Why it was added: It’s good advice.
How do the checklist movies answer this question?
- Alien: No, there are still plot complications.
- An Education: There’s a big plot reveal coming, but it feels like a character beat. She knew, deep down.
- The Babadook: Yes and no. In horror the two are hard to tell apart.
- Blazing Saddles: Yes.
- Blue Velvet: To a certain extent, but this is one of those risky “character motivates, plot complicates” movies, so there’s more plot revealed in the second half than in the first half.
- The Bourne Identity: Yes, there are no more plot elements introduced. The only surprise is a character surprise: why he didn’t kill Wombosi.
- Bridesmaids: Yes.
- Casablanca: Yes, there are no more surprises for Rick, now it’s his turn to surprise everybody else.
- Donnie Brasco: Yes. The ABSCAM screw-up is somewhat external, but it never drives the story.
- Do the Right Thing: Yes.
- The Fighter: Very much so.
- The Fugitive: Yes, now he’s planning and driving the narrative, instead of just reacting.
- Groundhog Day: Yes.
- How to Train Your Dragon: Yes.
- In a Lonely Place: Yes. There is an outside plot development, the real killer’s confession, but it’s meaningless in light of the character complications.
- Iron Man: Yes.
- Raising Arizona: Somewhat. There are more character complications now, but there’s still lots of plot.
- Rushmore: Yes.
- The Shining: Well, that depends on whether you see the visions as real or not.
- Sideways: Except for the bizarre but hilarious interlude with the waitress and her husband.
- Silence of the Lambs: No new victims are taken.
- Star Wars: Not really. This is a plot-packed movie.
- Sunset Boulevard: Yes, but there is one remaining plot issue involving the fact that Paramount wants to rent the car.
The verdict: I think it should go. Feel free to speak up if any of you have found it useful, or if you would miss it.