Being John Malkovich (1999)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy


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A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

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Director:

Spike Jonze

Writer:

Charlie Kaufman

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1 December 1999 | SKG-2
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| It's my head!!!!
Though I had liked the few Spike Jonze music videos I've seen(Weezer's "Buddy Holly" and the Beastie Boys one), I was hesitant about whether he could make the jump to movies, for, as we know, for every good MTV raised director(David Fincher), there are several bad ones(Michael Bay). And this is truly a concept which could have gone either way. But this is one of the most original, funny, and enjoyable movie experiences I've had this year. Every idea pays off in ways you don't expect, all four main actors do well cast against type, and it's awfully hard to pick who's the best(though I suspect John Malkovich will be remembered at Oscar time), the dialogue is great("Don't stand in the way of my actualization as a man!" may be the best line of the year), and I can't think of another way to describe this except go see it now.

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