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Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York”

Flux screened it last night.

About 10 minutes in, I was starting to suspect the old man might’ve gone soft. 11 minutes in I was proven profoundly wrong.

One of the many things that amazes me about this man’s work is that, no matter how superior his intellect is to that of much of his audience, his work never comes off as preachy or partronizing.

When you watch his films, you are watching them with him. You can feel him peeling back the layers with you. Each film is a journey both into himself and every man. Sure, they’re complicated and a challenge to wrap your head around at times, but even idiots come out of the theater after seeing his films thinking and talking about them which is more than I can say for 98% of the films released by studios these days.

Most people don’t have the luxury to sit at a computer for years at a time to investigate existential crisis. We tackle our own in bits and pieces, some of us more than others, when time allows, and when we’re ready to face them.

The ability he has to, in 124 minutes, confront pretty much all of it, and still give you hope in the end, to tackle his own meaning as an infinitesimal speck of nothing in the greater scheme of things, to make sense of his own loneliness, to reassure us in our own loneliness that we are all, in a sense, alone TOGETHER–

–Fuck it, I could go on forever, but instead I’ll just stop here and just say…

Thank you Charlie.

Here’s the trailer…