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Hang the DJ Scene: Finding Soulmates with AI Dating Apps

The Hang the DJ episode in season four of Black Mirror is about finding love in a world run by advanced dating applications. In this scene, Amy and Frank are looking for each other in a bar after AI-versions of themselves successfully complete 998 of 1,000 dating simulations. Amy studies the dating app on her […]

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Lost In Translation Scene: Romance Between Friends

Lost in Translation is a movie about falling in love while traveling in a foreign country. In this scene, Charlotte & Bob are in a karaoke bar with Charlotte’s friend Charlie and his friends. After Charlotte sings Brass in Pocket by The Pretenders, Bob sings More Than This by Roxy Music. When singing the lyrics […]

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Mud Scene: Ending the Love Chase

Mud is a movie about chasing the love of your life at all costs. In this scene, Juniper is standing outside her motel room smoking a cigarette. From the distance, Mud steps out from behind a large pole in an adjacent lot. She sees him and they meet eyes. He lifts his hand slowly, saying […]

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Top Gun: Maverick Scene: Breaking Rules to Achieve the Impossible

Top Gun: Maverick is a movie about a legendary fighter pilot (Maverick) training other pilots for an “impossible” mission while getting a second chance to love and protect those dearest to him. My favorite scene in the movie happens after Admiral Simpson “permanently grounds” Maverick from the mission and Penny tells him that he will “find […]

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Remembering My Greenlights with Matthew McConaughey

Have I felt directionless my whole life? When you feel directionless, it feels like your life has amounted to nothing. But this is not true. Life has been good and gifted me with many great experiences and learnings, what McConaughey refers to as greenlights. He helped me remember this and to just keep livin. Here, I reflect […]

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Soul Memory: A Short Sci-Fi Screenplay About Letting Go

After deciding I wanted to write a short science fiction screenplay with a romantic edge, I wrote every weekday morning for an hour before starting my full-time job. These mornings were special but challenging. I wanted to make this sci-fi script different from my “practice scripts” that came before it, full of intention if nothing […]

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WeCrashed Scene: Sustaining Spirit in Startups

WeCrashed is a mini series about the founding, growth, and downfall of the commercial real estate company WeWork. My favorite scene shows the founder and his wife returning to the essence of WeWork in the wake of “lifeless” formalities. They are frustrated by the robotic quality of the S-1 document that’s needed to take their […]

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Movie Ending Scenes with Beautiful Music

Last week was challenging and reminded me of why music and movies are my favorite forms of art, especially when they come together at the end of a story in a beautiful way. Even if the circumstances of a situation in life do not appear to be beautiful, movie endings with beautiful music remind me […]

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Cast Away Scene: Moving Through Hard Times

Cast Away is a movie about a man stranded on an island and his return to the woman he loves. My favorite scene in the movie is when Chuck is recounting how the tragedy impacted his romantic relationship to his friend, Stan. How Kelly had to let him go after his plane crashed and enough time […]

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Awakenings Scene: Letting Go and Loving Truly

Awakenings is a movie based on a true story about a boy named Leonard Lowe trying to live in an adult body after waking up from a 30-year-long coma. My favorite scene in the movie is when he accepts that the medicine that awakened him is no longer working and that he must say goodbye to […]