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.
The December Challenge: Film #110
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.
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,…
Letterboxd Season Challenge: Week One- A Movie from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" List
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.
I honestly can't believe they actually adapted this from a book about orchids. I went in with practically no knowledge of the film at all, and I have no idea what I expected but this was not it.
In my opinion Kaufman's funniest film to date. As a depressed screenwriter myself, you can't do better than that for an uplift. Spike Jonez really knows how to elevate Kaufman's material...
"Don't say 'my friend'" - one of the funniest lines in cinema.
Don't let the 3 1/2 star rating fool you -- this is a brilliant movie. If you're trying to decide whether or not it's worth seeing, it absolutely is. Please watch Adaptation, you won't regret it.The script is flat-out ingenious, and it has one of the best Nic Cage performances I think I've ever seen.
But as Donald Kaufman himself says in the movie, I couldn't help but feel that something was missing. It's hard to explain.
This is the best movie I've seen in a long time.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Nicolas Cage is a blunt instrument. When wielded incorrectly by an incompetent director or a sub-par screenplay, his performances come out as exaggerated, overblown pieces of unintentional hilarity. However, Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman are experts in their respective crafts, and thus know how to utilize Nicolas Cage to his fullest potential, giving him the opportunity to shine as he portrays two brothers, Charlie and Donald Kaufman (a fictionalized version of the screenwriter himself and his completely fictional brother). That alone should be indicative of what kind of film this is.
Charlie is a lonely, self-loathing, neurotic screenwriter who lives with his dumb yet like-able goofball of a brother, Donald. After striking big with his first screenplay, he's asked to…
Adaptation is just......something else. It's tells some dark, comical, and strangely moving truths about life and how people see themselves, and the odd ways we come to those conclusions.
While the plot is completely unfocused and the story never catches momentum until the end, that's part of the charm. We are able to see the struggles of our protagonists, played by Nicolas Cage and Nicolas Cage, as they move throughout their normal life, experiencing success, failure, self doubt, and resilience. Cage really brings a ton of heart to the roles, making the internal troubles of the characters transcend the screen and relate to our own insecurities.
Adaptation may not be the most exciting or cohesive film, but it's a realistic look at life itself, something that I believe makes it truly special.
Weird and great film, good commentary on writing and creating a film and the creative process in general and really well connected and meta
One thing about ADAPTATION:
Amidst the meta, the quirky, the silly, and the wonky, there is rich emotion.
A few more things about ADAPTATION:
* Props to Chris Cooper who does here what few actors can: he fully embraces the total weirdness of his character -- and Laroche is as eccentric as they get -- without losing the man within the weirdness. It's the portrayal of a man who happens to be weird, rather than the other way around.
* I hadn't seen this movie in few years, but I've thought of one of its scenes often, because awhile back, after many years of constant, passionate, obsessive moviegoing and movie writing, I dropped all that -- and never-ending movie debate,…
Adaption is a movie I'll need to watch over again. Like it's sister film, Being John Malkovich, it is delightfully strange in presentation. Nicholas Cage plays a screen writer working on Malkovich, and spends the first moments of the film inwardly berating himself. He is a depressive soul, the complete opposite of his brother who is also played by Nicholas Cage. While he is trying to write something meaningful, a screenplay to a book called "The Orchid Thief," his brother delights in simple minded prose through the teachings of a veteran writer who claims to know the formula to film.
It takes several different directions that are unpredictable, as the point of view is shifted several times to Meryl Streep's…
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!