They’re pegging it down a rural lane when, off in the distance, they spot a single wolf. In less than forty pages and just a couple of hundred words, it managed to evoke the fierce intensity of childhood, the primal urges and desires that civil society can never fully snuff out.
They stare it for what seems like an eternity, transfixed by its isolation and also its dark beauty. At its best, Spike Jonze’s version of the Sendak tale, which he co-wrote with the novelist Dave Eggers, captures that roaring mania perfectly.
Taking a turn toward the outrageous, he helped create the cult favorite, "Jackass" (MTV, 2000-02), which earned public condemnation for its depiction of dangerous, but hilarious stunts.
Returning to narrative filmmaking, Jonze helmed the inspired "Adaptation" (2002), a wildly original, offbeat and entertaining dramedy that confirmed Jonze as a truly visionary filmmaker worthy of the highest accolades.
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Throughout his varied career, Spike Jonze quickly established himself as a director whose remarkable vision and prolific output led to creating some of the most memorable films and music videos of his day. Read more » Throughout his varied career, Spike Jonze quickly established himself as a director whose remarkable vision and prolific output led to creating some of the most memorable films and music videos of his day.
One of the strangest moments in Wes Anderson’s recent Fantastic Mr Fox — like Where The Wild Things Are, a classic children’s story repurposed for adults — comes towards the end of the film. Maurice Sendak’s book portrayed a naughty boy Max who is banished to his bedroom after an argument with his mother.
The fox and his rapscallion chums have, after much suffering and with a great deal of guile and effort, managed to escape the clutches of the angry farmers who seek to kill them. There he transports himself imaginatively to a remote jungle where all manner of surprisingly jolly beasties and monsters jump around and swing from the trees. It’s a captivatingly illustrated story that takes entrapment as a starting point, but whose popularity — it has sold millions of copies since it was first published in 1963 — is largely due to the sheer joy with which it sides with Max’s galloping, outsized dreams.