Thursday 11 August 2016

Thursday Movie Picks: Movies About Writing or Writers of Novels

Hello and welcome (back) to Thursday Movie Picks, a weekly series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves where you share three movies to fit the theme of the week each Thursday.

This week we are writing about writing and writers. But not about any writers, fictional writers. So, nope Charlie Kaufman's "Adaptation." does not fit. Anyway, at first I wanted to go all comedy this week, but then there was this really good horror and I just couldn't not pick it. So without further ado, here's my picks

The Shining (1980)

Jack Torrance takes a job as the winter caretaker at the mountain-locked Overlook Hotel and brings his wife and kid with him. He hopes to find time to work on his novel but soon things get nasty. This film is brilliant. It is disturbing, tense and scary and one of the few times I loved a movie even though it's not like the book.

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

Our main guy Marty is a struggling writer who wants to finish his screenplay and inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld. It's not "In Bruges", but it still is a gripping, witty and hilarious black comedy. And it has a fantastic cast.

Deconstructing Harry (1997)

While suffering from writer's block, Harry Block is haunted by real and fictional characters as he remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books. This is one of Allen hysterically funny films, it has some brilliant dialogue and frankly I don't get why it is so overlooked by people.


  1. Yay you picked Psychopaths! I've only seen it once, but I thought it was different and quite funny. I've actually never heard of Deconstructing Harry, but it sounds like a good Allen film that I deff need to watch.

  2. The Shining was an excellent film! Deconstructing Harry sounds interesting, would have to add it to my watch list.

  3. Aww Seven Psychopaths is an excellent choice! I wish I would've thought of that. lol I also chose The Shining, but I haven't seen Deconstructing Harry.

  4. I love The Shining and Seven Psychopaths. Both are brilliant, in my opinion. Haven't seen your other choice, yet.

  5. More to do to my lengthy list but love The Shining! Those little girls just freak me out.

  6. Love the picks!! Of course Seven Psychopaths! Kinda annoyed I didn't think of this. Great film and cast - Walken was a stand out, great actor. Shame about the lack of female characters though.... buts still love it

  7. I almost went with The Shining myself. Great one! Love that we match up on Deconstructing Harry. It is one of Woody's very best comedies. I haven't seen Seven Psychopaths.

  8. I thought I'd see more of The Shining...or more of Stephen King's movies. I think a few of his writer books have been adapted.