10 Movies Like Silver Linings Playbook

February 13, 2013 at 2:58 am

10 Movies Like Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook was one of the best movies of 2012.  It’s just a shame I didn’t get a chance to see it early enough to include it in my final 2012 movie rankings. Regardless, there is already a place reserved for the Blu Ray when it’s released.  Right next to the movies mentioned below.  Emotional dramas.  Character driven stories.  Human tales.  Highly entertaining movies that blend romance with personal growth seamlessly.

Movies that won the critical praise of fans and the Academy.  Silver Linings Playbook is nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture.  Combined the 10 films below share 52 Oscar Nominations and 15 wins.  7 out of 10 were nominated for Best Picture.

Odds are, one or two of your personal favorites are among these films if you loved Silver Linings Playbook.  Basically what I’m trying to say is…  It’s one of my favorite shelves.

HONORABLE MENTION: The Pursuit of Happyness, Juno, Stranger Than Fiction, The Blind Side

PATCH ADAMS

Equal parts funny and tragic.  This true story is full of moments that touch your heart.

The 71st Academy Awards:

Nominated for: Best Original Musical or Comedy Score

ALMOST FAMOUS

Cameron Crowe made a career out of making movies like Silver Linings Playbook.  They aren’t all mega hits but there are two that I adore and Almost Famous is one of them.

The 73rd Academy Awards:

  • Best Original Screenplay

Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress (x2), Best Film Editing

GARDEN STATE

From a screenwriting perspective, this movie really hit home when I saw it.  I love the tone of the film and the way it’s paced.  I’ve been developing a script for a little less than a year I describe as ‘my Garden State’.  Seems a bit odd to call it that on a list full of Oscar winners but I loved this movie.

THE DESCENDANTS

Another man who makes his living writing movies like Silver Linings Playbook is Alexander Payne.

The 84th Academy Awards:

  • Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Editing

SIDEWAYS

Alexander Payne again.

“I am NOT drinking any f@$king merlot!”

XTRA | All Time Best: ‘Why so angry’ movie moment

The 77th Academy Awards:

  • Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress

LOST IN TRANSLATION

A charming tale from Sophia Coppola.

The 76th Academy Awards:

  • Best Original Screenplay

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director

AS GOOD AS IT GETS

One of Jack Nicholson’s finest performances also happens to be one of Helen Hunt’s as well.  Both come together in a brilliant story about love and the inspiration it ignites.

The 70th Academy Awards:

  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay

JERRY MAGUIRE

Cameron Crowe again.  When it comes to writing great characters, Mr. Crowe has the quan.

The 69th Academy Awards:

  • Best Supporting Actor

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Editing, Best Original Screenplay

FORREST GUMP

Easily one of the best dramas of all time.  Forrest Gump simultaneously captures your imagination and your heart as you follow him on an unbelievable journey.

The 67th Academy Awards:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor, Art Direction, Cinematography, Makeup, Original Music Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing

GOOD WILL HUNTING

Gus Van Sant.  Another phenomenal director who creates fantastic dramas.  Good Will Hunting continually inspires the screenwriter in me whenever I see it.  (Which is at least twice a year.  At least.)

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The 70th Academy Awards:

  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Original Screenplay

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Film Editing, Original Music Score, Best Song

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10 Flicks: Best Original Screenplay Oscar Losers

February 23, 2012 at 12:52 pm

10 Flicks: Screenwriting Oscar Losers | Movie Blog | Academy Awards

Best Original Screenplay.

My favorite Oscar category.  The award every screenwriter aspires to win someday.  Like any Oscar category there will always be losers who deserved their nomination but didn’t quite get there.

Here are the Top 10 Best Original Screenplay Losers:

Inglourious Basterds

by Quentin Tarantino

LOST TO: The Hurt Locker by Mark Boal

Braveheart

by Randall Wallace

LOST TO: The Usual Suspects by Christopher McQuarrie

Monster’s Ball

by Milo Addica and Will Rokos

LOST TO: Gosford Park Julian Fellowes

Gladiator

by David Franzoni, John Logan and William Nicholson

LOST TO: Almost Famous by Cameron Crowe

In Bruges

by Martin McDonagh

LOST TO: Milt by Dustin Lance Black

Finding Nemo

by Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson and David Reynolds

LOST TO: Lost In Translation by Sofia Coppola

Pan’s Labyrinth

by Guillermo del Toro

LOST TO: Little Miss Sunshine – Michael Arndt

XTRA | Movies That Changed Everything

Unforgiven

by David Peoples

LOST TO: The Crying Game by Neil Jordan

As Good As It Gets

by Mark Andrus (story and screenplay) and James L. Brooks

LOST TO: Good Will Hunting by Matt Damon & Ben Affleck

Rocky

by Sylvester Stallone

LOST TO: Network by Paddy Chayefsky

10 Flicks: Awesome Double Features

November 30, 2010 at 12:16 am

10 Flicks: Awesome Double Features

Double features.

We’ve all enjoyed movie marathons from time to time.  Matching two worthy movies together can be pretty challenging.  Sometimes it’s tough to decide which two go together.  Others are a little more obvious.

Some get inspired during the first movie and choose the next film accordingly.  Others plan ahead.  Some simply watch the same combos over and over again until they become cherished traditions.

Honestly, as I stared at my DVD collection, I could have easily named about 50 billion different combinations but  I had to stop somewhere.

What are some of your favorite double features?

Feel free to contribute by commenting below!

Here are some of my favorites:

[Note] I’m aware this list doesn’t really have 10 films…  I’m okay bending the rules every once in a while.

Patch Adams / As Good As It Gets

Gladiator / The Last Samurai

Happy Gilmore / Tommy Boy

Forrest Gump / Mr. Holland’s Opus

War Of The Worlds / Independence Day

Saving Private Ryan / We Were Soldiers

Speed / True Lies

Labyrinth / The Dark Crystal

Snatch / Pulp Fiction

The Bourne Identity / Casino Royale

Goodfellas / Casino

The Shawshank Redemption / The Green Mile

10 Flicks: Movies That Make Me Feel Like Writing

September 13, 2010 at 6:40 pm

10 Flicks: Movies That Make Me Feel Like Writing

I feel like watching a movie writing.

Any other screenwriters out there have a list like this?

Now, a list of your 10 favorite movies would fit as well but I’m talking about specific movies that light the creative fire inside.

The list I came up with may seem random at first but each an every one of them share two things in common.  The first is the effect they have on my creative ignition and the second is how they all involve creativity in some way. I will now elaborate.

Antitrust

Computer programming

When I was in university, I accidently got myself into a core Java introductory course and ended up loving it.  I wound up staying for the entire year and learned a ton about object oriented programming and the Java language.  It’s really nerdy but interesting stuff.

The idea of structuring a program reminds me a lot of the screenplay format.  Writing a script is one thing but learning when to separate paragraphs and strategic use of white space are invaluable tools to master.

So when I watch Milo (Ryan Phillipe) talking about bottlenecks, start-ups and adaptors, I want to load up Final Draft and work on slugs, transitions and plot twists.

PS: This is a pretty awful trailer.

Sideways

Novels

Paul Giamatti is a struggling novelist who is in a rut and wants nothing more than to be a published author among other romantic and wine related desires.  It’s the scenes that involve his writing that interests me the most.

I’ve never really wanted to tackle a novel but I’m passionate about screenwriting and so I can relate. Sideaways is a fantastic movie with an equally impressive screenplay.

As Good As It Gets

Novels

Awesome movie.  I love original dramas like this.  It’s such an interesting story and Jack Nicholson’s Melvin is a phenominal character.  I’m a huge fan of his workspace and how he basically narrates what he is writing as he writes it. I’m an even bigger fan of his discipline, churning out the novels and making it look easy.

Dangerous Minds

Poetry

The school fight in this movie is among my all time favorites.  It’s such a scary thought to know you have to fight.  Thankfully I’ve never had to face that situation.  There’s something about the classroom scenes that inspires me to hit the keyboard. I can’t really explain it but I’m happy it has that effect on me.

8 Mile

Rap/Writing

Rap may seem slightly off topic but it’s the passion to succeed that inspires me.  B-Rabbit is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his dream.  Who doesn’t find themes like that inspiring?

Good Will Hunting

Mathematics

The amount of research that must have gone into this screenplay is amazing.  I don’t understand half of the math good’ ol Will is talking about and quite frankly I don’t want to.  There are so many conversations that I love about working hard to solve problems. It is easy to translate that into solving story problems within a script I’m working on.

I don’t know math but I’m willing to work on a description or a line of dialogue until it’s perfect.

The Prestige

Magic

Two competing magicians constantly trying to gain an edge and become the better performer.

Christopher Nolan can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned.  The Prestige is an amazing film.  There’s just something about people who are passionate about their crafts that inspires me.

PS: This is an awesome trailer.  Take that Antitrust!

Adaptation

Screenwriting

It’s a movie about screenwriting!  It’s such a weird story but I love the originality of it.  I like to think that many people saw this movie on my list instantly understood why it’s here. So much talk about story and structure.  I love it!

Proof

Mathematics

Again the theme of problem solving serves as my inspiration to be creative.  Proof is a movie that very little people I’ve talked to have seen.  I just decided that my new goal for this post is to directly cause someone to watch this movie. (Or at the very least consider it.  Feel free to comment if I succeeded.  Don’t leave me hanging.)

A Beautiful Mind

Mathematics

“Find a truly original idea.”

There’s a lot of math films on this list.  This movie is just as inspiring to me.

The characters care so deeply about their field that it’s hard stop that dedication from infecting my brain with creativity.  I think out of all the films on this list, A Beautiful Mind is the only one batting 1.000 for getting me in the mood to write.  The others come close but this flick his the perfect notes on every single viewing.

Along with the other films on this list, it is one of my go-to cures for writer’s block.