... Well, not really. But sort of. But not really.

Some of the people who've seen Anomalisa (including a couple of my pals) think the trailer makes it look a little more chipper than it actually is. Like for instance Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper):

The recut Shining trailer is great, by the way:

It's here!


via Hollywood Reporter, thanks to Tim!

The BFI London Film Festival recently featured a surprise screening of Anomalisa. Charlie, Duke and David Thewlis were on hand for a Q&A at the end, and the good news for us? The BFI have uploaded a video of the Q&A.

Charlie sounds keen to make another animated film, somewhere down the line.

via The Playlist.

Want a new still from Anomalisa? I've put it behind the cut, in case you're wary of being spoiled--I've only seen this image in two places online, so I assume this is news to most people?


Here ya go...

(Thanks to Tram!)




The image comes from the latest Anomalisa update on Kickstarter. ("The official poster is still a work in progress.")


Starting on December 30th, Anomalisa will be released in select theaters. In January, we’ll be expanding into more theaters and locations. (Source)

Getting closer!

Let's go to Philly! Says indieWIRE:

Not only will the writer-director screen his latest existential comedy-drama, "Anomalisa," on Opening Night and receive the festival's Artistic Achievement Award, he will also be the subject of a retrospective at the Prince Theater, which will include all six titles from Kaufman's filmography, including "Adaptation," "Being John Malkovich," "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Human Nature" and "Synecdoche, New York." (Source)

You know they're hardcore about it when Human Nature gets a mention. Hardly anyone ever mentions Human Nature. Likewise Confessions.

The festival runs from October 22 to November 1.

If you're in Chicago or New Orleans on October 21, you might want to try getting yourself into a screening of Anomalisa--especially if you're in Chicago, because Charlie and Duke Johnson will be attending that one.

Re: the Chicago Film Festival...

[...] the directorial duo is set to attend the festival during its special screening, which is scheduled to be shown on Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 7:00PM at the AMC River East. (Source)

Re: New Orleans...

"Anomalisa," co-directed by Kaufman ("Synecdoche, New York") with Duke Johnson, will screen at 9 p.m. on Oct. 21, at the Theatres at Canal Place. (Source)

NEAT. If you do make it to one of screenings, let us know how it goes and what you thought, eh?

Thanks to Tram and Alice for the news!

The Verge isn't quite as enthused as other reviewers of Anomalisa. The headline is "Do we need another Charlie Kaufman film about a sad man and the woman who reminds him to smile?" and the answer leans toward Betteridge's Law.

Anomalisa is a remix of Charlie Kaufman's previous films, Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: the never ending hallways, and mysterious middle management office spaces; a male lead who has it all, but is crippled by a fear that happiness is impermanent; and a just-quirky-enough woman who exists to remind this man how it feels to really be alive. We've seen parts of Anomalisa in Kaufman's earlier films, and often to greater effect. (Source)

Can't please everyone.

Buzzfeed has a feature on Kaufman, similar to some of the other articles I've been posting lately--so if you've read those, there's not a lot here you didn't already know. But here's a new quote:

[M]eta-commentary is something Kaufman’s famous for — never more so than in Adaptation., in which self-awareness weighed on its protagonist, who shares a name with the writer, like an anvil around his neck. But it’s not something he likes to intellectualize. “It’s not theoretical for me. I’m not going, OK, now I need to address what storytelling means in the modern age,” he says with laugh.

“I’m always thinking that this is a thing that helps with whatever emotion I’m exploring. For me, that’s what it is, and if it isn’t that, then I don’t want to do it. It isn’t the thing that comes first. I like to leave myself open to the irrational — I feel like that’s fruitful for me in my writing, because there is a cornucopia of metaphorical imagery in dreams that I find fascinating.” (Source)

Remember the epic-in-every-sense video series from Your Movie Sucks, analysing Synecdoche, New York? Charlie has seen those, and made himself available for an interview with YMS at the Toronto film festival. He was joined by Duke Johnson, and the result is this great 15-minute chat. There are Anomalisa spoilers throughout, but they've been helpfully signposted in the clip.


When you're done listening to that, here's YMS' review of the film. In brief: Your Movie Sucks thinks Anomalisa doesn't:

There's a great article on indieWIRE about "a movie made with 100 percent creative freedom, beyond the constraints of the studio system, that found its way there anyway":

In late April, they started showing it to programmers. "We screen hundreds of films between April and June," said Toronto's artistic director, Cameron Bailey. "‘Anomalisa' was like nothing else we saw. I remember coming out of our screening room feeling shaken and altered somehow, like somebody had peeled a layer of skin off. The film is so attuned to the sensitivities most of us have but never reveal. I wasn't sure how other people would respond to it, but I knew I loved it." (Source)

Says David Rosen:

So I'm a film score composer (and sometimes comedy-rapper... long story haha) and back when the Kickstarter for Anomalisa came out (I'm a backer, of course), I had contacted them to see if they might need help with any music. This was before it was announced that Carter Burwell would be handling the score. They said no but if I wanted to make a song that they could maybe give out as a thank you to the backers, they'd love to hear what I come up with.

So he did, and although the song wasn't used in the Kickstarter campaign, here's the result:


Only a minute and a half long, but it contains so many words that have never shared space in a single song. That's impressive.

The good news keeps coming. On the heels of Paramount's "Anomalisa" acquisition, the film's now been picked up by Curzon Artificial Eye for the UK. Says Deadline:

Curzon Artificial Eye has acquired Charlie Kaufman’s buzzy stop-motion Anomalisa for the UK. [T]he Curzon deal gives the well-respected distrib-exhib an awards contender straight off the bat. It represents a canny buy for the UK company, who moved quickly and quietly to acquire the title soon after its Venice screening. They now appear to have one of the most eagerly-anticipated speciality titles on their hands and one that seems well-suited to Curzon’s prestigious brand. (Source)

There's a good article on EW about the journey Anomalisa took from sound play to animated feature. Some choice quotes:

"I said to them, ‘If you can raise the money, sure,’ thinking that nothing was ever going to happen with it because that’s been my experience for the last seven years: that nothing ever happens with anything.”


Kaufman and Johnson recorded [the cast] together before their puppet avatars were even designed. “We had them in a studio together, and we did it like a play,” says Kaufman. “You can’t do the job where Jennifer comes in one day and David comes in three days later. It’s performances, it’s intimate, it’s people having these moments together.”


“It came from sort of no expectations,” says Kaufman. “That it did happen, and that we got to make this under the radar completely on our own terms is really one of the highest points of my professional life.” (Source)

Duke Johnson, Tom Noonan and Jennifer Jason Leigh are also quoted in the article. There's a short video interview with the cast, too.

Big news via Deadline:

In a deal that sources peg at north of $5 million, Paramount Pictures has made its second major acquisition of an otherwise dull Toronto Film Festival. The studio [...] has closed a deal for the stop-motion pic Anomalisa, directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. They are going to release it December 30 in New York and Los Angeles and roll it out after that. (Source)


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