Synecdoche, New York

synecdoche – (syn·ec·do·che) n. – A figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole (as hand for sailor), the whole for a part (as the law for police officer), the specific for the general (as cutthroat for assassin), the general for the specific (as thief for pickpocket), or the material for the thing made from it (as steel for sword).

That was a new word for me when I saw Charlie Kaufman interviewed on The Colbert Report.

Charlie Kaufman wrote Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Adaptation.  Of those three I haven’t seen Being John Malkovich, although I think it’s in the queue.

I try not to do reviews, and if I did I don’t know where I would start with this one. The interview on Colbert really made me want to see it.  I considering seeing it the theater, but it was on DVD about 3 minutes after this interview aired.  Colbert was afraid he wouldn’t “get it,” but Kaufman says in the interview that there isn’t anything in the movie to “get”.  Yeah, I’m not sure.

On a certain level I have to say this was a terrible movie.  Yet, on some other level I feel like some part of me enjoyed it.  It felt long, but the story was interesting and in some way engaging.  One of my first reactions was it’s like some one took a really neat story and spliced in scenes from the cutting room floor from Trainspoting and Requiem for a Dream.

Parts of it are funny, parts of it are a little disturbing.  I think I’m going to wait a couple of years and watch it again.  I wonder if it will become a cult hit one day.

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