All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Charlie Kaufman writes the way he lives... With Great Difficulty. His Twin Brother Donald Lives the way he writes... with foolish abandon. Susan writes about life... But can't live it. John's life is a book... Waiting to be adapted. One story... Four Live
A love-lorn script writer grows increasingly desperate in his quest to adapt the book 'The Orchid Thief'.
Dear valued Letterboxd patrons,
Fuck off. Nicolas Cage is amazing.
That is all.
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Adaptation is a self-indulgent, solipsistic and dizzying descent into the troubled craft of creation: specifically the creation of a screenplay adaptation based on an unfilmable non-fiction novel. Just thinking about the film makes my head spin as I try and unravel Charlie Kaufman’s creative processes. Anybody who has ever tried to create art knows how difficult and fraught with self doubt it can be but to turn those personal disappointments into a work of self-reflexive brilliance demonstrates a rare and special talent.
Kaufman takes his own genuine troubles adapting Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief and creates a film that not only captures the essence of the novel but also deconstructs the complexities of the writing…
From the creator of Being John Malkovich, comes the story about the creator of Being John Malkovich. Adaptation chronicles the struggle that screenwriter Charlie Kaufman went through while adapting the book this film was supposed to be based on into a screenplay and also dramatizes the events from the source material. Written by Charlie Kaufman & directed by Spike Jonze, Adaptation is a fresh, imaginative & highly engaging work of originality on the same page as the duo's previous venture together.
Do it once & it's a fluke, do it twice & it becomes something else. And that's what both Jonze & Kaufman have pulled off here, with Kaufman coming up with a unique vision & Jonze beautifully realizing it on the film canvas, once again.…
Charlie Kaufman is the single best thing that has happened to filmmaking since the invention of the camera and Adaptation, by risking everything, proves a creative, meta, existential and postmodern cinematic event and an excellent prelude to the absolute masterpiece that would follow six years later.
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What I came to understand is that change is not a choice. Not for a species of plant, and not for me.
What do you do when you're trying to adapt a book about plants into a movie and are stuck on all fronts with no hope? You turn your plight into a modern classic dramedy, of course. At least, that's what Charlie Kaufman did in this semi-autobiographical masterwork. Kaufman managed to make a second persona embodying everything he wanted his adaptation to become and placed himself as the main character. What's even better than the writing, however, is the brilliant cast of characters.
How do I do this movie justice?
How do I write about it in a way that will make people want to watch it?
Adaptation is a movie about a screenwriter struggling to adapt a book about flowers-
No, no I can't do that... I need to reflect, to thoroughly examine it on a deeper detail. I can't do that by focusing on mere plot fragments.
From it comes a sprawling tale of intertwining lives that observe the normal Kaufman-esque themes of love, relationships, identity, passion, and the screenwriter's nightmare of selling out. Characters affect each other in profound ways, as words transcend pages, of which influences the lives that write and read about them. Following the film's biological standpoint,…
"You are what you love, not what loves you."
A writer following through on "principle" can often be the most original, radical thing they can do. Still the definitive Kaufman deconstruction. I prefer it to "Synecdoche, NY" simply because Spike Jonze is a better director, and provides a degree of separation. It's sometimes better to examine a writer's head from the outside in, especially when the screenplay is literally the writer's id splashed onto the page. Also, Cage and ESPECIALLY Meryl Streep give the performances of their careers here.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
nick cage is a DB in real life...but he is Amazing at his job!
A brilliant and original film with a high-caliber performance from Nicholas Cage.
A good movie, and so relatable (especially since I'm into screenwriting). However, getting over the Nicholas Cage (and there being two of them) was the hardest part. The story is really good, and shows Charlie, who is, a unique character that we all can view and see how he feels inside. The ending was unexpected, and I felt could have gone a lot better, but liked the movie overall.
Give me more films by Kaufman.
Give me more films by Spike Jonze.
Give me more films with Nicholas Cage being THIS good again.
I want more.
I disagree with a few of the plot choices made, but Kaufman's script remains intensely ingenious and tenderly moving. Onwards, to Being John Malkovich (and then hopefully Anomalisa this December!)
Adaptation is another on the long list of Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" that I had not seen before. I have to say that it is one of the more clever movies I have ever seen and completely entertaining.
I know the third act is supposed to be sensational and preposterous, but damn does Carter Burwell's score sell the whole thing.
I don't even know where to begin. How does a film so self-consuming, so manically obsessed with deconstructing itself and storytelling altogether actually exist? It's so meta, it's self-cannibalistic. It also still somehow manages to be raw and exposed with feeling.
Nicholas Cage's greatness confuses me, and I love it.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…