The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, Honest Trailers throws some jabs at the worst Star Wars spin-offs, such as the Star Wars Holiday Special. Plus, James Corden turns a few movies into inappropriate musical (yes, that’s Dan Stevens as Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver above), and a video essay explores the absurdist philosophy of Charlie Kaufman‘s film Synecdoche, New York. Read More »
The last time Charlie Kaufman was behind the director’s chair, he delivered the acclaimed stop-motion animated drama Anomalisa. Now he’s finally lined up his next film, and the project will take him to Netflix.
Charlie Kaufman will be writing and directing an adaptation of I’m Thinking of Ending Things, based on Iain Reid’s novel of the same name, which follows a suspenseful and tense break-up that unfolds on the road as a woman is being taken to meet her boyfriend’s parents for the first time. Read More »
Dana Carvey was once one of the most popular cast members on Saturday Night Live. He star had risen so high that after leaving the late night sketch series that he launched his own self-titled primetime sketch comedy series on network television. So why did it fail?
A new Hulu documentary called Too Funny to Fail: The Life and Death of The Dana Carvey Show takes a deep dive into the creation of the short-lived sketch comedy series. Why is a canceled sketch comedy series of any interest? Well, The Dana Carvey Show featured the likes of Louis C.K., Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Robert Smigel, Jon Glaser, filmmaker Charlie Kaufman and 30 Rock executive producer Robert Carlock, all before they made it big. With so much talent in one place, why wasn’t this show a hit? Read More »
Mondo has been knocking it out of the park lately when it comes to their line-up of exclusive, collectible vinyl soundtrack releases. In the past few weeks alone, they’ve featured outstanding vinyl releases for the soundtracks to Atomic Blonde and Hot Fuzz, but now they’ve got a vinyl release with one of the coolest album covers and gatefolds that I’ve ever seen.
Charlie Kaufman‘s stop-motion animated masterpiece Anomalisa has a beautiful score by composer Carter Burwell, and now that score is getting a vinyl release with an incredible pop-up style jacket design. Check out this amazing Mondo Anomalisa vinyl release below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Anomalisa is one of those once-in-a-lifetime movies. It’s a singular experience, a stop-motion animated drama that slowly reveals why it could have only been told in this style. Simultaneously bleak and brutally honest and genuinely hilarious, directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson have made a movie that touches a nerve. Anomalisa is a stunningly made movie about ordinary people, a visual treat set in the most mundane setting imaginable, and a story that asks you to discover empathy for characters who are painfully human… despite being 3D-printed puppets. As of this morning, it is now an Oscar nominee for for Best Animated Film.
Since it topped my list of the best films released in 2015, I was thrilled to speak with Kaufman and Johnson as Anomalisa expands into more theaters this week. You can read the complete interview, and watch a new featurette delving into the making of the film, below.
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It’s not an accident Confessions of a Dangerous Mind wasn’t shown as last week’s Charlie Kaufman retrospective. Although the Anomalisa writer and co-director received sole credit on George Clooney‘s directorial debut, he had very little involvement in the film, and he wasn’t happy with the end result.
After the jump, read Charlie Kaufman’s thoughts on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Leave it to Charlie Kaufman to take what sounds like an ill-advised gag and turn it into one of the year’s most affectingly, heartbreakingly human films. Anomalisa is a romantic drama shot in stop-motion with a cast of puppets. But this isn’t Team America: World Police — Kaufman and his co-director Duke Johnson play it completely straight, giving their universe a relatively realistic look.
Anchoring this unusual presentation are two extraordinarily ordinary leads, Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) and Lisa Hesselman (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh). A pair of Anomalisa character featurettes get up close and personal with the duo, and you can watch them after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 by Jack Giroux
Are you a big Charlie Kaufman fan? Well, you should be, and if you are, you will not want to miss this upcoming Charlie Kaufman retrospective. The screenwriter behind Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has his sophomore directorial effort coming out soon, Anomalisa, co-directed by Duke Johnson. To celebrate its release, Paramount and participating Landmark Theaters are running a Charlie Kaufman retrospective.
Find out more about the event after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Anomalisa is my favorite film of 2015 and one of the most unique and shattering experiences of my moviegoing life. Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson‘s stop-motion animated drama is a once-in-a-lifetime work of art. Cynical and beautiful and heartbreaking and hilarious, it is an enthralling, painfully human tour of the emotional spectrum. It’s the kind of movie that sinks its claws into you and leaves a mark. I was lucky enough to see Anomalisa at Fantastic Fest earlier this year and I found myself spending the rest of the festival thinking about, grappling with it, and trying to come to terms with what it had to say about its characters and their relationships. Few films pulverize your soul with such direct, expertly crafted force.
In other words, I couldn’t be happier to help premiere a new poster for the film, which casts a spotlight on David Thewlis‘ character Michael Stone. Check out the new Anomalisa poster after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
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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