Writing is hard. And not just the process, but getting into the process. There are so many other things I’d rather be doing, instead of spending my Sundays writing and editing blogs or working on my new novel. There are video games to play, TV series that I’ve subscribed to on iTunes to catch up on, etc!
And, there are movies to watch.
Luckily, when it comes to watching movies, there are a number that I can pop in that make me want to sit down and start writing. Hit the blogs and the manuscript draft, schedule tweets and plan workshops. I’ve listed my top five below, and they sure are diverse, from Oscar winning dramadies to epic CGI disaster films.
There are a lot more movies out there about writers though. Have a favorite you think I should watch? Let me know in the comments.
2012: Okay, I know this is a horrible, horrible movie. But there are two reasons this film makes me happy, as a writer.
One. This movie came out on Blu-ray shortly after she-who-will-not-be-named and I broke up in January of last year. I was a devastated husk of a man. And when you’re depressed and upset, you want to see everyone else feeling the same damn way. In the movie 2012, the world ends. Massive tidal ways carry away cities, the ground splits open swallowing highways and cars… so if you’re in the mood to lash out, this flick feels good.
Everybody is miserable. Including the actors who made the poor choice to be in this movie.
Two. The main character (or at least one of them, it’s an ensemble cast), played by John Cusack, is a failed science fiction writer. His latest novel sold like, under 500 copies and he now works as a limo driver, hates his life, etc. Yet for some odd reason, an advisor to the President has read his book, meets him on a boat, and consequently, Cusack helps him save the whole human race.
If that’s not a kick in the ass to write, I don’t know what is. The message here? Sure, no one might buy your book, but hey, you might just save humanity. Writers FTW.
Adaptation: Sigh. I wish Nicolas Cage would go back to doing films like this. Remember when he was kind of awesome? In solid comedies and dramas like Leaving Las Vegas, Moonstruck, Raising Arizona, and Matchstick Men? Oh and his good action movies, like The Rock and Face/Off? Now we’re stuck with Ghost Rider and Drive Angry. Come on brah.
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