Total Recall: Our Favorite Writers on Film

Summary

Movies were probably at one point considered to be a major threat to literature but, looking back, the two mediums have a pretty healthy working relationship going on. Directors and actors love to portray a good author, wellsprings of emotion and passion that they are, slaving over little words that build to world-changing proportions. The latest example is Jane Campion's Bright Star, the story of 19th century poet John Keats and his fiery romance with Fanny Brawne, and now that it's out in theaters, why not join us as we thumb through history, discovering cinema's 10 most brilliant portrayals of writers on screen. Back to Article

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David Tanny

David Tanny

Adaptation and Capote are the best films on this list.

Sep 29 - 05:47 PM

Rash Hunt

Rash Hunt

BARTON FINK

Sep 29 - 06:07 PM

rt-ryan

Ryan Fujitani

Good movie, but he's not a real writer.

Sep 29 - 06:41 PM

tomwaitsjrHAPPYICONOCLAST

Greg Guro

THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD is in my list of top 100 movies of all time.

I strongly recommend anyone to get it. Hardly anybody has seen this masterpiece about creativity, madness, and romance. . .

BARTON FINK is awesome, but it's about a fictional author, not a real one, though I do think some kind of combination of Faulkner and maybe Fitzgerald shows up (Drunk guy, married to Judy Davis' character).

Sep 29 - 06:43 PM

Wall E.

Wall E

Nice topic for Total Recall. One problem though, Adaptation's T-Meter should be 91%, not 72%.

Sep 29 - 06:46 PM

tomwaitsjrHAPPYICONOCLAST

Greg Guro

Would QUILLS count in there?

and I can't believe you missed this one:

BASKETBALL DIARIES.

Sep 29 - 06:53 PM

Angel Dust

Duncan Cole

@RT-Ryan
True but John Mahoney does seem to be channeling William Faulkner, one of my favourite writers.

On a related note I have heard murmurings of a Philip K Dick biopic in the works with Paul Giamatti as the sci-fi great.

Sep 29 - 07:21 PM

walken on sunshine

Sukhvir Gill

here's what i could find on it in the imdb...
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0840404/

Sep 30 - 12:26 PM

tomwaitsjrHAPPYICONOCLAST

Greg Guro

Runtun,

Yah. I heard about the Dick bio-pic, and was very happy to hear about it, but, it's been so long I think it's stuck in developmental hell. All articles about it are old old old. . . =(

http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2007/10/31/paul-giamatti-blurs-reality-for-philip-k-dick-biopic-owl-in-daylight/

Sep 29 - 07:33 PM

Johnny A

Johnny A

I've seen The Whole Wide World and found the most interesting fact about Robert E. Howard was that he spoke his stories as he typed them. It was like he was telling the story to one in particular except himself. I found it oddly fascinating. Even tried it out for a while, but it didn't stick.
Adaptation was confusing at 1st viewing; had to watch it several times before I understood everything. Nick Cage was brilliant and I seriously thought the Kaufman brothers were real lol
The PKD biopic starring Paul Giamatti is interesting. Would definately check it out if it ever makes it to the screen.
Quills is an absolute insane thrill ride. I wanna see that movie again.
Cheers

Sep 29 - 07:44 PM

Jeremy Bristol

Kevin Johnson

Well, hell, what about American Splendor (Harvey Pekar)? Or documentaries like "Crumb" and "Dreams with Sharp Teeth" (R. Crumb and Harlan Ellison, respectively).

Sep 29 - 07:46 PM

King Kubrick

Travis Earl

Adaptation was great, but on the bottom wrung of Kaufman's work in my opinion. It really does not say much other than hollywood commercializes artistic vision. Yeah and birds go tweet. Still it's exceptionally well written and a great deconstruction of how hollywood bastardizes artistic vision. The screen writing seminar is particularly hilarious.

Sep 29 - 07:59 PM

martinscorsese25

christopher cantos

@King Kubrick

all of Kaufman's work is deep(though i have to say, Synecdoche is TOO deep). Adaptation has alot of layers in it that just isnt visible on early viewings. i mean, the difference between Jonze and Gondry is that, Jonze is so good, he makes Kaufman's films look like a normal comedy but smarter. while Gondry makes it more hard to understand that's why we keep watching Eternal Sunshine to get it more... We think Jonze's films doesnt have anything more to offer because they plainly look like all normal comedies but smarter. well, in fact they're about as deep as Eternal Sunshine.

Sep 30 - 03:47 AM

JohnnyJonJon

Jonathan Groen

Meryl Streep didn't win the Oscar for Adaptation, though she was nominated.

Sep 29 - 08:11 PM

trWins.

Tyler Winslett

Yeah that's what I was thinking.

Sep 30 - 06:40 AM

Paints Hz Shirt Red

krookedlegs Eagle Tail

what about Dr.Gonzo!? He was a writer wasnt he?

Sep 29 - 09:36 PM

MADDAZ

Darren Anderson

Yeah I agree. Hunter S Thomas should be on this list. Fear and Loathing and Where the Buffalo Roams should qualify.

Sep 30 - 12:33 AM

Rusty Broomhandle

Jaco Gerber

Jane Austen in Becoming Jane, Beatrix Potter in Miss Potter

Not a very well thought-out list, but then - it's a sponsored piece, so it just serves to serve the sponsor.

Sep 30 - 12:06 AM

MADDAZ

Darren Anderson

Yeah I agree. Hunter S Thomas should be on this list. Fear and Loathing and Where the Buffalo Roams should qualify.

Sep 30 - 12:33 AM

Javier R.

Javier Ramos

Note to self: Watch Capote

http://www.javierramosblog.com

Sep 30 - 12:38 AM

BatsInTheBelfry

Derek Meadors

Some good movies on here, but I've always thought Shakespeare in Love was one of the most overrated movies of all time.

What about Naked Lunch?

Sep 30 - 12:55 AM

King Kubrick

Travis Earl

Just watched Kafka. A very very good film. It actually gave me a new respect for Steven Soderbergh.

Sep 30 - 03:00 AM

martinscorsese25

christopher cantos

Donald Kaufman is much funnier... LOL...

also, don't you just wish Depp would do alot of films much like Neverland... because, those are the kind of films where he REALLY acts... we rarely get to see him in dramatic roles. it is always the quirky weirdoes that he plays. if Depp can still be irressitably excellent on Dramatic roles then i can call him better than Penn, and he can become the "best working actor" today like almost all mainstream audiences are saying.

ps. i don't compare Day-Lewis to other actors because he is on a leauge of his own.

Sep 30 - 03:26 AM

martinscorsese25

christopher cantos

@King Kubrick

all of Kaufman's work is deep(though i have to say, Synecdoche is TOO deep). Adaptation has alot of layers in it that just isnt visible on early viewings. i mean, the difference between Jonze and Gondry is that, Jonze is so good, he makes Kaufman's films look like a normal comedy but smarter. while Gondry makes it more hard to understand that's why we keep watching Eternal Sunshine to get it more... We think Jonze's films doesnt have anything more to offer because they plainly look like all normal comedies but smarter. well, in fact they're about as deep as Eternal Sunshine.

Sep 30 - 03:47 AM

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