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synecdoche, new york…

November 23, 2008

second day i came back from tour, i went to see this movie practically not knowing anything about it other than the poster outside sunshine theater on houston… was worried my jet lag was going to creep in since the movie started at 10:20 but i ended up staying until 2:30 that night thinking about this movie…
i cannot say i understood so much of the movie… it’s written and directed by charlie kaufman who is not known for conventional style and this was not an exception… still it kept me interested in and even touched by it without knowing why… obviously his movies work a lot better after you give in to his world… if you try to make sense out of it, you might get really upset at him…
first of all i have to say philip seymour hoffman was just brilliant… he is definitely one of the best actors out there and really able to draw you inside his emotions without projecting too much… he just made me feel so sad and tender especially at the end of the movie even though his character was not necessarily a sympathetic one… he is essentially a failure according to the society standard… but he is very human longing for that love and/or understanding and some way to be “special” on his own… like all of us… and he fails miserably because he never able to appreciate when he has it… like all of us…
i think charlie kaufman’s movies look at these “normal” people with such tender view, they are able to touch you without making sense… after all movies are not only about story telling… it’s more about how you can relate to that person up on the screen… “eternal sunshine of spotless mind” was a great example of that… we all have problems and spend most of our times trying to figure it out… relationships or your own insecurities or whatever that’s supposed to make your life clearer… that gives your life some kind of meaning… we keep thinking there’ll be something or someone that’s going to fulfill you that you can stop looking… meanwhile we all keep failing and end up with more heartaches… but then we try again and again… keep hoping and longing…
at least that’s what i felt from the first viewing… and sure there’ll be more and hopefully will understand it more…
meanwhile all the actors are quite brilliant as well… has so many fantastic female actors… catherine keener, jennider jason leigh, michelle williams, samantha morton, emily watson, dianne wiest…
and also i’m so hooked on the song called “little person” from the movie… it’s just so… heartbreaking… like brisk air in november…

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