Column by Rob Blair Young April 16, 2021
Many students are stuck in "high school thinking" that prevents real critical analysis. In this article I define what that means, identify where students go wrong, and speculate on why this happens.
Column by Christopher Shultz September 4, 2015
Sofia Coppola's script not only typifies great nuts and bolts screenwriting, but also how prose-worthy and poetic approaches can influence the process.
Column by Christopher Shultz August 31, 2015
It's considered one of the best screenplays ever written, but why? Let's explore what works (and what doesn't work) about 'Chinatown.'
Column by Christopher Shultz April 10, 2015
One of 2014's most celebrated films may seem like just a slick, supernatural tale, but there's so much more going on between the lines.
Column by Rob Blair Young November 17, 2014
This extended rant targets a great sin of academic literary criticism: the tendency to praise "great" works in a way that pre-decides the work's value and sets everyone playing emperor's new clothes.