1. Adaptation

    brian on 2002.12.12
    at 12:01 am

    of a book

    I've been awaiting the release of the the movie "Adaptation," a movie based loosely on the book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean. Before she penned the book, she developed the thesis in a short story in the New Yorker. I first learned of it from Jason Kottke via his weblog, as he built Ms. Orlean's website, and subsequently, a weblog about the movie rendition of Orchid.

    Confused yet? Well, if you don't enjoy confusion, perhaps avoid the movie. You see the screenplay was written by Charlie Kaufman, and directed by Spike Jonze, both of Being John Malkovich fame. So, what's confusing about that? Nothing. But the plot of the movie is roughly "An account" of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's (played by Nicolas Cage) attempt to adapt Susan Orlean's (played by Meryl Streep) non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, about a plant dealer who clones rare orchids then sells them to collectors. We see the book playout while Charlie writes the screenplay adaptation of the book, interactions with the book's author, and Donald, Charlie's twin brother (also played by Cage). Yeah, pretty cool.

    Problem: it wasn't playing in the Boston area this weekend. Me: bummed, waiting.

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