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 I have been a member of Poetry soup since 2011. 


Though my forte is fiction, verse has always appealed to me. There is nothing like a play of words to rattle the ordinary, to tickle away the dust of stagnation. My favourite form is the contemporary sonnet, but I also enjoy free verse. Also, I love the zen experience of haiku, its seizure of a moment, how it can hold a universe in so few syllables. And I admit to a fondness for the Rondeau.




My life is simple, but busy. I’m a writer and stay at home mother. Days are full. 


Currently, I am working on a novel or ... ha ha... should I really say that the novel is working on me? Characters! They have a way of turning a world upside down.


There are some amazing poets on the soup. I am blessed to call many my friends ~~ Cyndi




WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE FILMS WHERE THE MAIN CHARACTER IS A POET OR NOVELIST?


Blog Posted:1/10/2013 12:10:00 PM


I was thinking that when a movie has a writer as a main character, I usually enjoy the film, regardless of the genre, whether the plot was contrived, the dialogue cliche, the ending stupid or the story pointless. LOL.

Seriously, I love a movie where I can identify with the compulsion to write.

Recently, I saw a HORRIBLE movie (I mean TURKEY) and I loved it all the same.

The movie? Motherhood with Uma Thurman.

This movie stinks.

But there are scenes which call to me and that I thoroughly enjoyed. The main character is a stay-at-home mom who squeezes in little bits of writing time (7 minutes) writing a blog called The Bourne Identity. She goes about in grubby gear, finds comfort in writing, but longs for more time to write, to get back into her fiction. Well, parts of that movie felt like a camera had been following me around town. I laughed, nodded, almost clapped at one point.

But the movie itself SUCKS. A bad script led to bad acting. I didn't give a rip!




I have loved: Romancing the Stone and Little Women the same way. Guilty pleasures!




But there have been some truly GREAT movies in which the protagonist is a writer.
The Hours is one. The Wonder Boys is another....

What about you? Do you have a favourite movie where the main character was a poet/writer? Something about their routine/outlook/views spoke to you on a personal level? If you pick the Shining, you'll scare soupers... but LOL... hey, whatever tickles your pen, I say :)



Please share!

Hugs
Cyndi

PS--I am writing at the library... girl is at preschool... We bus it, so I needed to stay in town. Home's a mess but I am a happy happy mommy, writing, reading, chilling out!

xox
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  1. Date: 1/15/2013 2:10:00 PM
    this might be cheating...but loved the DEAD POET SOCIETY where the main character is just a lowly english teacher, aspiring writer, but lover of poetry....he inspired many young people to love the joy of words....

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  1. Date: 1/13/2013 10:16:00 PM
    I loved "The Harder They Fall" with Humphrey Bogart as a journalist. Also "Walk The Line". I consider Cash An excellent poet. "The Buddy Holly Story" was pretty good. One of the better movies from the 50s was "Lust For Life" with Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh.

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  1. Date: 1/12/2013 8:33:00 AM
    I love 1408. Another Stephen King story, one that wasn't even meant to be finished in fact. Stephen king started to write it as an example of how to write, but the story spooked him so much he had to finish it. I also like the secret window.

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  1. Date: 1/11/2013 12:00:00 PM
    I remembered two more: "Il Postino" (the story of a postman who develops a friendship with Pablo Neruda) and "Before Night Falls" (portrays the life of Reinaldo Arenas).

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  1. Date: 1/10/2013 7:12:00 PM
    As a shameless horror freak I gotta go with 'The Shining'...when Shelley Duvall takes a peak at Jack's script, well...nuff said!... Also 'Sunset Boulevard' with William Holden and Gloria Swanson...the ending is freaky and painfully real...

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 1/10/2013 7:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    And she DOES have a young son and I'm quite sure she is blonde too (I am duly and horribly embarassed)
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 1/10/2013 7:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I woulda come up with that sooner or later Ruben!...You beat me to the punch, bro!
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 1/10/2013 7:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You have to delete this comment, Tim!!!! : ) because I can't stop laughing!!!! : D It's not Cyndi....It's Uma!!
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 1/10/2013 7:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I assume that is your picture with your son?...You look very much like an actress who I can't seem to recall at the moment...I'll come up with it sooner or later! (Michelle Pfeiffer, maybe?)
  1. Date: 1/10/2013 6:50:00 PM
    One of my favorites was "Antonement" (already mentioned)...also enjoyed "Finding Forrester" with Sean Connery....."Shadowlands", "Dead Poets Society" ...and some oldies..."Devotion" about the Bronte sisters...."The Snows of Kilimanjaro" with Gregory Peck... and of course many of the others already mentioned. I'm a movie fan!

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 1/11/2013 8:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Dead Poets Society - very moving and I loved it as well.
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 1/10/2013 7:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The "Atonement"'s ending...is ...I get goose bumps! : )
  1. Date: 1/10/2013 6:19:00 PM
    I've seen all these except for MOtherhood. What about the one where Meryl Streep plays Julia Child? And the one girl writes blogs about cooking. I think it was called Two Julias? That is one of my faves. Also a few movies I saw about romantic classic poets (I forget the names of the movies now, but those were good) I loved the Shining and / Romancing the Stone/ almost all the ones you mentioned but I found the Hours to be a bit too weird for me.

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  1. Date: 1/10/2013 3:25:00 PM
    oooo..I know the answer...LOL...My favorite movie with poetry is "" Righteous Kill (2008) "" here is the top cast~~ Robert De Niro as... Turk~~ Al Pacino as... Rooster~~ 50 Cent as... Spider (as Curtis Jackson)~~ Carla Gugino as... Karen Corelli ~~ John Leguizamo as ... Det. Simon Perez ~~ Donnie Wahlberg as... Det. Ted Riley~~ and my favorite line ~~~ TURK: Do you like poetry? Charles Randall: Yeah, I do. Roses are red, violets are blue. I wanna poke your f(REA)king eyes out with my (P)ick, you (D)uck. ... yes the movie has a lot of bada$$ actors. it's about a killer who leaves poetry behind with all his victims... xox~pd

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    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 1/10/2013 3:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    AL PACINO... is the bad guy
  1. Date: 1/10/2013 2:20:00 PM
    Yike!! That's a tough one I don't remember many? I guess Misery is the only one which comes quickly to mind.

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  1. Date: 1/10/2013 2:20:00 PM
    An Old TV show which is hysterical is The Dick Van Dyke Show

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  1. Date: 1/10/2013 12:49:00 PM
    There is a very witty TV show about a writer, Castle. Many references to writers and other books. james patterson makes guest appearances is books, (although I have not read his books, they are popular)

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    Grisetti Avatar Joann Grisetti Date: 1/11/2013 11:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Finding orester nas In Love and War (Hemingway)
  1. Date: 1/10/2013 12:25:00 PM
    "Sylvia" with Gwyneth Paltrow (about the romance between Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes); "Misery" with Kathy Bates; "Capote" with Seymour Hoffman; "The Hours" with Meryl Streep; "Shakespeare in Love" with...I dont remember the actor LOL!; "Stranger than Fiction" with emma Thompson...what else?..."Atonement" with Vanessa Redgrave... I can go on! : )

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    Grisetti Avatar Joann Grisetti Date: 1/10/2013 12:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    one of my favorite movies. we play 'guess the play' for the lines.
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 1/10/2013 12:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Joseph Fiennes! I googled his name! : ) "He" portrays Shakespeare. You too are a fan of Gwyneth! : )
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/10/2013 12:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Just about to leave... I remember Stranger than Fiction, Truly funny! Will seek out the movie Sylvia, as I'm a Plath fan (her way with words HOLLOWS me, honet) Misery scared the "Heebee Jeebies" out of me... AWK! Thanks chum
    herrera Avatar frank herrera Date: 1/10/2013 12:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You don't remember the actor in 'Shakespeare in love.'??? Who cares!!! When Gwyneth Paltrow's on screen!!
    herrera Avatar frank herrera Date: 1/10/2013 12:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    YOU DON"T remember the actor in Shakespeare in love??? who cares! When GWYNETH PALTROW IS ON SCREEN!!!

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