Sunday, May 22, 2011

ON MOVIES ~ Author, Author...

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MONDAY MOVIE MEME

Molly looked around for a weekly meme about movies and did not have any luck. So therefore she decided to start her own! Andy will play along as well - hopefully you will too. Go to your blog and create your own post on the topic, linking back to us in your post, then come back and leave a link to your post here in our Comments section. If you don’t have a blog, just share your response in the Comments section.

This week's movie topic is all about Writers...

This week marks the second annual Armchair BEA. This is an online event allowing the book blogging community to gather virtually while the live Book Expo America takes place in New York City at the same time. If you are a book blogger or bookworm by all means check out the Armchair BEA host site for all kinds of fun posts, giveaways and interactive features throughout the week. I will have mostly bookish thoughts here this week as a result. We would not have all those terrific (and not so terrific) books to explore and escape with if not for the writers who pen them. The movies like to pay tribute to writers as well. After all, without them we'd be hard up for a good flick. Here are some writers in film that we came up with. Share on your blog movies that feature writers, authors, poets and scribes, linking back here so that others can find you. And don't forget to visit your fellow participants!
  • Misery (1990) - One of many Stephen King based stories featuring a writer. Author Paul Sheldon (James Caan) learns the hard way that sometimes it is best to keep your biggest fan happy. Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes earned an Oscar for her evil performance here.
  • Romancing The Stone (1984) - One of our favorites! Romance writer, Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner), travels to Columbia to rescue her kidnapped sister with the comedic help of strapping Jack Colton (Michael Douglas). We especially love how Juan was Joan Wilder's biggest fan and aids them during a dangerous chase.
  • Shakespeare In Love (1998) - I personally thought this film was vastly overrated, but maybe I was just in a cranky mood when I watched it. After all, a romantic period comedy about the creation of Romeo and Juliet should be a winner.
  • The Player (1992) - Devilishly witty and dark look at Hollywood from director Robert Altman about a studio executive (Tim Robbins) being blackmailed by an unknown spurned screenwriter.
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) - Mind trip movie about writer Raoul Duke and his attorney, Dr. Gonzo, getting sidetracked with psychadelics in Las Vegas when Duke was sent to cover a journalism assignment. Based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson which was based on his own misadventures in the same situation.

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11 comments:

The Gal Herself said...
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ds said...

Aww, see, I adore Shakespeare in Love as the ultimate litgeek movie. Among my favorite scenes is the one with the boy who pulls the heads off rats and gives his name as "John Webster". And Dame Judi Dench is brilliant... Also like Capote, with Philip Seymour Hoffman; wonderful stuff!

The Gal Herself said...

First of all, I'm glad to see my bruised and battered team leave your city. See ya in another 100 years. That said ...

What a fun topic this week was! Your choices are great, too. James Caan is so understated in Misery, which must have been hard for such an emotional actor. Romancing the Stone is such a great "popcorn" movie. Fear and Loathing reminded me of another Depp movie, which I included in my own selections. And yes, I managed to work Redford into this week's list. (I've never seen The Player, but you're right about Shakespeare in Love. I've renamed it for it's most memorable visual -- Ben in Tights.)

Lindsey said...

Always a good theme, and great picks; especially Shakespeare in Love and Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas (which I still can never figure, so I just enjoy the view) ;) My choices are HERE.

Amy said...

Terrific theme, of course! There are so many movies that fit this category, it was a lot of fun to choose!

You have some terrific movies on your list...Fear and Loathing..., Misery, The Player...

My list is up (I have to learn to write with more brevity!)
Amy' Author, Author! movie list

kaye said...

I loved Shakespeare in Love and Romancing the Stone. This is a fun subject! Happy Monday.

Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

Sandy Nawrot said...

Of course, Misery! The best movie about a writer EVER. Even with your excellent choices, I had like a dozen written down, and had to pare them to a reasonable list. Excellent topic!

http://sandynawrot.blogspot.com/2011/05/monday-movie-meme-author-author.html

stacybuckeye said...

I thought Shakespeare in Love was overrated too and you know I love Romancing the Stone. Still need to see The Player.
I went in a more classic direction this week. Fun theme.

http://stacybuckeye.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/monday-movie-meme-writers/

Lee said...

Enjoyed putting together this week's list. Eager to see how everyone else approached this idea.

Here's my list.

Kwizgiver said...

What a fun topic!

monday movie meme

Nicole said...

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is one of those movies that I have to watch again to get it. For some reason, it seemed odd to me when I watched it as a late teenager, lol.

Misery was a movie that I've always wanted to check out since it is considered to be one of those classics but every few months or so, several newer movies push it down even further on my Netflix list, lol, so I hope to get around to watching it sometime this summer :)

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