This film stars Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Meryl Streep with Kidman playing the part of Virginia Woolf. The movie shows the deep, emotional struggle Woolf felt as she navigated her sexuality, mental illness, and the creation of Mrs. Dalloway, a novel that impacts the lives of the women in the film. Woolf’s struggles are echoed through the women who read her novel. This movie offers insight into the life and legacy of one of the most notable writers of all time.
Stranger than Fiction
When an IRS auditor played by Will Ferrell begins to hear his life narrated by what he determines to be an author, played by Emma Thompson, Harold Crick is forced to take a look at the banality of his day-to-day life. This dark comedy takes on the fact versus fiction dichotomy, and blurs the lines of it for both the viewer and its protagonist. A great watch for any writer who has ever dealt with writer’s block, or anyone who has ever wondered what their lives might look like on paper.
This biopic of Sylvia Plath’s time at Cambridge where she met her future husband and poet, Ted Hughes stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig in the starring roles. The film shows the tumultuous relationship the writers shared, but does not necessarily paint the most accurate image of either author. That doesn’t mean it isn’t fascinating to see Plath and Hughes brought to life on the screen. It’s a great watch for anyone interested in the lives and relationship of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.
Starring Ben Wishaw and Abbie Cornish as John Keats and Fannie Brawn, the film follows their intimate connection and the short life and work of the poet John Keats. Their performances are moving, and Wishaw’s portrayal of Keats will make you believe that he is the poet incarnate. This film is a must for any Romanticism era fan.
Not Another Happy Ending
This Scottish Indie film stars Karen Gillian (DOCTOR WHO) and Stanley Weber as an author and editor who clash after her book hits it big. When the fame causes her writing process to stall, she struggles to produce a second book because she is “too happy.” Their relationship, as anyone can tell by their level of attractiveness, is both haughty and electrifying. The movie feels like a meet-cute, which serves it moderately well. Gillian’s performance as a writer burdened by writer’s block saves the film. It’s a fun watch for a rainy day in, and it’ll make you envy their accents for days.
Midnight in Paris
Woody Allen’s eccentric film stars Owen Wilson as Gil, a screenwriter visiting modern-day Paris by day, and traveling the Parisian streets of the 1920s with the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, appropriately played by Tom Hiddleston and Corey Stoll, by night. This time traveling film pays homage to the lost generation, and the romanticism creative mind’s harbor for the past.
Shakespeare in Love
This popular film is structured in the style of the Bard’s great comedies, and stars Joseph Fiennes as William Shakespeare and Gwyneth Paltrow as Viola, the woman who inspires Shakespeare to write Twelfth Night. This film will forever be fun for bringing the young Bard to life in such an attractive package (hellllooo Joseph Fiennes). But it also shows how often life informs art, and how often art informs life with its homages to the Bard.
Stuck in Love
This film features an ensemble cast including Bill Borgens, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, Kristin Bell, Nat Wolf, and Logan Lerman. A fractured family comes to terms with the convoluted nature of love and family ties as all writers do, through both experience and art. Bill Borgens and Lily Collins as a father and daughter, both writers, who are at times emotionally broken, add a bitter sweetness to the film as they try to love as writers and be loved as writers. This movie is perfect for anyone who knows how complicated family can be, and how often that makes for a perfect story.
Who doesn’t want a movie where Sean Connery plays a reclusive author who takes a prodigy from the projects under his wing? This film is often funny and moving all at once. Connery’s character, afraid to leave his home, collides with a young man who isn’t given the privilege of an education until a prank goes wrong and their paths collide. It takes a deep look into the nature of privilege, creativity, and how at times it’s the hardest trials that push people to hold one another up as they face them. And how the teachers students learn from shape who they become.
Kill Your Darlings
With Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg, Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr, and Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac, this film goes deep into the events that shaped the beat generation. When in 1944 a murder threatens the futures of Carr, Ginsberg, and Kerouac, the friends and poets find their friendship challenged by the dangers of sex, secrets, and art. Radcliffe’s performance as Ginsberg is raw, and the film itself is gritty and revealing. It’s a film for those who don’t mind pulling back the veil on some of America’s finest authors and poets.