Yeggs and Violence

August 7, 2007

“No, bulls would gum it. They’d flash their dusty standards at the wide-eyes and probably find some yegg to pin, probably even the right one. But they’d trample the real tracks and scare the real players back into their holes, and if we’re doing this I want the whole story.”

My problem with Chandler-beholden movies is that they’re all tell and no show…too much yapping. But when they’re done well, you get a film like Brick which is more fun to read than to watch. Or at least, it’s fun to read, then watch.


  1. Many thanks for the script link sir. Brick is just such a wonderful film. The references!

    I love the scene at the very end, when Laura whispers the “bad word” to Brendan… The way they are framed, the positions of their faces and hands: Bogey and Bacall, The Big Sleep. Delightful.

  2. According to the documentary on the DVD there are plans to release Brick as a novella (originally how Rian Johnson wrote it). I’d enjoy that too. Thanks for link.

  3. The director has a downloadable version of the script and novella (with illustrations no less) available on his website: http://www.rcjohnso.com/BrickScript.html

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