3SMReviews: Synecdoche, New York
Synecdoce, New York starts as a standard middle-age-white-guy picture, meaning things aren’t going well.* Then it takes an odd turn and I realized with a start that this is a Charlie Kaufman movie!** What followed was a series of delightfully weirder scenes and interesting performances.***
Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home, as part of Filmspotting best of the 2000s
Consider also watching: Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Anomalisa
*In this case, with his marriage.
**It’s been so long! I mean, I watched Anomalisa (2015) last year, but it wasn’t quite the Kaufman whackadoodle weird that was the period from 1999 (Being John Malkovich) to 2008 (this movie).
***I was also quite sleepy when watching this and it paired well that state of being. By the end, it started to feel like a very weird dream.
Also: RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. It’s been four years and I still miss you.
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