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TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction - Why a sequel? - "Genre" and "Structure" - plus some Final Words that define the terms used throughout the Cat! series. Chapter One - Monster in the House - The definition of one of the most popular story types ever, plus breakdowns on Alien, Fatal Attraction, Scream, The Ring, and Saw. Chapter Two - Golden Fleece - How Jason and the Argonauts begat Bad News Bears (1976); Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Saving Private Ryan; Ocean's Eleven; and Maria Full of Grace. Chapter Three - Out of the Bottle - Magical analyses of movies using magic: Freaky Friday (1976), Cocoon, The Nutty Professor, What Women Want, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Chapter Four - Dude with a Problem - The "dude" is an innocent and in big trouble in Three Days of The Condor, Die Hard, Sleeping With The Enemy, Deep Impact, and Open Water. Chapter Five - Rites of Passage - Growth through pain in stories where "transition" is the obstacle in 10, Kramer vs. Kramer, Ordinary People, 28 Days, and Napoleon Dynamite. Chapter Six - Buddy Love - The broad range of "love" stories with examples including The Black Stallion, Lethal Weapon, When Harry Met Sally..., Titanic, and Brokeback Mountain. Chapter Seven - Whydunit - The "detective" uncovers evil that ultimately turns out to be... "us" - as seen in All the President's Men, Blade Runner, Fargo, Mystic River, and Brick. Chapter Eight - Fool Triumphant - This "fish out of water" tale stars an underdog we overlook in Being There, Tootsie, Forrest Gump, Legally Blonde, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Chapter Nine - Institutionalized - Who matters most, the individual or the group? It's Man vs. "the herd" in M*A*S*H, Do The Right Thing, Office Space, Training Day, and Crash. Chapter Ten - Superhero - Extraordinary man faces the ordinary world... and its Lilliputians in Raging Bull, The Lion King, The Matrix, Gladiator, and Spider-Man 2. Afterword - So what about Ghost? - How to best use this book to create any story you're working on - and make it resonate! Glossary Redux: Even More Terms from the 310 Area Code - An updated slangfest of Cat! phrases explained once and for all, including such new terminology as "the chase to the airport," the "button," the "Half Man," and "the eye of the storm."
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Motion picture authorship.
Motion pictures -- Plots, themes, etc.