Movies that are slightly off.
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,…
Film 13/30 of my April Scavenger Hunt.
Task 2: A film which has been on your watchlist the longest.
For some reason in both this and Being John Malkovich, my favorite parts were the last 30 seconds/credits. I have been on a roll of being disappointed in movies lately! I guess I need some ghost orchid whatever drug in my life.
I had high hopes for this film, and I can't lie, it was very smartly crafted; the script was great -- and I guess in a movie about writing, that's probably a good thing. Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep are like two of my least favorite actors, unfortunately. I feel like I had a lot of the same issues with this that I had with Being John Malkovich. I don't know, maybe something's wrong with me?
Someone give me a movie that fulfills all my expectations!!!!!!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Spike Jonze's Adaptation is a journey through Charlie Kaufman's process for writing a specific screenplay. He wants it to be a film where nothing happens, and where no lessons are learned. If it isn't "Hollywoodized" then Kaufman believes it can turn into a good film because it could represent true life.
Nicolas Cage not only plays Charlie Kaufman, but also his fictional twin brother. These characters look exactly the same, yet the film is able to distinguish both characters because of the consistent dialogue that these different characters are talking able. I never questioned once which twin was which, and that was because each character would talk about certain things, and Cage brought out these two different personalities in a…
One of the greatest screenplays ever written. Kaufman never ceases to amaze me with how layered and infinitely micro-managed stories. I've seen this film 5 times now and I'm still clicking into new aspects of this tightly woven story.
Once again Charlie Kaufman knocks it out of the park with his screenwriting genius that is (as always) deep, darkly humorous, and emotional. The script is one of the most unique I've ever seen and really shines as being both a self-aware satire and a philosophical dramedy. The performances were very good. Nicholas Cage was truly masterful in his portrayal and shows that yes, he actually can act. Chris Cooper was excellent and Meryl Streep was serviceable, though the only weak link with the film. Even with her performance being notably the weakest, this is still a phenomenal film that I have no qualms about giving 5 stars.
Movie exec: how can we create the greatest movie ever?
Spike Jonze: hmmm. Ah that's it! We need Nicolas Cage!!!
Movie exec: that guy is so hot right now! But will it be enough?
*A portal opens and Charlie Kaufman appears*
Charlie Kaufman: What if...... two Nicolas Cage's
*everyone just fuckin loses it*
Is Charlie Kaufman a genius or is he a genius? Whatever the film is, if it says Written by Charlie Kaufman you know you are in for a unique experience.
"Adaptation" was the second collaboration between screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze, after the incredibly insane "Being John Malkovich", which I absolutely love. However, I think this film is an even greater experience!
Charlie Kaufman must be one of the most bizarre and innovative minds out there, and probably one of the most underrated ones, too. Looking at his filmography, of the films I've seen, there is not one that isn't mind-blowing in one way or another! "Adaptation" is the single greatest film about flowers ever made, no, but…
O Charlie Kaufman έκανε σκόνη το μεταμοντέρνο και την αυτοαναφορικότητα.
For a writer of such big ideas, Charlie Kaufman doesn't seem overly concerned with seeking answers to big questions. His characters never make any attempt to solve the meaning of existence, but only lament their own. In Adaptation, we are given a glimpse at a version of Kaufman from his own mind, which may suggest that he feels this same disillusionment as his protagonists.
The plot of Adaptation is very loopy, very meta, and well... very out there. We follow Kaufman (Nicholas Cage) as he is tasked with adapting a screenplay for The Orchid Thief, a novel which hasn't yet been finished. When he decides there isn't enough material to write his screenplay, he begins writing a new screenplay about…
Bizarre, brilliant, and unpredictable? from Charlie Kaufman you don't say. I mean honestly would you expect anything else from the man at this point he is the very definition of deep. This movie really is good and how it flew below my radar for so long is quite surprising. As you would have guessed by now nick cage has to play two brothers and I must say its super impressive how well of a job he did. The movie is bizarre in every aspect while being as grounded as it can and it a style of story telling that works just when I started to check the time to much the movie really kicked into high gear and it feels…
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…