Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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'.
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…
Dear valued Letterboxd patrons,
Fuck off. Nicolas Cage is amazing.
That is all.
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: I've written myself into my screenplay.
Donald Kaufman: That's kind of weird, huh?
Yeah, kinda. Adaptation. works out in a funny old way. It works itself into itself and works its way out of itself and works its way back in where it came from. Which is back into itself. Some may even call it 'self-indulgent' and 'narcissistic'. In fact, the main character said that. About writing himself into the screenplay. The character that says this is the writer of the film itself. You could call it 'screenplayception'.
It works like this for the first two acts, until the third act where it bizarrely ventures into thriller territory. Kinda. And then it becomes about itself again.
"Sometimes this kind of story turns out to be something more. Some glimpse of life that expands like those Japanese paper balls you drop in water and they bloom in the flowers and the flower is so marvelous you can't believe there was a time that all you saw in front of you was a paper ball and a glass of water."
That pretty much sums up what I thought of this film the first time I saw it years ago. There was a time I saw a movie (or whatever the hell it is) and now I see a masterpiece.
On my first watch, I didn't have much of an opinion of it other than it was... "strange". I…
"You are what you love, not what loves you"
Writing a movie about yourself starring Nicolas Cage is the dream. Really well done meta stuff without being pretentious. Nicolas Cage does Nicolas Cage things and there's a good amount of humor throughout. The last act of this movie is, well...
one of the truest most emotional movies of all time, a kaufman masterpiece
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I saw Adaptation back in 2003 when it came out on video and I recall really wanting to like it as the follow up to Jonze's Being John Malkovich, which was undoubtedly the most wildly innovative movie I had seen to that point.
I'll admit I didn't "get it" back then, so much so that I really loathed the movie on that first viewing. I remember talking to a film student at the time who said he had a similar reaction and needed to watch it again to "understand why" he hated it so much. I still get a kick out of that rationale when I think about it.
Normally I'd assume watching a movie I hated on first watch…
I finally saw Adaptation. after years of being told to do so. Great stuff. The script is excellent, as Kaufman's work so often is. And the three principle actors are firing on all cylinders. A movie that functions as both an adaptation and a comment on adaptations and introspective emotional distress. Who makes movies like this?
Great writing entirely self reflective/indulgent, but I wasn't even aware of Charlie Kaufman before seeing this movie despite having seen some of his other films (Being JM and Eternal Sunshine) after seeing this I have amazing respect for his creative process and originality. Beautifully fuses a completely unique, original and post-modern fictional autobiography with an adaptation of a non-fiction book about Orchids. Nicholas Cage is the truth.
You know how people like to make fun of Nic Cage 'cause they don't know shit about movies?
Yeah, we're thinking the same thing, aren't we?
Si Escher escribiera guiones creo que le saldría algo parecido a esta historia. Sorprendentemente, Nicolas Cage si sabe actuar.
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…