Mike and I saw Synecdoche, New York this afternoon.

When it was over:

GUY BEHIND US TO HIS FRIEND, SOMEWHAT PRETENTIOUSLY: You have to be really smart to understand this film.

MIKE, TO ME: That . . . was weird.

There were things I liked about it, and I appreciated what (I think) it was saying about life and art, but it was pretty weird. I think Ebert is right that it would take more than one viewing to really get it, and I don’t think I want to devote that kind of time to seeing it again. Philip Seymour Hoffman is amazing, and he gave a great performance in this film, but I never feel very sympathetic towards his characters. I wish he would play a character that I like.

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5 Comments

  1. We saw it a while back… we both kind of walked out saying, “I… think I liked that.” It was definitely interesting. The best part is listening to Aaron try to explain it to other people – I think every time there’s another layer in it. A play within a play within a play within a play within a play within a play within a play within a play within a play within a play within a play.

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  2. Kari

    Yeah, when we were in the car, Mike said something about how it had a lot of layers. I would like to hear Aaron explain it to me. hehe.

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  3. i haven’t seen the movie, i just want to offer that PSH played a likeable Lester Bangs in Almost Famous.

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  4. I love Lester Bangs! “Jim Morrison is a drunken buffoon! Give me the Guess Who. They have the courage to be drunken buffoons, which makes them poetic!”

    Posted 1/20/2009 at | Permalink
  5. Kari

    I don’t really like Almost Famous. I saw it one time. Please don’t hate me.

    Posted 1/20/2009 at | Permalink

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