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10 years of Flick Filosopher: I see myself on film

It’s still one of my favorite movies of recent years, and one of the best movies I’ve ever seen about the healthy psychosis necessary to being a writer. From my review of Wonder Boys:

Wonder Boys is comfortably like spending time with friends. These are warm, messed-up, self-deprecatingly funny people, characters whose quirks and oddities make them real, who are never quirky or odd just for the sake of it. These are people for whom creativity isn’t an act any more than their breathing is conscious — the scene in which Grady, Terry, and James make up a melodramatic tale on the spot about an eccentric bar patron is the purest, truest expression of the innate love of fiction that I’ve ever seen on film.

review of Wonder Boys, posted 11.13.00

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