The ultimate nerd-off. British nerds versus American nerds.
Two stories where characters who overcome themselves are able to help their friends.
Death hits middle class families in both of these stories.
Two interpretations of first contact with an alien life form.
The West versus the Soviet Union. This is the battle of the cold war, fought with comedy, fear, and moralising.
A 1920s silent film tackling racism and an inter-racial love affair in an almost contemporary fashion.
The heroic journey that turns out to be not so heroic and not much of a journey.
In a world of bullying and violence it’s hard to find the space to be yourself.
Characters want something, they are selfishly interesting or selflessly interesting.
Most characters want to be a someone, unless that is if they’re the mysterious man with no name.
Part of a character is how they dress; the wardrobe artist is part of the on-screen drama.
Characters are looking for something better than what they have. A meaningful goal.