That's how I feel about music.
That is one of the movies that I liked more and more after I have seen it and thought about it. Though I gotta say one of the plausible endings make much more sense than the other, at least in the way the movie was filmed.
That was my exact take away from it when I saw it in theatres. Enjoy what works, but especially enjoy the visuals. No doubt it's a great looking film, and I think that actually does go a long ways in redeeming a movie.
After I watched Synecdoche, New York I googled about this guy director and script writer Charlie Kaufman. While watching the film I was aware that it was a piece of post-modern art and philosophy. A creator of such a piece will try to make you uncomfortable and embarrass you or even make you angry. While doing such things with you they are confident that they are not kidding but send a profound message to you. They manipulate you but not in aggressive way. They show themselves vulnerable and very fragile human beings.
I read some reviews about Synecdoche and people were trying hard to analyse the actions and motivations of the protagonist and people around him etc. I think we should judge this film as a method with which a post-modern thinker communicates with us. Despite the seeming complexity, the film is a number of well known post-modern cliches and tricks. For example, an author will constantly hint to you that there is something hidden behind the surface. But you will never be able to explain or be explained what it is. One of the main Kaufman ideas is that patterns by which we live are manipulations. The goal is to go beyond conventional. I better give a word to Kaufman himself. For example that's how he defines a screenplay, enjoy his language:
A screenplay is an exploration. It’s about the thing you don’t know. To step into the abyss. It necessarily starts somewhere, anywhere, there is a starting point, but the rest is undetermined, it is a secret, even from you. There’s no template for a screenplay, or there shouldn’t be. There are at least as many screenplay possibilities as there are people who write them. We’ve been conned into thinking there is a pre-established form.
Kaufman made a 70 minutes lecture at BAFTA awards which describes his ideas. Here is a short passage from it. It explains his film Synecdoche. The protagonist played by Hoffman is just a vessel to explain Kaufman's interpretation of the world. To change a pattern you have to expose a wound which is ancient and tender and unattainable. Hoffman exposed his wound, ancient and tender. It made him unlovable and unattractive but this ancient and tender wound is the essence of force which is inside all of us.
I'm quite a fan of Kaufman--I love his early work with Spike Jonze, and I adore Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I personally think it's a shame that he hasn't done much of anything since Synecdoche.
Dallas Buyers Club - 8
In a wasteland of opportunity and standardized living, a mere urgent fight for survival can change our lives and lead us to do things we never dreamed of.
This was the case of AIDS patient Ron Woodroof in real life.
In his way he had to deal with homophobic bias, AIDS stigma, opposition from governmental institutions, legal obstacles, personal losses.
A biographical drama that depicts the herculean hurdles he fought which ended up enriching him as a person.
A story of survival and resistance that opens our eyes for some of the menacing quirks of society and capitalism and shows how things can be dealed with from another perspective.
A great lesson.
Impecable acting from Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto which fill this movie with life and authenticity.
Lol, I was kind of trying to avoid putting that out in public as it does not happen till the end. My thoughts are in the spoiler below.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The way the movie is filmed. I believe that the murders were clearly in his head. There are too many strange events happening to for it not being in his mind. While some things wrap up nicely at the end some events still go unexplained. Some of these events include shooting at cops without getting hit along with blowing up a cop car with a pistol that goes nearly unnoticed. Him running through the halls with a chainsaw without waking up or questioning a single neighbor. His running around shooting everything is a strange chain of events as he is running every where shooting everything up without being noticed, and it does sort of look like he runs into the same building twice shooting 2 different receptionists. That could be an misunderstanding on my part. The entire book of drawings. I still question how the hookers were beaten, but still went with him a second time, on top of that not even reporting it to the cops. I get there is the point of the movie of people just do not care about the world around them, but for this movie to have any sort of realism to me it would have to be in his head.
There is a classic black and white short film (and short story I believe) where someone is being hanged, but the guy thinks he escaped in his last few seconds in life. He imagines an entire unrealistic story on how escaped, but in the end he never really escaped. This entire movie had this vibe to it. However I think the book could potentially take a different approach on all the events. Hence why I think it may be how this movie is directed is why I came to my conclusion.
The sheet stain is an interesting point, but if this guy is really crazy how much of a stretch to say he really thought it was a blood stain? He could have easily spilled a bottle of wine.