Being John Malkovich
At CHANGING HANDS - PHOENIX - Saturday, January 12 at 7:30pm
Being John Malkovich turns 20 this year, but that’s not the only reason we want to celebrate one of our favorite turn-of-the-century films. It was the feature-film debut of two provocateurs of the bizarre: screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze, and it was a marriage of indie bliss.
The premise: John Cusack plays would-be professional puppeteer Craig Schwartz, who finds a portal on the 7½ floor of an office building that leads to 15 minutes in the mind of actor John Malkovich. It's a deeply weird movie (and that’s to say nothing of Cameron Diaz playing a frazzled animal hoarder and the dramatization of the love affair of Abelard and Héloïse by puppets). But not so weird it relinquishes its humanity. Those cerebral kicks give way to the unexpected heartbreak of wanting so badly to be someone else, and spits the viewer out on the New Jersey Turnpike of the soul.
So happy birthday, Being John Malkovich, and thank you. For cinephiles of a certain age, you were not only a portal into a celebrated actor’s mind, but into the weird, wild world of indie filmmaking.
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Rated R. 1 hr 53 minutes.
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