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Friday, September 4, 2009

Five on Friday: Writer Movies

Tears welled when I watched a scene in the recent release Julie and Julia when Julie returns home to find not one, but many calls on her answering machine, calls every wanna-be-published writer would love to hear. My daughter shifted in her seat, putting distance between us, when I pulled out a tissue and did mop-up.

The Fashion Queen loves to sing but doesn't like to write. She didn't get this poignant moment the way I did. I'm sure there were few in the theater who did. Most focus on the fine French fare or Meryl Streep's spot-on portrayal of Julia Child.

To me, the movie is about two writers, and I related to their highs and lows. I laughed, cried and sighed with Julia as she spent eight years of her life endeavoring to get her famous cookbook published and with Julie as she blogged about her experience cooking Julia's dishes decades later.

Another aspect of the movie that touched me deeply was the supportive husbands who stood behind these two women. My Gwynly is such a man, and I'm grateful beyond words.

If you want to see a movies that is sure to please, I recommend Julie and Julia. Even if you're not a writer, it's still a great show.

Five Writer Movies that Have Moved Me

1) Julie and Julia

2) Miss Potter - about Beatrix Potter, creator of Peter Rabbit and his pals

3) Little Women - about Josephine March, a character modeled on the book's Victorian author Louisa May Alcott

4) Finding Neverland - about J.M. Berrie, creator of Peter Pan

5) Becoming Jane - about Jane Austen

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I'd love to hear about other writer movies. Which have you enjoyed and what was it you liked about them?


Katie Ganshert said...

Stranger than Fiction is a great one. And Funny Farm with Chevy Chase!

The only movie I've seen from your list is Little Women. How crazy is that?

Jody Hedlund said...

I've seen all of these except the Neverland one. I'll have to check it out! I LOVED the Beatrix Potter one. Fascinating! It is so inspiring to watch movies about the lives of other writers. I'm actually listening to Little Women on tape with my children. It's so interesting to hear a classic and see how much has changed over the years in the style of writing! But that's another post entirely, right?

Laura Frantz said...

We really like Nim' Island as it has a zany, hand-sanitizing novelist who creates a very handsome character who talks back to her:) I'll have to check out the movies you mentioned as they sound so good.

Keli Gwyn said...

Katie, Stranger than Fiction was so interesting, wasn't it? Very high concept. I've never heard of Funny Farm. I'll pop over to Netflix and check it out. Thanks for the ideas.

Jody, Little Women was my favorite book as a child. I still have the tear-stained unabridged copy I spent $10 of my hard-to-come-by allowance money on. I wanted to be like Beth, but I'm far more like Jo in many ways.

Laura, I have Nim's Island in our Netflix queue. You recommended it on Twitter when I tweeted about Julie and Julia. It's fun hearing about other writer movies I hadn't known about.

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Oh my goodness, "Finding Neverland" is one of my favorite movies. I love it so much, and not just because it's Johnny Depp. He did an incredible job in that movie!!

I've never seen "Stranger than fiction", but I've been told I need to watch it.

Have a great weekend!

Keli Gwyn said...

Kristen, Johnny Depp did a super job as Barrie. But then, he delivers a stellar performance in every one of his roles. The man oozes talent.

Emma Thompson and Chevy Chase were great in Stranger Than Fiction. It's not your ordinary movie though. It's a bit , well, strange. : )

Lynnette Bonner said...

I know I have one of those supportive husbands. I couldn't do this writing thing without him. I'm so greatful for him. :)

Finding Forrester is a movie about writing. It was pretty good, except I think there was quite a lot of language in it. I haven't seen it but once, and that was a long time ago.

I love Anne of Green Gables too - Anne always wanted to be a writer. I love the part where her friend enters her story in the baking soda contest and she wins and is so humiliated that her "baby" was "tattoed with baking soda". LOL. I could so empathize! :)

Diane said...

Just wanted to thank you again for the book I won and received last week. I linked to you on my blog. Also loved the hand written note and hope inspired verse.

P.S. Serendipity.... I love the movie and it makes me sad all at the same time.

Jessica said...

I liked Stranger than Fiction and loved Little Women growing up. I feel like there are more but I can't think of them right now. Hmmmm.... LOL

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Stranger than Fiction did it for me too. I'll have to go see this Julie and Julia one now. It sounds awesome. Thanks for the notes on it!

sherrinda said...

I loved Julie and Julia too! I loved when Julie said she had found herself through writing her blog and it really touched something deep within me.

I also loved Finding Forrester, with Sean Connery. There was some language, but the story was beautiful and inspiring.

Terri Tiffany said...

I love Little Women and Becoming Jane and so want to go see this newest movie. Until now, I didn't realize it was about writers.

Keli Gwyn said...

Lynnette, how wonderful to see you here. I received your book, Rocky Mountain Oasis, in the mail yesterday and can't wait to read it. Mail-order bride stories are my absolute favorites. I'm moving your book to the top of my TBR mountain.

I remember watching Finding Forrester several years ago. And how could I have forgotten about Anne of Green Gables? That should have been on my list. It's a wonderful story!

Keli Gwyn said...

Diane, I'm glad you enjoyed the book. And thanks for the link. I'm following your blog too.

Jessica, didn't Emma Thompson and Chevy Chase do great jobs with their roles in Stranger Than Fiction? And which version of Little Women is your favorite? The one with Winona Ryder as Jo?

Eileen, I hope you enjoy J&J as much as I did. The scene with the answering machine did a real number on me.

Sherrinda, it was so neat to watch Julie's journey of self-discovery, wasn't it? And what's so cool is realizing this is based on a true story. These two women really lived these experiences. Wow!

Tiffany, I liked J&J so much I'm putting the DVD on my Christmas list. Hope you enjoy it.

Anne Barton said...

What a great topic, Keli!

I've got some new movies to add to the Netflix queue--thanks!

The writing movie that came to mind for me--Misery--isn't as cheerful/uplifting, but writing was definitely central to the story. :)

Keli Gwyn said...

Anne, I'll have to check out Misery. There are times in every writer's journey where that word might apply. Our profession can be challenging on occasion.