Chris McCoy

The Bicycle Short Film

Why Watch? Tackling life’s big questions without a helmet, The Bicycle from Chris McCoy and Adam Neustadter does a fantastic job of imbuing an inanimate object with humanity and pathos. Part of that is due to the writing, which nails down the poor bike’s existential crises with poetic confidence and a distaste for cliche, but a big factor is Matthew Waterson, who voices the two-wheeled hero. His smashed-whiskey-bottle voice brings a heaviness to everything that balances the high-minded philosophy and blends with the absolutely pristine cinematography. Calling a bicycle world-weary seemed strange before seeing this short, but it’s true. This bike has seen some shit. A gripping urban overture, McCoy and Neustadter have taken a silly concept and transformed it into something profound. And probably profoundly silly.

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Chris McCoy

Call this three for three for screenwriter Chris McCoy. His screenplay for Get Back, about two obsessive Beatles fans that travel through time to stop John Lennon from ever meeting Yoko Ono, hit the Black List and was then optioned by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Then in 2009, another Black List script – Good Looking, about a futuristic dating service that finds a foolproof, perfect match for every person on Earth – that was then picked up by Dreamworks and Double Feature Films. Now McCoy’s third Black List screenplay, 2011′s Good Kids, may be the first one to actually be made into a feature film. Deadline reports that McCoy will be helming the film as a first-time director, and that Nicholas Braun (of the upcoming zombie/vampire/alien mash-up The Kitchen Sink) will star alongside Jane Levy (Evil Dead).

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