Barton Fink (1991). A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.
This film took me totally by surprise. I mean, the DVD case made it look so simple! The reality of it is something in the vein of Twin Peaks, a tight, compelling character study told through the blurred lines of reality and fantasy. It’s beautifully made too, dense with symbolism and recurring images, and grounded by brilliant performances from the cast. It’s a great film, but then, a lot of the films at the 64th Oscars were great, so I’m not entirely surprised it didn’t make a clean sweep, even if it would have any other year. 8.5/10.