Exploring the lives and trajectories of writers has become a fairly common film trope, since the movies are written by, well, writers. But the best films about writers elevate themselves far beyond navel-gazing, from Charlie Kaufman's artful deconstruction of self in Adaptation to the surrealism of Barton Fink to Cynthia Nixon's idiosyncratic Emily Dickinson in A Quiet Passion.
Staff Pick of the Day
Directed by Christopher Bell
While this year's Best Documentary nominee Icarus examined the use of state-sanctioned performance enhancement in Russian sports, 10 years ago Christopher Bell delved into America's obsession with and possible scapegoating of anabolic steroids. Bell explores the worlds of bodybuilding, wrestling and baseball and the minds of those who feel the pressure to be just a little more than they already are.