Who Was the First Movie Writer Whose Work You Intentionally Sought Out?
Today, I want to know who was the first movie writer whose work you intentionally sought out.
Pop Culture Theme Time is a feature where I put a question to you to see what you think about a particular theme. I might later revisit the theme for a future Drawing Crazy Patterns or Top Five.
Movie screenwriters are obviously very important, but it sometimes takes a while to fully UNDERSTAND that as a movie fan, so I was wondering when you first decided, “Hey, I want to see more work from THAT person.”
My pick would probably be The Princess Bride, written by the amazing William Goldman, who obviously wrote a TON of great movies, so it worked out nicely to seek out his other movies.
How about you folks?
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3 thoughts on “Who Was the First Movie Writer Whose Work You Intentionally Sought Out?”
It’s complicated because I think the first real answer is Woody Allen, who’s a writer/director, but to be honest, it was more the writer side of him that interested me (this was the late ’80s / early ’90s) but, at the same time, that’s hard to judge because I think his directing plays a big part in anything he does.
So if we’re doing it purely based on a writer, then I’d probably say Richard LaGravenese, because The Fisher King knocked my socks off when I saw it– the dialogue was stunning and I loved the twists it took and the bravura of it and I saw a lot of movies purely because LaGravenese wrote it (and later he would also direct them). Sadly, I don’t think any of them were quite as good as The Fisher King! But my loyalty held true!
I think W.D. Richter after Buckaroo Banzai for the whole shaggy-dog stoner take on action genres.