|Not in his head, just in his mailbox|
I've seen several comments that consider this documentary depressing, a real downer for beginning screenwriters. Hell no! If you're a newbie then this documentary will show you that it's practically impossible to make it in this crazy business. Yes, true - so what. If that thought stops you then go home now - or start writing novels. But "practically impossible", for us story dreamers, is door that's a crack open. It IS possible. The "practically impossible" happens all the time. And John Malkovich shares one such story, too.
Overall - I find this documentary utterly beautiful. These people write because they believe in their stories - THAT's why we write - because we love to write - if Malkovich actually bites, then that's the icing on the cake. For these portrayed writers, a door opened. And John Malkovich read their words! How friggin' cool is that!?
To me, the test is always the same: "If there wasn't a chance in hell of your script ever getting produced, would you still write?" The true writer will answer with a resounding yes. ... and the unknown writers in this documentary are, in my view, true writers.