Don’t you think the ‘writers’ are a strange breed of people?
The writers are supposed to be imaginative, curious and passionate about their work. Well, thats the romantic side of them.
But often their constant struggle to be original, their possessive nature, their creative vulnerability lead them to unpredictable alleys.
I have managed to put up a list of my all time favorite films where the protagonist writes for a living – sometimes the writer is in danger and other times he IS the danger.
Let me know if you like them.
10. Secret Window. (2004)
A perfect blend of Stephen King + David Koepp + Johnny Depp and the result is a tangy physiological thriller.
The story of a lone writer who is unexpectedly threatened and accused of plagiarism by a complete stranger.
If you are a Johnny Depp fan and you like mystery it’s surely your cup of tea.
9. The ghost aka The ghost writer (2010)
Tension, suspense, thrill, excitement – these words are made to define this particular film.
When a ghost writer takes up a new job he unknowingly puts his life in danger. Brilliant performances and an edgy script – one of my personal favorite.
For Roman Polanski fans this is a special treat.
8. Stranger than fiction (2006)
What if you realize one fine morning that you are not in control of your life – that you exist only in somebody’s imagination, in someone’s writings?
Will Ferrell in his own comic way experience this scary concept and gives a superb performance.
This is probably one of the most innovative story telling – m sure you won’t regret watching this.
7. Wonder Boys (2000)
An interesting star cast – Michael Douglas at his best, Tobey Maguire young n talented and Robert Downey Jr joins the party.
This is a film about writers and their careers; the tormented souls desperate to create something unique.
A perfect drama with a comic touch in it – very entertaining and well performed.
6. Barton Fink (1991)
This time the Coen brothers create a dark world where a writer in a hotel room struggles in his quest to write about ‘the common man’.
The crisp dialogues, the erie look and feel of the film, the brilliant acting – a complete package.
Though it is often considered too glum and black for some people’s taste but for me this film is a superb satire and it’s worth watching.
5. Midnight in Paris (2011)
At midnight Paris becomes a magical place for a writer who travels back in time and meet the great artists of all times (his inspirations).
A refreshing comedy by Woody Allen and a crackling performance by Owen Wilson – the result is a mystically charming film.
The film radiants the director’s love for Paris.
4. The squid and the whale (2005)
Dealing with parents divorce is always tough, specially when both of them are writers and pretty self centered in nature.
This is a perfect family drama – often funny in a cruel way; the story of two young boys who try to cope up with the tension in between their parents.
Believe me, the film is much more interesting than it’s name suggests.
3. Deathtrap (1982)
This is a film that will startle you; the more you will try to predict what is next, the more you will be surprised.
A writer with his deadly plans and a sinister collection of weapons – Michael Caine at his best.
Sidney Lumet (one of my all time favorite director) maliciously reveals a trap that surely leads to death. It’s a game but you never know who is the winner till the end of the film.
2. Adaptation (2002)
Probably one of Nicolas Cage’s best performance (double role) and also one of Spike Jonze’s best film – it is simply a must watch.
The famous scriptwriter Charlie Kaufman shows his brilliance once again.
Though most people (including me) has a problem with the ending of this film but still it will remain one of my all time favorite.
1. Ruby sparks (2012)
The brilliance of this film cannot be explained unless you watch it.
The concept of finding the girl of your dreams is twisted and turned into a whole new dimension.
What if you want to play God and you are given the control to manipulate people whom you love? Think twice before you wish.
A superbly original content and masterfully executed.
(The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most crazy one. A must watch).
+1. Misery (1990)
And specially if a person claims to be his ‘no 1 fan'; and especially if that person saves the writer’s life after an accident.
Don’t you think the writer should be indebted to her for his whole life?
Remember the apt title of the film ‘Misery’ is given for a reason.