Many aspiring writers, however, seem to only take a passing interest in actually watching films. We often recommend to writers a famous film by, say, Jim Jarmusch, only for them to say they’ve never heard of it. Or Jim Jarmusch for that matter.
Remember when the 2004 version of The Ladykillers came out, and Tom Hanks confessed that he’d never seen the original? Not a good image to cultivate. An understanding of the films that have shaped cinema’s history is vital to expanding a writer’s craft, so make sure you’re on top of the game by utilizing the resources below.