Midnight in Paris (2011) -vs- Adaptation (2002)
If thereâ€™s anything that sounds less appealing than watching the mental anguish of a blocked writer, we canâ€™t imagine what it is. In fact, we canâ€™t even begin to visualizeâ€¦ hold on a secondâ€¦ getting my thoughts straightâ€¦ just have to play some Spider Solitaire while I, umâ€¦ trying to focusâ€¦ Huh — I didnâ€™t know we had Cheetosâ€¦.
Fifteen hours later:
Right, where were we? Oh yeah, writerâ€™s block — itâ€™s not pretty. Not cinematic either, until Charlie Kaufman came along and sweated blood for three years, cracking the code of how to translate to film his own innermost creative struggle in a deeply personal, throw-out-the-rulebook kind of way. His resulting screenplay for Adaptation became the Holy Grail of screenwriter movies, and under the brilliant direction of Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are), earned a slew of Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Adapted Screenplay. […]