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Re: The Movie Pitch Thread
« Reply #180 on: August 16, 2017, 12:07:04 pm »
I had this idea for a film that I originally talked about back in 2013 on RT (I think it was on the Robot Jox forums, I could be wrong though). Basically, it's about a man who tries to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend using a sudden magical box that serves as an intentional deus ex machina whenever problems arise, basically doing whatever solves these issues the quickest and the best.

The ideal title would be Deus Ex-Girlfriend Machina.

So...if the audience already knows his issues will always be solved in the most optimal way there is, where would the dramatic tension of any kind come from?

Turn it into a comedy or have the machine turn on him and try to kill him or his girlfriend later on.

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« Reply #181 on: August 16, 2017, 01:31:09 pm »
I had this idea for a film that I originally talked about back in 2013 on RT (I think it was on the Robot Jox forums, I could be wrong though). Basically, it's about a man who tries to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend using a sudden magical box that serves as an intentional deus ex machina whenever problems arise, basically doing whatever solves these issues the quickest and the best.

The ideal title would be Deus Ex-Girlfriend Machina.
So... if the audience already knows his issues will always be solved in the most optimal way there is, where would the dramatic tension of any kind come from?
Well, it would be a comedy, like Cutler suggested.

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« Reply #182 on: August 20, 2017, 05:13:56 pm »
I had this idea for a film that I originally talked about back in 2013 on RT (I think it was on the Robot Jox forums, I could be wrong though). Basically, it's about a man who tries to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend using a sudden magical box that serves as an intentional deus ex machina whenever problems arise, basically doing whatever solves these issues the quickest and the best.

The ideal title would be Deus Ex-Girlfriend Machina.

So...if the audience already knows his issues will always be solved in the most optimal way there is, where would the dramatic tension of any kind come from?

Turn it into a comedy or have the machine turn on him and try to kill him or his girlfriend later on.

Yeah, I thought of that too, but that's rather predictable. It might be better if it genuinely gives "the quickest and the best" solutions for him, while at the same time screwing everyone else over. It would appear comedic at first, and would take until about halfway until he fully realises how serious it gets. From then on, there are several ways the plot could go. Predictable one would be the typical touchy-feely struggle until he abandons it, and the darkest ending would have him value the machine more than the girlfriend by the end, so that once she finds out and threatens to also exploit its power, he lets the machine solve the problem permanently (which likely leaves him dead or broken as well.)

P.S. Alternate approach: machine works properly, but has a limited number of uses. He uses up them all to get the girl and it seems to work. In the epilogue, though, several years pass and he realises this was always a mistake, and he had several opportunities to do much more important things with it. (i.e. It's set in 2016, and every time he uses the machine to win his girlfriend is contrasted with every opportunity he could've taken to wish for a different outcome in November.)
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Re: The Movie Pitch Thread
« Reply #183 on: October 17, 2017, 06:04:05 pm »
I'm taking my second philosophy class in college, and I'm really starting to think that there's potential for a movie about Socrates told through the eyes of a young Plato. It could be kind of a Grand Budapest Hotel tragedy/comedy kind of thing that would chronicle a few of the Socratic dialogues, as well as Socrates' eventual death. Some editing would obviously have to be done, but I think it could be a solid three-hour film.

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« Reply #184 on: October 17, 2017, 07:00:31 pm »
I'm taking my second philosophy class in college, and I'm really starting to think that there's potential for a movie about Socrates told through the eyes of a young Plato. It could be kind of a Grand Budapest Hotel tragedy/comedy kind of thing that would chronicle a few of the Socratic dialogues, as well as Socrates' eventual death. Some editing would obviously have to be done, but I think it could be a solid three-hour film.

This sounds incredibly corny. 

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« Reply #185 on: October 17, 2017, 09:00:37 pm »
I'm taking my second philosophy class in college, and I'm really starting to think that there's potential for a movie about Socrates told through the eyes of a young Plato. It could be kind of a Grand Budapest Hotel tragedy/comedy kind of thing that would chronicle a few of the Socratic dialogues, as well as Socrates' eventual death. Some editing would obviously have to be done, but I think it could be a solid three-hour film.

This sounds incredibly corny. 

Yeah, you're right. Who wants to learn things from their entertainment? Let's just wait for Justice League.

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« Reply #186 on: October 17, 2017, 09:03:59 pm »
I'm taking my second philosophy class in college, and I'm really starting to think that there's potential for a movie about Socrates told through the eyes of a young Plato. It could be kind of a Grand Budapest Hotel tragedy/comedy kind of thing that would chronicle a few of the Socratic dialogues, as well as Socrates' eventual death. Some editing would obviously have to be done, but I think it could be a solid three-hour film.

This sounds incredibly corny. 

Yeah, you're right. Who wants to learn things from their entertainment? Let's just wait for Justice League.

Weren't you making fun of that one pointless historical film about the guy who made Wonder Woman?

Trust me.  No one wants to waste 3 hours on a failing comedy about Socrates and Plato.

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Re: The Movie Pitch Thread
« Reply #187 on: October 17, 2017, 09:11:14 pm »
I'm taking my second philosophy class in college, and I'm really starting to think that there's potential for a movie about Socrates told through the eyes of a young Plato. It could be kind of a Grand Budapest Hotel tragedy/comedy kind of thing that would chronicle a few of the Socratic dialogues, as well as Socrates' eventual death. Some editing would obviously have to be done, but I think it could be a solid three-hour film.

This sounds incredibly corny. 

Yeah, you're right. Who wants to learn things from their entertainment? Let's just wait for Justice League.

Weren't you making fun of that one pointless historical film about the guy who made Wonder Woman?

Trust me.  No one wants to waste 3 hours on a failing comedy about Socrates and Plato.

Literally the most retarded comparison you could have made. The most important thinkers in history vs the guy who invented a superhero who lives on an island of lesbians. If anything, the fact that the latter is getting a movie made about him is proof positive that we should be making biopics about historical figures who actually matter.

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Re: The Movie Pitch Thread
« Reply #188 on: October 17, 2017, 09:21:51 pm »
I'm taking my second philosophy class in college, and I'm really starting to think that there's potential for a movie about Socrates told through the eyes of a young Plato. It could be kind of a Grand Budapest Hotel tragedy/comedy kind of thing that would chronicle a few of the Socratic dialogues, as well as Socrates' eventual death. Some editing would obviously have to be done, but I think it could be a solid three-hour film.

This sounds incredibly corny. 

Yeah, you're right. Who wants to learn things from their entertainment? Let's just wait for Justice League.

Weren't you making fun of that one pointless historical film about the guy who made Wonder Woman?

Trust me.  No one wants to waste 3 hours on a failing comedy about Socrates and Plato.

Literally the most retarded comparison you could have made. The most important thinkers in history vs the guy who invented a superhero who lives on an island of lesbians. If anything, the fact that the latter is getting a movie made about him is proof positive that we should be making biopics about historical figures who actually matter.

*The guy who created what is now a feminist icon and beacon of hope for women, thank you.

Secondly, their stance in history is irrelevant to my point, which is that both film ideas are inherently pointless. 

Thirdly, how about you people in this thread stop putting an amalgamation of tones together in a film to try and see if it sticks?  Again, no one wants a corny 3 hour "oddball" hipster comedy on Plato or Socrates.  There is no market besides self-congratulatory retards that would even watch that film. 

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Re: The Movie Pitch Thread
« Reply #189 on: October 17, 2017, 09:30:32 pm »
I'm taking my second philosophy class in college, and I'm really starting to think that there's potential for a movie about Socrates told through the eyes of a young Plato. It could be kind of a Grand Budapest Hotel tragedy/comedy kind of thing that would chronicle a few of the Socratic dialogues, as well as Socrates' eventual death. Some editing would obviously have to be done, but I think it could be a solid three-hour film.

This sounds incredibly corny. 

Yeah, you're right. Who wants to learn things from their entertainment? Let's just wait for Justice League.

Weren't you making fun of that one pointless historical film about the guy who made Wonder Woman?

Trust me.  No one wants to waste 3 hours on a failing comedy about Socrates and Plato.

Literally the most retarded comparison you could have made. The most important thinkers in history vs the guy who invented a superhero who lives on an island of lesbians. If anything, the fact that the latter is getting a movie made about him is proof positive that we should be making biopics about historical figures who actually matter.

*The guy who created what is now a feminist icon and beacon of hope for women, thank you.

Secondly, their stance in history is irrelevant to my point, which is that both film ideas are inherently pointless. 

Thirdly, how about you people in this thread stop putting an amalgamation of tones together in a film to try and see if it sticks?  Again, no one wants a corny 3 hour "oddball" hipster comedy on Plato or Socrates.  There is no market besides self-congratulatory retards that would even watch that film. 

In fact, a better idea for this film is not to make it a film, but a History channel documentary about a certain aspect of Plato's with dramatization used for visualizing the setting.  At least then, you won't annoy the philosophy/history buffs from seeing the doc.

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Re: The Movie Pitch Thread
« Reply #190 on: October 17, 2017, 10:10:38 pm »
I'm taking my second philosophy class in college, and I'm really starting to think that there's potential for a movie about Socrates told through the eyes of a young Plato. It could be kind of a Grand Budapest Hotel tragedy/comedy kind of thing that would chronicle a few of the Socratic dialogues, as well as Socrates' eventual death. Some editing would obviously have to be done, but I think it could be a solid three-hour film.

This sounds incredibly corny. 

Yeah, you're right. Who wants to learn things from their entertainment? Let's just wait for Justice League.

Weren't you making fun of that one pointless historical film about the guy who made Wonder Woman?

Trust me.  No one wants to waste 3 hours on a failing comedy about Socrates and Plato.

Literally the most retarded comparison you could have made. The most important thinkers in history vs the guy who invented a superhero who lives on an island of lesbians. If anything, the fact that the latter is getting a movie made about him is proof positive that we should be making biopics about historical figures who actually matter.

*The guy who created what is now a feminist icon and beacon of hope for women, thank you.

Secondly, their stance in history is irrelevant to my point, which is that both film ideas are inherently pointless. 

Thirdly, how about you people in this thread stop putting an amalgamation of tones together in a film to try and see if it sticks?  Again, no one wants a corny 3 hour "oddball" hipster comedy on Plato or Socrates.  There is no market besides self-congratulatory retards that would even watch that film. 

I said nothing about making it an outright comedy. My reference to The Grand Budapest Hotel was simply because A) It involves a younger character remembering his older friend's life, and B) Both stories have tragic and comedic elements. Any boob with a high school education would be able to tell you that there is plenty of humor already present in the Socratic dialogues to keep audiences entertained. Your retardation is showing.

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Re: The Movie Pitch Thread
« Reply #191 on: October 18, 2017, 12:06:08 am »
My reference to The Grand Budapest Hotel was simply because A) It involves a younger character remembering his older friend's life, and B) Both stories have tragic and comedic elements. Any boob with a high school education would be able to tell you that there is plenty of humor already present in the Socratic dialogues to keep audiences entertained. Your retardation is showing.

There are plenty of films that fit that bill.  But when you bring up Grand Budapest Hotel, that leads me to believe that is going to be the driving tone of the film.  Either way, regardless, it still sounds like a tedious and tacky film.  There's little in the way I can think of that'd make me shell out money to see a film adaptation of Plato's works.  You got oddly defensive when I first responded as well.  I'm just stating my opinion on the matter and my opinion is that there isn't anything that remotely seems interesting about the idea at least in the dramatized film format you suggested.  It just feels like something the Coen Brothers would put out today.

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« Reply #192 on: October 18, 2017, 12:44:41 am »
Honestly... Diego’s idea doesn’t sound terrible to me.

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Re: The Movie Pitch Thread
« Reply #193 on: October 18, 2017, 12:47:12 am »
Honestly... Diego’s idea doesn’t sound terrible to me.

This is enough proof that you should drop the idea, Diego.
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Re: The Movie Pitch Thread
« Reply #194 on: October 18, 2017, 12:54:24 am »
My reference to The Grand Budapest Hotel was simply because A) It involves a younger character remembering his older friend's life, and B) Both stories have tragic and comedic elements. Any boob with a high school education would be able to tell you that there is plenty of humor already present in the Socratic dialogues to keep audiences entertained. Your retardation is showing.

There are plenty of films that fit that bill.  But when you bring up Grand Budapest Hotel, that leads me to believe that is going to be the driving tone of the film.  Either way, regardless, it still sounds like a tedious and tacky film.  There's little in the way I can think of that'd make me shell out money to see a film adaptation of Plato's works.  You got oddly defensive when I first responded as well.  I'm just stating my opinion on the matter and my opinion is that there isn't anything that remotely seems interesting about the idea at least in the dramatized film format you suggested.  It just feels like something the Coen Brothers would put out today.

I got defensive because you clearly misunderstood my statement. As for the rest of your comments, sorry, but your complaints make no sense. Yeah, I'm tired of biopics too, but I'm not suggesting a movie about some obscure shit like Spotlight or Professor Whosit's Whatsit Women. Given the critical acclaim those movies have received despite their drab material, I really don't know why you'd dismiss this at face value. Yeah, people might be bored, but those are the same people who thought Silence was "tedious." For anyone who knows anything about history, philosophy, or politics, it would be pretty interesting. I don't see why we have to cater to the lowest common denominator with our entertainment.

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Re: The Movie Pitch Thread
« Reply #195 on: October 18, 2017, 12:55:47 am »
Honestly... Diego’s idea doesn’t sound terrible to me.

This is enough proof that you should drop the idea, Diego.

Your comment about Wonder Woman was enough to expose that you're being deliberately contrarian. I'm going to write this screenplay now just to prove you wrong.

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Re: The Movie Pitch Thread
« Reply #196 on: October 18, 2017, 01:01:52 am »
Honestly... Diego’s idea doesn’t sound terrible to me.

This is enough proof that you should drop the idea, Diego.

Your comment about Wonder Woman was enough to expose that you're being deliberately contrarian. I'm going to write this screenplay now just to prove you wrong.
Good luck getting anyone to accept and read a 200 page biopic on a boy lover.

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« Reply #197 on: October 18, 2017, 01:05:57 am »
Honestly... Diego’s idea doesn’t sound terrible to me.

This is enough proof that you should drop the idea, Diego.

Your comment about Wonder Woman was enough to expose that you're being deliberately contrarian. I'm going to write this screenplay now just to prove you wrong.
Good luck getting anyone to accept and read a 200 page biopic on a boy lover.

If I recall correctly, one of your favorite movies is a four-hour biopic.

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« Reply #198 on: October 18, 2017, 01:06:59 am »
I don't see why we have to cater to the lowest common denominator with our entertainment.

You keep bringing this up as if someone rejecting your idea instantly sides with nothing but cheap blockbuster thrills.  You don't have to appeal to the least common denominator.  Many great films exist that teeter the line of intelligence and blockbuster thrills.  No one wants a 3 hour biopic on fucking Socrates.

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« Reply #199 on: October 18, 2017, 01:09:25 am »
Honestly... Diego’s idea doesn’t sound terrible to me.

This is enough proof that you should drop the idea, Diego.

Your comment about Wonder Woman was enough to expose that you're being deliberately contrarian. I'm going to write this screenplay now just to prove you wrong.
Good luck getting anyone to accept and read a 200 page biopic on a boy lover.

If I recall correctly, one of your favorite movies is a four-hour biopic.

I'm glad you think the Ten Commandments is a biopic.  We need more Christians on this site.

 

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