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ok, I just watched Charlie Kaufman's newest movie, Synecdoche, New York...and well, let me just say my previous statement that Charlie Kaufman was the most brilliant man in Hollywood is certainly justified.
First, let me say that Im afraid right now. That was quite possibly one of the most upsetting films Ive ever seen, and I dont even know why. Maybe its because of the numerous problems the film touches on, I mean it ranges from gender issues to homosexuality to loss of control to death and disease and depression...It certainly wasnt a happy movie, but by god it was a powerful one. Once again, Kaufman mixes fantasy and reality so ******* spectacularely, I just...ugh I cant even explain it without giving away alot. Seriously, to anyone out there who enjoys movies, watch this film. Immediately. Im not afraid to say its one of the best made films Ive ever seen. The screenplay is genius, PSH is once again spectacular in his role, and just the movie itself is so stunning...I am shocked and awed once again by Kaufman. Just spectacular.
I'm a big time film buff myself, although I will say I am not a huge fan of Kaufman, I like him, I just wouldn't consider myself a follower of his the way I would with other directors like Kubrick, Kieslowski, PTA, etc. but this movie instantly just jumped into my top 3, and I don't put films in my top 20 easily.
Absolutely mind blowing, and I understood every single element and scene in this movie yet I can't wait to see it again. No adjective or superlatives to say how much I liked it.
I was watching Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby last night for the first time and it was alright. Definitely not Ferrell's best, but I got a few chuckles out of it. The scene in the hospital room with him, John C. Reily and Michael Clarke Duncan was so funny though.
On another note, can't wait to see Watchmen. Never read the comic, so I am going in completely with just no expectations to speak of, except for what I've heard is a phenomenal story and stunning visuals. I'll probably wait a week for the crowds to die down before going to see it.
I will most definately be purchasing the DVD. After sleeping on it, I think its possible that it is the best overall movie I have seen in a few years. Seriously, I think it blows away films like TWBB and NCFOM. Its just so much more personal, and so much more...intellectual? Not sure what Im looking for there, but I remember that the play within the play and the actors playing actors and the gigantic web it forms kind of reminded me of Hamlet. Its a very smart film, but I also like that its in intelligence, there is a certain amount of naivete and an uncompromising harshness. I just cant begin to explain how moving the film is, and I thought it was BY FAR the best movie from last year, and I was a big fan of CCOBB. Charlie Kaufman might be one of my favorite writers of all time, not just screenplay writers. Dear god, what a fantastic film.
And Gonzo, how absolutely jaw droppingly fantastic was the ending?
Originally posted by Mr. Goosemahn
The APS is strong in this one.
Originally posted by killxswitch
Tears for Fears is better than whatever it is you happen to be thinking about right now.