Charlie Kaufman, the screenwriter behind Adaptation and Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts, is among the smartest and most unique writers in Hollywood. Humor author Tom Gerencer remembers being very impressed with Kaufman’s 1999 debut movie Being John Malkovich.
“I keep in mind being utterly blown away by it and completely loving it,” Gerencer says in Episode 549 of the Geek’s Information to the Galaxy podcast. “It’s completely my type of humor. I really like this bizarre, off-the-wall, surrealist, actually humorous and actually tied-to-real-life stuff.”
Kaufman’s current tasks haven’t been as widespread with audiences as his early work. TV author Andrea Kail thinks that Kaufman’s more and more bleak outlook, epitomized by movies similar to I’m Pondering of Ending Issues, could also be alienating some viewers. “What’s lacking from this film, and this part of his inventive life, is the humor that’s in Being John Malkovich and Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts,” she says. “These are humorous films. There may be nothing humorous about this. It’s like a mirror into his middle-aged despair, and it’s painful to observe.”
Geek’s Information to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley sees similarities between Charlie Kaufman and George Lucas, who each appear to have benefited from constraints on their creativity. “[Kaufman] is somebody who’s a visionary, and his early work took that imaginative and prescient and filtered it by collaborators who had been extra regular and will make it one thing the viewers might relate to extra,” Kirtley says. “And as soon as he bought sufficient energy to utterly make it his imaginative and prescient, the viewers for probably the most half is like, ‘Eh, I sort of appreciated the sooner stuff higher.’”
Science fiction writer Matthew Kressel hopes that Kaufman will create extra movies which have the identical type of steadiness his earlier films did. “Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts is precisely the type of expertise I’m going for,” he says. “It’s reflecting again to me, the viewer, what it’s wish to be a human being, with each the attractive issues and the horrible issues, each the enjoyment and the struggling, and being OK with either side of that. That’s why I believe the film is so stunning.”
Hearken to the entire interview with Tom Gerencer, Andrea Kail, and Matthew Kressel in Episode 549 of Geek’s Information to the Galaxy (above). And take a look at some highlights from the dialogue beneath.
Tom Gerencer on Being John Malkovich:
The film is all about how folks have issues we want, we’ve got issues we would like, and the way far we’re prepared to go to get what we would like, by way of simply utterly screwing another person over and never even trying again. John Cusack‘s character goes, “Wow! There are such a lot of implications about this,” and also you assume he’s going to begin speaking about one thing profound, and he even says, “There are actually profound implications.” And he goes, “For instance, I went in there with a bit of wooden in my hand. The place is the wooden now? Is it nonetheless in Malkovich?” That’s all he can provide you with.
Matthew Kressel on Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts:
I’ve heard folks criticize this film, “Oh, she’s the Manic Pixie Dream Woman.” And in case you have a look at it in a superficial method, you might say, “Oh yeah, she’s bought the dyed hair, and she or he’s spontaneous and impulsive, and she or he crashes the automotive, and she or he likes to drink and exit all night time.” However in case you have a look at it actually, I consider it destroys that trope. And the explanation why is, she doesn’t save him. She’s not the one which comes and saves his life and makes all his goals come true. She’s simply as flawed as he’s, and when he comes to acknowledge that—that she’s not going to save lots of him and never going to resolve all his issues—and nonetheless accepts her anyway, that’s the fantastic thing about the second.
Andrea Kail on I’m Pondering of Ending Issues:
It’s constructed as a horror film. You’re strolling by that barn, and also you’re simply ready, and then you definately’re going into that basement, and also you’re ready. You’re simply ready for the blood to begin pouring out of the partitions or one thing, and it by no means occurs, however that’s type of once I realized that it’s a horror film, however it’s an inner horror film. It’s the horror of being trapped in your reminiscences and regretting life … These are all of the horrible issues that occur to you in center age—dad and mom dying, realizing your life’s half over and also you’re a janitor in a highschool. In order that’s the place I believe that every one comes from.
David Barr Kirtley on mortality:
I noticed Charlie Kaufman say in interviews that everybody’s going to die, you’re going to die, you’re going to lose the whole lot, and that’s how life in the end ends and he desires to be trustworthy about that. And all of that’s true clearly, but in addition all of us are extremely fortunate to ever have been born in any respect, when you concentrate on how statistically unlikely it’s that any of us would ever have been born and been alive to expertise grass and oceans and sunsets and the whole lot. So I really feel like fixating on the destructive is just not essentially being trustworthy. It’s type of shading issues in a specific path that you simply don’t must do.
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