Being John Malkovich (1999) & guest Ryan Skonnord
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We begin our John Cusack series of episodes with the obvious Cusack classic and Polina's pick Being John Malkovich (1999)....wait, what? Helping us tackle this head scratching but hilarious film is Ryan Skonnord of married to Diana fame. Polina associates this film with an unstable period in her life. Ryan shares the parallels between his teenage self and the interactions between Craig (Cusack) and Maxine (Keener). Diana hates everyone in this film, but loves that jewel thief movie. A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star Being John Malkovich. This first time Spike Jonze/Charlie Kaufman collaboration stars John Cusack, Catherine Keener, Cameron Diaz, Orson Bean, Mary Kay Place, Charlie Sheen, and John Malkovich. (from If you're comfortable with Get Out spoilers, here is Jordan Peele discussing the connections between the two films:

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