I missed out on picks last week, which sucks! because I love a good gambling movie. I was gonna make the case for the under-discussed late 90s Miramax Matt Damon flick Rounders, specifically praising John Malkovich's brilliant turn as the Russian poker player, Teddy KGB. Anyway, I started back to work after nine weeks off last week, and to say I was too busy to make a Thursday post would be an understatement. I have now figured out what I did wrong. The problem is fixed. I have found the right time to keep making these posts.
The Novel. The Novelist. Poe called them indulgent, even at the earliest outset of their possibility in America. We, of course, came to devour them, much more so than the short story or the poem, in our contemporary literary world. Tons of movies are based on them, too many if you ask me. Quite a few are about them and their writers. I myself made a short list of about 8, finally whittling it down to the three that follow: one based on a novel about a novelist (and other writers), one a perverse ride through the mind of a novelist all blocked up, and the other the story of a man whose interior monologue is not his own.
So, it's Thursday! Time again for Wandering through the Shelves' Thursday Movies Picks. This week: Movies About Writing/Writer of Novels.
Here are my picks:
The World According to Garp
dir. George Roy Hill, 1982
dir. Woody Allen, 1997
Stranger Than Fiction
dir. Marc Forster, 2006