Charlie Kaufman

When it comes to films. most my friends know of my Nicolas Cage obsession. While I have to admit, I have a love for his amazing/terrible acting (either or, it’s entertaining at least) I do actually have some genuine film obsessions. My film hero: Charlie Kaufman.

In my book, the man is an artist. I watch his films and I feel like no-one has ever understood what goes through my head apart from him. He takes those thoughts that I’m too scared to bring to the surface and puts them on a screen. The scene below from Synechdoche, New York totally blew me away when I first saw it. It still does now, and I’ve seen this film a lot.

There’s very few films that have affected me like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Synechdoche, New York. Sure, they might be depressing as hell to some people, but for me, they’re about life. It’s depressing, but it’s also funny and everything else in between, which is what he portrays. That desire to forget former lovers, dealing with life and death, wanting to experience being a celebrity, or even that struggle you have with yourself. To be honest, I find his films uplifting. I hope we’re going to see more amazing filmwriters like this in the future.

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