Movie Monday: Films about writers (Netflix edition)

‘The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool.’  – Lester Bangs, Almost Famous

Mary Shelley (2018)

Last year marked 200 years since the publication of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. In those two centuries the intrigue about its author, Mary Shelley, still prevails. This film focuses on Mary (Elle Fanning) and her romantic relationship with poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth), how the joys and tragedies within it inspired her to write one of the greatest Gothic novels of all time. A special mention has to go to Tom Sturridge’s wonderfully creepy performance as Lord Bryon and the truly underappreciated Bel Powley (see 2015’s Diary of a Teenage Girl).


Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

It feels a good while since we’ve seen a good Will Ferrell performance. This, after Elf, is one of his best. It’s a smart and heartwarming, with a side of strange, film about an IRS auditor (played by Ferrell) who hears an author’s voice (Emma Thompson) and discovers he is the protagonist in her ill-fated novel.

Misery (1990)

In the chart of the movie adaption of Stephen King stories, this falls in the ‘good’ column. James Caan plays a famous author determined to write a new book that deviates from his beloved series. Whilst travelling home he is caught in a blizzard and is found by a nurse, played by Kathy Bates, who takes him in. It turns out she is his number one fan and has no plans on letting him go anytime soon…


The Glass Castle (2017)

A film that didn’t get all that much attention at the cinemas, and has been undeservedly forgotten since. Brie Larson (soon to light up our screens in March as Captain Marvel) plays a writer whose dysfunctional childhood continues to haunt her long into adulthood. Woody Harrelson is magnetic as her beloved but spectacularly flawed father.


Capote (2005)

Phillip Seymour Hoffmann will continue to be viewed as one of the finest actors of his generation. Any doubters of this need to be pointed in the direction of this movie. He is phenomenal in the lead role of this biopic about writer Truman Capote.


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