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Two great Philip Seymour Hoffman movies! Both are terrific, but I have to go with the one that earned him an Academy Award. Capote is just such a great movie all the way around, although don't be fooled by Synecdoche, New York. It puts up one hell of a good fight and I could easily see many liking it more than Capote. This makes for a great discussion. I'm surprised I'm the first to comment on it.
I'll be honest, I have yet to see 'Capote'. And I realize that would generally mean that I cannot rightfully weigh in and give my opinion on this match up. However, I think this may be an exception. While I have no doubt that 'Capote' is an excellent film, I would bet good money that 'Synecdoche, New York' is superior. Of course, such a bet could never be made, as a clear winner cannot truly be determined in such a subjective matter. In my humble opinion, I believe that 'Synecdoche, New York' is one of the greatest films of all-time. I think, like other great films of the past, it's apparent greatness will be more and more recognized and acknowledged in time. It is a film that is not easily understood, and it is quite different from any, or almost any film one has ever seen -- such that I think it impedes it's early recognition as one of the true greats. Time will tell if I am correct, but in the meantime, this is my opinion.
I understand that one could easily argue that one simply cannot give an opinion as to which of two films is the 'better' one, if they have not seen both, but I also believe that I could safely say that 'Citizen Kane' is a better film than 'Nixon', even if I have never seen 'Nixon'. That wouldn't mean that I was implying that 'Nixon' must be a bad film, only that 'Citizen Cane' is just that good.
Anyway, that's my two cents.
Oh, I forgot -- I must say that I really don't think whether or not the main actor received an Academy Award, or any other prestigious award, for their work in a given film should be any kind of factor that is considered when choosing one film over another.
Interesting. I have no problem with the probabilistic approach. If you enjoy a movie that much, it's likely that it'd beat out the competition, whatever the competition may be. It's all academic of course, because you're not really offering an opinion on the match up per se, but you're more or less eulogising Synecdoche. Anyway, I thought Synecdoche was occasionally intriguing (particularly its style and premise) but frequently dull. Is it a difficult film to grasp? I suppose it is, at least in relative terms. The title pretty much explains all that needs to be explained though.