Psycho Cinematic Analysis
Where to begin? I guess first off I'll say that Mr. Jones is a very enigmatic man. For example his name is Andras Jones. Most people with some esoteric knowledge would note that his first name is the name of a Demon that was commanded by King Solomon. So Andras is named after a Demon. However his name's true origin is rooted in his father's mentor. Andras Angyal was an American psychiatrist who was a teacher of Andras' father Richard M. Jones. Mr. Angyal's beliefs were very holistic, or I should say on the holistic side of the psychiatric tree, so to speak. In fact his book Neurosis and Treatment: A Holistic Theory was edited by Richard M. Jones, while he was still a student, to show how close these two actually were. Of course the name is a Demon name, but as far as Andras' namesake's last name goes, Angyal means Angel, in Andras Angyal native Hungarian tongue. So Andras' name actually resonates a combination of both demonic and angelic energies. If we take into account Andras' obvious Jewish mysticism beliefs, we can see that there's also a symbolic representation of the balancing of the Tree of Life. So you can see what I mean, enigmatic is a perfect word to describe our present day Andras. Who is obviously a collection of dark and light concepts... But then again, aren't we all?
However one of the biggest payoffs for investigating Andras was that it forced me to learn more. It forced me to adopt others' lines of thinking. For instance I had to read Sigmund Freud. I mean who does that intentionally? Without, you know, someone telling you to. But, I mean, it seems boring to do so when we all know, basically, what he said. But regardless I did. And I read Carl Jung too. I had already read some of his work, but I was forced on this project to read more. I was forced because to understand Andras' Sync Web, I had to understand his relationship to his father. For it was early on that I realized that this relationship was at the heart of Mr. Jones' Sync. I had to figure it out, I had to put it together. I do not believe Andras is special as far as the Sync is involved, meaning that I think all actors experience this. That is to say, the personal involvement of their Sync. I believe there are many layers to this. There's a relationship to costars. There is a web of broader meaning. And there is the underlying influence of the individual's life itself.
This brings me to another point, and that is how the relationship between Mr. Jones and I has been very revealing as far as my own understanding of this art form. I think now that it is essential that there is a relationship between the Sync subject and the analyzer for true insight. While reading Andras' dad I was taught a very insightful way of understanding the argument between Freud and Jung. Freud was very static. He saw what the human psyche was and why and how it worked. His understanding of dreams for instance was that you could write a dream Encyclopedia to understand and analyze everyone's dreams, no matter who they were. Carl Jung however discovered that it wasn't how and why it worked, but what use the analyzing of the dreams was to the patient. This I feel is important with my current research. It's no longer what Sync I can find, it is what the use of the Sync is.
Now I'd like to explain the difficult part. The difficult part was narrowing down what to talk about as far as making a film was concerned. Andras only did like a dozen movies. But they were so symbolically thick that you had to pick and choose what was cool. I bet you think that I have a theory on why this is. Well, I've got one. It is of my opinion that the miracle of Sync pays attention to those who pay attention to it. And Andras has made a career out of paying attention to it. Sure his movies are obscure, and that makes his Sync obscure. This perhaps has something to do with his father as well. His father took dream interpretation even further than his predecessors, saying it didn't even have to be the individual who had the dream to interpret the dream for the dream to be useful. And I feel that Mr. Jones has confusing symbols for that reason. His catalog can mean a whole bunch of things to a whole bunch of people. But as I have stated, I wondered what use this was to this actor himself.
There are a lot of statements that I'm trying to make with this movie. Some of which I discover every time I watch it, meaning to say that I didn't even intend consciously to make them upon its construction. However that being said, I'd like to stress one point in particular, and that is Movies Are Dreams! I believe we should treat them like dreams. We should discuss them, we should realize (or at least wonder) what they mean. We should understand that there are prophetic movies. That there are reoccurring movies. That there are nightmarish movies. Movies are our collective dreams, and like our dreams which spawn from the depths of which we are unwilling to admit, they are integral for us to understand the conflict of our collective ego and our collective subconscious. We have in our heads a model of who we think we are, and we are unaware of the blueprint somewhere locked in us of what we're meant to be. I understand collective neurosis to be the conflict of these two identities. Dreams are meant to reveal this conflict in individuals. And I feel that movies do the same on a level that includes us all.
I have come to consider this man my friend, however I do not agree with everything he does any more than you agree with everything that your friends may do. But I smirked when he called me laughing and saying "You and your damn redheads". I knew then that I was onto something. I knew then that I must trust my instincts. I could predict to a certain degree what I was going to find in his next movie upon watching it. And he knew before I did. If I mentioned something after seeing only two films he would remember other things in films I had no idea about. His excitement grew and with his mine. He was also very honest about my faults, that is to say, things that I did not consider in relating to my audience. I needed that. No one had ever had done that for me before. In this forum of the Internet not even your friends really teach you how to succeed. They judge your work, they weigh it, and they promote their own. Of course Andras in a way is promoting his own, nonetheless his honesty has taught me a lot. He has made me better at what I'm trying to do, for that I thank him.
Now, let's talk about Sync. Andras has 24's and 42's and 23's and every other nutty thing that we go on and on about around here. And like the train that crashes through movies like Hugo and Inception, Andras has his fair share of trains that chug their way from one movie to the next. And then there are the mirrors. My God the mirror's. One day I'll write about it, and how they appear in every movie he's done (well, almost every one), including the ones hiding in the names of directors and actors, but not today. Today I'll just say that this film has in it what it's supposed to have, just like every other movie he's been in. And his movies stink too, let me tell you, fuck, let him tell you. But this just goes to show that the old definition of what we do, of finding the mystical in the mundane, has never been more important to understand than here.