anomalisa trailer

There are still two months remaining in 2015, but I find it hard to believe that I will see a better movie than Anomalisa before the year is out. Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson‘s stop-motion animated drama is an unflinchingly real and achingly human masterpiece. It’s a beautiful recreation of what is feels like to fall in love and a bitter, black-hearted portrait of despair and mundane desperation. It’s about as perfect as movies can get. And it’s done entirely with puppets.

Watch the Anomalisa trailer after the jump.

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Angie Han’s Favorite Movies of All Time

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

It only took four and a half years, but /Film has finally, graciously given me the opportunity to introduce myself. Hi, I’m Angie Han. I like movies, and I have for a while. Which movies I like the most changes from year to year, if not day to day (though it’s admittedly been a while since my #1 changed), but these are some of my favorites at this very moment in time.
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‘The Ring 3’ Delayed Until 2016

The Ring 3

Pumped for The Ring 3? Sorry to break the news, but the sequel/reboot/prequel has been pushed to 2016. The film, titled Rings, is currently without a release date. F. Javier Gutiérrez‘s film has been flying far under the radar for a while now, so nobody should be shocked by this news. Learn why the film was removed from Paramount’s fall schedule after the jump.

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Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’ Set for Winter Release


Your holiday season just got a little bit weirder. Paramount Pictures has set Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson‘s stop-motion feature Anomalisa for a winter release, following a buzzy world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis, and Tom Noonan provide voices. Get the Anomalisa release date details after the jump. Read More »

Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa reviews

You probably know Charlie Kaufman from his screenplay contributions to Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry’s filmography, which includes Being John Malkovich, Adaptation. and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Or you might even have even seen his 2008 directorial debut Synecdoche New York, which we’ve analyzed on the podcast and in a series of videos.

Kaufman’s newest film Anomalisa made its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, and we have rounded up the early buzz. The film is notable not only because Kaufman’s involvement but it is the auteur’s first stop-motion film. The story is about “a man crippled by the mundanity of his life” and $406,237 of the project’s projected $8 million budget was funded on kickstarter. Hit the jump to find out the early reactions in the first Anomalisa reviews.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind visual effects

One of the best films of the new century is undoubtedly Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It’s an innovative, beautiful, mesmerizing, heartbreaking and simultaneously uplifting romance. The Charlie Kaufman scripted, Michel Gondry directed film is one of my five favorites of all time, and I’ve explored and read about every facet of the film.

But there might be some of you out there who haven’t dug as deep. That’s why I wanted to post this featurette that dives into the unique and quaint visual effects of the film. Michel Gondry is known for using some interesting practical production methods, but this featurette looks at the seamless digital visual effects that helped complete the film. There are some effects here that you probably didn’t even notice.

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Charlie Kaufman and Steve Carell Team for ‘IQ 83’

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It’s been a while since we had a new Charlie Kaufman project to ooh and ahh over, though that hasn’t been for lack of effort on his part. He shot an FX pilot called How and Why that got turned down, and his planned directorial effort Frank or Francis fell apart at the last minute. But now, happily, he’s moved on to a new film.

Kaufman is set to do a page one rewrite of IQ 83, an adaptation of Arthur Herzog‘s 1978 sci-fi novel. Steve Carell, who was supposed to star in Frank or Francis, is set to lead. In typical Kaufman style, it all sounds rather bizarre. Hit the jump for more on the Charlie Kaufman Steve Carell team-up.

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Charlie Kaufman How and Why

For a while there, things were looking pretty good for Charlie Kaufman‘s return to TV. FX ordered his sitcom How & Why to pilot last year, and in short order it managed to attract talents like John Hawkes, Michael Cera, Sally Hawkins, and Catherine Keener.

But now the project has hit a snag. FX is reportedly passing on the sitcom, though producers are still hopeful it’ll get picked up elsewhere. Hit the jump for the latest details.

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Charlie Kaufman FX comedy

Catherine Keener has lent her talents to a few Charlie Kaufman movies, and now she’ll contribute them to a Charlie Kaufman TV show, too. The Being John Malkovich actress has just been added to How and Why, Kaufman’s upcoming comedy pilot for FX. Also on board are Sally Hawkins, John Hawkes, and Michael Cera. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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