Adaptation (2002)

May 2010 Update: This review is eight years old. It's been off of the website for a while because it needed some slight revisions. My first encounter with the movie was very, very different from my second viewing. I've watched it several times since then and come to appreciate it much, much more. So here is an updated version of my original review of Adaptation. - Here’s the pitch: Jeffrey Overstreet is a film critic with an assignment to review the bizarre, relentlessly clever movie … [Read more...]

My Third Conversation with Charlie Kaufman

I first met Charlie Kaufman when he visited Seattle to promote Adaptation. I met him again when he came back to talk about Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. About a week and a half ago, when he returned to Seattle to discuss his fantastic new movie Synecdoche, New York, I interviewed him a third time. This was the most enjoyable and in-depth of the conversations. A few short excerpts appear here, in my latest article for Image's "Good Letters." Kaufman is one of my favorite … [Read more...]

Film Forum: Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York”

Reviews for Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York are piling up at GreenCine Daily. I'll post other memorable responses here soon. I'm seeing the film on Thursday, and, if all goes as planned, interviewing Kaufman on Friday. If you have any questions for him, let me know. Here's Alissa Wilkinson's review at Christianity Today Movies, an admirable summation of a very complex film. Well done, Alissa! Make no mistake: Synecdoche starts out plausibly enough, but by the end it has completely … [Read more...]

The Looking Closer Interview: Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman

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[Some of this material was previously published in March 2004 at Christianity Today.] - My review of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind led to an unexpected opportunity: a chance to interview the two creative masterminds of this remarkable film. It was a privilege to meet Charlie Kaufman, writer of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, and director Michel Gondry, and to ask them why they are so attracted to unconventional stories. The following conversation does include a discussion … [Read more...]


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