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tue 2005-mar-29 18:41:48 pst   ...   permalink

Saturday night we watched Adaptation. It doesn't hold up as well to the second viewing as some movies, since a good deal of what makes it great is based on surprise factor, but it does have quite a bit to notice on the second time through.

When I saw it the first time, the Oscar nominations had been announced but the awards not yet given; I speculated that it would win Best Adapted Screenplay. I don't remember what beat it, but in retrospect I can certainly see why it did not win: the main aspect of it that makes me find it brilliant is its self-referential nature, and most people are far less ... amused? entertained? impressed? excited? ... by self-reference than I am.

So basically I would strongly recommend it to other fans of self-reference, but I'm not really sure whether anyone else would like it!

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tue 2005-mar-29 20:31:21 pst
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This is one of my favorite movies I've seen in the last 5-10 years, but I only saw it once, in the theatre. I have been wondering whether I should watch it again and now think I should.

tue 2005-mar-29 21:52:06 pst
posted by Lisa

I believe I enjoyed it just as much the second time as the first. Sure, the surprise factor was missing, but that wasn't the most important aspect of the movie for me.

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