This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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'.
Why is it whenever I write a simple review for a film I always feel the need to backtrack myself? Constantly making edits and changes until the review in my view is a perfect representation of my view point towards a simple piece of media that many people will just simple pass by one minute, stop to look, and then potential forget about it the next day?
Sometimes the most complex and meaningful of questions can be answered within a simple sentence. Such as the beauty of the wonderful mind of a writer. Many people think that it's always rushing with ideas, and while that is indeed true, what many overlook is the fatal flaw of it. Coming up with…
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,…
I almost agree with the negative reviews and can't quite throw in with the positive ones. I have a feeling both of something missing and of experiencing creative genius. I appreciate the film for the turns it takes my mind through, but I can't get behind it without more consistency from Kaufman. I don't know that the ending third of the movie was justified--I saw no wink from Kaufman, only a vague closing shot of time-lapsed flowers framing a busy street. At best, from what I can see, it created brand new challenges for any level of mainstream a film on how to parse a movie and pushed the boundaries on what a film can be about.
Way too self-referential.
So I rewatched this amazing film for maybe the third time. This time I showed it to my boyfriend. It was a bit tense, since Adaptation is one of my all time favourites and I really wanted him to like it.
The interesting thing is not that he as well turned out to love it, but the difference in our personalities. I have studied at film schools and have ambitions in filmmaking. I love this film because it's about storytelling and writing. My boyfriend has a big interest for film but not for film theory.
In the middle of the film, my boyfriend suddenly says "So we are supposed to find Charlie annoying, right?"
"What do you mean?"
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
... Had been suspecting a crocodile attack all along.
It is impossible to fully review this without spoilers. And I really don't want to spoil it.
This is the quintissential "meta-film". A beautifully crafted story as well as a story that is obviously very personal to Kaufman.
At times it is the most genuine film I've ever seen and at others the most ingenuine.
This is another fucked-up mastershitpiece from the explosively neurotic connections of the Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman duo.
Usually, their movies leave a sweet taste of bitterness. Adaptation is no exception.
It's dreary to tiresomeness, darkly repetitive to boredom.
Some parts, especially the really freaked out scenes, are sheer brilliance. The way the solitude-sell out-epiphany thing is juggled is jaw dropping. The characters are all BRILLIANTLY developed.
But some parts are just horridly horrid, depressively depressive and just WAY too much.
It's a shadowy twisted ride around everyday emptiness, and it can fuck up your day. Definitely not for a first date.
Is the ending the work of the idiot brother? Because the movie steers off in an intentionally Hollywood direction from the moment he gets his hands on the script for the first time.
Or is the Hollywood ending the work of Charlie? After all, he was determined to write a screenplay where none of the characters succeed in the end. So if the movie didn't end with a car chase, drugs, sex and an epiphany, then his character (himself) would have succeeded in writing a non-Hollywoodised script. Which is something he didn't want.
My head hurts.
Regardless, this is a truly original film with the kind of Nicolas Cage I love and a smoking hot Meryl Streep. A pretty great time. Not even having to see David O. Russell's face at the dinner party could ruin this movie.
One of my favorites. I like it even more than Eternal Sunshine. I can handle the meta when it's grounded in such a sincere and heartfelt performance by Cage. Cooper and Streep are great too though and shouldn't be forgotten.
"You are what you love, not what loves you".
not like stupid/dull, but as in movies that are so insanely packed with things and ideas and visuals they become…
Movies that are slightly off.