Friday, October 15, 2004

Contest: Pick your favorite phrase in this query.

"The most dashing Jewish hero since the epic movie “Exodus”: this character is at the heart of “Z.G. Against the Skinheads,” an action movie script with splashes of humor, which I would be pleased to offer to you….

The villains in the “Z.G.” script are highly topical – yet underutilized. Without entering into any details at all, the story could be described as a kind of less-expensive Indiana Jones-type of adventure through a Crocodile Dundee prism. The hero defeats dangerous enemies with unexpected, cleverly low-tech resources which are very flashy in visual terms, plus the application of brawn and plenty of guts.

I took care not to unduly emphasize the Jewish angle either, but to use it at the right moments for diverse effects. The hero has acquired very unusual fighting skills and methods. The result is an incident-packed story of derring-do, which is crafted with an eye to a balance between provenly effective formulas and enough distinctive elements to establish a very clear individuality. This is a script with an original twist."

Mine: "...without entering into any details at all..."

32 Comments:

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Dr. Mystery said...

My favorite phrase: "through a Crocodile Dundee prism" I believe this was the original title of a rejected fourth film in Bergman's faith and redemption trilogy, to be filmed right after "Through a Glass Darkly."

 
At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So subtle, so easy-to-miss, so boring: "...an incident-packed story of derring-do..."

 
At 8:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like "The villains in the “Z.G.” script are highly topical – yet underutilized." What on earth is a "topical" villain (highly or otherwise)? And "underutilized" tells me they ain't gonna be doing much.

Given that the writer can't even craft a pitch properly, I see a lot of woe in his future if it involves screenwriting.

 
At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know it's an obvious choice, but this deserves any recognition it gets:

"The villains in the “Z.G.” script are highly topical – yet underutilized."

 
At 9:06 AM, Blogger jlb said...

"The villains...are highly topical – yet underutilized."

Wow. I understand each of those words individually...but put together the way they are? It's like a bad babelfish translation!

 
At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I took care not to unduly emphasize the Jewish angle either". This goes without saying. We're all civilized people, after all. The best part is that they "took care". Careful there, buddy -- you don't want to unduly emphasize the Jewish angle!

 
At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"cleverly low-tech resources which are very flashy in visual terms"

As opposed to those resources which are flashy in psychological terms.

 
At 10:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The result is an incident-packed story..."

I do so love a story jam-packed with incidents.

 
At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So small, yet so stupid:

"This is a script with an original twist."

What is the twist? The underutilized villains? The Crocodile Dundee prism? (Hee)

I think the twist is CRAPPY WRITING. Just a thought.

 
At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The hero has acquired very unusual fighting skills and methods.What does that mean- because he's Jewish, he beats the villains into submission with fresh latkes?

 
At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since nobody else has mentioned it, I'll go with: "provenly effective..." This is provenly indicative of this writer's vocabulary.

 
At 5:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay...it's got to be: "I took care not to unduly emphasize the Jewish angle..." That's code for his circumcized cock, right?

 
At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The most dashing Jewish hero since the epic movie “Exodus”...

Should we tell the "writer" that the "...epic movie Exodus..." was actually based on something we like to call A BOOK?

 
At 10:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! Oh! I had a Crocadile Dundee Prism when I was a kid. Got it at the Wild Animal Park Gift Shop. If you held it up the light just right you could see an Outback Steakhouse menu.

 
At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...with splashes of humor, which I would be pleased to offer you...

 
At 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...the application of brawn and plenty of guts."

Sounds like he's throwing cow innards at people and cleaning up with paper towels. I think I'll skip lunch...

 
At 1:55 PM, Blogger Aeroplanic said...

I kind of liked this part:

The hero defeats dangerous enemies with unexpected, cleverly low-tech resources which are very flashy in visual termsI hate when you get non-dangerous enemies because you fall asleep mid-scene. Also, low-tech resources could be anything from a water pistol to pitching eggs at the bad guys and strategically placed banana skins. Come to think of it, I think I want to see this movie, BAD.

 
At 1:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Without entering into details" would have to be my favorite. Hm...some details would seem to be the point. Yet, goes on making convoluted sentences, telling us nothing about the script.

"as a kind of less-expensive Indiana Jones-type of adventure through a Crocodile Dundee prism."

Huh, low-brow action?

Shaking my head. This masterpiece would be about what exactly?

Eh, not that I really care to know.

 
At 5:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see this - it's like MacGyver! I mean, they're re-doing the A-Team, so why not MacGyver? And Richard Dean Anderson could play the part of one the bad guys as an "in-joke". And maybe he could be Jewish.

 
At 1:07 AM, Blogger Assistant Atlas said...

Some of the oldest queries on this site are the best. My favorite phrase here is: "I took care not to unduly emphasize the Jewish angle either, but to use it at the right moments for diverse effects."

For example. there's an entire scene about "Z.G." enjoying matzo. And another one of him celebrating Hanukkah. And then the bar mitzvah flashback, too. It's like he's Jewish, but he's not TOO Jewish. Kind of like Crocodile Dundee, if you think about it. . .

 
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