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« on: May 23, 2003, 11:20:41 PM »
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Why is this guy not on the director's list?  He and writer Charlie Kauffman are geniuses.
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2003, 12:44:00 AM »
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Why is this guy not on the director's list?  He and writer Charlie Kauffman are geniuses.


That's tricky territory... too subjective. There would be too many "geniuses" to satisfy everyone, so I think they've built a sort of blah but stable consensus. I'm not happy with it, but we can talk about whoever we want in "The Director's Chair," so it's not really that restrictive. We can stick up for the real geniuses, here.
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2003, 01:48:31 PM »
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So what do you guys think of Jonze's two masterpices?  Do you prefer BEING JOHN MALKOVICH or ADAPTATION?  They are both so great.
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2003, 01:52:21 PM »
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So what do you guys think of Jonze's two masterpices?  Do you prefer BEING JOHN MALKOVICH or ADAPTATION?  They are both so great.


I turning the thread into a poll. Hope you don't mind.
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2003, 01:58:51 PM »
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I turning the thread into a poll. Hope you don't mind.


No, I don't mind at all.  I was actually beginning to wish I had started it as a poll in the first place.

At any rate, my pick is ADAPTATION.  It's darker and in the end it rings more emotionally true than MALKOVICH.
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2003, 02:00:46 PM »
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I also voted for Adaptation, although BJM is also great.
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2003, 02:21:42 PM »
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i voted for being

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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2003, 02:27:57 PM »
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malcovich. looks better, has more replay value, and is a lot wierder, though i love adaptation.
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2003, 02:49:48 PM »
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yea, but i dont think enough credit is given to spike. i mean you could have the best script in the world- a shitty director can mess it up real good. on the contrary, a good director can take a mediocre script and make a good movie. (8 Mile) So, uhhh.... hrm.... lost my train of thought... don't know where to go from here... ahh....uhhh....fuck it.

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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2003, 03:08:51 PM »
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yea, but i dont think enough credit is given to spike. i mean you could have the best script in the world- a shitty director can mess it up real good. on the contrary, a good director can take a mediocre script and make a good movie. (8 Mile) So, uhhh.... hrm.... lost my train of thought... don't know where to go from here... ahh....uhhh....fuck it.


I could be wrong, but I believe you were about to bring up the fact that Anthony Hopkins lost out the lead role of Adaptation to Nicolas Cage.

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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2003, 05:25:40 PM »
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Gotta go with his "Praise You" dance crew doc. Love it.

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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2003, 05:52:41 PM »
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Just reinstated the tie- had to go with Being John. I absolutely loved Adaptation on first viewing - the subject matter is one I just lap up (as a writer attempting to deal with similar themes), but on a second viewing I actually found myself getting rather bored for most of the time Streep was onscreen. Loved Cage's parts, not so much the rest.

BJM on the other hand I was disappointed with at first, but the more I watched it the better it got. I think there's more of a simbiosis of writer and director on that film. None of it bores me at all. The third act - much criticised - I originally disliked, but came to love: the sadness of it, the goddamn tragedy of it. The final image is so beautiful, so understated, so sad. I actually think it's a much darker film: there's really no hope at the end, whereas Adaptation's conclusion is all about the hope. Also the final shot of Adapatation reminds me too much of The Player.
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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2003, 06:22:36 PM »
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As much as Id love to see Kauffman-Jonze movie every year, I am equally curious to see Jonze direct something not from him just to see where he stands

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« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2003, 08:31:22 PM »
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The video for "Buddy Holly" is the most genius thing Spike Jonze has done.
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« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2003, 08:32:58 PM »
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The video for "Buddy Holly" is the most genius thing Spike Jonze has done.


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