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BEING JOHN MALKOVICH
May 28, 2014  | By David Bianculli

Flix, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

Spike Jonze got rave reviews for writing and directing last year’s Her, the meditative romantic comedy-drama about a man who falls in love with his phone and computer’s personalized electronic operating system. And Jonze would have my lifelong admiration simply for directing Christopher Walken in 1999’s unforgettably creative music video by Fatboy Slim for “Weapon of Choice.” And here, in this movie made the same year as “Weapon of Choice,” Jonze directs just as audacious and brilliant a project. This one is written by Charlie Kaufman, and stars John Cusack as an artistically stubborn puppeteer who finds a portal into the mind, and thus the body, of John Malkovich, who plays himself. Also starring: Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener. What a cast. What a concept. What a movie. And parts of it, for the record, end up at Interchange 14-C of the New Jersey Turnpike.

 
 
 
 
 
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