Over the past week or so my artist friend Rosie Alexander (https://www.rosielah.com/) and myself have been working on our most recent artistic collaboration together. A webcomic called Carpe Noctem. The comic – currently found hosted on Rosie’s website – is our first foray together into the world of webcomics. Though, it is not my own foray into webcomics entirely – in high school I created and ran the unironically named webcomic Badly Drawn Penguins that lasted about 9 months when I made it just over TEN YEARS AGO. Read More
Or: How a film put me back on track after depressive, obsessive, repetitive comfort viewing.
A few years ago I went through what was then the most catastrophic break-up I had been through after a two-year relationship. I'll spare the gory details, especially since reconciling with said other party, but this isn't even the story of that.
This is the story of Nicholas Stoller's Forgetting Sarah Marshall and how through it I recovered and got back on my feet. A film that went from a fun first watch years prior to one of my favourite movies of all time. A tale of the power of cinema, catharsis, and resonance. Read More
While I've written a TV/online spec script, a short story, a few movie reviews, and some personal essays in the last week and a bit...I feel I still need to stretch my writing legs. And what better way to do so...Than writing an entire feature screenplay in the space of two days. In reality, it took me 24 hours. Read More
When you hear the name Edgar Wright different thoughts pop up. To most it’s probably the glory of Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. To the more cult-y, his TV show Spaced comes to mind. To the more Marvel nerd-y, potentially his departure from Ant-Man is brought back up. To the more nerd-y in general, maybe it’s the perfection of Scott Pilgrim vs The World. To the more disappointed, perhaps the highly underrated The World’s End sparks memories of being let down. And to everyone else, maybe it’s the amateur movies, the music videos, or other directing work.
This year, however, four years after releasing his last directorial effort (Stupid Ant-Man getting between that), Wright has made Baby Driver. And oh boy. Oh boy. Read More
Universal are getting into the shared movie universe game with its Dark Universe brand. Because of course it is. In all fairness, the concept of making modern updates to the classic line-up of Universal monsters is an interesting one. Too bad their first and now-aborted attempt – Dracula Untold – was a sign that good things weren’t exactly to come.
Still, they’ve pushed out their next attempt to jump-start a franchise: The Mummy. An actual reboot to the Brendan Fraser/Rachel Weisz movies, yes. It stars Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, and Russell Crowe. The script is written by David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman, and it’s directed by Alex Kurtzman.
Yes, Alex I’ve only directed one movie no-one saw give me a $125 million budget Kurtzman. Read More
Fanfiction is never quite the writer's journey I've taken. Technically, I have, but I was never that writer growing up who wrote oodles and oodles of fanfiction for Harry Potter or something. Officially the only fanfiction I've written and what you can probably still find online is a several-part Community fan fiction I wrote one night at uni.
If you bring spec scripts into the mix, however, I have written a pilot for an indie cartoon called Super Turbo Atomic Ninja Rabbit the creators can't legally read, a complete Jaws 19 screenplay (Yes, the joke from Back to the Future II), and started screenplays for Aquaman, Ghostbusters III, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Indiana Jones, Batman, Han Solo...and probably some other stuff. Also an incomplete Aayla Secura Star Wars origin story, and I once made an X-Files fan-film.
Okay, so fanfiction is a thing I dabble in. Read More
(Obvious Star Wars spoilers from Episodes IV-VII)
Two years ago I made a video on YouTube all about Die Hard and why it works as an action movie and how character arcs worked. 80s action cinema actually has some of the most basic yet effective screenwriting ever, but for today, I’m gonna take a slight diversion.
John McClane is one of the most relatable action movie characters ever, but if we look to the world of science fiction cinema, we cannot ignore Han Solo (Who, alongside McClane and Indiana Jones, may be in my three favourite heroes in all of cinema). A million other essays exist exploring the character I’m sure, but this is where we consider Han Solo as an imperfect person and how we ourselves can aspire and be inspired by his journey. Read More
There’s been more than enough said about Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman already in regards to predominantly men for some reason getting up in arms about it. Or the somehow devaluation of a female director with a more humble film beginnings suddenly been given the reigns of a big franchise despite the fact that so many of the blockbusters of late have come from directors with indie sensibilities and smaller budgets. Or, well, a million other more examples of double standards in the mainstream reception of the movie business. What really matters now that the film is out is this: Is Wonder Woman (2017) a good movie? Read More
(As I get back into the more frequent writing game - which includes potential more in-depth film essays and analysis - I felt I should get back into casually reviewing films! So here's the first taste of that with a review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge!)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge (or in other territories the more thematically apt Dead Men Tell No Tales) is an odd jewel in the treasure trove of sequels. It felt like no-one really cared for the previous, fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie - On Stranger Tides - let alone clamor for a sequel. Read More
As you can see from the header image, TomSka made a script I wrote! Or...A script Christopher Francie wrote! (I am forever cursed by editors making typos on my very conventional name...) You can view the intro, sketch, and outro here!
Quick background: The YouTuber TomSka makes weekly vlogs called "Last Week" and more recently he's been adapting viewer-submitted scripts into short sketches. Of course, I snapped up the chance to write something, and the last couple weeks I've been gunning for people to vote for my own script on Reddit, which eventually won! Read More
La La Land and Manchester By The Sea have both recently been released to almost universal critical acclaim and yet with a mainstream general audience things may be a bit mixed. It’s curious as to why this is the case. La La Land is a beautiful Technicolor love letter to the golden age of cinema while Manchester By The Sea is a sombre slice of life at the titular location almost masterfully constructed. Critics love them both, but why is it surprising when you hear that people didn’t quite love them and find them five-star worthy? Read More
A year ago I started #burgertime, my ongoing quest for the absolute best burger around. A hit on my Instagram, it was a no-brainer to continue #burgertime Year Two with more burgers and more reviews. What better way to start than with this: The Greedy Burger at Love Thy Burger in Ipswich, England. Read More
Television is generally regarded as being a writer’s medium. There are exceptions to the rule, and BBC’s Sherlock is one of them, but that’s not exactly a good thing. The brainchild of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (Well, the brainchild of Arthur Conan Doyle stolen away from the orphanage of Public Domain), Sherlock reinvents the classic Sherlock Holmes stories, leaving a few key details. Watson came back from a war, their nemesis is called Moriarty, women characters fade into the background…But hey, let’s just repeatedly drive this show into the grave. Read More
My name is Christopher Francis and I'm a writer. Except when I'm not.
There's an eternal dilemma in the world of the writer, where writing is the best and easiest thing in the world...but you just have to get there first. It's easier for some, Stephen King writes all the goddamn time, yet another year goes by while people ponder on whether there will be a new George R. R. Martin book.
I'm more towards George R. R. Martin. Except nowhere near as talented just yet, nor a master of re-writing and re-contextualising actual history into fictional history with more dragons and eunuchs.
In an effort to hone my craft and be more like Stephen King - except nowhere near as talented just yet, nor a master of writing about Maine - I have taken the arbitrary reset button of another January to make another blog on another website to try and stick with it this time. Read More