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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    Got to see “Trumbo” today, which got me thinking about how writing is one of the trickiest art forms to dramatize, but when it’s done well it can be one of the best.

    Some of the best I’ve seen that try and capture the writing process are recent films like “In the House,” “Adaptation,” “Swimming Pool,” and “Stranger than Fiction.” Love how those mix the story of the writers with the story of the writing.

    In terms of writers themselves, and not the specific creative process, “Wonder Boys” and of course “Sunset Boulevard” are also great. I’m sure there are tons more that don’t come immediately to mind. What are some other great ones?

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    OnTheAisle
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    Misery

    The World According to Garp

    Julia

    The Way We Were

    The Shining

    The End of the Tour

    All the President’s Men

    Absence of Malice

    Pat and Mike

    Capote

    The Hours

    Gentlemen’s Agreement

    Cross Creek

    Philomena

    The Life of Emile Zola

    The Diary of Anne Frank

    The Lost Weekend

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    KyleBailey
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    #196693

    I agree with many on both of your lists but would like to add Barton Fink

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    BenitoDelicias
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    The Ghost Writer was pretty amazing. Sad that it got lost and nobody saw it. 

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I loved “Ghost Writer” too.

    Can’t believe I forgot about “End of the Tour.” I just saw that a few weeks ago, it was outstanding. With that, “Lady in the Van,” and “Trumbo,” it’s a busy year for on-screen writers. I’d add “Spotlight” to the mix, but I think investigative journalism stories are a different species from creative writers.

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    Tye-Grr
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    ‘The End of the Tour’. It’s also one of the best films of the year, period.

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    Halo_Insider
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    I love Adaptation so much. If we’re extending it to movies about journalism, then I’d include Shattered Glass.

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    Atypical
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    #196698

    “All the President’s Men”
    “Atonement”
    “Before Night Falls”
    “Capote”
    “The Ghost Writer”
    “The Hours”
    “Midnight in Paris”
    “Quills”
    “Shakespeare in Love”
    “The Squid & the Whale”
    “Sylvia”
    “Tom & Viv”

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    babypook
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    You guys have pretty much covered it for me. Props to the Barton Fink mention btw….

    I’ll add Funny Farm. Yes, Funny Farm with Chevy Chase. Love that movie….

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    OnTheAisle
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    Sophie’s Choice

    Laura

    The Razor’s Edge

    The Front Page

    Out of Africa

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    Cinebear
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    #196701

    I’ll throw in The Accidental Tourist.

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    Amanda Spears
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    #196702

    I do love the movies already mentioned.

    But let me serve up this film for consideration Adaptation, A mets film about both screen writers and a book authors love of her subject. Led bya surprisingly great duel performance by Nicholas Cage and the always great Meryl Streep and her muse played by Cooper. This movies end always makes me cry then laugh.

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    Dr.Fabe
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    Le Mépris by Jean-Luc Godard.

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