Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
The Producer’s theme for November is “Struggling With a Plan”.
Wow, the weather shift has been pretty dramatic, sunny & cold, with heavy winds in the South Sound–had two power outages already today. Let’s assume all this wind business will be curtailed by this Friday when the Tacoma Film Club will proudly present a screening of Charlie Kaufman’s SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (2008).
Charlie Kaufman is known primarily as a writer, this was his directorial debut.
Since then he has directed a TV film, HOW & WHY, & is presently co-directing ANOMOLIES.
As a writer he won an Oscar for ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004), & has written 14 other films including BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999), HUMAN NATURE (2001), ADAPTATION (2002), & CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND (2004).
The music was written by Jon Brion, who has composed scores for 23 films, including PUNCH DRUNK LOVE (2002), ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004), I HEART HUCKABEES (2004), THE OTHER GUYS (2010), & PARANORMAN (2012).
The cinematography was done by Frederick Elmes, who has lensed 49 films since 1970, including ERASERHEAD (1977), VALLEY GIRL (1983), BLUE VELVET (1986), HEAVEN (1987), WILD AT HEART (1990), NIGHT ON EARTH (1991), RIDE WITH THE DEVIL (1999), BROKEN FLOWERS (2005), & THE NAMESAKE (2006).
SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (2008)
Written & Directed by Charlie Kaufman @ 124 minutes.
The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Tom Noonan, Hope Davis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robin Weigart, Emily Watson, & Dianne Wiest.
Synopsis: An eccentric theater director is struggling with his work, & several women in his life, as he is creating a life sized replica of New York City in a warehouse as part of his play.
Rotten Tomatoes rated it a 68% of Critic’s Approval & 70% of Audience Approval, & even though it was a critical success, it tanked at the Box Office. The budget was over 20 million dollars, & it grossed 3 million.
Tom Long of the DETROIT NEWS wrote: “A surreal exploration of art, love & death, this movie has a Fellini-esque feel of some lost European cinematic masterpiece that reaches far past the normal boundaries of drama, and into the very essence of existence.”
So mark your calendars for this Friday, November 14, 2014, & join the Tacoma Film Club for a screening of SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (2008).
It will be shown at the Center for Spiritual Living (CSL), the church building we rent for our events. CSL is located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of Division & J Streets, across from the Group Health Specialty Center.
Come around 6:30 p.m., come downstairs into the remodeled kitchen & join some of us early birds for fun, fellowship, & food. It is permitted to bring snacks & beverages, including wine, to share with others. Be sure to clean up after your selves before going upstairs to watch the movie.
Remember that all food & drink are not permitted in the screening sanctuary. There will be a Donation Box upstairs near the entrance; all monies collected will be used to help pay the rent for the space, the licensing for showing movies to the public, & other Club expenses. The film will screen at 7:15 p.m., after comments from the Club Director, & some data from the docent regarding the film. Please turn off your cell phones before the show. See you at the movies!