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justpat
05-17-2007, 10:49 PM
Is it just me, or do you have to be a writer to really appreciate some movies. For example, 'Adaptation' and 'Stranger Than Fiction'. It seems my writer friends enjoyed these much more than my non-writer friends.

Any other movies out there that writers would probably enjoy more than non-writers?

zahra
05-19-2007, 04:35 AM
I haven't seen either of those movies. I tend to try and avoid movies about writers and writing. I don't mind reading books about writing and writers, if they're non-fiction,or even watching documentaries about them, but I really am not attracted to fictional works about writing.

Shadow_Ferret
05-19-2007, 08:23 AM
In my own experience, I've found that most NON-writers enjoy movies about writers than most writers do. We tend to be more picky and critical of them.

For instance, I loathed "Stranger than Fiction."

ATP
05-19-2007, 08:39 AM
In my own experience, I've found that most NON-writers enjoy movies about writers than most writers do. We tend to be more picky and critical of them.

For instance, I loathed "Stranger than Fiction."

STF could not strictly be regarded as a film about a writer or writers. It incorporates a sub-plot (if you could call it this) about a writer caught in the grips of 'writer's block'.

Storyteller5
05-19-2007, 08:41 AM
"Finding Forrester" was a good writer movie. I think writers see something differently and reach different conclusions as far as understanding the writer characters. I don't think it's better or worse.

As far as writer vs non-writer, I think I get more irritated than my non-writer friends at the way books are translated to movies. I know they can't capture everything and sometimes books are really well done (To Kill a Mockingbird with Gregory Peck), but that's not often. ;)

Shadow_Ferret
05-19-2007, 09:01 AM
STF could not strictly be regarded as a film about a writer or writers. It incorporates a sub-plot (if you could call it this) about a writer caught in the grips of 'writer's block'.
And my loathing probably stemmed more from my dislike of Will Farrell than the actual content of the movie.

Inky
05-19-2007, 09:10 AM
An old movie, CHAPTER TWO, written by Neil Simon...hang on, let me switch screens & get some basic info....okay found it..
This movie was laugh out loud (even though I was a teenager, I was writing...and got alot of what we writers obsess about), and bring along tissues. Some will label this chick flick. Pffff. Great movie. The ending...oh...the ending...well....ye' just 'ave ta' see it!

George Schneider is an author whose wife had just died. His brother Leo gives him the number of Jennie MacLaine, and somehow they hit it off. And just when things are moving along, the memory of his first wife comes between them.

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AzBobby
05-19-2007, 10:34 PM
What's annoying about depictions of writers in films and TV is usually fantasy elements like sudden success, writing a large body of work overnight, and flashes of inspiration somehow replacing hard work. It's normally made to look very easy. Ironically, this story element is usually in place to relieve what might be considered boring in a writer's true story. But I think non-writers find these cliches as hokey and tension-free as the rest of us do.

Movies with writers as main characters which I like:

Bullets over Broadway
American Splendor
Misery
My Dinner with Andre
Hannah and her Sisters

With the first four at least, pressures associated with writing are at the center of the story. Good movies featuring journalists of various sorts are too numerous to mention.

Finding Forrester bugged me... It's been a while since I saw it so forgive me if I get a detail wrong here, but I seem to recall a climactic scene when an audience was supposed to be wowed by a brilliant piece of writing. The screenwriter was either unable to fake that brilliance, or chickened out of trying (at least with a substantial portion that wouldn't have been too long for a movie scene). The content of the piece was skipped over in some sort of time lapse or scene transition, and we only saw the positive reaction to the piece after the fact. It felt contrived and I felt cheated after the terrific buildup the rest of the movie provided.

DeborahM
05-19-2007, 11:45 PM
I only one I've enjoyed is "Something's Gotta Give" where Diane Keaton was a screenwriter, meets Jack Nicholson, has an affair then writes about it in a screenplay while crying, and it turns out to be a sell out.

zahra
05-20-2007, 01:10 AM
I only one I've enjoyed is "Something's Gotta Give" where Diane Keaton was a screenwriter, meets Jack Nicholson, has an affair then writes about it in a screenplay while crying, and it turns out to be a sell out.
Yes, that I liked a lot. And 'The Shining', of course, but the story took off from his writers' block into another entity. Horrors seem to like writers as protagonists, but they end up being about the research rather than the writing, generally. 'The Ring', 'Candy Man'...'Salem's Lot', I guess, but that was so little about the writing or research; it might have been any man returning to his childhood nightmares.

DeborahM
05-20-2007, 01:20 AM
OMG! I forgot The Secret Window with Johnny Depp! That was so great! I had it figured out early but it was fun to watch it play out!

zahra
05-20-2007, 01:32 AM
OMG! I forgot The Secret Window with Johnny Depp! That was so great! I had it figured out early but it was fun to watch it play out!
Yeah, a lot of S.King's stuff has a writer as protagonist. There's that silly one about the writer's alter-ego - can't remember the title. Haven't seen Secret Window.

DeborahM
05-20-2007, 01:55 AM
His alter ego is the killer...got to see!

ChunkyC
05-20-2007, 01:57 AM
Throw Momma from the Train (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094142/). The writing class Billy Crystal's character teaches near the beginning of the movie had me in stitches.

Inky
05-20-2007, 10:03 AM
Throw Momma from the Train (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094142/). The writing class Billy Crystal's character teaches near the beginning of the movie had me in stitches.
Oh mi' Gosh, Chunky! I'd seen this so many times, when it first came out, as HBO is famous for, and now, all these years later, I've completely forgotten most details regarding this movie. After thinking I'd never get the bloody thing out of my head--sending HBO invoices for rerun trauma therapy, but they still haven't gotten back to me--now I don't remember that opening scene you're speaking of.
I have warped children. I think they'd appreciate this movie. Thanks for reminding me of it. Think I'll hop over to Amazon & purchase.....because I'm especially curious about this opening scene you spoke of...

Inky
05-20-2007, 10:04 AM
Yeah, a lot of S.King's stuff has a writer as protagonist. There's that silly one about the writer's alter-ego - can't remember the title. Haven't seen Secret Window.
I was thoroughly amazed & caught off guard when I watched The Secret Window. A must see! Excellent.

Inky
05-20-2007, 10:06 AM
I only one I've enjoyed is "Something's Gotta Give" where Diane Keaton was a screenwriter, meets Jack Nicholson, has an affair then writes about it in a screenplay while crying, and it turns out to be a sell out.
How could I have forgotten Something's Gotta Give? Yes, yes..suberbly funny movie. I think, to date, this and The Witches of Eastwick are the only movies I really liked Jack in...wait...that one with Helen Hunt wasn't too bad either.

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ATP
05-20-2007, 10:56 AM
IIRC, there's also a thread about this topic in the Writing Novels forum, for anyone here who's interested.

dpaterso
05-20-2007, 02:44 PM
"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."

Billy Wilder's classic Sunset Blvd. (1950) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043014/)

Gillis: Well, this is where you came in, back at that pool again, the one I always wanted. It's dawn now and they must have photographed me a thousand times. Then they got a couple of pruning hooks from the garden and fished me out... ever so gently. Funny, how gentle people get with you once you're dead. Read the script (http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/sunset_bld_3_21_49.html)

Dear God in Heaven they're remaking it: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469609/

-Derek

maestrowork
05-20-2007, 04:03 PM
I really enjoyed Stranger Than Fiction, Wonder Boys, Secret Window, Finding Neverland... A little less Finding Forester, Duplex...

zahra
05-21-2007, 11:59 PM
"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."

Billy Wilder's classic Sunset Blvd. (1950) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043014/)

Gillis: Well, this is where you came in, back at that pool again, the one I always wanted. It's dawn now and they must have photographed me a thousand times. Then they got a couple of pruning hooks from the garden and fished me out... ever so gently. Funny, how gentle people get with you once you're dead. Read the script (http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/sunset_bld_3_21_49.html)

Dear God in Heaven they're remaking it: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469609/

-Derek

Remaking Sunset Blvd? Why, I oughta....

cray
05-22-2007, 12:03 AM
Sideways

...although maybe I liked it more for the wine than anything else.

maestrowork
05-22-2007, 12:27 AM
Sideways

Hmmm... while the protagonist is a failed novelist, the movie really isn't about writing or being a writer... it's more about wine, if anything. :)

cray
05-22-2007, 12:45 AM
mmm, wine.

maestrowork
05-22-2007, 12:58 AM
Shakespeare in Love.

DeborahM
05-22-2007, 01:08 AM
.wait...that one with Helen Hunt wasn't too bad either.k

As Good As it Gets was a good one too. I forgot he was a writer in that move also!

MattW
05-22-2007, 01:20 AM
I found Somethings Gotta Give to be annoying. Not from the writer perspective, but from Keaton's acting. She was shrill, incoherent, and without warmth. She was a caricature of a menopausal woman.

Francis McDormand, for all of 5 minutes of screen time, was charming and interesting.

pconsidine
05-22-2007, 01:26 AM
I only one I've enjoyed is "Something's Gotta Give" where Diane Keaton was a screenwriter, meets Jack Nicholson, has an affair then writes about it in a screenplay while crying, and it turns out to be a sell out. I thought that was one of the most godawful clichés ever. Absolutely ruined what would have otherwise been a passable movie.

I'm always suspect of writers writing fictional stories about writing. I mean, I understand "write what you know" and all, but it always seems to me that the writer just didn't have enough imagination to look beyond the tip of his nose for a story idea. And they always come off like one big in-joke. Even something like Adaptation, which was a well done story in my mind, doesn't measure up, to me.

I'm sure someone has mentioned Barton Fink, right?

DeborahM
05-22-2007, 01:27 AM
I found Somethings Gotta Give to be annoying. Not from the writer perspective, but from Keaton's acting. She was shrill, incoherent, and without warmth. She was a caricature of a menopausal woman.

Francis McDormand, for all of 5 minutes of screen time, was charming and interesting.


Matt, if you think back to Baby Boom or First Wives Club or her Woody Allen films, her without warmth is a trait of her acting and portraying a strong indpendent woman in most of them. Just my view of her.:)

maestrowork
05-22-2007, 01:33 AM
/spoiler/

/beware/

/spoiler/

I find Somethings Gotta Give charming until the part after she got dumped, etc. Then I think the film just kinda spiraled into silly melodrama. The ending was lackluster for me. She should have stayed with the cute, young doctor who adored and loved her. Jack Nicholson? Meh.

maestrowork
05-22-2007, 01:33 AM
Miss Potter is a cute little biopic, except it lacks real conflicts... so the plot is rather tame.

pconsidine
05-22-2007, 01:38 AM
The ending was lackluster for me.That about sums up my feeling for it, too. Plus, the whole way she acted the writing scene was so poorly done, it only accentuated the lameness of it.

Let that be a lesson to everyone - if you're going to write ten minutes of crap, make sure it isn't the last ten minutes of the movie.

maestrowork
05-22-2007, 01:42 AM
that's the thing though... a lot of movies seem to start great, with a great premise and beginning, etc. etc. and then they just fizzle out at the end. I've seen that so many times. it's a shame.

maestrowork
05-22-2007, 01:45 AM
I'm cross-posting with the other thread:

Lives of Others. German film that upset Pan's Labyrinth to win the Best Foreign Film Oscar. Wonderful film. Very relevant to writers...

MattW
05-22-2007, 01:55 AM
that's the thing though... a lot of movies seem to start great, with a great premise and beginning, etc. etc. and then they just fizzle out at the end. I've seen that so many times. it's a shame.

Was the ending the dinner in Paris? Cuz that's the last bit I remember - any other setting or ending could have been better. Instead we get a lazy scene with laughs and drinks and anecdotes, but all out of hearing for the audience.

"This is a scene of people having fun."

zahra
05-22-2007, 06:24 AM
I don't think people enjoy watching their profession on screen; they always find the portrayals unrealistic and irritating. My mother dislikes all medical dramas. Copper fiance used to spit blood at all cop dramas, so do other policemen I know, and the only lawyer I know will not watch legal dramas. The only exceptions that spring to mind are politicans - who love seeing themselves, hmm, go figure - and, so I hear, wiseguys...I'm saying nowt.

pconsidine
05-22-2007, 07:53 AM
That's actually very true. I can't stand all the publishing nonsense in Bridget Jones' Diary for exactly that reason. We only wish publishing was that interesting.

My-Immortal
05-22-2007, 08:06 AM
I really enjoyed Stranger Than Fiction, Wonder Boys, Secret Window, Finding Neverland...

Haven't seen STF yet, but, I do enjoy the rest of these. I also like Moulin Rouge--didn't see that one listed here yet.

Take care -
:)

maestrowork
05-22-2007, 08:26 AM
Yes, I also enjoyed Moulin Rouge -- but some people hated it.

There's that movie about Sylvia Plath with Gwyneth Paltrow and then-unknown Daniel Craig. Didn't see it, though.

My-Immortal
05-22-2007, 08:35 AM
Yes, I also enjoyed Moulin Rouge -- but some people hated it.

It does seem like people either really liked that movie or totally hated it.

Jeremy Piven's Just Write wasn't too bad--and the title itself is some good advice.

My-Immortal
05-22-2007, 08:40 AM
Philip Seymour Hoffman's Capote was good (I know another one came out a while back but I didn't see that one yet.)...and has anyone seen the Michael Gambon's 1986 BBC series The Singing Detective?

maestrowork
05-22-2007, 08:48 AM
Oh right -- I totally forgot about Capote. That was a good movie. The other one, Infamous with Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig and Toby Jones (I personally think Jones did a better job impersonating Capote) was not bad either. The great thing about both films is that you not only get one writer, but TWO (Capote and Harper Lee).

Before Nightfall was excellent. So was American Splendor.

Romancing the Stone was great fun.

The Hours was pretty darn good as well.

Writer2011
05-22-2007, 08:56 AM
OMG! I forgot The Secret Window with Johnny Depp! That was so great! I had it figured out early but it was fun to watch it play out!
Loved that movie... :) Johnny Depp should have won an academy award for his role :)

Misery was awesome...I read the book in two days.

My-Immortal
05-22-2007, 08:58 AM
Infamous--that's the one I want to see. I liked Capote (I'm a fan of PSH-I watched MI-III because he was in it). I forgot about Romancing the Stone--that was a while ago. :)

zahra
05-22-2007, 08:57 PM
Yeah, Capote was great. Maybe because it was based on a real person and his research into a real murder and its perpetrators, and didn't go off into ridiculous fancies about writers' lives.

I really must check out Secret Window.

C.bronco
05-22-2007, 09:03 PM
Throw Momma from the Train (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094142/). The writing class Billy Crystal's character teaches near the beginning of the movie had me in stitches.
I love that movie.
I also like The Dark Half. King's written many books about writers, but this one has an interesting take on the writing process. Now that I think about it, it is thematically the same as Secret Window.

maestrowork
05-23-2007, 07:41 AM
The Hoax, which is based on a true story about writing trying to con McGraw-Hill.

Zodiac, which starred Jake Gyllenhaal as a cartoonist-turned-writer obsessed with the San Francisco serial killer in the 70s. Robert Downey Jr. was great as a reporter.

Iris, for which Judy Dench and Kate Winslet both earned Oscar nominations for playing novelist Iris Murdoch.

mkcbunny
05-23-2007, 09:02 AM
I have to go with the BBC Singing Detective. There's a point where the immobile Michael Gambon character is laid up in his hospital bed, doing "nothing," thinking, and a nurse or someone else comes up to fiddle with him, and he shoos them away, saying, "I'm writing!"

If you can stand Peter Greenaway, Prospero's Books is about Shakespeare and books themselves. Greenaway is obsessed with books, more than the act of writing. Pillow Book is another one. But Greenaway isn't everyone's cup of tea. Gorgeous imagery, dense material, super-arty, great scores for his films ... and to some people it's all just incredibly irritating and boring. I happen to like his films, but they're challenging and require patience. That said, his love of books and calligraphy—the look of writing vs. the act—is apparent.

Oh, and I think Ray mentioned Sylvia. It kind of came and went without any fanfare. I was surprised, thinking she'd get an Oscar nom and all that. It's not a great film, but she was a good choice for the part, I think. I just didn't get as much of a sense of her as I would have liked. That's common in biopics, though, trying to capture a whole life in one movie is hard to do.

I love Sunset Blvd. And not just because William Holden is hot. Mostly because it's still darkly humorous today and doesn't feel old at all. Great movie.

maestrowork
05-23-2007, 04:21 PM
...doing "nothing," thinking, and a nurse or someone else comes up to fiddle with him, and he shoos them away, saying, "I'm writing!"

HAHA. That I can relate. My friends would say to me, "you're lucky. You just sit around all day doing nothing." I'm writing, darnit, even just in my head!

My-Immortal
05-24-2007, 04:35 AM
HAHA. That I can relate. My friends would say to me, "you're lucky. You just sit around all day doing nothing." I'm writing, darnit, even just in my head!

I knew I couldn't be the only one that gets that! LOL. Usually I end up staring off into space and the next thing I know someone is talking to me (or has been), and I have to step out of the writing world and back into the real world and 'catch up' with what's going on.

My-Immortal
05-24-2007, 04:39 AM
I just watched The Fountain with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz and though it is only a small part of the film, Rachel's Izzi character 'wrote' a story called The Fountain and asked her husband to write the last chapter to finish it for her. Interesting and beautiful film by the way...though again, one I think people either liked or hated.

maestrowork
05-25-2007, 12:06 AM
I've been wanting to see it since it came out. I guess I will get the DVD.

Soccer Mom
05-25-2007, 01:28 AM
Add me to the list who loved Romancing the Stone and Throw Mama from the Train.

The scene where the two "writers" are commiserating on how they can't find the perfect word.

Billy: "The night was warm and moist. Moist and warm. There's just no perfect word to describe that. You can't get around using both words."

Mama: "Sultry. The night was sultry."

Billy: "I'm gonna kill her."

maestrowork
05-25-2007, 01:47 AM
I think that's the same woman who played the neighbor in Duplex, also about a writer....

mkcbunny
05-26-2007, 10:33 AM
I just watched The Fountain with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz and though it is only a small part of the film, Rachel's Izzi character 'wrote' a story called The Fountain and asked her husband to write the last chapter to finish it for her. Interesting and beautiful film by the way...though again, one I think people either liked or hated.
What a weird coincidence. I just watched The Fountain last night. Beautiful-looking film, and one of those films that lingers in your mind for days. I liked it, but I would only recommend it to people who like cerebral sci-fi or out-there parallel-story drama (Orlando is the first example of that type that comes to mind, because it's odd, whereas The Hours is a more mainstream example).

Did someone already mention The Hours in this thread? Sorry, I don't remember from a few days ago when I read through the comments, and yes, I'm too lazy to re-read it all again. Although it's a literary adaptation, it's also portrays a writer's world through the Virginia Woolf character.

triceretops
05-26-2007, 09:24 PM
You guys just about have all the bases covered here. Throw Momma really stands out in my mind--just love it.

Does anybody remember From Noon Till Three, staring Charles Bronson, and was it Jill Ireland? I think she becomes a bestseller when she writes a romantic love story, ecapsulating her short time spent with Bronson. Set in the old West.

Tri

akiwiguy
05-27-2007, 11:45 AM
Henry and June is based on Anais Nin's book about her relationship with Henry and June Miller.

Got pretty severe censorship ratings in most countries and was banned in South Africa.

Maria de Madeiros is umm... yeah, well, puts in a rather sizzling performance as Nin.

ChunkyC
05-28-2007, 06:16 PM
"The night was sultry."

Oh man, that has to be the funniest bit in the movie. Poor Billy has been blocked for months, then this crabby old psycho-woman hands him the perfect word as casually as flicking away a piece of lint.

Toothpaste
05-28-2007, 06:28 PM
I thought of this one in the unsung movies thread, and I thought I would post i over here, The Squid and the Whale, while the plot doesn't revolve about writing, has the two parents who are both writers, and her success versus his lack of it is one of the catalysts for their divorce. It is deeply depressing, but also quite observant.

TrainofThought
05-29-2007, 05:07 AM
1. Speechless
2. Up Close & Personal. Okay that’s about reporters, but writing is involved. :D
3. The Hours. It's not about writing per se, but it's about writers and depression/suicide.

amylynn
05-30-2007, 02:47 AM
"Lady in the Water" (by M. Night Shamylan) was great, great, great! As a writer, I loved it! Totally not what I expected from the title, but I loved it!

Lindo
05-30-2007, 03:49 AM
The Hoax was a book and a recent Richard Gere movie about one of my writing heros, Clifford Irving.

Words Are My Life
05-30-2007, 04:14 AM
Storytelling

2001 Indie Flick directed by Todd Solondz. One of my favorite movies of all time. It's split into two parts, fiction and non-fiction. One part is about a group of college writers and a girl who sleeps with the teacher who is an author. The other part is about a documentary film, how much of a documentary is fiction vs. non fiction.

kristin724
05-30-2007, 06:58 AM
Hey gang. I just saw Orange County the other day. More of a coming of age comedy, but Colin Hanks wants to be a writer and go to Stanford. It had a few good moments. I do love Romance The Stone as well. Right now everything else escapes me. I'm on a Sean Bean kick, and none of his movies pertain to writers. :0)

MissLadyRae
09-02-2007, 11:59 AM
I'm just finishing up Shadows in the Sun with Joshua Jackson, Harvey Keitel and Claire Forlani about a book editor who goes to Tuscany to get a reclusive writer to write again. Not only was the landscape beautiful (I so want to go one day and write among the lush hills) but the story was pretty well done. I'd like to get it on dvd one day.

Under the Tuscan Sun is another good writing one (which this movie resembled).

AllyWoof
12-13-2007, 12:21 AM
OMG! I forgot The Secret Window with Johnny Depp! That was so great! I had it figured out early but it was fun to watch it play out! I saw that in the theature. Maybe it's because I am not much of an intelectual, but I just didn't get it.

maestrowork
12-13-2007, 12:29 AM
I'm looking forward to seeing (and then reading) Atonement -- according to Ian McEwan, it's more of a story about writing/writer and the power of words/imagination than a love story.

triceretops
12-13-2007, 12:45 AM
Deck the Halls, in where Finch's wife is a cookbook compiler, editor, and finally a writer of said book. She has an interesting comment about rejection.

Tri

Simple Living
12-13-2007, 01:53 AM
Here's a thread (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1832815&postcount=1)in the Novel Forum with a huge list of movies about writing and writers.

ChaosTitan
12-13-2007, 06:27 AM
Ours was here first. ;)

AllyWoof
12-13-2007, 06:45 AM
OMG! I got the most recent Harry Potter DVD tonight!

ChaosTitan
12-13-2007, 06:55 AM
Congrats, Ally, but what does that have to do with the thread topic?

AllyWoof
12-13-2007, 07:08 AM
It's a book/movie isn't it? Get it now?

ChaosTitan
12-13-2007, 07:12 AM
Ally, this particular thread is about films that have writers as characters and/or deal with some aspect of the writing life. If you would like a thread that discusses books which have been made into films (ie, Harry Potter), I suggest you try this thread:

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=77864&highlight=adaptation

Tony_LaRocca
12-16-2007, 08:41 AM
I know it's a TV show and not a movie, but how about Garth Marenghi's Darkplace?

Simple Living
12-19-2007, 01:18 AM
Ours was here first. ;)

Just contributing, not trying to top. :)

maxmordon
12-19-2007, 11:13 AM
I know it's a TV show and not a movie, but how about Garth Marenghi's Darkplace?

Any relation with Stephen King is purely coincidential



A beautiful Chinese film called 2046. I think it was a beautiful film and the great conexion about the writer's novel and his life.

Also I deeply liked Barton Fink


From the film producer played by Tony Shalbaud "Writers come and go, Fink. But we are always gonna need Indians"