April 26th, 2014: Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich

Cast and Crew: Octavia Spencer, Orson Bean, David Fincher, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen

What It’s About:  Struggling puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack)  takes a job as a file clerk and stumbles upon a portal hidden behind a file cabinet that allows anyone who enters to inhabit the body of John Malkovich (John Malkovich) for 15 minutes.  Schwartz shares this knowledge with his co-worker Maxine Lund (Catherine Keener), who he is interested in; Lund is more interested in Schwartz pet store owning wife Lotte (Cameron Diaz) and in monetizing the bizarre discovery, but there are others interested in it for more sinister reasons…

Why Watch it Today?:  Today is National Puppetry Day.  Being John Malkovich is the debut feature film from director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman, each of whom have gone own to careers of great acclaim that continue to grapple with many of the themes evident here.

Other Choices:  The Muppet Movie; Labrynith

4 comments on “April 26th, 2014: Being John Malkovich

  1. geelw says:

    Jeez, there’s a day for nearly EVERYTHING! I don’t need a special day to love this film, though. That and at least you didn’t mention Thunderbirds Are Go! as your choice for today (although some would say “why not?!” 😀

    • T.A. Gerolami says:

      In our first year, I think, I did Empire of the Ants for Carpenter Ant Day….there really is a day for everything my friend!

      Re: Thunderbirds are Go!, would you believe I’ve never seen it?

      • geelw says:

        Heh. Expect a Team America vibe from that oldie (er, without all the naughty bits)…

      • T.A. Gerolami says:

        I saw some of the “Supermation” shows back when I was a kid, but I’m never quite sure which ones they were.

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