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These days at the movies, original ideas are hard to come by. Sequels. Remakes. Stories you've seen before. Fortunately, there are still directors like Robert Zemeckis - a guy who isn't afraid to make something unique.
Zemeckis started as a "whiz kid" from Chicago, but with help from his mentors, he became one of the most inventive directors, ever. In the 80s, he made movies that were years ahead of their time, from 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit', to the 'Back to the Future' trilogy. Without Zemeckis, there's no 'Marty McFly'.
In 1994, Zemeckis won an Oscar for 'Forrest Gump', a movie that turned into a full-blown cultural phenomenon. Recently, he's been focused on motion capture technology - taking real performances, and making them digital. It's just the latest way he's redefining what's possible on film.
Now, Zemeckis is back in the real world: His latest film is 'Flight', starring Denzel Washington. It's the story of a heroic pilot in the midst of the breakdown. It's a grown-up movie, with no easy answers. How's that for original?