Best Movies About Writers

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Flavorwire has put together a great list of the 50 best movies about writers. It’s always tricky to make a writer interesting on film. On one hand, you have the advantage of a character who is likely to be witty and eloquent. Movies are written by writers, so they have some insight and appreciation for what goes into putting words on paper (or screens). And some real-life writers have had interesting, even exciting lives. On the other hand, it is hard to make arresting visuals out of someone typing on a keyboard or scratching with a quill pen.

For depicting the passion and challenges of writing, I recommend Little Women, Harriet The Spy, Shakespeare In Love, Moliere, and Wonder Boys. And don’t forget documentaries like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Writers on Writing, Bukowski – Born Into This, and Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself.

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Where Did That Movie Catchphrase Come From?

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

Flavorwire has a great collection of movie catchphrases with the stories behind them.  A surprising number come from the actors improvising on the spot.  Some were in the script and credit goes to the screenwriter.  And one of the most surprising comes from a historical character.  Can you guess which is which?


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Flavorwire’s New Oscar Categories

Posted on February 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm

I’m with Flavorwire!  It’s time for some new Oscar categories like “best ensemble,” “best casting,” “best comedy,” and “best soundtrack.”  I’d also like to see “best performance under age 20,” “best newcomer,” and “best contemporary costume design.”  I’ll be thinking about all of those possibilities as I watch tonight’s awards.

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TV Characters Who Love to Read

Posted on August 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Flavorwire has a marvelous collection of video clips of television characters talking about books and how much they love to read.  The shows include “Mad Men,” “Freaks and Geeks,” “South Park,” and “The Wire,” and books include The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, On the Road, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Fox in Socks, David Copperfield, and two books by Paul Ryan favorite Ayn Rand.


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Bill Murray Reads Billy Collins and More — National Poetry Month

Posted on April 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Flavorwire has a sensational collection of actors reading poems in honor of National Poetry Month.  Here, Bill Murray reads to the construction workers building a new poetry center.  Other readers include Alan Rickman, Bill Clinton, and Anthony Hopkins.

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