Being John Malkovich was an American dramedy fantasy which opened in October 1999 just as I was retiring after a 50 year student and employment life, a career of 32 years as a teacher, and another 18 as a student. In October 1999 I was settling into a little town by the sea, and beginning the recreation of myself as a writer and author, poet and publisher, online blogger and journalist, editor and researcher, reader and scholar. I did not see the film, however, until sometime in the first decade after my retirement from FT, PT and casual-paid jobs. I have now enjoyed a full retirement from 2006 to 2015.
Critic Roger Ebert, whose film review column has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 40 years, wrote that: "Rare is the movie where the last half hour surprises you just as much as the first, and in ways you're not expecting. The movie has ideas enough for half a dozen films, but the director and his cast handle them so surely that we never feel hard-pressed; we're enchanted by one development after the next." Ebert went on to say that: "Either Being John Malkovich gets nominated for best picture, or the members of the Academy need portals into their brains." Other top critic Peter Rainer commented "Dazzlingly singular movies aren't often this much fun," and Owen Gleiberman boldly stated that he felt it was "The most excitingly original movie of the year."-Ron Price with thanks to Being John Malkovich, Wikipedia, 4 July 2010.
As I was retiring from all those
classroom jobs of wall-to-wall
people out there in the Baha’i
community as well after those
30 years---the same year Ebert
started writing his film reviews,1
a film came out whose plot had
brought to the forefront several
issues in the modern philosophy
of mind such as the nature of self
and consciousness, the dichotomy
of mind-body as well as sensory
perception…This film would have
been useful in those social science &
philosophy courses I took and taught
over those 35+ years……1963-1999.
The film became a cult classic and in
our modern world there are 1000s of
cults, sects, schools, denominations,
isms, wasms, branches and divisions
of everything that is imaginable in this
planetizing Kingdom of God’s Earth.21 In 1967 I started my career as a teacher and Roger Ebert started writing film reviews. 2 Janet Maslin, “Being John Malkovich: A Portal Leading to Self-Parody,” The New York Times, October 1, 1999. This review appeared in my first week in George Town Tasmania, the place I came to for a sea-change after the demands of a lifetime of jobs and people in community. 2 This film explores the prospect of being able to sneak into the mind of another person an exercise I provide in my 2600 page autobiography, an exercise that is, sadly, not as much fun as this film for our fun-culture. Ron Price
Malkovich stated in a 2011 interview that "I'm not a political person actually, and I don't have an ideology". He also said that he had not voted since George McGovern lost his presidential run in 1972. However, according to actor William Hootkins, Malkovich is "so right-wing you have to wonder if he's kidding".
When asked in an interview with the Toronto Star whether it was necessary to have spiritual beliefs to portray a spiritual character, Malkovich said: "No, I'd say not... I'm an atheist. I wouldn't say I'm without spiritual belief particularly, or rather, specifically. Maybe I'm agnostic, but I'm not quite sure there's some great creator somehow controlling everything and giving us free will. I don't know; it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to me.”2-Ron Price with thanks to 1SBSONE TV, 22/6/’15 and 2Wikipedia.