Jean-Marc Vallee’s latest picture, Demolition, features the one of the most implausible story lines I’ve ever seen.  Some Hollywood motion pictures feel “real.”  Yes, Richard Linklater’s modern-day classic Boyhood was a story written for the big screen, but it felt like we were watching real life.  By contrast, most Hollywood pictures feel “written.”  In other words, when characters feel the need to explain what they are doing and why, “real life” ceases to be a part of the equation.  And why do screenwriters resort to verbal clarification?  Usually, it’s because the plots they create could never happen in real life.  [More]

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