Wednesday, November 12, 2008

"They have to be given their due."

I just saw Charlie Kaufman's magisterial triptych Synecdoche, New York, and am going to work on hammering out some thoughts. But writing a cohesive review on this thing is going to be a daunting task. I think it's hands down one of the best films of the year (how high remains to be seen), but I haven't decided rather I'm going to publish the review here or in The Dispatch. I haven't gotten word from Sony about the local release dates here, but as soon as I know I'll make my decision. It may take me that long to write the review anyway.

In other news, I just found out that I will be unable to attend both my press screening of Australia and Milk thanks to a combination of class and a show I'm working on next week. Hopefully there will be more coming up in time for me to review them in a timely manner.

But for now I'm still processing Synecdoche...

4 comments:

nick plowman said...

Snap! I’m processing too, reeling actually…but I think it is one of my favourite films of the year. It was tender, thought provoking, weird but most of all, a amalgamation of talent and ambition resulting in a cerebral contemplation that had moments wre I though it might go off the deep end and Kaufman would casually retreat right up his own ass, but it never did and neither did Kaufman. I wanted to review it quickly so that I could have it up and still by “timely” but I don’t think that will benefit the film or my crazy schedule, we’ll see.

I am sorry you are missing the Milk and Australia press screenings, but I am sure your press people are kind enough to allow you to make alternate arrangements. Like I said, I miss Australia (now I have no choice but to see it on the 30th of November) but lucky there is another press screening of Button before its US release. Unfortunately, Milk doesn’t even seem to have a release date here at all, so. Dying to see that myself.

Craig Kennedy said...

A little part of me is filled with happiness everytime someone likes this movie.

It was kind of a slap in the face to see it, love it, write a gushy review of it, and then start reading to find out that not everyone was so impressed by it.

Matthew Lucas said...

Nick, I doubt I'll get to see AUSTRALIA before opening at this point, but there is still a chance that there will be another screening of MILK later on, so I haven't given up hope. Plus I'll be on winter break soon and school won't be a consideration for a while at least. I can't wait to read your review of SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK. You're always at your finest when you have strong passion for a film.

Craig, you can definitely count me among its fans. SYNECDOCHE is one of the best films I have seen this year, and I will have trouble justifying my feelings toward it in a simple review.

Sam Juliano said...

Indeed Matthew, I completely agree with your assessment as I do with Craig's, and Nick's.