Jack Lipnick: We're only interested in one thing, Bart. Can you tell a story? Can you make us laugh? Can you make us cry? Can you make us want to break out in joyous song? Is that more than one thing? Okay!
When asked what I felt was the best movie about writing and being a writer, my first answer was it had to be Barton Fink, the Coen Brother's surreal exploration of a tortured playwright cum screenwriter's soul (played by John Turturro).
Barton Fink: I gotta tell you, the life of the mind... There's no roadmap for that territory... And exploring it can be painful.
But then I remembered...
Charlie Kaufman: To begin... To begin... How to start? I'm hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think. Maybe I should write something first, then reward myself with coffee. Coffee and a muffin. So I need to establish the themes. Maybe a banana nut. That's a good muffin.
Could I really exclude Adaptation, Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman's surreal exploration of a tortured screenwriter's soul (nicely played two ways as twins by Nicolas Cage)?
Charlie Kaufman: The script I'm starting, it's about flowers. No one's ever done a movie about flowers before. So there are no guidelines...
Donald Kaufman: What about "Flowers for Algernon"?
Charlie Kaufman: Well, that's not about flowers. And it's not a movie.
Donald Kaufman: Okay, I'm sorry, I never saw it.
I'm torn. Are these the best movies ever about writing and being a writer? Or are there others that should be considered.