I don't even know how to begin writing anything in relation to the work of Charlie Kaufman. Is he really the most original voice working in Hollywood ? or, just an escaped mental patient who has gone undetected amidst the denizens of LA? In either case I love his work. I also love the incentive he gives us to want to buy one of his screenplays: not just for the script itself, but for the wildly funny introductions and deadpan mock interviews ? the one in Human Nature
had me scratching my head, until I realized he was doing a send-up of a P. T. Anderson interview about Magnolia
? hilarious! Adaptation
also has a great piece of critical commentary by Robert McKee, whose screenwriting seminar book Story
was as much a basis of the script as was Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief
. And, for those of you who have been wondering, "When will Charlie Kaufman release a new picture that will send shockwaves through my brain?" you don't have long to wait. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
is being released in theaters in March 2004.