Movie of the Year: 2002 – Adaptation.

Movie of the Year: 2002


Does Adaptation. have the flexibility to be our 2002 Movie of the Year?

After years of struggling to adapt Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief into a movie, Charlie Kaufmann wrote himself and his fictional twin Donald into the movie and made it about his struggles with adapting the book. He only told his friend Spike Jonez his new direction, and was sure he would be done with the industry but didn’t see another way out. The result is Adaptation, a meditation on obsession and writer’s block starring Meryl Streep as the fictionalized Orleans and Nick Cage in a fat suit playing the pathetic Kaufman twins.

The Taste Buds discuss what the film says about storytelling, why the character of Donald Kaufman is necessary, and what director Spike Jonze does to leave his mark on a movie that feels very dedicated to its writer.

Plus, they build a Mount Rushmore to 2002 trends, partake in a bit of Adaptation trivia, and give out some coveted awards!

While Americans overwhelmingly support the right of an individual to make their own decisions about abortion, unfortunately, that right is no longer protected everywhere in the U.S.

The Supreme Court overturned Roe versus Wade on June 24th.

Abortion is a basic healthcare need for the millions of people who can become pregnant. Everyone should have the freedom to decide what’s best for themselves and their families, including when it comes to ending a pregnancy. This decision has dire consequences for individual health and safety, and could have harsh repercussions for other landmark decisions.

Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health and independence of all Americans. Even if you live in a state where abortion rights are upheld, access to safe medical procedures shouldn’t be determined by location, and it shouldn’t be the privilege of a small few.

You can help by donating to local abortion funds. To find out where to donate for each state, visit

If you or someone you know needs help, or if you want to get more involved, here are 5 resources:

1.  Shout Your Abortion is a campaign to normalize abortion.

2. Don’t Ban Equality is a campaign for companies to take a stand against abortion restrictions.

3. has information about where to find clinics.

4. provides early at-home abortion pills that you can keep in your medicine cabinet. And five.

5. has a collection of these resources and more.

You can also find links to all of these resources and more info at