The Man Who Was Magic (1966)

Log Line A mysterious young man who can perform genuine magic attempts to gain entry into a prestigious guild of illusionists whose abilities pale in comparison to his own. What Happens in the Story Medium: Novel (Young Adult) Author: Paul … Continue reading

The Bicycle Thief (1948)

Log Line In the aftermath of World War II, a young Italian family man attempts to recover a stolen bicycle that represents his only hope to escape from long-term unemployment. What Happens in the Story Medium: Film Writer(s): Cesare Zavattini, … Continue reading

Variety Lights (1950)

Log Line An actor in a small-time variety troupe attempts to gain the success that he has long envisioned as his due—on the stage and in his love life. Overview Medium: Film Writer(s): Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio … Continue reading

Margin Call (2011)

Log Line An executive at a Wall Street investment firm attempts to stand firm morally in the face of threats to the economic survival of himself and the company he works for. Overview Medium: Film Writer(s): J.C. Chandor Director(s): J.C. … Continue reading

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

Log Line An insurance investigator attempts to maintain a posture of emotional ruthlessness as she works to expose the truth of an art theft masterminded by a wealthy playboy. Overview Medium: Film Writer(s): Leslie Dixon, Kurt Wimmer Director(s): John McTiernan … Continue reading

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Log Line A sexy insurance investigator attempts to expose the truth behind a robbery masterminded by a wealthy playboy—and to earn a reward for recovering the stolen money. Overview Medium: Film Writer(s): Alan R. Trustman Director(s): Norman Jewison Production Co.(s): … Continue reading

Casablanca (1942)

Log Line A former freedom fighter struggles to maintain his carefully constructed emotional fortress against powers that threaten to tear down its walls and launch him back into the world of those who actively care for others. What Happens in … Continue reading