Earlier I was reading Robena's latest blogpost about a movie about a writer. It sounded like a good movie so I went to my netflix queue to add it, only to find it already there - that's how bad I am about movies.
Then I realized the movie I've had lying around for weeks is a movie about writers - Shadows In the Sun. I decided to watch it. And I'm glad I did. It was sweet, touching, an adventure into another country, and it really made me think about writing. About how I sometimes don't sit down to write because I'm afraid I won't be great.
The movie stars Joshua Jackson. He may have started out as a young boy in Dawson's Creek but let me tell ya - he is now a very handsome man.
Jackson's character travels to Italy, on orders of his pushy boss, to find a writer he admires greatly. The writer he's looking for wrote several wonderful books, then his wife died, and he hasn't written since for the last 20 years. He is reclusive. He is played by the always wonderful Harvey Keitel.
Keitel's character turns out to be outrageously eccentric and yet lovable. Keitel has a posse of friends including a priest who makes his own rules played by Giancarlo Giannini.
There are a lot of delightful elements to the movie. The taste of Italian countryside and culture is one. The friendship of a group of men and an entire community built over a number of years is another.
Jackson and Keitel's relationship and what they bring out in each other, both destructive and constructive makes me envious that I don't have a successful writing mentor.
The music is definitely a delight. It's mostly beautiful, instrumental music by an obviously talented Mark Thomas. There are a few other songs, though. There's a funny karaoke scene. There's an Elvis song. But by far my favorite is the song, Sway, by the late Dean Martin.
What a handsome man he was. And his voice was so smooth and sensual.
Where was I? Oh yeah - the movie.
Anywho - I don't want to give too much away. I'll just say it is a very moving, uplifting movie for everyone but especially for writers.
And being a romantic comedy it has - you guessed it - a happy ending. Throughout the movie Jackson's character falls in love with Keitel's daughter played by Claire Folani.
The end of the movie is a slightly cheesy but very satisfying HEA for the two of them.
Okay - I can send this one back to netflix now. Wonder what I have in my queue next.
How often do you watch movies?