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Movie Night: A Movie About Writing

Alright, this is for my audience of 1-5 that about where I stand now...I think that sounds about right.

Before I go any further. Has, I will watch Kill Bill with you soon ish, I just need a break from all the action. Set up the thread whenever, I'll bump it up on my list of things to do because you are so loyal to the jam session, but probably not for at least another week or so. Feel free to join me in here though.

It's from 2002. Directed by Spike Jonez. Starring Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep.

It's a story about telling stories. It's a story within a story. It's a riddle. But most importantly; it's about rare orchids.
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It's good for the writers, the story tellers, the future novelists.

Ahem, duly noted. Marketing is not my strong point. I just assume everyone wants to hang out with me, and I have no idea how to market outside of that little train of thought I have in my head.

Bring me back more than a tacky pink straw hat ok?

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Sweet movie.. watching now. I

Sweet movie.. watching now. I like Cage.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Cage is awesome

both of him.

I think this movie was really the first to gave me an appreciation for what an actor really is. Most actors make it look so natural that you don't realize it is work. Like they're up there just being themselves.

Then I saw those two completely different selves that Cage plays. Wow!

I'm going to watch it this Saturday.

I came here to put a Hemingway quote up from a great book I recently acquired. I will do that directly.

I love this movie

I have it here. Old VHS copy. Did everyone watch it last night? Or is it tonight? FYI< I just mentioned another movie about writing, to MN: "Delirious," this goofy romantic comedy I've seen a dozen times. Also, while there's an unrelated comment below mentioning an Albert Brooks movie, there's also one where's he writer: "Mother." [Unrelated to writing, ever see his Real People? It's a riot.] There are many films about writers. There are all kinds of different lists. Maybe those of us interested could periodically watch one of 'em. Keep this thread going.

By the way, after I initially saw Adaptation, I read "The Orchid Thief." I wasn't sure what to expect. But it's a real book (non-fiction), and it's really good.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

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Most of us haven't watched it yet

I don't think at least. I am aiming for Sunday, some people might watch it before or after that. I knew the book that the movie was based on was an actual book, I did not read it though. I might add it to my list, but my book list is stacked right now lol.

I'll go check out that comment you are talking about....

I recommend reading just the first few

pages of The Orchid Thief at the Amazon link to see what you think of her writing. (I just did. Makes me wanna read it again!)

Sunday's a good day for a movie. And where I am, rain's predicted. Perfect. Ha, ha. I made popcorn before thinking that everyone had either watched it last night (and I'd need to catch up) or would be watching it tonight. Mmm. Was that ever good. Just wish I had a large Coke to go with it!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I saw this movie way back

and enjoyed it! I used to collect miniature orchids a while back, and orchids continue to fascinate me.

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." - Khalil Gibran
"The Perfect Man has no self; the Holy Man has no merit; the Sage has no fame." - Chuang Tzu

ready to watch it

jrd3820's picture

Yay! And then we will do Kill Bill later next week or weekend

I probably won't actually get to Adaptation again until Sunday anyways.

I'll make us popcorn though. Carmel popcorn if you prefer.

Hey, if I look around and find some decent prompts and set up a thread for it would you be interested in doing writing prompts with me every now and then? There would be no rush. I would want to take my time on them also, but I know you said you want to work on writing. I don't want to set up the thread for a prompt (later when I have time to find some good ones) if no one is interested at all.

Sure, I'm onboard

I'm taking it slow getting up to speed, I've gotten out of practice and need to brush up on it.
I think we need to both parts of Kill Bill, I don't think the KILL YOUR HEROES idea comes across as clearly otherwise.

Michael Nystrom's picture

This movie is all about writing

Writing about flowers.

jrd3820's picture

Rare Orchids....Writing about rare orchids.

Oh hey, whats that in your signature? A movie night.... well, don't mind if I do.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Ah, on a Spike Jonze kick

After watching Her I started to think back about his other movies as well. It has been so long since I've seen this, it will be like watching it for the first time. It is a particularly weird movie. Nicholas Cage is great.

Have you seen it? What made you decide on this one?

jrd3820's picture

I have seen it.... It's been a while though

I started writing a lot more since about end of November and I remembered this one tackling the frustration of writers block. That's not my problem at all right now, but there are so many writers here, it has a message for them.

Hey, my mailbox was embellished today :)

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I was thinking about this today on my daily walk

So it isn't really a movie about flowers, it is a movie about writing.

I bet you'd attract more bees if you said, "A movie about writing." I bet Ed Ucation, and BILL3 and Smudge Pot, maybe even Chris would be all over this.

Just sayin'

It is all about marketing.


Now Bunny watch your mouth and start acting like a lady.

You crack me up. I saw that this mornign and I just burst out.

'nother pretty good one w/Meryl Streep

and Albert Brooks was Defending Your Life.

I only saw it once a long time ago but I really liked it at the time.

I suggested Kill Bill because of that whole KILL YOUR HEROES thing you had over there. I guess I never realized, conciously at least,that that is what it is about. Plus that fight scene between Lucy Lui and Uma is very nice. I like the snow and the sound from the well in that scene, it just worked for me

Michael Nystrom's picture

That was a hilarious movie

A pleasant surprise.

I never saw Kill Bill. I didn't know it was all about killing your heroes. My interest is piqued. I'll watch it.

jrd3820's picture

You're right, the snow scene is a great scene....

Did you see django? That was amazing. There are some great scenes in that one also.

Hey, real quick if you're still here

I told mdefarge that Saturday night was really weird--I just finished rewatching The Matrix. I woke up later and heard this call (starts at 2h 28m 45s). Is that Nystrom?

never seen django, don't remember hearing about it either, what's it about?

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Visually stunning at points. Hard to watch at points. His attempt at a western meets civil war era thing....I highly recommend it.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Ha - that was interesting, but not me

He must be a neighbor though, because Somerville is a small little city. He's around here somewhere.

I've never seen Django, either. The last Tarantino flick I watched was, uh, Pulp Fiction. I haven't seen any of them since then.


load off my mind, I thought I was losing it. Sometime just before that call there was something said about an Ark. Plus, I had a screwy dream just before hearing that call. Of course the Matrix would want me to believe it was all just a coincidence, wouldn't it?

When I first saw Pulp Fiction the method of telling the story blew me away, I thought it was so original, but there's a Kubrick movie called The Killing that told it's story the same way

Michael Nystrom's picture

Yeah, that'll happen

Reality doing weird things like that. It is a glitch in the Matrix.

jrd3820's picture

There is no matrix

I thought we went over this already....

Do we have to go through Fight Club and The Matrix again?

What do you mean theres no

What do you mean theres no matrix?

jrd3820's picture

It's a joke...

I watched The Matrix 2.5 times in 2 days....

I was talking about it with Michael. There is no spoon, there is nothing. That is all.

But more or less it was a joke. Did you join in on The Matrix fun? It was a fun thread....