A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
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,…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"I want to know what it feels like to care about something passionately."
Set in the film capitol of the world, "Adaption" follows screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) who is set to compose a worthy ode to flowers, orchids in particular, after reading Susan Orlean’s (Meryl Streep) novel The Orchid Thief. Due to Kaufman’s constant lack of self-appreciation and desolate love life the script’s promise of completion begins to wither. Luckily, Kaufman turns to his identical twin brother and even Orlean herself to gain inspiration, but the trip takes a shocking turn when Kaufman catches Orlean in infidelity with the “orchid thief” himself, John Laroche (Chris Cooper).
The film compares and contrasts the human race with orchids; complex, bizarrely shaped…
I'm a big Spike Jonze fan and a huge Charlie Kaufman fan, yet this movie didn't do it for me. (I do need to watch it again sometime... I haven't given up hope.) I'm not a big Nicolas Cage fan, so that could have to do with it.
rule number one don't ever write a movie script about orchids
I guess Charlie Kaufman isn't really my thing...
What an inventive movie! I really laughed at this one.
I would have to compare it to "F is for Fake" in that it plays a trick on the audience.
It starts with Nicolas Cage being hired to adapt a book about orchids to the screen. Initially I thought that the Cage scenes were extremely funny and the orchids scenes were so-so.
But then, in a brilliant move, it turns out that the Cage plot and the orchid plot are in fact the same plot. And not such the same plot but a McKee action-movie plot.
I don't think I've ever enjoyed Nicolas Cage more in a movie. The whole cast is terrific.
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I was so impressed by the screenplay - must have been confusing as hell to read, because even watching it was confusing. I thought it was effective that Nicholas Cage played both brothers, I feel like one was supposed to be the real Charlie Kaufman's alter ego type thing, but in the movie Donald was a real person, so I spent way too much of the movie trying to figure out whether or not he was. I loved the way the story blurred lines with the actual movie and what was going on in it.
i hated this because i would totally do what kaufman did
First thoughts... started slow and ended well. I think the movie was too long, but sometimes adaptation takes a long time to make any real change/progress. Incredibly risky to make a movie where the screen writer puts himself as the new main character...did it work out? Do I need to read the book now to see what it is really about? Do we need to cut out certain parts of ourselves/interests to really focus on what matters most? Did Cooper's character and 1/2 of Cage need to die so that both of them could move on? What was it that Streep's character regretted at the end? Did she want to go back to who she was before the entire orchid story? Did she want to cut out the other aspect of her life? Do alligators really just kill people and not eat them?
Scavenger Hunt 17 (August 2016) Film #11, Task 15: The lead actor/actress plays more than one character!
21:25 minutes in. I want to cry. I can't do this :((
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