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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…
I prefer my Nicholas Cage unpredictable, wild eyed and bat shit crazy! A film about a neurotic, wimpy, self loathing Cage is not the type of film I would personally seek out! So take my review with a grain of salt knowing in advance it's just not my bag!
For me the film shined once Cage asked his twin brother for help!
The majority of folks seem to enjoy this film so it is something you may wish to check out for yourself!
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,…
Another Spike Jonze original. Hard to find any other appropriate words to describe this film.
The ingredients that went into this movie could easily have made for a complete trainwreck, so it's a wonder that Jonze, Kaufman and the cast managed to infuse it with such bruised brilliance.
Film absurdo, extravagante, profundo, con el toque justo de humor negro, con personajes neuróticos inmersos en una sociedad agobiante. la primera escena donde vemos al gran Charles encerrado en una especie de cubículo asfixiante sin poder encontrar el sentido del porque estaba ahí frente a la escena última donde se percibe el movimiento acelerado de los carros y lento e imperceptible de las posibles orquídeas que dejan ver un estado de encuentro y liberación. Un perder y resquebrajarse para poder trascender a un estado de autonomía.
Una lección de Amor que se ve reflejada en el núcleo de la historia el guión, construido por un guionista que dialoga con su alter ego y se ve confrontado por personajes disparatados. Aquí…
watched in film studies. this grows less compelling each time i watch it -- there's only so much to be mined from this movie since it sort of sabotages itself by design -- and it doesn't help that jonze's style just doesn't stack up next to cinematic innovators. but among jonze's features, adaptation is the one that could've been directed by anyone working in the 00s, and i don't think spike would resent me saying that. it's kaufman's film, through and through, and his script requires, for obvious reasons, a very close realization. it's also much more of an actor's picture than I realized. cage in particular devotes himself to getting the most out of his screentime and it works…
the nick cages in this movie sure were fat
We're starting to enter the territory of movies that I love so much I can hardly even describe why I love them. I think Adaptation is brilliant. Charlie Kaufman is one of the weirdest, funniest, most creative writers in the world, one of the most singular personalities to ever produce content for film. And this movie embodies him completely--unabashedly. It knowingly breaks almost every cliche of introductory screenwriting, but is so funny and charming and well constructed that you can't really argue against it. And Nicolas Cage has found himself in some questionable roles recently, but I think his performance in Adaptation is dynamite. Plus, it marked the first time in history that the Academy nominated a fictional person for an award (Donald Kaufman, twin brother of Charlie, but who actually doesn't exist).
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On many levels, Spike Johns' Adaptation is a brilliant piece of cinema, with it's ground-breaking narration and an astounding lead performance from Nicolas Cage. Adaptation simply is not just a movie about writers or flowers, but when closely examined, it's much more vivid in it's making. That includes it's surprise third-act, which was necessary in some sense, but a let down considering the rest of the movie.
The movie starts from the set of 'Being John Malcovich', Johns' previous movie, and we are introduced to Charlie Kauffman, the big time screenwriter, who is visibly shaky with his new script. An…
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…