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.

The Best Screenplay - "Drive My Car"

The Best Screenplay - "Drive My Car"

It’s a bumpy journey, full of twists and turns that you won’t see coming, but the last thing you should do is stop.

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Surveying the Limitations of Rebooted Franchises

Surveying the Limitations of Rebooted Franchises

By sanding off the edges, these new versions wholly sacrificed most of the fun and audacity that made the originals so popular in the first place.

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Why Failure is Always the Best Teacher

Why Failure is Always the Best Teacher

It’s in human nature to dread pain and failure.

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How Can a Static Protagonist Compel an Audience?

How Can a Static Protagonist Compel an Audience?

Michael Corleone. Ferris Bueller. Beatrix Kiddo. John Wick. What do these four famous film characters have in common, other than that they all hail from classic movies?

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Writing a Truly Great Mystery

Writing a Truly Great Mystery

Is anything harder in the world of fictional storytelling than coming up with an ending to a mystery that no one sees coming?

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Where Does James Bond Go After Daniel Craig?

Where Does James Bond Go After Daniel Craig?

Does the Bond franchise continue along the grittier Craig path? Or does it turn Bond back into more of the gentleman spy from the original Fleming books?

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Calling All Writers: Monsters Wanted

Calling All Writers: Monsters Wanted

Do most filmmakers consider it too gauche to center a film around a monster these days?

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Why Do So Many Sequels Suck?

Why Do So Many Sequels Suck?

When the lights go down in the theater, I’m always hopeful that a sequel will rise to the challenge of making more out of its task than just being a quick money-grab.

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The Sitcom for Our Times? Sorry, Ted Lasso, it’s Seinfeld

The Sitcom for Our Times? Sorry, Ted Lasso, it’s Seinfeld

Who’d have thought that Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, the creators of Seinfeld in 1989, would create a series that would come to foreshadow all the worst impulses and instincts evident in “the American experiment” in 2021?

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30 is the New 60

30 is the New 60

As people get more of their news and information in shorter bursts, 30-minute series, be they comedies, dramas, or limited series, are becoming the rage.

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After Conquering Hollywood, Gary Goldstein Had a Novel Idea

After Conquering Hollywood, Gary Goldstein Had a Novel Idea

“As an author [of a book], you have to be the camera. A script gets interpreted, but in a book, the words have to do all the work.”

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Beware the Temptations of Tinsel Town

Beware the Temptations of Tinsel Town

Arguably, if the work isn’t its own reward, you’ve not chosen your career wisely, no matter what the profession.

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Women Kicking Ass on Screen: Fierce or All Too Familiar?

Women Kicking Ass on Screen: Fierce or All Too Familiar?

For all the talk in Hollywood given to seeking out vital roles for women, the woman warrior has become every bit an egregious cliché as the hooker with a heart of gold was for half a century on film.

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What Writers Can Learn from Movie Musicals for a Song

What Writers Can Learn from Movie Musicals for a Song

If a screenwriter thinks that there’s little to learn from the niche because they’re writing a horror film or a thriller, they’re (ahem) way off-key.

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The Limited Series Isn't Just Having a Moment

The Limited Series Isn't Just Having a Moment

The limited series really must be considered long-from filmmaking, a brilliant hybrid of the best of the big and small screens.

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