“Agonized and beautiful”

Posted by · 7:32 pm · December 21st, 2008

At the risk of sounding stoned on hope, I offer the following heresy: The movies are fine. Sometimes they’re great; occasionally they’re magnificent.

The twelfth-graph opener in Manohla Dargis’s recent year-end wrap-up.  The sentiment would be a nice reference to Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York,” which Dargis calls “a grievously underloved film about life and death and every agonized and beautiful thing in between.”  Curiously, she’s the only critic in the New York Times triumverate who found a place for the film on her list.

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  • 1 12-21-2008 at 8:03 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    And that’s why Dargis is one of the few critics today whose work is worth the paper it’s written on.

    What a great list. Is that in rank order? If so, it’s a nice little achievement for “Happy-Go-Lucky.”

  • 2 12-22-2008 at 10:04 am

    K.K. said...

    Synecdoche is actually not a film I can easily rank. It is mesmerizing and haunting, but also very enigmatic and frustrating sometimes. Which makes for a very intellectual and emotional experience.