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I love reading screenplays. The format lends itself to a certain kind of kinetic visual and emotional experience. When read in original spec form in the 8 by 11 format, a well structured screenplay will read like the movie is playing out right before your eyes in real time, i.e. 120 pages will take 2 hours to read.The only drawback to this book is Bruce Joel Rubin's masterful screenplay is presented in the final shooting script form. Other than that, everything about this book is a treasure for
As I return to Halloween and this time of year, I reflect on films that scared me back in the day. Then I came across this book in one of my boxes for the office. The screenplay is an awesome piece of work that shed light on the film that I didn't pickup on while watching
Excellent, scary movie.
Perhaps the best script ever. And the film directed w/ sheer precision. So much dimension and depth. Flawless.
I've been deeply infatuated with Adrian Lyne's JACOB'S LADDER since I first saw it a few years back. It's a rare bird I often rewatch. While researching Bruce Joel Rubin's biography recently, I found out he had a published script version of the film. Snatched it up right away. My copy's kind of beaten up, some of the pages are falling out & the spine glue's been decimated but it's still a stunning paperback to have on your shelf, whether or not you're into screenwriting or have even seen the fil...
This is still one of the best screenplays ever written, even though looking at its raw form, so many things could've gone wrong if the right director hadn't been on board. Thankfully, Lyne was perfect for it. The essay on Rubin's career is also great, and resonates more if you've ever tried to get your foot in the door. I revisit this every few years, and highly recommend fellow screenwriters do so too.
“The only thing that burns in hell is the part of you that won't let go of your life: your memories, your attachments. They burn 'em all away. ~ Jacob's Ladder, Bruce Joel Rubin
I picked this book up for a piddly $.50 at a yard sale last Summer, because I have always..always found the film itself to be one of the greatest in Horror. It's the sort that, even with all of the information and details--you'll still never quite grasp its entirety. In my opinion, it requires personal interpretation, and that's more haunting & impressionable to me because those wounds are always open; there's no finality or resolution, despite the fact that the protagonist seemed to find a peac...