The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

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Original plot
Two coworkers antagonize each other without realizing they are each other’s pen-pal fantasy.

Big thoughts
Goddamn Jimmy Stewart kills everything he’s in. I have him tied at No. 2 with Cary Grant as the best actors of all time (Bogie’s 1, natch).

Obligatory bus anecdote
I got on the bus with a coworker and she was just, straight up, like “Oh, I don’t have a pass.” Not an offer of $2 cash for the fare, not a white lie of losing the card, just like “I’m not gonna pay this.” And the driver was totally cool with it.

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The Random Remake
Well, how can I say this: You’ve Got Mail beat me to it by 17 years, so… that means it’s totally time for another remake!

Clara (Amanda Peet) gets work at a new start-up sometime in the near future. She’s assigned to product test a new social network. The world is closing in on virtual reality, and a new firm is working out the kinks for a new system of interacting online with friends. Clara and her bothersome coworker Fred (Alex Karpovsky), both Psychological Engineers, are working on the system to implement human behavioral patterns in the code. Clara and Fred obviously don’t see eye-to-eye on work habits, lifestyle, or anything else for that matter. They both get assigned a test subject from their boss to work through their code, and both happen to fall in love with the avatars – not realizing they chose the only other online profile available, each other.

The pitch
The Shop: Too close to really see each other

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Female (1933)

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Original plot
High-powered businesswoman Ruth Chatterton mans the boardroom of an automobile company by day and runs men through her bedroom at night. Until(!) she meets the man who can tame her. (Shrug) (Sigh)

Big thoughts
This, along with Three on a Match, were on a DVD labeled “Forbidden Hollywood.” And rightfully so – there’s no hiding the take-charge main character and the men she preys on. And then, just like that, she dumps it all for a “primitive” man. Literally, so she can have babies. Nine of them. Oh and that title, tho.

Obligatory bus anecdote
I’ve taken to getting up well before my stop so the driver sees someone is wanting to get off. Twice now they’ve driven right past my building. And I’ve pulled the cord and everything.

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The Random Remake
Alison Drake (Rachel McAdams) has successfully taken the role of No. 2 under her inventor father of a new electric vehicle company taking the company by storm and shaking the core of the automobile industry. But with the sudden death of her father, all pressure is on her to make sure the business that bears her name, which employs thousands of people, stays on track. With no time for love, Alison has mini hook-ups, looking for those around her she can manipulate and dupe into serving her nighttime needs. That is until she meets Jim Thorne (Anthony Mackie), a hotshot fuel cell whiz the company poached from Toyota. Falling in love with Jim means breaking the pattern Alison has set and challenging her priorities. Will it be Jim or the business or both? Can she have it all?

The pitch
Driven: What fuels your desires?