept numbered scrapbooks with pictures, synopses, and a “system” of organization for his collection.


I fondly remember my Mom and Dad sitting on the loveseat checking out movies and inviting me into their plethora of “make believe” but “oh so real” worlds.


Below are some of my fave films and series. I haven’t included as many golden age classics even though there are tons of those I admire and respect as well. Most are quirky, mysterious with an uneasy ambience, sometimes told with flashbacks or flash-forwards (difficult as writers to pull off!), and all say something about life in one form or another. Characters, setting, and theme are very important to me, and I think these selections speak to that as well. There are many more of course, this is just a sampling.


Film


Falling Down

A Clockwork Orange

Memento

The Doors

Boogie Nights

Internal Affairs

Primal Fear

The Game

Wild Things

L.A. Confidential

Mulholland Falls

Chinatown

American Psycho

Raging Bull

Scarface

Mulholland Drive

Unforgiven

Crash

The Big Lebowski

Fargo

Heat

Kalifornia

The Matrix

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Pulp Fiction

Goodfellas

The Lord of the Rings films

The Air I Breathe

The Butterfly Effect

The Machinist

Monster‘s Ball

Traffic

Donnie Darko

Natural Born Killers

Carlito‘s Way

The Breakfast Club

11:14

The Mothman Prophecies

Amadeus

Highlander

Slingblade

Training Day

Excalibur

Sin City

Stand By Me


Series


Twin Peaks

Bloodline

The Witcher

Columbo








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