Life on the Fast Lane (The Simpsons: S1 E9)
Telling a complete story in a relatively short amount of time
Wanderlust: Season One
A brilliant exploration of possibility, and the fallout that arises from wanting.
Westworld: Season 2, Episode 8
A story that lasts in the heart is the one that provides greater meaning for its Audience.
Inconsistent relationships fail to establish the foundation for a meaningful narrative.
The Shape of Water
More than a fairy tale, this film sends an effective message about standing up and defending others.
The sophisticated juxtaposition of logistic concerns & emotional issues secures this film's immortality.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Solid story structure supports & strengthens this meaningful narrative.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season One
A single and effective storyform ties the episodes of this first season into a meaningful narrative.
Professor Marston and The Wonder Women
The secret identity of this film is the brilliant mutation of message into narrative structure.
The Florida Project
Reporting the day’s events misses an opportunity to say something about the day’s events.
An overwhelming sense of brooding darkens the tone of an otherwise Triumphant narrative.
A Bronx Tale
A unique and complete storyform forms the foundation for this masterpiece of narrative.
Blade Runner: 2049
Large expanses between story points cloud an otherwise meaningful message about what it means to be human.
A moving exploration of projecting thoughts into existence, of transforming intent into reality.
A story of battling magicians foretells the consequences of risking it all for the roar of the crowd.
Breaking structure creates tremendous shock value-while maintaining the integrity of the message.
Whether you intend to or not, leaving out key portions of an argument trends a story towards propaganda and coercion.
The LEGO Batman Movie
A send-up of the Caped Crusader that masquerades as a clever and hilarious parody of story structure.
A missing Relationship Story Throughline and a deficient Main Character Throughline steer this narrative towards propaganda.
The Big Sick
A brilliant, if not slightly long, exploration of what happens when one bases their life on the reactions of others.
Despicable Me 3
An emotionally vapid experience lacking connective tissue to tie the various threads of storytelling together.
A confident and exciting exploration of the power of female intuition over probability.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Missing Throughlines cast this beautifully animated film into the bin of easily forgotten fare.
Boredom arrives when the Author fails to provide a greater context for the conflict within a story.
A non-linear understanding of story makes it easier to appreciate the structure of this untraditional story.
By leaving out a key component of the narrative, the filmmakers draw the Audience in--allowing them to become a part of the storytelling process.
The Yellow Birds
Give your typical soldier an atypical method of problem-solving and open yourself up to a wider and more appreciative Audience.
I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore
Shifts in the type of conflict and modes of expressing that conflict result in a shocking and jarring experience.
Beautiful animation in service of a story-by-numbers, Disney delights while following a familiar pattern of narrative.
A moving and emotional film that effectively convinces us of the importance of staying true to one's convictions.
Powerful, insightful, and touching--the very definition of a moving and brilliant narrative.
Hell Or High Water
A film that promises much, but delivers little when it comes to a functional and meaningful narrative.
Florence Foster Jenkins
A delightful biographical comedy with a twist--Meryl Streep is neither the Main Character nor Influence Character.
Eddie The Eagle
Simple, familiar, and predictable--all things that could have been avoided with a deeper understanding of the story's thematics.
The Dark Horse
From the first shot to the last, this masterful narrative takes us in and offers a powerful and emotional experience.
Hunt For The Wilderpeople
A brilliant, wonderfully told film that can attribute much of its praise to its solid storyform.
A functioning and powerful storyform carries the message of this film for this generation, and the ones to come.
When Marnie Was There
A sophisticated and unique narrative structure supports this beautifully animated film.
A brilliant piece of filmmaking that uses what goes on inside of our heads to tell us a story about what goes on inside our heads.
Beasts Of No Nation
A shocking, yet deeply meaningful look at child soldiers in Africa tops the list of 2015.
Bridge Of Spies
A beautiful documentary perfect for the History channel, but deficient in terms of story.
A cold and under-developed Main Character Throughline distances us from becoming emotionally involved with the film.
Incomplete Throughlines explain why this film feels like a short stretched into a mediocre feature.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The compulsion to see this film again can be attributed to a solid and complete story structure.
Captain America: Winter Soldier
The best Marvel comic book film falls just short of telling a complete story.
A bleak, yet emotionally powerful, portrayal of a young woman's rediscovery of her true calling.
An interesting, yet emotionally unfulfilling ride through the experiences of a holistic-minded Main Character.
A sporadic & inconsistent Objective Story Throughline accounts for this film's lethargic and unsatisfying narrative.
12 Years a Slave
A missing relationship robs the heart from this depiction of man's brutality to man.
A film that demands repeated viewings almost certainly rests upon a strong structural foundation.
An inconsistent Main Character Throughline trends this film towards documentary & away from greater meaning.
A strong Relationship Story Throughline goes unexplored, veering this film towards an obvious & superficial sermon.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Epic fatigue crushes any hope of emotion in this long & drawn-out tale.
Thrilling and engaging, this film's narrative suffers from the lack of an objective Objective Story Throughline perspective.
Life of Pi
Stunning imagery in the support of spiritual propaganda manipulates the Audience into becoming a part of the story.
A missing Objective Story leaves little objectivity with which to appreciate this moving relationship.
The danger of recounting events that happened, not events within a complete and meaningful story.
A bumpy, but necessary, handoff between Influence Characters seals the structure of this time-travel narrative.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
A deficient narrative structure accounts for the coldness and emotionally vapid nature of this film.
Crazy, Stupid, Love
A competent weaving of the same story structure seen through the eyes of two different relationships.
A satisfying & enriching narrative that explores what it means to obligate oneself to another.
Battle: Los Angeles
An opportunity to tell a meaningful story is lost in another tale of fighting aliens.
The Harry Potter Series
The final chapter in a series of novels and films successfully completes the telling of a powerful and meaningful story.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
A conflict in messaging reduces this film to a simple tale of man and ape.
Of Gods and Men
Without a Main Character Throughline to attach ourselves to, our attention wanes and empathy dies.
The Adjustment Bureau
The compulsion to state your purpose directly indicates a dysfunctional narrative.
Paying homage to those who came before is not enough to create a functionable and lasting narrative.
Titilation fails to make up for an underdeveloped and deficient Main Character Throughline.
Kung Fu Panda 2
A Relationship Story Throughline that dies halfway through destroys any greater meaning for this film.
An absent Relationship Story Throughline diminishes the believability of the Main Character's development and growth.
A no-holds barred approach elevates this frightening Tragedy beyond critical success.
Up In The Air
Meshing personal issues with the objective concerns of all makes for a meaningful narrative.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
A complete story that resolves in an unexpected, yet meaningful way.
The lack of a thorough examination of all Four Throughlines hinders this film from rising above.