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MOVIES ABOUT MOVIES BY JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT Date: 09/30/2013   Views: 472

Technically, these movies are about more than just movies. Cinema. Stories. Media. Whatever you wanna call it. We create narratives, hold them in our head, and share them with others. From where I'm sitting, this seems to be what distinguishes humans from other animals. And it's what I love more than anything in the world. DON JON pokes fun at how all kinds of media can lead us to unrealistic expectations of life, love, sex, and relationships. These ten films tell all kinds of stories about telling stories. - IMDB GuestEditor Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Barton Fink (1991)


A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. (116 mins.)

"I'll show you the life of the mind!"

Inglourious Basterds (2009)


In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)

"Every character in this film has a story to tell, and they all want to know which version you've heard."

Contempt (1963)


Paul Javal is a writer who is hired to make a script for a new movie about Ulysses more commercial,... (103 mins.)

"This film (and Brigitte Bardot) seduce you into that conventional gaze, and then slaps you in the face with self awareness."

Scream (1996)


A killer known as Ghostface begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends find themselves contemplating the "Rules" of horror films as they find themselves living in a real-life one. (111 mins.)

"This is really the only slasher flick I truly love."

F for Fake (1973 Documentary)


A documentary about fraud and fakery. (89 mins.)

"Orson Welles is a liar with real life magic powers."

Network (1976)


A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. (121 mins.)

"Hard to believe this was made in the '70s, because what it says about news media is even more true today."

Stardust Memories (1980)


While attending a retrospect of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films. (89 mins.)

"First see 8 1/2. And some other Woody Allen movies. Then get ready, this one's terrific."

The Truman Show (1998)


An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a TV show. (103 mins.)

"Sometimes we all feel like the star of our own show."

The Brothers Bloom (2008)


The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job - showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world. (114 mins.)

"A good con is like a good movie. In the end, everyone gets what they wanted."

8½ (1963)


A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)

"The movie to end all movies."