Full Movie Reviews
RonPrice - wrote on 06/23/2015
Being John Malkovich was an American dramedy fantasy which opened in October 1999 just as I was retiring after a 50 year student and employment life, a career of 32 years as a teacher, and another 18 as a student. In October 1999 I was settling into a little town by the sea, and beginning the recreation of myself as a writer and author, poet and publisher, online blogger and journalist, editor and researcher, reader and scholar. I did not see the film, however, until sometime in the first decade after my retirement from FT, PT and casual-paid jobs. I have now enjoyed a full retirement from 2006 to 2015.
Critic Roger Ebert, whose film review column has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 40 years, wrote that: "Rare is the movie where the …
Matthew Brady - wrote on 03/27/2015
Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman never seem to shy away from going weird but amazing.
The story is about a skillful puppeteer finds the perfect puppet when he discovers a portal in his new office on a "half" floor. It leads him literally into the brain of John Malkovich. He and his discoverer try make a living off of others interests while his wife becomes jealous.
Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze are the two people that can take a weird and strange story and make it amazingly well made and as a viewer you some how correct to it with no reason to it. I don't think I ever came across a bad movie from these genius of directing and writing and Being John Malkovich is another great film from them, they never disappoint me.
The one thing that I loved about this movie is how self aware …
Yojimbo - wrote on 12/20/2011
An out of work puppeteer finds a filing job in the 7 1/2th floor of an office building where he finds a doorway into the mind of John Malkovich in which he decides to squat in order to win the affection of a co-worker. Being John Malkovich is just strange; not Donnie Darko or Eternal Sunshine strange. Waaaay past that! It's one of those films that you're either going to love or hate because it's so "out there" it's purely a subjective matter of taste. I usually find odd ball films that are deliberately "wacky" such as this terminally irritating (yes, I'm looking at you, Anderson) but Being John Malkovich is so likeably weird and genuinely amusing I couldn't help but love it. John Malkovich shows himself to be a real sport (as does Charlie Sheen and Brad Pitt in cameos) and although I …
Supercrum - wrote on 01/28/2008
This film in my opinion can be attributed to two things: That awkward moment, often in every person's life, where your mind spins itself out to creative bliss so far that there are no strings attached to anything that is of reality. And secondly, that quick epiphonous jab that makes you wonder... "Wow people would go crazy if I could find a way to explain this new idea to them..." Such is the euphoric engine of this film. As if Kaufman and Jonze had turned the originality valve on all the way just to see the devastating results, this film definitely uncanny and worth the watch.
What Crum Dug! - As with all Kaufman screenplays, always during the viewing do you get this strange but pleasant sense of déjà vu that I think is mysterious and enlightening in and of itself...