John and Craig evaluate another set of exceptional news stories for their fitness for the big screen in this week’s How Would This Be a Movie?
We consider stories about counterfeit debt collectors, the worst roommate ever (beside’s Craig college roommate), the girl who posed as a grown man online and began exhibiting genuine symptoms of toxic masculinity, a family that fights to preserve their daughter after she’s been declared brain dead, and a cruise ship that descends into anarchy.
We also follow up on the mystery of MoviePass with a listener that has seen a new film each day for months. Did we judge this model too quickly?
* Applications are being accepted for the Sundance Episodic Lab
* Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance by Zeke Faux for Bloomberg
* Worst Roommate Ever by William Brennan for New York Magazine
* What Does It Mean to Die? by Rachel Aviv for the New Yorker. John also mentioned this story about Jon-Erik Hexum by Gareth Davies for the Daily Mail.
* Teen Girl Posed For 8 Years As Married Man To Write About Baseball And Harass Women by Lindsey Adler for Deadspin
* A Carnival cruise in the South Pacific descended into violent anarchy by Avi Selk for The Washington Post
* Bridge Constructor Portal
* A Very Fatal Murder
* The Good Place on NBC.
* The Scriptnotes Listeners’ Guide!
* The USB drives!
* John August on Twitter
* Craig Mazin on Twitter
* John on Instagram
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* Outro by Rajesh Naroth (send us yours!)
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