Synecdoche, NY is On The Map

Synechdoche, New York

It might not have a rocket-propelled man shooting missiles at tanks or a anthropologist hero taking down Nazis with his whip, but Synecdoche, New York deserves all the buzz it can get.

The movie marks the first time that genius scribe Charlie Kaufman slides into the director’s chair, and at this point, anything the man writes should be a cause for odd, special feelings welling up inside every movie lover’s gut.

The gorgeous Anne Thompson has a blurb up on her Variety Blog that features a photo from the film and speaks briefly about the Cannes buzz it’s so rightfully attaining.

It’s not much, but it’s enough to get me excited for when this thing storms out of the gates of France. And if you aren’t already excited, allow me to help.

Kaufman is bringing the same innovation he brought to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, and Being John Malkovich to a cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Samantha Morton, Dianne Wiest, Hope Davis and Jennifer Jason Leigh. That’s right. It’s like every legitimate working actor signed up for this thing.

Hopefully, the film will be picked up for distribution and shuffled out into theaters and into our eyeballs as soon as possible.

On a side note, the original title for this post was “I Cannes Not Wait for Synecdoche, New York”, but I decided to change it. You’re welcome.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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