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And it's fantastic. Marc Maron covers a lot of ground with Charlie, and again Charlie seems a bit more open and relaxed than we've heard him in the past. They discuss Anomalisa, obviously, and the rest of his filmography, Charlie's beef with George Clooney, his brief acting career, Charlie's family, Get A Life, Charlie's earliest days in TV... If you haven't heard much about Charlie's past, or you've read about it and you'd like it from the source's mouth, you'll like this.
The interview with Charlie starts neat the 13:25 mark. Duke Johnson joins in near 47:15.
I don't think I can embed the file. Here's the link.
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Here's one way to find out, if you're in the U.S. Head on over to http://paramountshowtimes.com/us/anomalisa and stick your location in the search box. You should probably check your local guides, too--I have no idea how accurate or all-encompassing that page may be.
An email sent out to Kickstarter backers last week brought news that Anomalisa would start screening in these cities from around January 8:
- Ann Arbor
- San Francisco
- Washington DC
Here are two short teaser featurettes introducing Anomalisa's lead characters, with a little bit of commentary from David Thewlis and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
First, meet Michael:
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And here's Lisa:
To coincide with the four-day Kaufman retrospective presented by Landmark Theatres, and to coincide with Anomalisa's release, Charlie has penned a "Filmmaker's Letter" for Landmark's website, in which he speaks of his respect and admiration for stop motion animators.
Animators are observers and psychologists. They are actors inhabiting characters from the outside. They are physicists and engineers, first studying how things move in the real world, then figuring out how to represent that in an artificial one. How does a football bounce when it hits the ground? How does snow fall on a windy day? When you rub your eye, how long does it take to reposition itself properly in its socket? That’s one we explore in Anomalisa.
Being involved in Anomalisa has made me more observant and more thoughtful about movement. I watch people walk and ask myself what it says about them. I watch myself fidget and ask the same questions. I notice gestures. I pay attention to the crazy movement of leaves in the breeze on the tree outside my window. I try to understand how those seemingly haphazard movements might be simplified but effectively represented. I realize we're all moving constantly, in relation to others, unconsciously revealing our secrets, our fears, our attractions and repulsions, consciously trying to hide them, protect ourselves, make ourselves less obvious, less vulnerable. (Source)
The whole thing's worth reading.
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If you live in Boston and you leave a comment under this article ("telling us your best method of self help") at Hotchka by 11:59 PM, Friday, January 8, you can win a copy of the new book Scenes of Anomalisa: A Film by Charlie Kaufman.
The book contains screen grabs from the film, an abridged screenplay, as well as behind-the-scenes images, including shots of the puppets being built, construction of the miniature sets, and the crew painstakingly positioning, and re-positioning the puppets and cameras for each frame of film. The book also contains a foreword, written by Kaufman, in the style of Studs Terkel’s 1975 book, Working, in which a hotel bellman tells his story. Undeniably Kafumanesque in its tone and manner, readers will see this book as a physical embodiment of Kafuman’s vision. (Source)
Sounds great, eh? Competition rules and other relevant info at the link. Good luck!
(Just to be clear: don't leave a comment under the article you're reading right now. Go to the Hotchka article and comment there.)Add a comment
The New York Times' film critics--Manohla Dargis, A. O. Scott and Stephen Holden--have named the films and people they think deserve nominations in the main categories at this year's Oscars, and there's some good news for Anomalisa.
Manohla Dargis puts Tom Noonan and Jennifer Jason Leigh in her Best Actor and Supporting Actress Categories, while A. O. Scott gives Charlie a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Holden has nothing to say about Anomalisa.
Meanwhile, at Rotten Tomatoes, Anomalisa ranks at #35 in their list of 2015's best reviewed films. It garnered 68 reviews, 97% positive. Anomalisa is wedged between Mustang (98%, 44 reviews) and Heart of a Dog (98%, 42). The best reviewed film was Mad Max: Fury Road (97%, 333), #2 is Inside Out (98%, 301), and Selma rounds out the top 3 (99%, 218).Add a comment
Rolling Stone has a good, longish Q&A with Charlie, in which he talks about Anomalisa, working in customer service, the weather, and this:
I took a stop-motion animation class in high school[...]. I did one three-minute animation with clay, about an artist working with ... a big piece of, I guess, clay. And I built a loft studio out of a cardboard box. It had a skylight and a pipe going up the corner. He was sculpting this mound of whatever it was, and it started to come to life. The concept was pretty basic: The thing came to life and it started turning into all these different things. At one point, it threw him against the wall. I didn't know what I was doing, but I got him off the ground by having little toothpicks under his feet and I shot it from an angle where you couldn't see them. It was clear he wasn't touching the ground as he was being thrown, and I was really proud of that.
Then one of my teachers wanted to show it in his class: I had one copy and he lost it. I was really upset, because of the movies I made as a kid, this was the most accomplished and it was the thing I was the most proud of. I was so clear that I gave it to him and he was so clear that he gave it back to me. And the fact that a teacher was, in my opinion, lying to me to save face as opposed to taking responsibility, it was just really creepy to me. (Source)
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A four-day, five-film Kaufman restrospective is coming to Landmark Theatres, Jan 4-7. The films are Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine, Synecdoche, New York and Anomalisa. Reports The Wrap:
The retrospective will run Jan. 4 through Jan. 7 at Landmark locations in New York (Landmark Sunshine Cinema), Los Angeles (The Landmark), Chicago (Century Centre Cinema) and San Francisco (Embarcadero Center Cinema).
In New York and Los Angeles, showings of “Anomalisa” will include Q&As with the filmmakers and voice talent. On Monday, Jan. 4 in Los Angeles, the 7:30 p.m. showing of “Anomalisa” at the Landmark Theater will feature a Q&A with Kaufman, Johnson and producer Rosa Tran. On Thursday, Jan. 7 in New York, the 7:30 p.m. showing of “Anomalisa” at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema will be followed by a Q&A with voice actor Tom Noonan. (Source)
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The New Yorker's Richard Brody: not a big fan of Anomalisa.
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Kaufman betrays himself as much with his condescending compassion as with his withering observations. He builds his modest characters as collections of traits that appear as calculated details drawn from life but serving to do nothing but evoke sighs akin to those yielded by pictures of children and pets. The artificial sweetness and gentle satire of his portraits of characters who could be labeled as everyday people is haughty and incurious.
[...] With its immense but blank, self-regardingly self-congratulatory sympathy for the benighted masses toiling in their ostensible ordinariness, with its critical judgment of the talented but unfeeling, observant yet selfish minor artistic celebrity, “Anomalisa” looks like the work of an incurious egomaniac of conferences and offices, sets and studios, who hasn’t soiled the soles of his shoes on actual sidewalks for decades. (Source)
From now until March 27, New York's Museum of the Moving Image is hosting an Anomalisa installation. Sweet!
This exhibit is an installation of two sets and puppets used in the film: a hotel room and a Cleveland city street, and the two main characters, Michael and Lisa. (Source)
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