KALIFORNIA SCRIPT PDF

First of all, it doesn't even bother to spell its title right. Second, it pretends to contain some kind of moral revelation about serial killers when all it really contains is Brad Pitt , lots of blood and a reasonably bad script. Pitt, so sweaty and grungy he's hardly recognizable, is Early Grayce, a maniacal killer living in a trailer park with his innocent girlfriend, Adele Juliette Lewis. They want to get to California, but unfortunately Early has set fire to their car, so they respond to a ride-share ad on the university bulletin board. Unfortunately, what they get is a demonstration. I didn't expect classic stud-boy Brad Pitt to be perfect for the role of a disgusting and evil menace to society, but he snorts, spits, and stabs with such panache that it made my blood run cold.

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In other words, the picture as originally written was meant to be black comedy. What a screenwriter intends, though, and what winds up on the screen are often two different things. It is this narration and another scene added by the director that Turan quotes as so offensive. I was offended, too, and never having been a good soldier when it comes to these things, would rather not take the blame.

The choice was also made to feature bizarre violence over more subtle expressions of character and suspense, perhaps because first-time directors often feel that such grotesqueries are the surest way that critics and audiences will sit up and take notice of them. The fact is directors good or bad must take a screenplay and somehow make it their own, or else their egos go a little haywire. And inevitably, at the end of the line, you have a Writers Guild arbitration over the final credit.

The Guild Credits Manual states in so many words that it is not enough for the executives to cut and paste scenes, whimsically rewrite dialogue, add explanatory narrations for Nintendo-addled teen-agers and to tack on nonsensical tag endings in order to receive screen credit. Such decisions come from three anonymous writers who were in all likelihood predisposed to frown upon producers and directors claiming writing credits in the first place.

The execs did contribute more than enough, though, for me as the writer of the picture to feel estranged from the final product.

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In other words, the picture as originally written was meant to be black comedy. What a screenwriter intends, though, and what winds up on the screen are often two different things. It is this narration and another scene added by the director that Turan quotes as so offensive. I was offended, too, and never having been a good soldier when it comes to these things, would rather not take the blame.

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It's raining like hell. Flashes of lightning reveal momentary. Far below. We descend toward the rock.

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Kalifornia is a American road thriller film directed by Dominic Sena , in his directorial debut. The film tells the story of a journalist Duchovny and his photographer girlfriend Forbes traveling cross-country to research serial killings , who unwittingly carpool with a psychopath Pitt and his childlike girlfriend Lewis. Filmed in Georgia and rural inland California in the spring of , Kalifornia premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival on August 27, , where it was awarded two competition prizes. The film received mixed reviews from critics, [4] [5] with some praising its art house sensibility, while others dismissed it as a violent exploitation film. Despite this, the film's acting was largely praised, and critic Roger Ebert heralded the performances of Pitt and Lewis among the best he had ever seen. Brian Kessler is a graduate student and journalist whose article about serial killers has gotten him an offer for a book deal from a publisher.

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