Posts Tagged ‘Spike Jonze’

Being John Malkovich – Minute Movie Review

Dienstag, April 20th, 2010


Out-of-work puppeteer John Cusack is forced by wife Cameron Diaz to get a regular job, so he starts working in filing on floor 7½, where he discovers a portal that leads right into the head of John Malkovich. Together with love interest Catherine Keener he decides to exploit it for financial gain, but before long things get really strange. Perennial mind-fuck favourites Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman first teamed up for this film, creating a very amusing comedy about human identity that’s not nearly as profound as it thinks it is.

Random Observations:

Being John Malkovich at the IMDb

Best thing about the film? Catherine Keener, who is pretty much great in everything she does, but very rarely recognized for it. In this case, though, she at least got an Oscar nod out of it.

John Cusack with long hair, scruffy beard and glasses is barely recognisable.

The whole film suffered a lot towards the end, when it had to somehow resolve all plot lines while attempting to tell a coherent and sensible story.

Adaptation. – Minute Movie Review

Mittwoch, März 24th, 2010


Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is struggling to adapt a novel while dealing with the fact that his brother’s formulaic work is going along so well. Meanwhile, the author of the novel and the protagonist of the true story all have their own problems surrounding orchids. The film adds layers over layers until the plot ends up so far up its own arsehole that it looses all reason – intentionally, of course. The film plays with reality while trying to talk about passion, writing and love. It is often funny, but ultimately a little to pretentious in its own cleverness for my liking.

Random Observations:

Adaptation. at the IMDb

Yes, the film was written by Charlie Kaufman, together with his imaginary twin brother Donald. This is supposed to further add to the story’s mystique, but it just caused me to wonder about what was actually real. (Very little, as it turns out.)

Nicolas Cage plays both brothers, which makes this film an entry in THE EPIC SEARCH FOR NICOLAS CAGE’S LAST GOOD FILM! More here.

The film repeatedly references Being John Malkovich, which was also written by Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. Regretfully, I still have not seen that film.

I like the wordplay in the title.