Recent Adaptation News
Writer's Block: A Supercut (featuring guess-what-film, among many others)
No prizes for guessing correctly, and you won't have to wait long before finding out if you're right--it's the first film in the video. There are 52 other movies in the cut, and they all feature one writer or another battling with the ol' muse. You can find the list of films here.
Is it possible to make a good film about writing?
Oliver Farry at New Statesman asks the question, and Adaptation is one of the films he looks to for answers.
I would point out that "good" isn't the same as "accurate." Nobody wants to see a film about a guy dicking around on Facebook, staring at a blinking cursor while his leg jiggles up and down with ever-increasing speed, watching a lot of TV, reading about writers who are actually writing, and saying "I suck, I have made a horrible life choice" every five minutes, while a clock ticks very loudly in the background and his hair turns grey.
But enough about me.
The screenwriting credits for Adaptation are shared by the two brothers, making Donald Kaufman, along with the Coen brothers’ editor Roderick Jaynes one of the few fictional people to be nominated for an Oscar. It is also one of the few instances where real-life authors have been integrated into the meta-textual fabric of a film (Guillaume Nicloux’s 2014 mockumentary The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq is another). One imagines the rarity of this happening is less due to reticence on the part of authors than the fact that most writers are simply not recognisable enough for the conceit to be fully effective. (Source)
When plant obsession turns criminal
The UK Guardian has a long article about the theft from Kew Gardens, in January, of the smallest water lily in the world.
Shortly after two o’clock on the afternoon of Thursday, January 9, Nick Johnson, the 43-year-old manager of the conservatory, returned to Kew after spending the morning at a school in east London.
As usual, he [...] checked on the rarest, and most endangered, plant in the glasshouse, the Nymphaea thermarum, which is the smallest water lily in the world. Unlike some of the valuable orchids and cacti in the conservatory, which are kept behind glass screens, the tiny water lilies, whose white flowers measure less than 1cm across, were on open display, albeit in a relatively inaccessible position near the foot of a concrete bridge. There were 24 planted out in the mud. Today, Brokensha counted 23 – and a hole where the 24th had been. (Source)
Why would someone steal a flower? Maybe he was done with fish.