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Tony (Tony)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.155.202.224
Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2010 - 12:39 pm:   

I don't often post these kind of links, but look at these reviews. Anyone seen it?
http://www.amazon.com/Synecdoche-York-Philip-Seymour-Hoffman/dp/B001P3SA8K
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Ramsey Campbell (Ramsey)
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Posted From: 195.93.21.74
Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2010 - 12:44 pm:   

I recommend it, but I was amazed it was promoted as a comedy (though it does have moments of black humour) and relieved to learn later that Kaufman set out to make a horror film.
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
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Posted From: 194.176.105.55
Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2010 - 12:45 pm:   

It's been on Film 4 a few times recently but I managed to miss it. damn
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Tony (Tony)
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Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2010 - 12:49 pm:   

I've recorded it, but only watched the beginning. It had such a tone to it I think I might buy it already. It does sound, on paper at least, like a Jim Carrey sort of thing, doesn't it? I mean, I know it isn't...
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Joel (Joel)
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Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2010 - 01:03 pm:   

It's very good indeed but bleak and demanding my mother (an expert on theatre) said that unless you know a lot about classic American stage drama, little of it makes sense. I found it scary and weird yes, a horror film, or rather a metaphysical ghost story. Nowhere near obvious enough to be marketed as such, since commercial US ghost story films like The Sixth Sense tend to be at a level of literal-minded obviousness that makes Caspar the Friendly Ghost look difficult.
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Tony (Tony)
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Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2010 - 01:06 pm:   

Maybe someone should remake Jim Carrey films seriously. How truly horrifying they might be, reimagined as horror or drama. The Mask? Liar Liar? Yes Man?
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Tony (Tony)
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Posted From: 81.155.202.224
Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2010 - 01:06 pm:   

In fact didn't he try to do it himself once or twice, with Truman Show and Cable Guy? 23?
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Craig (Craig)
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Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2010 - 04:28 pm:   

I've not seen this, I curiously resist it somehow... I sense something about it - a "disturbance in the force," maybe... and this with me being a total Kaufman fan... but now, knowing it's actually a horror film?!? Well, I simply must.
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
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Posted From: 194.32.31.1
Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2010 - 04:57 pm:   

'The Truman Show' & 'The Cable Guy' are two of the most disquieting films of modern times imo.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2010 - 05:07 pm:   

I re-watched a bit of 'The Truman Show'last night for the first time since it was first out...what a brilliant film. I need to see it all again.
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Tony (Tony)
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Posted From: 81.155.202.224
Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2010 - 05:23 pm:   

Carrey's career is on the slide but what a career it's been, to be honest. And he's worked with Kaufman, remember, in the lovely Eternal Sunshine.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2010 - 05:35 pm:   

Eternal Sunshine...I love that film. And, yes, he's had a great career.
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Protodroid (Protodroid)
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Posted From: 147.252.230.148
Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 06:28 pm:   

"...unless you know a lot about classic American stage drama, little of it makes sense."

His next one will be hidden in a radioactive casket in under a volcano. Sorry, I just couldn't connect with this one. David Lynch's films are oblique but still beautiful to experience whether you "understand" them or not. I don't think this one is, though.
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Protodroid (Protodroid)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 147.252.230.148
Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 06:29 pm:   

Ack. "in under"

What the hell's wrong with me? I'm mangling prepositions like... an American.
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Tony (Tony)
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Posted From: 81.132.169.138
Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 07:26 pm:   

Hmm... bought it, after seeing only five minutes.
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Protodroid (Protodroid)
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Posted From: 78.152.209.97
Posted on Wednesday, July 07, 2010 - 01:15 am:   

Can't remember if him forlornly poking at his poo with a spatchula was in the first five minutes or not.

("This year's smash hit comedy!")
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Tony (Tony)
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Posted From: 86.143.133.63
Posted on Wednesday, July 07, 2010 - 12:47 pm:   

Mash shit, maybe.
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Protodroid (Protodroid)
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Posted From: 137.191.224.102
Posted on Wednesday, July 07, 2010 - 04:03 pm:   

Damn. That's good.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.96.253.77
Posted on Monday, August 16, 2010 - 01:07 am:   

Just watched Synecdoche, New York - what a peculiar film. It has the tone of Scorcese's After Hours and, as Joel rightly says, is a sort of metaphysical ghost story. Its also one of the most depressing films I've seen for quite some time. I know little about modern American theatre, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of this weird little gem.

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