Jeffrey York

Jeff York is an optioned screenwriter, film critic, illustrator, and ad man. He’s also a member of the Chicago Indie Critics, SAG-AFTRA, and a cat lover.

Are Awards Shows Ruining Show Business

Are Awards Shows Ruining Show Business

I’m all for pushing envelopes, but should cringe be a part of awards show comedy?

# Read # The Business of Art
5 min read

The Three Things All of 2023’s Best Screenplays Have in Common

The Three Things All of 2023’s Best Screenplays Have in Common

It is a shining example of how a film can be distinguished just as much by what its script doesn’t reveal as what it does.

# tag # Style & Substance
4 min read

Please, Doctor Strange, Fix the MCU For Us!

Please, Doctor Strange, Fix the MCU For Us!

... you need to make us want you again.

# Read # The Business of Art # Style & Substance
7 min read

Want to Tell Better Stories? Watch Foreign Films

Want to Tell Better Stories? Watch Foreign Films

Foreign films generally assume the audience is savvier, capable of putting two and two together without having to shove things down their throat.

# Read # Style & Substance
7 min read

Can "Cancel Culture" Be Kicked to the Curb?

Can "Cancel Culture" Be Kicked to the Curb?

Such decisions may get called out, but they are still artistic decisions and that’s where much of the slippery slope of Cancel Culture starts to poison all the water.

# Read # The District
6 min read

Whatever Happened to the Political Thriller?

Whatever Happened to the Political Thriller?

But since 2012, there have been precious few political thrillers popping up on the big screen. Why? It’s not like there aren’t stories ripe for the picking ...

# Read # The Business of Art # Style & Substance
6 min read

Are Cliffhangers Ruining Storytelling?

Are Cliffhangers Ruining Storytelling?

Does any story ever just conclude these days?

# Read # Style & Substance
4 min read

Film's Best Franchise? Star Wars? Nope, It's Mission: Impossible

Film's Best Franchise? Star Wars? Nope, It's Mission: Impossible

It’s not CGI. We buy it because seeing is believing.

# Read # Style & Substance # Reviews
5 min read

Could an A.I.-Generated Cary Grant Win an Oscar?

Could an A.I.-Generated Cary Grant Win an Oscar?

The debate won’t focus on what we allow A.I. to do, but rather, how much we allow it to do.

# Read # The Business of Art
7 min read

Never Think You're Bigger Than the Gods

Never Think You're Bigger Than the Gods

If Martin Scorsese doesn’t act bigger than the gods, no one should.

# Read # Style & Substance
5 min read

The Emmy for Best Comedy Goes to ... "Succession"

The Emmy for Best Comedy Goes to ... "Succession"

To paraphrase Logan Roy, we are not serious people.

# Read # Style & Substance
6 min read

The Challenges of Second Seasons, Sequels, and Finales

The Challenges of Second Seasons, Sequels, and Finales

... one of the most worrisome fears for writers is that they could end up penning something that damages ‘the brand.’

# Read # Style & Substance # The Business of Art
8 min read

How a Great Script Paints a Whole Picture

How a Great Script Paints a Whole Picture

Such brevity is all but demanded in scripts today, all the better to help readers breeze through the script, right?

# Read # Style & Substance
5 min read

The Next Great Sports Movie?

The Next Great Sports Movie?

These days, anyone with a cell phone and a TikTok account can be a celebrity, so maybe our adoration of movie stars, recording artists, and athletes are going to suffer when fame seems so accessible.

# Read # Style & Substance
6 min read

Want Your Script to Get More Attention? Zag

Want Your Script to Get More Attention? Zag

Even if you’ve got a winner, endorsed with great notes from a pro, or some wins in a contest or two, what else can you do to give your work traction?

# Read # Style & Substance
5 min read
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