1. Dolemite Is My Name, 2. Pain and Glory, 3. The Artist, 4. Adaptation, 5. The Aviator, 6. Hail, Caesar!, 7. Once Upon A Time... in Hollywood, 8. Hitchcock. The stories behind a director, an actor, or a screenwriter, is not something we all know about. In order to bring us some of their best performances, these people have to sacrifice a lot, even their own happiness. Today, Toplist will introduce to you some of the best movies about making movies!
- Dolemite Is My Name
- Pain and Glory
- The Artist
- The Aviator
- Hail, Caesar!
- Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
Dolemite Is My Name
In the movie Dolemite Is My Name, Rudy Ray Moore (played by Eddie Murphy) is a performer. He creates the absurd character Dolemite, who turns into an underground celebrity and the star of an anti-establishment kung-fu film that might make or destroy Moore’s career.
Dolemite Is My Name is, from a particular perspective, the most liberal film ever produced. Rudy Ray Moore is totally self-motivated and will never stop until he gets what he wants. No one will ever help a person like him, therefore, he must do everything alone.
“The folks I speak with want a Dolemite film!” he exclaims to the money guy. The hesitant investor claims that he places too much importance on his “little universe” of five blocks. “Yeah, but every American city has these same five blocks!” Rudy retorts, confident that the black population is yearning for his type of entertainment, which even the other “gangster flicks” films are ignoring. He dares to wager on himself and earns his deserved victory in the end.
Year of Release: 2019
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
Source: The New York Times
Pain and Glory
“Pain and Glory” revolves around a geriatric Spanish film director, who, in the midst of a creative dilemma, recalls earlier incidents that have shaped his life.
Salvador, portrayed by Antonio Banderas, is a clear stand-in for the director Almodóvar; this character is an old Spanish film director battling physical infirmities and an incapacity to continue working. In his bright flat – his mind occasionally woozy from medication and heroin – Salvador’s awareness drifts to incidents and emotional responses from his past: sunny childhood afternoons with his beautiful and resolute mom (Penélope Cruz); his first prepubescent encounter with romantic arousal; his first adult relationship torn apart by addictive feelings; and his passionate, enduring love of movies.
Almodóvar, who has been creating films since the 1970s, renders “Pain and Glory” a dreamy, free-floating experience; it is both a tale and a storyteller’s interpretation of that same tale. Overall, the movie is so intimate and realistic, that you find yourself experiencing everything first-hand rather than just watching it impassively.
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
Source: The Guardian
George Valentin (played by Jean Dujardin) was the main character in The Artist. In the 1920s, he was a bona fide theatrical idol with a legion of devoted followers. George found himself slowly falling head-over-heels in love with Peppy Miller (by Bérénice Bejo) while filming his newest project, and it seems that Peppy felt the same way. However, George feels hesitant to cheat behind his wife’s back with the lovely young actress. George’s career started to decline as Peppy’s continued to soar, as a result of the increasing prominence of sounds in motion pictures.
Positive, heartwarming, and amusing are not typically the descriptive words you would associate with a typical black-and-white silent French picture. Nevertheless, The Artist is not a typical film. It is a life-affirming ode to the history and pleasures of cinema that tells the narrative of a silent film star in Hollywood. It imitates the appearance and atmosphere of classic silent films to utmost perfection, replete with jazzy music and vintage title cards.
Year of Release: 2011
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%
Source: The Chestnut Hill Local
Source: Encyclopedia Britannica
In Adaptation (2002), Nicolas Cage played Charlie Kaufman, a bewildered L.A. native screenwriter overcome by feelings of insecurity, sexual dissatisfaction, and self-loathing, as well as by his leeching twin brother Donald’s screenplay aspirations (also played by Nicolas Cage). As he struggled to adapt Susan Orlean’s “The Orchid Thief,”a masterpiece written by Kaufman (portrayed by Meryl Streep), his life spirals from pitiful to bizarre. The lives of the characters in Orlean’s novel and Kaufman’s own life become curiously entwined as their pursuits of passion clash.
The insanity of Adaptation (2002) might have grown out of control if it fell into the wrong hands, but Jonze had a near-perfect pitch. Even Kaufman’s craziest digressions are grounded in genuine emotions, since he never imposes absurdity. And Meryl Streep hasn’t been this entertaining to watch in years, as she reveals her truly humorous side. Zonked out of her mind, the actress had an inspirational moment as she grooved to the timeless harmonics of a dial tone.
And of course, as Charlie, Cage’s distressed eyes widen in a manner similar to Gene Wilder, leaving the most long-lasting impact on the audience. And he is just as humorous in his role of the amiable Donald!
Year of Release: 2002
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep
Source: Nathan Rabin’s Happy Place
Source: Youtube, Franco Seguer
Probably not many of us know a great lot about Howard Hughes. Did the intricate details in “The Aviator” – revolving about this famous Texan businessman, aviator, and filmmaker – successfully recreate his true story? The answer is difficult to determine. But nonetheless, one thing for certain is that “The Aviator” is a fascinating and captivating stand-alone narrative of an ambitious, meticulous, and obsessive guy. He wanted to create the “fastest aircraft and the largest movies” and become the “wealthiest man in the world.”
So what does this movie tell us about Howard Huges? Howard Hughes (by Leonardo DiCaprio) was a prominent celebrity: a director of high-budget Hollywood movies like “Hell’s Angels,” an ardent admirer of Hollywood stars Katharine Hepburn and Ava Gardner, and an aircraft pioneer who helped grow TWA into a significant airline. Behind closed doors, though, Hughes continued to suffer from crippling fears and melancholy. The more his success, the farther he must fall.
Year of Release: 2004
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%
Source: BAMF Style
Source: The Ace Black Movie Blog
In Hail, Caesar!, Eddie Mannix (played by Josh Brolin) is hard at work at Capitol Pictures in the 1950s, attempting to address all of the performers’ and directors’ difficulties. His most recent jobs involved a dissatisfied director, a singing rancher, a gorgeous swimmer, and a lovely dancer. Worse, Baird Whitlock (played by George Clooney) is abducted while in dress for the swords-and-sandals classic “Hail, Caesar!”. This presents Mannix with his greatest obstacle. If the company does not pay the kidnappers $100,000 to save the actor, his career will come to an end.
Rarely do you receive exactly what you want in a movie, but Hail, Caesar! by Joel and Ethan Coen is just what we desired. The exciting narrative involves the abduction of the studio’s top star, for starters. And also, the truly delightful thing is seeing the characters wander around the studio, imitating cheesy Westerns and their overly dramatic parlor plays, water dance performances, and sword-and-sandal extravaganzas, all while offering us an all-access pass to the serious drama behind the scenes. It is one of the best movies about making movies.
Year of Release: 2016
Source: The New Yorker
Source: Universal Pictures
Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
Regarded as one of the best movies about making movies, Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood is a sad story of three actors that strive their best to survive in the fast-changing movie industry.
So what is the story about? After a dramatic five-year climb to the top in the cutthroat and bright world of Hollywood – followed by a decade of paddling water – the once-young and popular action actor Rick Dalton finds it difficult to accept that the voracious film business can do without him. Rick, along with his empathetic buddy and longtime stunt double – Cliff Booth, faces the bleak prospect of a prosaic new existence in 1969 Los Angeles, where Rick’s career seems to be coming to an end.
Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood wanders between three different story strands, sometimes concentrating on Rick’s fading acting opportunities, in stark contrast to Sharon’s increasing Hollywood stardom, then shifting to Cliff’s short and dramatic brush with Manson’s followers. All of these separate plotlines eventually converge. Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood, like much of Tarantino’s work, elicits powerful emotions on both ends of the spectrum, and it’s simple to understand why. It is undoubtedly disheartening to ponder the cruel universe that the characters must live in, which truly resembles our real world today.
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%
Source: Vanity Fair
It is possible to show a character’s eccentricities and flaws without converting them into a caricature, and Hopkin’s role as Hitchcock is a case in point. The film “Hitchcock” is based on Stephen Rebello’s novel “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho”. As the name of the novel suggests, this book is about Alfred Hitchcock’s production of one of his biggest prides – the movie Psycho. The movie adaptation has faithfully stuck to the original book plot while altering the sequences of some events.
To be more specific, after the triumph of “North by Northwest,” Alfred Hitchcock (played by Anthony Hopkins) takes a bold decision for his next film: a remake of Robert Bloch’s book “Psycho.” When the company refuses to finance the film, Hitchcock pays for it personally in return for a share of the earnings. His spouse, Alma Reville (by Helen Mirren), has significant doubts about the film, but she still supports him. Nonetheless, the production stresses the couple’s relationship.
Year of Release: 2012
Stars: Anthony Hopkin, Helen Mirren
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%
Source: Roger Ebert