The Problem With Bored Ghostbusters

There’s a new *Ghostbusters* movie incoming, one that fills the boots of the titular paranormal exterminators with female ankles and has *Bridesmaids* and *Spy* director Paul Feig using his comedy experience to bring it all together. None of this is a problem, of course – anyone who declares that a female-led *Ghostbusters* won’t work is an idiot – but there could be a tonal issue with the reboot’s approach. The first cast picture from set shows Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in uniform, lined up, looking *bored*.

And that could be a problem.

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14 Movies to Watch on Valentine’s Day No Matter Your Relationship Status That Don’t Involve Nicholas Sparks


Love is in the air everywhere you look around. You’ve got the best of my love. I just can’t get enough of your love, babe. I don’t care who you are, where you’re from, what you did, as long as you love me. I don’t care what they say I’m in love with you. All you need is love. Might as well face it you’re addicted to love. Come and get your love. Can you feel the love tonight?

You can’t?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. And there’s nothing wrong with that even if all the giant displays of red hearts and fluffy things and greeting cards and hand holding couples all over the mall are trying to tell you otherwise. There’s a lot of love in the world that doesn’t fit into cardboard boxes or perfectly co-ordinate with an arbitrary date in February.

Contrary to the current array of movies playing on television (AMC is playing Titanic back-to-back for 18 hours straight. The boat sank in 3.) there are also a lot of love stories in film. If you’re looking for something to watch tonight but don’t feel like crying alone while watching the Notebook (the tired stereotype of single women on this day), let me recommend some alternatives.

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Awesome: How To write An Awesome Movie According To Awesome Writers

Awesome Writers

I’ve always found it pretty fascinating to get a glimpse inside the head of a writer and here Buzzfeed provides insights from 18 writers on the task of writing a movie.

> All aspiring writers have experienced the conception of a story, that little atom of an idea that explodes into a vision of a journey in a big bang “aha!” that rattles the brain. But the difference between the daydreamers and actual filmmakers starts right after that revelatory moment, when the disparate strands of an idea either begin to take shape — and, at some point, migrate over to Final Draft — or just fade away.

> BuzzFeed spoke with some of the industry’s top writers and directors to learn how they develop a tiny germ of an idea into award-winning screenplay. They discussed everything from how they get started, to how to sit down and write, and how to balance dialogue and structure.

And they talked to:

* Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise trilogy, Dazed and Confused)
* Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids, The Heat)
* Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult)
* Richard Curtis (Love Actually, About Time, Four Weddings and a Funeral)
* Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said, Please Give)
* Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter (500 Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now)
* David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models)
* Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick)
* Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter)
* Lake Bell (In A World)
* David Gordon Green (Prince Avalanche, Pineapple Express)
* Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha)
* Mark and Jay Duplass (Jeff Who Lives At Home, Cyrus)
* Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants, The Way, Way Back)
* Brian Koppelman (Rounders, Oceans Thirteen).

That’s a pretty impressive list and there is some great stuff in [the article which you can read here](