/Film reader Derek Stettler has compiled a video titled “Reel Wisdom: Lessons from 40 Films in 7 Minutes,” which does just what it claims. Here is more from the editor:

I made this video because I love films and I think there is great wisdom inherent in the film medium. This video represents some of the best wisdom from films, edited together as a single coherent piece of advice on everything from life, death, and purpose, to anger, regret, and destiny. In creating this video, I tried to feature a broad array of films, from action/adventure and sci-fi films, to dramas and traditional/CG animated films in order to show how all genres of film have something important to say.

Watch the video embedded after the jump.

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Made for Empire’s “Films in 1 minute” contest by the University of York Filmmaking Society, Forrest Gump in One Minute gives the now classic Robert Zemeckis film a Be Kind Rewind-like spin. Check it out after the jump.
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VOTD: The Curious Case of Forrest Gump

I liked The Curious Case of Benjamin Button the first time around when it was released under the title Forrest Gump. Our friends at Funny or Die have put together a great video comparing the similarities of the two films. Watch the video after the jump.

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9/11 Killed the Forrest Gump Sequel

I just got off the phone with Academy Award winning screenwriter Eric Roth (Interview coming soon) and during my conversation about his latest film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I had the opportunity to ask him about the long in development Forrest Gump sequel Gump & Co. Roth admitted that he hasn’t been asked about the project in a long time.

“I turned in my version of the Forrest Gump sequel, or Part II, whatever you call it… It’s a continuation really — I want to start the movie literally two minutes after the end of the last one, with him on the bus bench waiting for his son to get home from school. But I turned in the script the night before 9/11. And we sat down, Tom [Hanks] and Bob [Zemeckis] and I, looked at each other and said, we don’t think this is relevant anymore. The world had changed. Now time has obviously passed, but maybe some things should just be one thing and left as they are.”

I quipped that Zemeckis probably wouldn’t do another Gump now unless it could be produced using 3D performance capture technology. Roth jokingly responded “He might find that interesting”.

Author Winston Groom’s follow-up novel Gump and Co. was released in 1995, which follows Forrest as he stumbled through important US events in the 1980s and early 1990s. According to Wikipedia, Gump plays football for the New Orleans Saints, sells encyclopedias door-to-door, works on a pig farm, and helps develop the infamous New Coke. He accidentally crashes the Exxon Valdez, helps destroy the Berlin Wall, fights in Operation Desert Storm and meets many celebrities along the way including: Colonel Oliver North, the Ayatollah Khomeini, John Hinckley, Jim Bakker, Ivan Boesky, Ronald Reagan, Saddam Hussein, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Tom Hanks.

Forrest Gump 2 back in development?

Forrest Gump

It has been thirteen years since Forrest Gump captured audiences worldwide, and now we’re hearing that the often talked about sequel is close to getting greenlit.
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