A playwright gets an offer to do a Hollywood screenplay
and suffers the worst possible case of writer's block.
Barton Fink (1991)
Written and Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Starring John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis,
Michael Lerner, John Mahoney, Tony Shalhoub,
Jon Polito, Steve Buscemi
Oscar Nominations - Best Supporting Actor (Michael Lerner), Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design
The Coen Brothers crafted yet another winner with this one. Barton Fink is a clever, suspenseful, and intriguing story about the intricacies of a writer's mind. John Turturro absolutely excels as the eponymous Fink, providing yet another solid performance that proves once again that he is an incredibly underrated actor.
I also highly enjoyed John Goodman in this film, who played against type and showed a complex, insane character whose motives are entirely unclear until the last half-hour. Barton Fink shows how a certain order of unbelievable events can jog a writer's mind back into working order and help him craft a masterpiece. Maybe that's what happened to the Coens when they wrote this.