To Build a Fire (1908)

Log Line A man displays hubris regarding his ability to handle the forces of Nature as he attempts to reach a Yukon mining claim. Overview Medium: Short Story (© 1908; Published first (an alternate version) in The Youth’s Companion, v. … 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

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

Yesterday (2004)

Log Line A young Zulu woman perseveres nobly through the hardship of a personal AIDS diagnosis and attempts to make a significant difference in the lives of her daughter and husband before she dies. Overview Medium: Film Writer(s): Darrell Roodt … Continue reading

Swimming with Sharks (1994)

Log Line A young screenwriter pursues Hollywood success at all costs and becomes selfishly world-wise in the process. Overview Medium: Film Writer(s): George Huang Director(s): George Huang Production Co.(s): Cineville; Keystone Studios; Mama’Z Boy Entertainment In Swimming with Sharks, a … Continue reading

Chinatown (1974)

Log Line A 1940s private detective investigates the mysterious death of the Los Angeles Water Commission chief engineer and attempts to reveal and make known its instigator. Overview Medium: Film Writer(s): Robert Towne Director(s): Roman Polanski Production Co.(s): Paramount Pictures; … Continue reading

The Player (1992)

Log Line A Hollywood executive attempts to keep both his job as an influential player and the secret of a murder he has committed. Overview Medium: Film Writer(s): Michael Tolkin Director(s): Robert Altman Production Co.(s): Avenue Pictures Productions; Spelling Entertainment; … Continue reading