Wow. That's one of my all-time least-favorite movies.
@1: Seriously? Why? I loved that movie.
WHERE'S MAH HUNNAY?!
Wow, -25 points for Fnarf.
The terrible acting? The leaden pacing? The missing script? Crap bursting into flames for no reason? The portentous layer of Symbolism laid over everything like a blanket of honey? I HATE symbolism.
Fnarf is right as usual. That entire movie is one big cliche.
Oh, Fnarf. That is the best movie about writing I've ever seen. Not that there's a lot of competition.
It's not the worst movie ever made, though. That remains "Sirens".
No, Sirens was better.
A "movie about writing"? What a fascinating subject. Oh well, I guess there's 8 1/2.
Yes, I expect "Sirens" was right up your alley, Will.
Creative types whining about how hard it is to practice their craft is always dull and always annoying. I will give the Coens credit for having a sense of humor about it, but that doesn't negate Barton Fink's other staggering flaws.
The Coens are also well advised not to mimic their betters. Their only good movies don't ape Old Hollywood.
Given the state of Australian film at the time, Sirens was pretty good. 8 1/2 is not the best movie about writing, however, not that it's a bad movie.
Look: want to write? The sad cold truth is you either have a book in you - or you don't. If you do, start writing, using whatever excuse you need. If you don't, what comes out the other end invariably will suck.
Barton Fink, is of course, a masterpiece. I think I love every frame of it and I've read the screenplay a couple of times.
Paul, it boggles my mind that anyone could write a screenplay or a novel (!!) in only a month -- I've been trying to write a novel since last fall and I've barely gotten through about a chapter.
I may be hamstrung by a crippling lack of intelligence and talent, however.
I've written scripts for plays in about 36 hours of work, but that's usually when you have known actors to work with and play off of. A book is a lot harder.
fnarf ftw. I got to the end of Barton Fink and felt like I'd been robbed of two hours of my life. Same reaction I had at the end of "White Hunter, Black Heart."
So Script Frenzy is Viki King's How To Write a Movie in 21 Days... with an extra week and change.
Best movie about writing? Better than SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE????!?
Jesus fucking Christ, just make it stop.
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