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Bryan Cranston Gets ‘Writer’s Block’ In This Sharp Noir Short Film

Bryan Cranston Writer's Block Short Film

Why Watch? This short would probably be worth it merely to hear Bryan Cranston‘s noir-perfect voice deliver lines like a construction worker shoved into a tutu, but the work from director Brandon Polanco has a moodiness to it that pushes beyond the star power.

In Writer’s Block, Cranston plays a screenwriter suffering from the titular malady who invents a mystery woman to help him through the pain. Then, he sees her in real life.

Suggestive and angsty, it’s shot in black and white with a crisp angle toward accentuating the writer’s aggravation (and loneliness). There’s a clear hint of Lynch to all of it, and it unsurprisingly leaves a palpable sense of unease on the tip of your tongue. An intriguing flick, it also has an interesting backstory to its production (which you can read more about here) as a contest Cranston held for production assistants working on Cold Comes the Night. Getting Walter White to star in your script is a hell of a prize.

What Will It Cost? About 13 minutes.

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Thanks to reader Mike R. for sending this our way.

You can also support the filmmakers by buying Writer’s Block through iTunes.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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