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Top Movies of the Decade #44

44. Adaptation

adaptationQuick, how many screenwriters can you name?  One?   Is it Charlie Kaufman?  Thought so.   In a medium dominated by directors (for those who pay attention) and actors (for those who don’t) screenwriters hardly ever get mentioned.  But Kaufman has left a bigger mark on cinema in the 21st century than most directors.  He followed “Being John Malkovich” with “Adaptation”  a bizarre, darkly funny story about passion, personality, the creative process, moviemaking, and strange flowers.   This movie is brilliant and bizarre, folding in on itself and then telescoping out time after time, til you’re not sure what you’re watching– but you know it’s very absorbing.   Nobody writes like Charlie Kaufman;  nobody should even try.

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