So, rather banal 30 DAYS OF FEAR here. Yesterday, I managed to clean out my living room and today I payed my dues for the Dramatists Guild. I’m going to start some updates to the website tonight, and who knows, maybe I can get it done by tomorrow on DAY 14.
For some inspiration, I watched one of my favorite writing movies: the Coen Brothers’ Barton Fink. I’ve posted the trailer below which contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so watch in your risk
It’s funny, because the first half of the trailer makes this movie out to be some kind of zany comedy, and at the end it’s morphed into a thriller/horror. The problem is trailers thrive off of genre and Barton Fink defies all known genres. TV Tropes describes it as “a psychological horror/comedy/buddy film/bildungsroman/mystery with some elements of the supernatural.” It simply can be described as a weird movie.
There’s a lot to take in Barton Fink, and I guarantee you will find something new each time you watch it. Don’t believe me? Check out it’s Wikipedia page for themes on Broadway, Hollywood, Writing, Fascism, Slavery, “The Common Man”, and Religion.
What is Barton Fink to me? What are the Coen Brothers trying to say? It’s a simple morality tale, just like the screenplay Barton is trying to write. It’s a message to writers on getting in your own head: to remember that we live in the world as well as writing about it. Barton can only write after everything that’s happened to him, but by the time he realizes it, he’s trapped in Hollywood Hell.
But Barton Fink is much more that just my interpretation. Go see it for yourself.