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Thread: I'm Thinking of Ending Things

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    I'm Thinking of Ending Things


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    This is masterful when it's within the house, but trying so hard to be when it's outside the house, to which eventually you just want the movie to get on with it.

    There's a lot to discuss on this movie that requires spoilers, so without spoiling anything, I'll just say that we know what to expect from Charlie Kaufman at this point, and it's no different here.

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    If my wifi connection ever becomes stable again I'll try to watch this one.
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    And as he lay there
    Playing games with his pain
    He felt his choice of jobs
    Was such a mistake
    He could have been a doctor
    In a soft easy chair
    Instead he chose three stars
    A territorial affair

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    One of the rare occasions that I wish I'd read the book or spoiled myself beforehand, as I would have spent more time marveling at how Kaufman goes about this premise by superbly swirling the reality-scape through disorienting tonal shifts and suggestive edits of unease, rather than wondering about what the hell is going on now. Also, I agree with Ignatiy Vishnevetsky hard about Kaufman's ideas being "generally better interpreted than illustrated", whether through other directors like Jonze and Gondry or another medium like animation (with Anomalisa by far being his best solo effort).

    Most of the car ride stuff here fall squarely in the "illustrated" section, with dynamic camerawork and great actors unable to overcome how much it just feels like Kaufman monologuing straight at us (the reason why I was so put off and tedium-outed by Synecdoche, New York long before it ended). The reality shifts and familial discomfort insides that farmhouse are magnificent though, maybe the best stretch of Kaufman's directorial work ever. The ending is also captivatingly beguiling and so, so sad. This is one to rewatch now that its true premise isn't kept in the back half; I admire the restraint to abstract it to not make the story hacky or too thuddingly literal, but I feel the gambit hindered my appreciation of the film a fair bit. 7/10
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    I want more people to see this.

    I've seen so many theories, but it's much better when discussing with people I know.

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    AA Dowd's (another a/v clubber along with IV) positive review is interesting. He goes into CK's long history of simultaneously criticizing and indulging in cinema's obsession with "dissociative identity disorder" (formerly "multiple personality disorder") that's been de rigueur since at least Fight Club, or even earlier, including using it as a general umbrella disorder for things like schizophrenia in A Beautiful Mind. He also mentions the James Mangold movie Identity, which is nearly uhhh, identical to the supposedly hacky script Donald Kaufman is writing in Adaptation ... but then there are certainly elements of the disorder here, even if it exists in more fiction / literature "life of the mind" type world.
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    Will be watching today or tomorrow.

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    Quote Quoting Skitch (view post)
    Will be watching today or tomorrow.
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    Quote Quoting Ivan Drago (view post)
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    Yep. I try to watch all Charlie Kaufman's stuff anyway.

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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    There's a lot to discuss on this movie that requires spoilers, so without spoiling anything, I'll just say that we know what to expect from Charlie Kaufman at this point, and it's no different here.
    This is a very apt description.

    As with Unpronounceable, New York, I feel I appreciate this movie for what it does more than actually enjoying it.

    I feel like this is Charlie Kaufman's The Notebook from a first person perspective? Am I in the ballpark of what was going on?

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    Quote Quoting Skitch (view post)
    Charlie Kaufman's The Notebook
    Whoa. Yes.

    Kaufman as a director is too depressing for me, and this certainly didn't change my mind. I admire him for telling bold and unusual stories, and there's plenty to like here (Jessie Buckley for starters), but good lord his scripts handled by other directors were a lot more fun.

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    The past is a grotesque animal

    I was really with this for the longest time (it is quite obvious what is going on as soon as [
    ]), but the dance scene and what follows pushes everything too far into "yeah, we get it" territory and the unsettling, melancholic tone seeps away. But the first two-thirds is excellent.
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