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The Definitive Original Screenplays: 40-31

23 February 2014 9:48 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As we continue to move forward through the list, let us consider: how do you define an original screenplay? In theory, everything is based on something. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is basically a modern A Streetcar Named Desire. But, somehow, Jasmine is classified as an original screenplay. When a film is wholly original, nothing like it had been done before, and others have tried to copy it since. Plenty of original screenplays (some in this list) take on tired genres, but flip the script. But the ones that really catch the audience by surprise are the ones that feel imaginative, creative, and different.

40. Spirited Away (2001)

Written by Hayao Miyazaki

That’s a good start! Once you’ve met someone, you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.

No writer/director on this list may be more fantastical than the great Hayao Miyazaki, »

- Joshua Gaul

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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 10-1

9 February 2014 9:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Well, we’ve finally reached the summit: the 10 most definitive romantic comedies of all time. Unlike the other sections of this list, there is not a movie here that approaches “bad.” As always, some are better than others, despite the order. But one thing is for sure: if you plan to have a rom-com binge-a-thon soon, this is where you start, no questions asked. In fact, after reading this, you should go do that and report back.

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10. Some Like It Hot (1959)

What’s funnier than men dressing in drag? Depends on who you ask. It’s Billy Wilder again with a fictional story of two musicians – Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) – who witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago and leave town. But, since the mob has ties everywhere, they need to disguise themselves as best they can: as women in an »

- Joshua Gaul

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21 Days Til Oscar

9 February 2014 2:56 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

For the next twenty-one days we'll be sharing little trivia items as we count down to Hollywood's High Holy Night and surveying each category though we're not ready for the latter part just yet. Sound fun?

 Guess who's the only famous director to ever win exactly 21 nominations? That's Billy Wilder, pictured above with his bounty from The Apartment (1960). He won nominations in Picture, Director, and in the Writing categories over his very long directorial career which stretched from the French language Mauvaise Grain (1934) to the Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau comedy Buddy Buddy (1981). His career total: 6 Oscars and a Thalberg!

The only director more celebrated in terms of total nominations in multiple categories is Woody Allen with 24 career nods, the huge bulk of which are for Best Original Screenplay (where he's nominated again this year for Blue Jasmine). Billy Wilder is also in second place in terms of total Best »

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Film News: 10th Year of Midwest Independent Film Festival Kicks Off Feb. 4, 2014

3 February 2014 2:48 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the finest film fest gathering places in Chicago is the Midwest Independent Film Festival, a year-long event that meets every first Tuesday of the month. The festival’s 10th year kicks off on Tuesday, February 4th, with the comedy “Adventures in the Sin Bin.”

Adventures in the Sin Bin’ Kicks Off the 2014 Midwest Independent Film Festival

Photo credit: Phase 4 Films

The Midwest Independent Film Festival was founded in 2004 by Mike McNamara (also Festival Director) and Michael Kwielford. Each year, the monthly first Tuesday happening – taking place at Landmark Century Centre Cinema at Clark and Diversey in Chicago – has gotten larger and more influential, and culminates every year with the Best of the Midwest Awards. It has also become a vital networking gathering, as producers, directors, actors and film fans get together for each screening. Filmmakers from eight Midwestern states have participated over the years, as the »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Streaming Feature: Best of New to Netflix January 2014

3 January 2014 8:45 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Welcome to 2014! It’s freezing in most of the United States. It’s almost the weekend. You Need a full Netflix queue! This is one of our favorite “New to Netflix” columns to date with an even 5x5 — 5 new films that you may have missed and 5 old films that you might not have seen yet. Add all ten. Now with previews!

3 Women

“3 Women”

Netflix Description:

Seemingly meek Pinky gets a job at a nursing home and befriends the loquacious Millie. Their unusual friendship turns strangely eerie when they decide to be roommates and begin to change in surprising and unexpected ways.

Why:

Because Robert Altman. You’ve probably seen the most well-known works of one of the best directors of all time — “Nashville,” “The Player,” “Gosford Park” — but this little gem from 1977 might have slipped under your radar. Moody, atmospheric, strange, and with two of my favorite performances from Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek, »

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