Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Dir. Charlie Kaufmann
Starring: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Emily Watson, Dianne Wiest, etc.

I’m not ready to give a rating on this score, and it’ll probably take me a long time. But I wanted to say that there are two people I feel confident would be interested in this film–whether they like it or not, that would be Penny and Kevin. I’m not sure how much they would ultimately like this film, but I’m confident they would find it worth seeing. I think Grace, Mitchell (and possibly Tony) would also find this interesting. Larri would hate this. I wouldn’t recommend this to Joel, Jill and Don. Hopefully, at some point, I’ll come up with a score and a full review. I’m not sure about Marc and John, although I would guess they wouldn’t care for this.

I can give a brief synopsis of the film for those who want to know. The film is about a playwright, Caden Cotard (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) who is struggling to make his ambitious play that blurs the lines between reality and fiction. In the process we see his struggles with various women in his life. This is Charlie Kaufmann’s directorial debut, from what I understand. The film is also written by him. Here are some films that have similarities: Mullholland Drive and 8 1/2.

So I just saw Synecdoche, New York.

Heh. What else is there to say? It was one seriously weird movie. Probably the weirdest that I’ve seen of Northfork from a few years ago. It’s this thing you just have to sit back and watch unwind, really. And just when you think it’s about to end/make sense, it goes off in another weird direction.

Which is probably what the movie was going for.

Favorite scene? Obviously, for me, it was the one with the priest and the rain. It was very well-rendered and quite perceptive.

Would I see it again? Probably not, except to see the previously mentioned scene again.

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