Nov. 22, 2002, 8:52 a.m. CST
Nov. 22, 2002, 9:01 a.m. CST
So it may not resonate as strongly with me. However, anything with Maggie Gyllenhaal and a flower larceny subplot HAS to be good.
Nov. 22, 2002, 9:19 a.m. CST
Thank you once again, Moriarty for a truly profound essay. Not only has it amped up my desire to see this film as soon as possible, it validates why I choose to come to this site. I don't come for the fever-dream ramblings of a fat man in Austin, I come to this site for thought provoking essays about film and the love of film like the previous excellent example. Best of luck with your screenplay, thanks for remembering and taking the time to grace us geeks with your words and your thoughts.
Nov. 22, 2002, 9:41 a.m. CST
wow. between this piece and mr. beak's piece, i'm so fired up to see Adaptation! why oh why isn't it coming out tomorrow??? Plus, I'm so glad to see Nic Cage coming back out of the abyss of not so hot movies he seems to have been in lately. Do we have another Oscar performance on our hands???
Nov. 22, 2002, 9:50 a.m. CST
i called it "I Am Gordo: The True Story of the Space Monkey that Went to Space and Changed Space History for Everyone, In Space." its a biopic of Gordo, the first monkey in space and its a touching tale that will delicately pull your heartstrings, as well as a mind-blowing mind-blower that will blow your mind. i sent this script to Harry and Moriarty and neither of them have reviewed it or gotten back to me about it and you both suck Harry and Moriarty for not reviewing "I Am Gordo"! you fear my script because it is cutting edge! you have no spines! praise it now!
Nov. 22, 2002, 9:56 a.m. CST
by Monkey Lover
Your script sounds enticing. Monkeys? Space? Two elements for a surefire hit. Perhaps you could post the script on the web somewhere and give us all the URL so we may read your masterwork. I will then send my review into AICN and you will achieve fame!
Nov. 22, 2002, 10:01 a.m. CST
Being John Malkovitch Tedious and overwrought Best left unseen
Nov. 22, 2002, 10:10 a.m. CST
that Moriarty should just plan a coup already. I mean really now, Harry cannot even compare to Moriarty's mastery of critical film analysis. No offence Harry...
Nov. 22, 2002, 10:12 a.m. CST
I truly hope Nick Cage has pulled his shit together. Although Firebirds is one of the greatest movies of all time, that is, if it had come out of my ass! And I too would like to read the script for "I Am Gordo:...". I love monkeys. Especially monkeys in space. Who change space history. And it might be cool if the Gordo movie included a midget riding a unicycle.//It's a secret message. From my TEETH!
Nov. 22, 2002, 10:13 a.m. CST
Spike is the new renaissance man. High brow/Low Brow and all in between. I have been looking forward to a good Nic Cage movie for a while and I hope Mori's raving are in no way influenced by his current gig. I give anything Spike does a chance and have high hopes for this. Extra Buzz is also being generated by Streep who like all actresses her age are an under-utilized natural resource....The ghost is gone...
Nov. 22, 2002, 10:18 a.m. CST
Even if I have sometimes felt that there has been some overreaction to some of the films you and Harry have reviewed (BLOW comes to mind most prominently), I have high hopes for this film and this review hasraised those hopes higher still. Charlie, Spike, et al., are doing the most innovative work in Hollywood right now; more power to them. Good luck on your own effort; I hope some years from now, when you have made the leap from Internet website to filmmaker, you will be doing stuff like this. Peace.
Nov. 22, 2002, 10:24 a.m. CST
Okay, Drew - that was by far the best stuff I've read on this site EVER. If the movie is half as insightful or inspiring as the last paragraph of your review, then we're in for a treat. I had a similar reaction after seeing BEING JOHN MALCOVICH - that something so odd, so beautiful, so quirky and so fucking funny could come out of the cesspool that is Hollywood left me SHATTERED.
Nov. 22, 2002, 10:36 a.m. CST
by frank cotton
moriarity, get a grip. when a guy starts crying over a film about WRITING, it's time to see a shrink.
Nov. 22, 2002, 11:13 a.m. CST
No "s" - Maybe you should read the book.
Nov. 22, 2002, 11:29 a.m. CST
That's intense, sounds like you had a reaction similar to when I saw Moulin Rouge. I wasn't even going to bother to see this movie until now. You've done it again Moriarty.
Nov. 22, 2002, 11:38 a.m. CST
...but I'll see this movie anyway. Sometimes, on rare occasions, Mori is wrong. But this is rare. I didn't much care for Punch-drunk Love, which he loved, but I must admit it was original and definitely news-worthy.
Nov. 22, 2002, 11:51 a.m. CST
However, these Hollywood insider movies are becoming a little self-serving - a genre that seems to delight in its own mistaken sense of importance. That said, Being John Malkovich was damn near brillant - but not as much conceptually as in the execution. The subject matter was wierd enough, but it was the film itself - pacing, dialogue, arc, etc. that really made that film great. I look forward to the same. I think will have to give Moriarty a little slack here, and maybe take this review with a grain of salt - it is a movie about writing a movie, in the midst of him writing a movie. Its pretty natural
Nov. 22, 2002, 11:57 a.m. CST
Nov. 22, 2002, 12:02 p.m. CST
pardon me...for the premature posting....um...what i was going to say is SNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE.....jeebus....did i get this right?...a movie about movie makers?....who fucking cares?...yes BJM was a good movie, but jesus....we really have run out of good stories haven't we?....by the way....can someone confirm for me....a friend told me that Rainbow Six is being made into a movie now?....anyone got a scoop on this?
Nov. 22, 2002, 12:42 p.m. CST
by The Pardoner
... some guy called Moriarty." --- Anyone notice how Harry's reviews of "serious" movies attempt to be progressively more disciplined, while Moriary has begun to write essays on the salt content of the tears he shed over a reference to a Walt Whitman poem in a movie about psycho Martian sharks consuming Israel? Pull it together pal... "a writer is a man among men", so start acting like one.
Nov. 22, 2002, 1:25 p.m. CST
Saw the trailer with "Punch Drunk Love", had me a-running for my internet sources. Chris Cooper and Maggie Gyllenhaal, brought to you by the makers of Being John Malkovich, how can you go wrong?
Nov. 22, 2002, 1:59 p.m. CST
on rottentomatoes and mrqe - all good. The only negative comment I've seen so far was that the middle drags a bit, otherwise the reviewers are raving about how fantastic the movie is. See http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/movie/review.asp?mid=2045416 for example. And now I won't feel so bad having a mild crush on Chris Cooper, even if he is missing teeth and sporting a mullet.
Nov. 22, 2002, 2:15 p.m. CST
I have a great idea. Its about a genetic super soldier... who is also a VAMPIRE! May I have a development deal now? Oh, & there is no way in hell that this film will live up to this gushing review. That is the true dark side of positive AICN reviews.
Nov. 22, 2002, 2:25 p.m. CST
to compare his Universal soldiers 2 crap to this is beyond me
Nov. 22, 2002, 2:42 p.m. CST
I think you're joking. I mean, its a total bore to be engaged in a good story, one that is original and provocative - but that Rainbow 6 thing sound like stuff gets blowed up real good! I reckon you won't fall asleep there - it'll be loud, with shiny pictures and no one else will notice the warm pile of drool accumulating at the corners of your mouth.
Nov. 22, 2002, 3:54 p.m. CST
by Monkey Lover
Being John Malkovich was ace, you idiots. Orson Bean was piss-funny talking about that carrot or whatever it was.
Nov. 22, 2002, 4:48 p.m. CST
I remember Harry having a similar reaction as Mori did to "Adapation" after viewing "The Flintstones- Viva Rock Vegas!"
Nov. 22, 2002, 5:18 p.m. CST
You know, the kind that makes you a whack-nut? Just curious.
Nov. 22, 2002, 6:58 p.m. CST
Is it just me (it isn't), or does this guy have serious anger/emotional issues? Harry's the benevolent, gushing geek that gets caught up in the healing powers of a good film and Moriarty sounds like his biggest compliment is to end up sobbing like Jonathan Davis going through regression therapy for the first time. To quote Tom Petty, "I can't decide which is worse." Nevertheless, I AM looking forward to this film.
Nov. 22, 2002, 8:14 p.m. CST
123456 1234567 1234 Seventeen syllables equals a haiku, right? If not, then this is a pretty bad start to my career as "TalkbacK poster who critisizes through haiku".
Nov. 22, 2002, 8:55 p.m. CST
by haiku tunnel
"adaptation" will <> resonate for writers but <> i just shovel shit.
Nov. 22, 2002, 9:52 p.m. CST
Faf...I like the way you think. Dammit...we need more monkey movies...especially the scifi genre....put a monkey in pants, and I'm there. Can we all agree that Spike Jonze is one of the most talented/diverse/underrated dudes out there? Can we? The guy is a decent actor too...damn him....probably hung like a steed, too.
Nov. 22, 2002, 10:36 p.m. CST
Is it technically possible for Nicolas Cage to be nominated for both BEST and SUPPORTING ACTOR categories with his roles? Because the 6th rules says... "6. In the event that an actor or actress receives a sufficient number of votes to be nominated for one achievement in one category and for another achievement in the other category, both achievements shall be eligible. " Because they are different charecters, with very different qualities. (I know, he probably won't even be nominaed for one but just asking if it's possible technically.)
Nov. 22, 2002, 11:46 p.m. CST
by Alanna Banana
...and it was fucking fantastic, whether you happen to be a writer or not. Don't let Moriarty's emotional excesses frighten you off; you won't likely leave in tears, but you will be very impressed.
Nov. 23, 2002, 4:51 a.m. CST
Nov. 23, 2002, 8:49 a.m. CST
First it's the Kill Bill trailer, now it's Adaption. Poor Moriarty is so smothered by cinematic goodness he can't breathe! Someone please release an awful movie! This looks like a job for Ishtar! Joel Schumacher, are you there? Why don't you be a pal and help Moriarty, John Travolta?
Nov. 23, 2002, 10:47 a.m. CST
and you might get it read (or was it full of speeling(sic) mistakes?).
Nov. 23, 2002, 11:49 a.m. CST
I usually am a big fan of Mori's reviews - except the ones like this one. "I sat for five minutes without starting the car," I started shaking," "By the time we reached my driveway, there were tears in my eyes, and I almost had to be helped inside," - how emotionally crippled do you have to be to get these kinds of physical symptoms from watching a movie? Go up to another article and you've got Harry discussing how the new Bond movie made him cry. I really used to dearly love this site, especially when Harry did the entire thing, before he became this egotistical jerk who has books ghost-written for him (anyone who has read the site for years could tell that the book was definitely NOT in your writing style for the most part, Harry) and it had true news and scoops to report. Now it seems like the two of you are having a pissing contest to show who is the most "sensitive male" out of the two of you. I've worked in an ER for 15 years - when you've seen a 3-year old burned from head to toe from an errant space heater, or had a 30 year old father of two have his head crushed in an MVA, and had to be the one to go tell his family what happened and the result, then come back and talk to me about being "shaken" about something. Getting that upset from watching a film of some screenwriter trying to come to grip with his neuroses - I don't think so, no matter how well made a film it is (I have seen and loved Adaptation - I just didn't become incontinent of bladder and bowel while watching it). Your girlfriend must be terribly tolerant of "woos-ism." Mr. Beaks has a review that, while passionate about the film, doesn't make him appear to be mentally unstable. Please, both of you, grow some gonads and join the rest of us who live in the real world - it's not such a bad place - I promise.
Nov. 23, 2002, 3:12 p.m. CST
The death of a loved one or pet. Breaking up with a signifigant other. Being broke and jobless. Maybe some horrible global catastrophe. "ET".... when I was 12. But something tells me, as much as I expect to enjoy "Adaption", I wont shed a tear or suffer some sort of emotional breakdown. I like the idea of a couple of tubby, longhaired guys with facial hair bawling their eyes out like schoolgirls who've been dumped on prom night.
Nov. 23, 2002, 4 p.m. CST
Lighten on being Mr. Spellcheck....it's the internet, not The New Yorker. dickhed....
Nov. 23, 2002, 4:05 p.m. CST
a bunch of rich Hollywood types whining about how horrible their lives are. . ."oh no, I've made it big and there's SOOO much pressure on me. . .oh boohoo I have a job millions would kill for and my life is sooooo STRESSFULL. . . whaaa..." I loved MALKOVICH but this movie sounds as stupid as ShiterBerg's last "movie about Hollywood" was. Fuck these guys. . .Me and everyone else in film school would die to be in their shoes and all they can do is make movies about how BAD it is?!? Bullshit. I say we all boycott it. YA!!
Nov. 23, 2002, 5:42 p.m. CST
by a goonie
Too good to be true. That is the kind of mind-blowing post-modernism that inspires me in my own work. What a brilliant idea. That means you have Malkovich playing Malkovich playing Malkovich. Fuck that's great. I've been damn well looking forward to this movie ever since I first heard the plot synopsis, and now, with Mori's review, my excitement level grows ever larger.
Nov. 23, 2002, 5:50 p.m. CST
Bad Cage flicks: You forgot 8MM and that crap where Cage is locked in a boxing arena, tracking down an assassin. But let's be kind: THE ROCK has its moments, especially any scene with Sean Connery, and CON AIR was simply the best damned movie that came out that year. When Cage says he's going to show everyone God and advances on the bad guy, it is time to splooge big time. By the way, ADAPTATION sounds like pure crap. And anyone who read every word of the torturously long review need to get a life. Really.
Nov. 23, 2002, 5:58 p.m. CST
hey weedy....i see we have a difference of opinions....fine....my point is i go to movies for some real entertainment....not to see some movie about a guy who wants to be more like someone else....guess what...we all have things about us that we would like to change, be more like someone else....etc. I see this all the time...i dont need to spend $9 to see it on the big screen. Maybe some people do....but i am not one of them. You enjoy your movie, i'll enjoy mine.
Nov. 23, 2002, 7:25 p.m. CST
...than movies about making movies is theater about making theater. Sounds like a pretty masturbatory project to me. I prefer movies that I feel good walking out of anyway. Call me crazy.
Nov. 23, 2002, 9:33 p.m. CST
by hank quinlan
Yeah, I know. Cage has made some missteps. But in the middle of that he made The Rock, a hilarious, offbeat action hero Cage or anyone else has yet to duplicate and FUCKING Face/Off for christsakes, yet another astonishing performance in the middle of one big setpiece after another. And finally can someone, anyone PLEASE give him someedit for Bringing Out the Dead? This movie was a mini masterpiece by both Scorsese and his star. It was subtle and engrossing. And hey, he still makes Adaptation once in a while. Yes, Gone in 60 Seconds blew.
Nov. 24, 2002, 12:23 a.m. CST
I started skipping paragraphs after the second looking to find out what makes this movie so great. Nevermind.
Nov. 24, 2002, 1:38 a.m. CST
by SLEAZY DINOSAUR
Seriously, I plan on seeing this movie, it looks pretty good, but was that for real, or just some creative writing?
Nov. 24, 2002, 6:53 a.m. CST
I am in emotional turmoil over this turgid and edifying essay on the incomprehensible depth of human character required to pen a satisfying and artful film. Not twice, but thrice, I found myself in tears, a deep well of sorrow where my heart should be as I realized that not another human being on the face of planet earth could have expressed so clearly and thought-provokingly the essence of Adaptation. This writer's heartfelt, emotional missive has SHATTERED me. As the tears streamed down my face and my body quaked with uncontrollable spasms of simultaneous joy and pain...my girlfriend slapped me across my face and said, "Get a grip, you big pussy!" Seriously, Moriarty - it IS possible to take filmmaking a little TOO seriously. Shit, I've worked in the business for years and have YET to meet another person as touchy-feely about this stuff as you and Harry get. Take a pill!
Nov. 24, 2002, 9:34 a.m. CST
Some of you maybe not be understanding the man, but let me tell you. What he felt,did or thought was in no way wrong. I am just sorry for those who can't be touched. Who sealt themselves up so nothing can change them. poor souls, you'r stuck.
Nov. 24, 2002, 11:19 a.m. CST
by heywood jablomie
Clearly, Moriarty's penny-ante development gig has made him think he is the bastard stepchild of Robert Towne. Lighten up, dude. It's not that hard to scratch up a little dough to write in Hollywood. Lots of people have done it. And watch how money of those people ACTUALLY GET A MOVIE MADE. So quit trumpeting yourself and stick to things you're good at --like overrating "The Ring."
Nov. 24, 2002, 3:54 p.m. CST
...that I think I am going to cry. It is truly a miracle. Greatest review ever. Sob.
Nov. 24, 2002, 4:34 p.m. CST
I had the opportunity to see this movie today. It was truly an amazing film. It was just so bizzare and funny and insightful... I loved it. I would recommend this to anyone who's ever even tried to write anything. The movie just takes such an interesting look at the creative process (but it's so much more), I think you will really appreciate it.
Nov. 25, 2002, 7:35 a.m. CST
Lazy fucking cunt. I'll read the review now....five minutes, jesus.
Nov. 25, 2002, 9:28 a.m. CST
What the hell? How can you list the ups and downs of Cage's career and not mention Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead? I mean, your catalogueing went past it with Gone in Sixty Seconds. I don't get it. Bringing Out the Dead may be the most forgotten movie by a major director ever, and for no other reason than people just weren't ready for its tone. Just because its truly original doesn't mean your brain can't process it.
Nov. 25, 2002, 6:31 p.m. CST
I saw Adaptation at the Cinematheque this saturday. Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman and Nicolas Cage were all there and did a q&a afterwards. This is one of my top three of the year, what a phenomenal movie. Charlie Kaufman was gracious after the screening and let weirdos like me muscle in and ask him questions. The script was devious, brilliant, but also deeply emotional. Anyone who has ever tried to write, or self-loathed, or faced down a deadline in a panic will totally see themselves up there. Moriarty's reaction is totally understandable and he's got the stones to be honest about it.
Nov. 25, 2002, 8:42 p.m. CST
by Grand Digital
Cause he looks like him. And...he would've been good. That's it. Bye.
Nov. 25, 2002, 9:46 p.m. CST
by Dr. Noodles
Hell of a show, hell of a show...
Nov. 25, 2002, 10:46 p.m. CST
I cannot think of anything original to say except... (insert banal Jay and Silent Bob quote here).
Nov. 26, 2002, 7:24 p.m. CST
I am not a writer. I have no ties to the film industry and could care less about those that inhabit it, but -- having seen "Adaptation" I had a nearly identical reaction to it as Moriority. What you guys don't get from any of these reviews is the fact that, while the film has a writer as its main character, it is in no way a film about writing. It is a film about sweeping life-changing issues relevant to all of us. The title is not about the adapatation of a book (well -- superficially), it is about the choice we all must make to survive as human beings; the way in which we must adapt to our surrounding in order to live and feel valued. It was easily the most moving film I have seen in years.
Dec. 9, 2002, 9:29 p.m. CST
was the same as mine. we had the chinese food buffet at shanghai river. It was cool seeing a movie about Moriarty. (harry says charlie is mori sans bong) solo un chiste. Mo be right about nick cage though. That's the first thing I said. I thought he'd actually become Keanu Cage. And Chris Cooper?! When he got his leg shot in A Time to Kill and got on the stand and said 'Turn'm Loose!' that was cool.
Dec. 9, 2002, 9:54 p.m. CST
is to think that in real life Susan Orlean(played by Meryl Streep)wrote Surf girls of Maui which became "Blue Crush" and "The Orchid Thief" which was adapted into "Adaptation" by Charlie Kaufman who wrote "Being John Malkovich". Good stuff, but what I think was missed is that Susan Orlean probably had secret salty lesbian love with the surf girls of Maui and that should have been depicted with Meryl Streep and Kate Bosworth.
Dec. 13, 2002, 7:26 a.m. CST
Why are people complaining about a review that shows how much a film has affected the reviewer. I just saw the movie and TOTALLY understand what Mor is talking about. This film has got to me in a big way and I like the feeling. What's this talk about working in ER and seeing people die so how can a movie move you? That's irrelevant. Go back to work. If you like movies and haven't seen anything in a long time that's made an impact then this one comes along and hits you like a tsunami then you need to say it. Just wait for all those reviews that are written by reviewers who write about writing about reviewing a movie about a man writing a movie about a man writing a movie ad infinitum. Adaptation is sublime on many many levels whether intentional or not. It is a film worth discussing and relishing. You watch it and even during the film you smile because you know this is something special.