Synecdoche, New York

Mr. Aerten and I saw this movie on Sunday.  To say that it was surreal would be like saying the sun is a little warm.  It made Philip K. Dick novels seem downright mainstream.

Now, that’s not to say it was a bad movie.  Not at all.  I definitely liked it.  It’s just very hard to explain what the movie is about.

Hmmmm.  Ok, it’s about a guy who directs plays and has a family.  He’s a bit of a hypochrondriac.  Time does not march on, but rather progresses in leaps and bounds.  Weird little odd things happen until he gets an award that allows him to create his masterpiece.  And then things get really weird.  He’s directing plays within plays within a play.

Oh sure, you say, we’ve seen all that before.  Ha! I say.  Not like this you haven’t!  Do go see this movie.  And go stone cold sober, or you’ll suspect your reactions to the movie might have something to do with the drugs or alcohol in your system.  Trust me… it’s all the movie.

And after you go see it, come back and tell me what you thought about it.  I want to know how many other brains this movie messed up for the day.

5 Responses to “Synecdoche, New York”

  1. December 9th, 2008 | 2:44 pm

    It’s on my “must see” list. I’d pay good money to see Phillip Seymour Hoffman do just about anything.

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  2. December 9th, 2008 | 4:29 pm

    On the tweak factor scale, is it more like Being John Malkovich or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? Both of those being some of my favorite tweak out movies.

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  3. Kelly
    December 9th, 2008 | 9:51 pm

    JoyZee Buddy… And PSH is absolutely fantastic! I can’t imagine any other actor being able to pull this one off. That is one talented guy, yes indeedy.

    Redbeard… It definitely trends more towards the Being John Malkovich end of the scale. In my opinion. Actually, the only reason I watched Fear and Loathing was for Johnny Depp. He was excellent, but the movie left me dissatisfied. Perhaps I expected too much from the movie.

  4. December 21st, 2008 | 6:12 pm

    First things first. You don’t consider Philip K. Dick novels to be mainstream?

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  5. Kelly
    December 21st, 2008 | 10:16 pm

    To some of my friends, Philip K. Dick might be considered mainstream. He really ought to be required reading. But if my mother-in-law hasn’t heard of him, I’m not sure I can consider him mainstream. Or her well-read.