October 29, 2015 at 7:01 pm #196690
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?October 29, 2015 at 7:51 pm #196692
The World According to Garp
The Way We Were
The End of the Tour
All the President’s Men
Absence of Malice
Pat and Mike
The Life of Emile Zola
The Diary of Anne Frank
The Lost WeekendOctober 29, 2015 at 8:21 pm #196693
I agree with many on both of your lists but would like to add Barton FinkOctober 29, 2015 at 8:37 pm #196694
The Ghost Writer was pretty amazing. Sad that it got lost and nobody saw it.October 29, 2015 at 9:39 pm #196695
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.October 29, 2015 at 11:22 pm #196696
‘The End of the Tour’. It’s also one of the best films of the year, period.October 29, 2015 at 11:50 pm #196697
I love Adaptation so much. If we’re extending it to movies about journalism, then I’d include Shattered Glass.October 30, 2015 at 6:22 am #196698
“All the President’s Men”
“Before Night Falls”
“The Ghost Writer”
“Midnight in Paris”
“Shakespeare in Love”
“The Squid & the Whale”
“Tom & Viv”October 30, 2015 at 6:49 am #196699
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….October 30, 2015 at 9:50 am #196700
The Razor’s Edge
The Front Page
Out of AfricaOctober 30, 2015 at 12:27 pm #196701
I’ll throw in The Accidental Tourist.October 30, 2015 at 6:23 pm #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.