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.
If you have any familiarity (or if you're like me, a complete fascination) with the work of the critical theorists Jean Baudrillard, Fredric Jameson or Jean Francois Lyotard or have a particular obsession with the concept of intertextuality and you love seeing a narrative which takes the utter piss out of them all at the same time, then this film will make you feel things intellectually that will blow your mind.
Charlie Kaufman's heart and brain, dissected and then lovingly put back together over the course of two hours. A self-love manifesto slash journey into the dark heart of creativity slash so, so fucking weird, and wonderful.
+ that final shot, wow
Charlie Kaufman always manages to baffle me with extraordinary premises, a level of creativity I wish he shared with the rest of Hollywood, but unfortunately that's not the case. Fortunately however we do at least have Kaufman, here played by Nicolas Cage. Sounds strange? Yes, this film is about it's own process of being adapted, with our main protagonist being its screenwriter.
Though it's not all as it seems as "Adaptation" blends reality with fiction in the most bizarrely comedic ways and becomes a simple joyful experience as you lean back and accept that you've been taken on an unexpected thrill ride. What's even more impressive though is that at the same time it also delivers sharp satirical comments on…
Christ, this film holds up really quite very well.
Probably the most meta film I've ever seen, I'm really impressed with the level of ingenuity Kaufman has in writing such a script as well as Jonze's ability to helm the direction of the film in a fluid way. This film was funny, profound, and clever in a way that I had never seen before.
Performances are solid all around, but man Nicholas Cage is just outstanding in this. This felt like a really honest portrayal of the screenwriting process. I also loved the sense of irony with the way things developed as the film continued to progress. Just a really special movie.
Charlie Kaufman ties a narrative plot more complex, clever and meta than anything the medium of cinema has ever seen in this typically brain-bending ride through Kaufman's own head. A study of the creative process or the journey of writing seems to be too simple a summation of this work - it truly is a marvellously tight and effective piece of screenwriting, that ironically depicts the writing of this very film's screenplay. Though it is directed, for the most part, with surprisingly few surreal visual elements, Jonze opting rather for a strong psychological character focus. But it works excellently, with a screenplay that's almost too meta to comprehend. Amongst a host of clever wisdoms and sly digs at screenwriting tropes, Kaufman gives an equally harrowing and hilarious look in to what I can only assume is his true self, having trouble writing a film about himself having trouble writing a film about himself having...fuck.
Del director de "Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind", "Anomalisa" y "Being John Malkovich" me he encontrado con "Adaptation" o en español "el ladrón de orquídeas" de Charlie Kaufman.
Me encantó la delicadeza con la que exponen la tristeza, pero también la honestidad y crudeza con la expresan el sentir de un ser humano.
Muy buena actuación de Cage, de Meryl Streep y Chris Cooper.
Tú eres lo que amas, no lo que te ama a ti.
Prototype of the self indulgent Hollywood martyr's tale. Let's build a time machine and expunge this from existence
Now I can never admit to liking "Happy Together" without feeling like an unimaginative hack.
Metahumor at its finest. Also there's Meryl Streep being high.
A list that, if nothing else, proves the day-to-day usefulness of applied statistics.
Between 2015 and 2016, a series of…
Movies that are slightly off.