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…
Absolutely great! The beginning left me pretty cold, but its comedy beats are so good you want to have more. Then, little by little the movie changes tone and become a different beast, an exciting and amazing one.
The script is smart, even if it's also self indulgent, and the connection with Being John Malkovich is a nice touch.
Adaptation is very well acted the performances are stronger than strong but the film is weird as weird is any of this making any sense no a little bit like this film now this film makes sense but some of it makes no sense a bit like films like grand Budapest hotel and being john malcovich which they refere to in this film its overall good because of the performances but other than that i honestly couldn't stand Adaptation.
Donald Kaufman: "What's on your mind monkey butt?."
Charlie Kaufman: "Nothing, like always".
The story is about a screenwriter and his brother try to work to gether to fulfill at least one good story. Their ordintary lives twist and turn into something that no one can even believe.
Adaptation is one of those movies that just blow my mind with it's clever writing and it's weirdly but wonderful character's. Spike Jonze knows how to tell a story, make my jaw drop and knows when to surprise me with it's twist and turns. We all like to make fun of Nicolas Cage's rage moment's and I have to admit I'm one of them who takes the mick of of him, but…
Watching Meryl getting stoned was sooooooooooo worth it
This was a rough film to get through. I could only watch the first hour of it in 10-15 minute increments before I had to stop. I couldn't really get into it. Then comes the halfway point, where a master screenwriter makes it obvious that that was the point of the first half of the movie. The second half finally gets interesting, and I could watch the last hour with ease. This was an intwntional design choice by the writers and film makers, and while I get it, I don't fully dig it. Still worth a watch though, especially for fancy artsy filmgoers.
This is Inception before it was ever a thing. Kaufman brothers are writing about Charlie and Donald Kaufman each writing a script, and one of them is about Charlie and Donald Kafman writing a script about the Kaufman Brothers.
Spike Jonze, I love you. Charlie and Donald Kaufman, I love you. And in that case, Nicolas Cage, I love you.
I have the same problem now as I did a decade ago. I'm loving the movie, love love loving it, until after the conversation with Brian Cox. In that conversation Kaufman lays out what he will do with the last act, but I never enjoy the drugs, sex, and murder portion of the movie. Even though everyone knows what is happening and why, I just don't want to watch it.
Up until that Cox (and during) the meta weaving of insecurities into the movie is wonderful. So for 70minutes of pleasure, I still enjoy it.
Cage and Cooper are so great.
Very nice, very challenging picture. Well executed and maybe the best working through screenwriting picture currently available.
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