At a recent Northern Colorado Writers coffee, we went around and shared our all- time favorite movies. The reasons these were the favorites varied. For some it had to do with stirring up memories from growing up (American Grafiti), for others it was the story line (When Harry Met Sally) and for others it was a movie that was a cultural phenomenom (Star Wars).
I believe movies can teach us so much about writing. I blogged a while back about the movie, The Women, and how characterization was established with shoes. Think of how effective the dialogue was in The Breakfast Club. This movie took place in a library, had no real action to speak of, yet the story was compelling.
Next time you are watching a movie think about what the writer and director are doing to keep you interested. Or what is happening that makes you not like the movie.
Here are the favorite movies of the writers:
When Harry Met Sally
Star Wars Trilogy
Pride and Prejudice
The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring
The Remains of the Day
What is your favorite movie of all time and why?