All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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…
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,…
Spike Jonze really has a way of making the bizarre and obscure so relatable and engaging. Maybe it's because he understands the weird way in which people think and isn't afraid to put it on screen, or maybe he's just screwed up in the head and somehow puts it into a great movie. Either way it works.
This is a very clever satire on the film writing process that makes you feel both smarter and dumber after watching. The script is written to perfection, really getting inside the head of our main character and making us really understand the twins and their relationship. The performances from Nicolas Cage are both fantastic and it is the combination of him and the…
Not quite as life-affirming as it once felt, hasn't necessarily aged well.
The most meta meta I've ever metad.
Relatable. Parts like trying to mimic a dial tone with your buddy in the middle of the night.
Too much Nicolas for me
Why: Finally watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2015 #64) and realizing Charlie Kaufman also wrote one of my favorite movies this year Synecdoche, New York, I wanted to see what other greatness he wrote.
Nic Cage starring in a movie playing Charlie Kaufman writing an adaption of a book about an orchid hunter. Very quickly you realize the movie itself becomes the adaptation Charlie has written.
Unfortunately it does not end as well as Kaufman's other scripts. Part of me wants to believe that ending is a play on Donald becoming involved in the adaptation and the movie continuing to play on the story becoming the movie. However, I think Kaufman just lost steam.
Charlie Kaufman's mind is a dark twisting place. This is his most personal film right next to Synedoche and his most meta. I love it.
loved the unexpected twist!
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…