Filmlab: Best Movies about Writing – Adaptation

Filmlab: Best Movies about Writing – Adaptation

Trying to pinpoint why the Charlie Kaufman-scripted Adaptation is the greatest movie about writing ever made is the sort of daunting task that can lead to crippling doubts about one’s own critical faculties. Playfully riffing on the crisis Kaufman himself experienced...
Filmlab: Best Movies about Writing – Wonder Boys

Filmlab: Best Movies about Writing – Wonder Boys

Novelists in movies are rarely to be found sitting happily at their desks cranking out beautiful prose. Writing is hard and crafting the perfect sentence can be traumatic, which is probably why films readily dramatise the process by focusing on the destructive effect...
Filmlab: Best Movies about Writing – Misery

Filmlab: Best Movies about Writing – Misery

More and more, Misery feels like one of the great films about writing, not so much because it nails the discipline required to complete a novel (although it does), but because it dramatises the implicit contract that exists between writers and readers, in ways that...
Filmlab: Best Movies about Writing – The Shining

Filmlab: Best Movies about Writing – The Shining

In a movie layered with dread, it’s telling that one of the most ominous shots in The Shining is of a solitary typewriter. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the Stephen King bestseller may revel in the deranged excesses of Jack Nicholson’s performance and the cascading...
Filmlab: Best Movies about Writing – Capote

Filmlab: Best Movies about Writing – Capote

“There is a splinter of ice in the heart of a writer”, wrote Graham Greene. Watch Capote, and it’s hard to disagree. Bennett Miller’s forensic biopic serves up such a chilling portrait of Truman Capote, as he researches and writes In Cold Blood, that it’s never clear...