Seven Psychopaths is in cinemas now, and the story of a struggling screenwriter played by Colin Farrell is sure to be a hit at the Irish box office. To celebrate its release, we look at we think are the ten best movies about movies.
1. THE ARTIST
A black and white silent movie about black and white silent movies didn't seem likely to set the world alight, but that's exactly what it did. Winning over critics and punters alike, The Artist may have been a love story between the last great silent movie actor and the first big "talkie" star, but its real love was for the big screen.
2. WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?
Cartoons are real, physical beings, acting alongside their human co-stars. But when an animated superstar Roger Rabbit is accused of murder, cartoon-hating detective Bob Hoskins is his only hope to prove his innocence. Ground-breaking effects work really made us all believe in Roger and his inhumanly hot wife Jessica were really running around the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Steve Martin plays a struggling director who comes across the "sci-fi epic" Chubby Rain, and is told by industry bosses that he must get superstar Eddie Murphy to agree to star in the movie. Knowing that can't be done, Martin films the movie with Murphy in it without his knowledge or permission. A poke in the eye to all of Hollywood's sleazy producers, as well as being very, very funny.
4. CINEMA PARADISO
The Academy Award winning story of a boy living in a small Sicilian village, where he falls in love with movies thanks to his friendship with the cinema's projectionist. He grows up to become a famous film director himself, returning to his village after 30 years away. A film guaranteed to warm the heart of even the most hardened cinematic cynic.
5. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
Director Christopher Guest was the co-writer of one of the greatest comedies of all time with This Is Spinal Tap, so when he turned his attention on the hype surrounding Oscar Season in Hollywood, hopes were high. Thankfully he doesn't disappoint, with his story of the cast and crew of "Home For Purim" getting caught up in all this talk of awards. Caustic, unflinching, hilarious.
6. GET SHORTY
Back when John Travolta was cool (again), he plays mobster Chili Palmer who heads to Hollywood to collect a debt and he crosses paths with an aging director (Gene Hackman), his beautiful actress girlfriend (Rene Russo) and pitches them the movie of his life. Fantastic dialogue, great performances, and a spot-on comparison of the lives of a mobster and a Hollywood producer.
7. THE PLAYER
Tim Robbins plays a hot-shot studio executive who is being blackmailed by the writer of a screenplay that he has rejected. But he has rejected thousands of scripts of his career, so who is the one he has completely pushed over the edge? Countless in-jokes about the state of affairs in Hollyweird, this is the one to watch if you're a fan of the darker side of movie-making.
8. WES CRAVEN'S NEW NIGHTMARE
A dry run for the meta-ness he brought to Scream, Wes Craven made Freddy scary again by bringing him into the real world. Heather Langenkamp, who played Nancy in the original Elm Street movie, plays herself here, being haunted by Freddy as events from the screenplay for the new Elm Street movie start to happen in her own life. One of the smartest horror movies ever made.
Charlie Kaufman attempts to adapt The Orchid Thief and turn into a screenplay about Charlie Kaufman (played by Nicolas Cage) attempting to adapt The Orchid Thief. His less talented but more successful twin brother Donald (also Nic Cage) tries to help him, but ends up becoming a part of Charlie's script, too. Head-twisting stuff to be sure, but guaranteed to make you laugh at the process of screenwriting.
10. KISS KISS BANG BANG
The movie responsible for the revival of Robert Downey Jnr's career, the last time Val Kilmer gave a good performace, and introducing us to Michelle Monaghan (check her out in that Santa costume) and director Shane Black (who has Iron Man 3 up next). We have a lot to thank Kiss Kiss Bang Bang for, as well as it being an awesome murder-mystery comedy set against the scuzzy backdrop of making movies.