Sunday, January 31, 2010

My favorite 20 films of the 2000s: Adaptation

These are my 20 personal favorite films of the 2000s and they are not being ranked according to any criteria, other than I love them. So here they are, in alphabetical order:

Adaptation. (2002)

Oscar-worthy roles are everywhere in this Charlie Kaufman piece which features a double-role for Nicolas Cage as a ‘serious’ writer struggling to adapt a ‘book about orchids’ into a screenplay. Throw in his helpless brother, also played by Cage, as everything the other despises and you’ve got yourself a premise. Remarkable roles by Tilda Swinton , Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper help fill out this strange tale that you pretty much cannot fully grasp with just one viewing.

Cage haters may even find themselves loosening the noose slightly after they see what he is actually capable of, in the hands of a good script, a good writer, a good director, and, of course, a great hair stylist. With a screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze it would be improbable for everyone to like this movie, yet somehow everyone I 542`know who has seen it eventually tells me they are really glad they saw it.

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