With NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) now in full swing and writers across the globe going into lockdown and frantically scrambling to get 50 000 words written by the end of November, here’s a list of some of the lesser-known films about writers to stir up some inspo and comradery for those in midst of the Nano struggle (it’s real).
Sure, you’ve got your classics such as The Shining, Misery, and Shakespeare in Love, but here’s a few that fall off the beaten track:
Midnight in Paris:
Mostly eviscerated by the critics, this Woody Allen helmed film casts Owen Wilson as Gil, a writer who travels to Paris with his fiancée (Rachel McAdams) and mysteriously finds himself transported to the 1920’s each night, where he rubs shoulders with some of his idols, including Earnest Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Cole Porter.
Even if the story doesn’t grab you, watch Midnight in Paris for the incredible scenery. You’ll be checking flight prices to Paris by the end of the first act.
The cast: Aside from Wilson and McAdams, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill, Corey Stoll, Kathy Bates and Michael Sheen feature.
A Love Song for Bobby Long:
A slow, sleepy movie filled with southern accents and long shots of the New Orleans bayou, A Love Song for Bobby Long is a movie that you won’t expect to like, but it’s charming in a quiet, indie, kind of way.
Purslane Hominy Will returns to her New Orleans home after her mother’s death and years away to find it already inhabited by Bobby Long, a former literature professor, and Lawson Pines, another writer and Bobby’s protégé. Refusing to leave the house, the three live together as secrets, loves and different lives are slowly revealed.
The cast: Scarlett Johansson, John Travolta, Gabriel Macht (Harvey Specter FTW!).
I’m sure that Ruby Sparks is someone’s cup of tea, but I was left disappointed. Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan are both phenomenal talents (Dano’s turn in Prisoners is chilling), but I expected more.
Calvin is a novelist who wills his dream girl into existence as he writes about her. As they enter into a relationship, he realizes that he can control her actions by simply changing his story.
The cast: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas
Sex & the City:
Whilst the movies aren’t great, there can’t be a list like this without acknowledging Carrie Bradshaw. Home girl worked for Vogue!
The cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon
Written by Diablo Cody (Juno) and directed by Jason Reitman (Juno), Young Adult is about a YA author who returns home to her small town in Minnesota after years away and looks to rekindle her high school romance. The writing is sharp, hilarious and Charlize Theron is brilliant.
The cast: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, Elizabeth Reaser
Made before The OC, Laguna Beach and every other California-named TV show about high school kids in wealthy, beachside suburbs of California, Orange County is about Shaun, an aspiring writer who is surrounded by idiots – including his high school guidance counselor who accidentally sends the wrong college transcripts to Stamford University.
Even more awesome? The film’s soundtrack features a song from the Foo Fighters and 90’s goodness in Butterfly from Crazytown.
The cast: Colin Hanks, John Lithgow, Catherine O’Hara, Jack Black, Schuyler Fisk, Kevin Kline and Chevy Chase.
If you’re competing in this years’ Nano, then here’s a list to binge-watch on December 1st and if not, here’s just some super cool movies with a running theme to sink your teeth into.
Best of luck to everyone participating in this years’ Nano – now get back to writing!