Spiegel III was the founder of a healthcare consulting firm. Clean" Spiegelwho is now a producer and DJ,  and his sister Julia. Photography, magazines, and early video work[ edit ] While shooting for various BMX publications in California, Jonze was introduced to a number of professional skateboarders who would often share ramps with BMX pros.
Oct 22, Birthplace: Not Available A notoriously shy prankster with a penchant for skateboarding and tall tales, Spike Jonze might not have been the most obvious candidate for "most promising director" or "best first feature" status. With the release of Being John Malkovich in the fall ofhowever, those were exactly the kinds of superlatives being lauded upon the impetuous wunderkind.
Nicknamed "Spike" at a young age -- he was fond of buzz haircuts -- he would adopt the "Jonze" later in life as an homage to the comic bandleader of the s. After his parents divorced, Jonze spent most of his formative years with his mother in Maryland, where he cultivated interests in skateboarding, freestyle biking, and photography.
He opted out of college to take a position at one of his favorite magazines, Freestyle, and before long, he was creating his own monthly, Dirt.
The nationally distributed publication promptly failed, and Jonze returned to his bread and butter: From there, video offers streamed in, and Jonze's distinctive clips for bands such as the Breeders, R. Even within the confines of a three-minute spot, Jonze would find ways to subtly reference pop culture: It didn't take long for the movie industry to take notice, and inJonze was offered the chance to direct the film adaptation of Harold and the Purple Crayon, with a script by The Player scribe Michael Tolkin.
After much pre-production work, however, the project went into developmental limbo, and Jonze continued to work on videos and advertisements while he searched for the perfect debut material. It arrived in in the form of Being John Malkovich, Charlie Kaufman's dark, surreal comedy about the havoc wreaked when a disaffected puppeteer discovers a portal into the mind of the titular actor.
Malkovich wasn't the only film for which Jonze was receiving praise in the fall of After a handful of bit parts in such films as The Game and Mi Vida Loca, he was cast as a dim but well-meaning soldier in director David O.
Russell's Gulf War saga Three Kings. Critics noted Jonze's ability to bring depth and warmth to the somewhat stereotypical role of the impudent loose cannon from the backwoods, Private Conrad Vig. Following up Being John Malkovich proved to be no easy task.
At the turn of the century, Jonze laid low, lending his skills to more music videos and commercials, and teaming up with skating buddy Johnny Knoxville to create Knoxville's immediately infamous weekly revue of self-mutil Photos.That the same person can make a film as deeply moving as Being John Malkovich and also be the producer behind the fun but ultimately vacuous Jackass series has always been part of his charm.
Oct 12, · He made his early rep as the skateboarding director of videos for the Beastie Boys and Fatboy Slim, and birthed the Jackass franchise in its MTV and movie incarnations. His first two feature films, Being John Malkovich () and Adaptation. But for many of us, Being John Malkovich remains a singular cinematic event that enlarged our idea of what a movie could achieve.
Criterion has created a solid tribute to a film that transcends the ephemeral silliness of its absurd central premise by giving us the new perspective on life that comes from contemplating some navel other than our own. Spike Jonze’s direction doesn’t stand out but that is a good thing.
It is obvious that the director has a great respect and love for Kaufman’s writing since they worked together on Being John Malkovich.
But for many of us, Being John Malkovich remains a singular cinematic event that enlarged our idea of what a movie could achieve. Criterion has created a solid tribute to a film that transcends the ephemeral silliness of its absurd central premise by giving us the new perspective on life that comes from contemplating some navel other than our own. It arrived in in the form of Being John Malkovich, Charlie Kaufman's dark, surreal comedy about the havoc wreaked when a disaffected puppeteer discovers a portal into the mind of the titular. Being John Malkovich (), the Spike Jonze's directorial debut, is an amazing film - hip, inventive, delightfully weird, incredibly funny and disturbingly serious with the gleefully absurd plot twists.
Jonzes does not try anything too absurd. He works very much as a silent director and lets the characters live out the story.
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