Some are sensing vague parallels between Ari Aster's Beau Is Afraid and Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, or at least the appearance of same. Okay, I'll be blunt about it -- the analogy is actually all over town, lighting up the internets, etc. So here, without further ado, is HE's review of Kaufman's film, filed on 5.25.08 -- five and a half months before the election of Barack Obama and my subsequent move to NYC. My sister had died from cancer two months earlier; my dad would pass the following month.