White Power Wednesday

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A German-American Bund color guard marches through Madison Square Garden, Feb. 20

The obscure 2008 movie “Synecdoche, New York,” written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, originated when Sony Pictures Classics approached Kaufman about creating a horror film. Kaufman, best known for deeply wacky scripts like “Being John Malkovich,” agreed. But he wasn’t interested in making the kind of paint-by-numbers movie for teenagers that appears to take place in another dimension. Instead, he later said, he wanted to make a horror film for adults, “about things that are scary in the real world, and in our lives.”

I can attest that Kaufman succeeded. In fact, I found “Synecdoche, New York” so frightening that I’ll never watch it again. Slasher movies like “Friday the 13th” and its 11 sequels are ultimately pleasurable — they end and you wake up from the dream buzzing with the adrenaline evolution gives you to escape predators, yet realize you are not in fact being stalked by Jason Voorhees. But when “Synecdoche, New York” is over and the lights come up, you understand that what was hunting its characters is hunting you too, outside the theater, in reality.

No other movie had ever given me the same jolt of pure dread until I saw the new Field of Vision documentary “A Night at the Garden,” directed by Marshall Curry. (Field of Vision is a division of First Look Media, as is The Intercept.)

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17 Responses to White Power Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    Stupid Nazis, always white but by no means clean.

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  2. Den says:

    I finally found car insurance that is reasonable saving me $42/mo, YAY!

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    And some are shocked, shocked I tell you, by the goings-on inside the Beltway.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    Standard 13.

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  5. Den says:

    Game 7, 5th inning; 5-0 Asstros, bad Dodger pitching early.

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  6. Den says:

    After everyone leaves the Ball Park:

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  7. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Ready to shut computer down, realized I forgot to come here. Oy.

    Well, nothing to report anyway. Been happily watching MSNBC off and on all day. Never a dull moment anymore.

    Gotta go, tired. Of course, I’ll try to not fall asleep. Am afraid Bob will try to get out of the bed. I’ll keep my eyes open as long as I can before I ultimately fall asleep. Hope I can make it until 3:00 a.m., but I bet I won’t. Been falling asleep after 2:30 and waking up at 6:00. As I said, I’m tired.

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