Friday, August 19, 2011

Fab 5 Friday

There are myriad films about cops, robbers and lawyers, but who writes them? Writers!
And how many films are there about writers? A few, but here's my Top Five in honor of Fab 5 Friday.

1. CASTLE - After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle gets permission from the Mayor of NYC to tag along with an NYPD homicide unit for research purposes. Hilarity and crime solving ensue. Stars Nathan Fillion (Not bad to look at!) and Stana Katic, (Sounds like something that controls static cling gone awry!) alleged love interest. Season 4 begins September 19, 2012.

2. CALIFORNICATION - A writer tries to juggle his career, his relationship with his daughter and his ex-girlfriend, as well as his appetite for beautiful women. Instead of writing a chapter-a-day, he beds a woman-a-day. Stars David Duchovny. New season begins January 2012.

3. LIMITLESS - Stars Bradley Cooper not speaking French, but writing English. A writer discovers a top-secret street drug which bestows him with super human abilities, so of course he writes a novel. The 4-year old who lives next door to me probably has a manuscript on her as we speak. On DVD now.

4. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS - Woody Allen Film. A struggling writer goes on vacation to Paris and falls in love with the city (Doesn't everyone?), and then discovers its inspirational secret. Name-dropping ensues, from Hemingway to Matisse to Dali to Gertrude Stein. And don't forget Josephine Baker! This film was so good, I want to forgive Woody for his near complete exclusion of people of color in his New York. Still in theaters.

5. STRANGER THAN FICTION - An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love interest, to his death. An author is writing the character's life as he lives it. Doesn't get more creative than that. Stars Will Ferrell as the anti-Ricky Bobby.

Can you think of any films about writers that I've missed?

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