What script are you reading right now?

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So what's everyone reading right now? I just finished Hereditary a couple a days ago, which I enjoyed. But the movie, I saw that yesterday, didn't work for me at all. And the hyperbole, comparing it to The Exorcist, I mean come on.

I am about a quarter through Manchester by the Sea, which I think is very well written but I have been trying to get through for a while now. Haven't seen the film yet, not gonna until I finish.

So what are you reading? And is it any good?
 
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Presently reading RONNIE ROCKET by David Lynch. It is written more like an amateurish novel than a screenplay. Enjoying reading Lynch's early ideas, some of which took decades to an outlet like the double exposure in the penultimate episode of the recent TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN.

My favorite screenplay reading experience to date has been Shane Carruth's A TOPIARY. Quite a shame it never found the proper funding.

I'll probably read Francis Ford Coppola's MEGALOPOLIS next.
 
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I remember reading the second draft screenplay to the first Dirty Harry by John Milius and it was obviously solid and really good.

I had started on reading Richard Matheson’s screenplay draft for Creature which was based on John Saul’s novel, I had finished reading the novel and when I started getting to the screenplay, it was so different, it had a creepy opening scene with a unknown creature killing a deer by snapping its neck and then appear the title: “CREATURE”, and it goes off to some new press conference with the character Dr. Martin Ames, and after that scene it goes straight into the Tanner family moving to their new house, I was really let down on it, I really liked the book a lot, but the script removed the novel’s two scenes which it had a opening that it opened nice and smooth with Mark Tanner’s routine in the morning, and after that it goes straight to Blake Tanner (Mark’s father) talking with Ted Thornton.
 
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Thanks for replying you guys

@Alexxx I think I'll read RONNIE ROCKET next, the premise sounds intriguing.

I'm actually looking for screenplays with a cerebral wow-moment - like something fresh and original that really stands out. Something like Sixth Sense moment, something like that.

@Captain Chaos would you consider a trade? If so pm me.
 
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Thanks, just got it of the shared drive. That script has a history. I never heard of it before. Gonna start read right now.

Edit: I'm really into SF, 80's stuff, and thrillers, plus good horrors.
 
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Held off reading Bertino's Strangers 2 draft until I saw the film. Big fan of the first film, so I didn't want to ruin for myself whatever elements were retained by Ketai. Just saw the new film, kind of hated it, so now I'm reading said draft to see what could have been.
 
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Just finished off The United States vs. Billie Holiday revised by Lee Daniels. This was wild from a historical perspective and blatant award bait for everyone involved. It will be interesting to see who he casts as Holiday.
 
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Reading GREEN BOOK and BEN IS BACK.

I was curious about both being dropped into November/December release dates. Figured they might be surprise entries in the Oscars race.
 
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Been reading several potential awards contenders (the last nine I've read), including BlacKkKlansman, Beautiful Boy, Boy Erased, First Man, and First Reformed. I've liked most of them (others, like Backseat and If Beale Street Could Talk, not so much), but I haven't found anything that's made me scream "Give that an Oscar!".
 
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Been reading several potential awards contenders (the last nine I've read), including BlacKkKlansman, Beautiful Boy, Boy Erased, First Man, and First Reformed. I've liked most of them (others, like Backseat and If Beale Street Could Talk, not so much), but I haven't found anything that's made me scream "Give that an Oscar!".
BACKSEAT was good. Never finished FIRST MAN. I liked BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY.
I still think ROMA is the film to beat this year.
 
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Been reading several potential awards contenders (the last nine I've read), including BlacKkKlansman, Beautiful Boy, Boy Erased, First Man, and First Reformed. I've liked most of them (others, like Backseat and If Beale Street Could Talk, not so much), but I haven't found anything that's made me scream "Give that an Oscar!".
Agreed on the above. I will add that the Marwencol to Women Of Marwen drafts of Welcome To Marwen went from really good to Tom Hanks type Oscar friggin great. The look of it from the trailers has really hit that feeling home. That is my #1 movie of the fall right now. Honorable mention to Widows and Overlord. The later for looking even more utterly insane than the Billy Ray draft was.
 
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BACKSEAT was good. Never finished FIRST MAN. I liked BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY.
I still think ROMA is the film to beat this year.
Backseat was just way too dry for my taste, while First Man was decent enough. I considered reading BR, but nobody really seems to think it's going to make a dent in the awards race. Besides, the draft that's out there must be pretty different since I couldn't find the vast majority of the lines from the trailers in it. Not sure what I would name as the film to beat this year. The Favourite remains my most anticipated, with Peterloo following at a distance.
 
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Agreed on the above. I will add that the Marwencol to Women Of Marwen drafts of Welcome To Marwen went from really good to Tom Hanks type Oscar friggin great. The look of it from the trailers has really hit that feeling home. That is my #1 movie of the fall right now.
Interesting. I was going to read a draft of it as it was being touted as a possible contender at one point, but once I saw that trailer, I pretty much lost all interest as it really didn't look like an awards flick at all.
 
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