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.)

XTRA | Movies That Changed Everything: Good Will Hunting

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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Movies That Changed Everything: The Complete 12 Part Series

March 30, 2012 at 9:22 am

Movies That Changed Everything: The Complete Series

I’m an aspiring filmmaker and like every filmmaker out there, I have a lengthy list of films that have inspired me along the way.

Movies  That Changed Everything is a twelve part series examining the films that changed the way I looked at movies forever.

The Shawshank Redemption

The Lord Of The Rings

The Matrix

Pulp Fiction

Pan’s Labyrinth

There Will Be Blood

Once

A Few Good Men

The Sixth Sense

The Dark Knight

Good Will Hunting

Signs

What films inspired you?

10 Flicks: Movies With Smart Characters

December 14, 2010 at 10:59 am

10 Flicks: Movies With Smart Characters Movie Blog

Smart.  Intelligent.  Genius.

All 3 of those words can describe characters in the following movies.  I love stories that feature geniuses at work.  I find it incredibly inspiring to watch people make breakthroughs.

Audiences agree as the first few I thought are Oscar darlings.

There is something fascinating about exploring the mind of someone who is gifted but also flawed.  It’s a formula that I will always line up to watch in theaters.

Until the next ‘smart’ movie is released, here’s my top 10:

The Pursuit of Happyness

The Usual Suspects

Good Will Hunting

Proof

Sneakers

Rainman

Back To The Future

Anti-Trust

A Beautiful Mind

The Social Network

Movies That Changed Everything: Good Will Hunting

October 27, 2010 at 8:59 am

Movies That Changed Everything: Good Will Hunting

I’m an aspiring filmmaker.  Like every filmmaker out there, I have a lengthy list of films that have inspired me along the way.  This series will examine twelve of the films that changed the way I looked at movies forever.  Films that have greatly influenced the filmmaker I hope to become someday…

Good Will Hunting

Movies That Changed Everything: Good Will Hunting

I think Good Will Hunting may lead the league in 10 Flicks appearances:

I think it’s safe to say that I highly enjoyed Good Will Hunting.

It changed everything for me because of incredible amount of research that went into the script.  It’s the main reason I find Matt Damon’s central character so interesting.

I love character driven movies. I think it’s fascinating that you can create a fictional character so interesting that he/she can carry an entire movie on their own.

The research that went into this film must have been insane.  Each and every reference to literary giants and some of the smartest people who have ever lived had to have been carefully thought out.  It’s that detail that adds to a world that commands your full attention.  It’s that detail that makes the film great.

Beyond that writer’s Ben Affleck & Matt Damon bring their home town of Boston to life in addition to creating a strong supporting cast of characters.

It’s a big world they created to tell Will Hunting’s story and it takes a lot of effort and skill to pull it off.

Good Will Hunting taught me big lessons about character deconstruction.

You can literally take every scene in the movie and break down what you learn about Will.  In truth, anyone can write a scene that tells you something about a character but doing it in interesting and thought provoking ways is what sets this movie apart.

Through all of his confrontations, I like to imagine the revelations the screenwriting team had while they wrote it.

The magical moments when a story just clicks and you know exactly where you are going with it.

When you reach a point when the characters are real, they write the story for you.

It’s a trance every single writer strives to achieve.

I try to seize those nights every chance I get.  It’s an addicting feeling to turn your computer off and feel like you’ve written something memorable.

Screenwriting is meant to challenge your abilities.  Movies like Good Will Hunting inspire me to go farther and push myself harder.

Since I saw Good Will Hunting, I’ve tried very hard to make sure I fully research everything I write down to the last detail.  I still have a lot to learn but it’s a fantastic way to plan a story.

The work is fun because the reward is priceless.

10 Flicks: If I Could Only Own 10 Movies

October 19, 2010 at 7:30 am

10 Flicks: If I Could Only Own 10 Movies

I love collecting movies.

I take great pride in my growing collection of DVD’s.

The other day, I was looking over my modest collection of Blu Ray discs and got to thinking about which ones I would upgrade first.

This isn’t the first time I’ve thought about it either.  Remember VHS tapes?

This edition of 10 Flicks is kind of based on that idea.  What if I had to restart?

Here are the top 10 movies I’d own if I could only have 10.

My initial fear was that this list would simply become my top 10 favorite movies but you have to put some thought into these lists!

If you could only own 10 would you really want the same types of films?  You have to think long term.

So this list factors in special features and documentaries as well as the film itself.  (Also, series & box sets count as one.  Yes, I’m aware that may or may not be cheating.  I don’t feel bad.)

The Lord of the Rings

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Star Wars

Transformers

Good Will Hunting

The Shawshank Redemption

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A Beautiful Mind

Signs

The Matrix Trilogy

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The Dark Knight

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A Few Good Men

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