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Monday, August 14, 2006

This weekend, I *finally* saw Brick, and it was just as good as I'd hoped it would be. (Follow the link and watch the trailer--see for yourself how amazing the movie is!)

Brick is an old-fashioned noir film set in a present-day high school, and though it's beautifully filmed, the best part is the dialogue, which is to die for. (The end of that sentence is clearly missing a rimshot, isn't it?)

Anyway, back to the dialogue. It's very stylized, very rhythmic, and very catchy. I mean, how can you not love a movie that features lines like:

I've got all five senses and I slept last night, so that puts me six up on the lot of you.

and my favorite, between the lead character, Brendan, and Laura, the movie's femme fatale:

Laura: Do you trust me now?
Brendan: Less than when I didn't trust you before.

There are a lot of other great lines, but if I start putting in more I'll be here all day. And besides, I want to toss out a few more links:

Today I'm going to link to three agent blogs. There are a surprisingly large number of agent blogs out there, but these three feature agents who post fairly often, talk openly about what an agent does, and offer lots of information about how publishing works.

Jennifer Jackson -- An agent at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Kristin Nelson -- Agent/Owner of the Nelson Agency.

Rachel Vater -- An agent at the Lowenstein-Yost Agency.


Anonymous Katharine Beutner said...

I just saw Brick this week too, and loved it! The dialogue infected my brain. T. and I went to a concert a night or two after seeing the film, and when we noticed a handful of high school boys congregating together inside the venue, we both had the same thought: wouldn't it be wonderful if those kids were speaking noir slang?

August 20, 2006 12:15 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

The dialogue in Brick is amazing, isn't it? Next time we talk, we'll have to discuss the movie--I'd love to know what you thought of Laura.

August 24, 2006 7:46 AM  

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