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.…
After their beautiful chemistry in one of the most innovative, creative and original films of all time, Charlie Kaufman (writer) and Spike Jonze (director) are back to show how brilliant they are. I'll start by saying that what I love the most about these two films is the writing because Charlie Kaufman really is one of the best screenwriters of all time, and probably the most unique and peculiar of them all, in the best sense of those words but that doesn't mean that Spike Jonze ain't great, because he really is a magnificent director, and he also proved to be a marvelous writer as well with Where The Wild Things Are and Her.
Charlie Kaufman wanted to create an…
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.
wow. such meta. much cage. so amaze.
"We open on Charlie Kaufman. Fat, old, bald, repulsive, sitting in a Hollywood restaurant, across from Valerie Thomas, a lovely, statuesque film executive. Kaufman, trying to get a writing assignment, wanting to impress her, sweats profusely. Fat, bald Kaufman paces furiously in his bedroom. He speaks into his hand held tape recorder, and he says: "Charlie Kaufman. Fat, bald, repulsive, old, sits at a Hollywood restaurant with Valerie Thomas"."
Meta as fuck. Sporting some serious Coen-esque flair, both Kaufman and Jonze fully utilise Nicolas Cage's devalued talents, turning him into a spellbinding rendition of Kaufman(s) himself. Kaufman's script is enigmatically sharp, full of wit and an edge of compassion, and brings a sorrowfully comedic life to the characters. Entwining storylines so effortlessly bloom into one intricate account, much like the longed for ghost orchids themselves.
Charlie is a screenwriter. Donald, his twin brother is also a screenwriter. the difference between them, Charlie wants the perfect story while Donald has one bad story and transform it into a script. While Charlie is pursuing Orchids, Donald is getting access through Hollywood and the movies.
Esta vez que la crítica la haga Don Miguel de Unamuno. Escribiré el texto tal y como viene en el libro La vida literaria:
FLOR DE HABLAR
«¡Eso es ganas de hablar!» He aquí una frase que solemos emplear cuando queremos decir que algo que se dice carece de fundamento. Pero, ¿de fundamento de qué? Y, ¿qué es fundamento? Como también solemos decir «hablar por hablar».
Y, sin embargo, el hablar por hablar que proviene de las ganas de hablar aunque no se tenga que decir nada es fuente de decires. Se empieza hablando y se acaba diciendo. No siendo, además, cosa probada, ni mucho menos, que el hombre rompe a hablar por la necesidad de comunicar algo a un…
You are what you love
Funny, wonderful performances all around but the third act drags.
I have two passions in life that I'm genuinely interested in that being Writing and Film-making. It's not really a well hidden secret that there's Formula in Traditional Film, no you really don't have to be a Code Breaker to realize that there's a certain procedure of structure put into a Screen-play and I think that a very good number of just entirely Mainstream Pop Culture consumers could even be able to acknowledge this. Formula, formula, formula, it's what sells tickets and keeps a Majority of fans to remain interested, there's rules that are so programmed into our consciousness on how we define if something is "good" as a Society and that's just how it is. It's why a Mainstream…
Nicolas Cage plays a variation on screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman, who is hired to adapt Susan Orlean's non-fiction book, "The Orchid Thief" for the screen. As he tackles what seems like an impossible task he deals with his own insecurities, loneliness and self-loathing his eternally-upbeat twin brother shows up to add to Charlie's challenges.
Meryl Streep plays a variation of Susan Orlean. It isn't long before Charlie's identical twin slips into Orlean's office and Charlie soon learns some very dark secrets about her successful book.
This film came as such a mind-bending surprise -- and it still retains this odd vibe. Truly unique and exceptional.
All of the cast is outstanding, but this is one of Streep's most memorable turns. She really shines. Chris Cooper is exceptional, but it is Streep's comic turn that really impacts.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…