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“Anomalisa,” a stop-motion film directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") and animation maestro Duke Johnson, began its life as a staged radio play written by Kaufman and performed in L.A. “I wanted to use three actors, and I was trying to figure out a way to use one actor to do a lot of voices,” divulges Kaufman at a recent post-screening Q&A (listen below). “I’d read about something called the Fregoli syndrome, which is a syndrome in which you think everybody else in the world is one person, and I decided that was an interesting sort of metaphor to explore.” -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions The play starred David Thewlis as Michael Stone, an author of books on the subject of customer service who fails to connect with others. While on tour, he falls in love with. »
There is a common movie marketing technique that I call "title-checking," which is often employed when a filmmaker/producer's movies have more recognition than the people who made them. For example, one of the Paddington trailers states "From the producer of Harry Potter," which certainly says a lot more to your average movie-goer than "From producer David Heyman." I bring this up because, if such a tactic would ever be used for the stop motion masterpiece Anomalisa, it would make for one of the most bizarre and wide-ranging promotional blurbs in cinematic history. Check this out: "From the writer of Being John Malkovich and the producers of Community, Robot Chicken and You're Next..." These are the diverse minds behind Anomalisa, a ray of cinematic hope for originality in Hollywood that very well may be one of the best movies of the year.
Seven years after making his directorial debut with Synecdoche, »
Plot: Michael Stone is a celebrated writer who comes to speak at a conference to inspire others. The only problem is, his own boring and predictable life is tearing him apart. However, there is a glimmer of hope when he meets a strange woman who happens to be unlike anybody else in his mundane world. Review: One of my favorite aspects of walking into a film festival is the opportunity to go into a film... Read More »
I don’t think you’ll find much competition if you make the claim that Charlie Kaufman is one of the two or three best screenwriters in the business. As he transitions to directing as well, Kaufman is continuing to leave his mark as a singular talent, which is only increasing his fan base. This year, he is bringing another distinctive work to screens with the stop motion animated Anomalisa, which is unlike anything else in the race this year. Not only is it an instant high level contender for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, it has designs on some higher profile nominations as well. When it comes out in theaters at the very end of December, it will be fascinating to see if it can score with the Academy… The film is Kaufman’s first foray into stop motion animation, centering on a depressed motivational speaker named Michael Stone »
- Joey Magidson
Charlie Kaufman's "Anomalisa" stop-motion film has been getting amazing reviews out of Telluride, Venice and Toronto film festivals. In fact, the movie currently has 100% on RottenTomatoes. And now we have the official trailer for "Anomalisa," which is written and directed by Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Check it out below and watch the film in select theaters on December 30th, in time for Oscar consideration. In the film, Michael Stone (David Thewlis) is an author of books on the subject of customer service who struggles with his inability to connect to people and ultimately feels crippled by the mundanity of his life. One night, while on a routine business trip, he meets a stranger who changes his world view. Trailer: »
Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") is back in the award derby this year, but with a visionary twist. For the first time, this popular scribe will be eligible for an animated film -- a stop-motion picture at that. Will "Anomalisa" be Kaufman's ticket back to the Oscars? Watch the new trailer below. -Break- Which Pixar movies got Oscar hugs and which were cruelly shunned? Directed by Kaufman and Duke Johnson from a script based on Kaufman's play, "Anomalisa" is unique among this year's contenders as it utilized a Kickstarter campaign to earn initial funding. The studio has scheduled a December 30 release for the R-rated animated flick, just one day before the 2015 Oscar eligibility period ends. "Anomalisa" centers on motivational speaker Michael Stone (David Thewlis), who has issues connecting with people because all their voices sound the same...' »
For a movie that’s lingered in the director’s head for nigh on a decade, there’s been nary a mention of Anomalisa outside of the film’s much-lauded turn during this year’s festival circuit. Thankfully, the maiden trailer for Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion animation has emerged today, and it poses some of life’s big questions in delicate, charming and heart-wrenching fashion.
Centering on two Average Joe’s, the drama charts the journey of Michael Stone, celebrated author, husband and father, who finds himself disillusioned with the humdrum nature of his modern life. In the hope of carving out some form of escapism, Stone elopes to the Fregoli Hotel where he crosses paths with Lisa, a beautiful woman who may or may not be the love of his life.
Indeed, Anomalisa‘s first trailer retains much of the tropes that help define Kaufman’s directing style – the sombre, »
- Michael Briers
You wouldn't expect a stop-motion animated film to be getting Oscar buzz alongside these picks, but then, you probably just haven't watched the trailer for Anomalisa yet. In this strange and wonderful film, originally a play by screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, puppets created with the use of 3D printing have become stunningly realistic. The main character is Michael Stone (voiced by Harry Potter's David Thewlis), an author who has trouble connecting with people. And yet, once you watch this preview, it seems to be all about connection - and you start to forget that what you're watching is animated. Watch the trailer now so you know what all your cool film-buff friends will be talking about. Anomalisa opens in limited release on Dec. 30. »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
A beautifully tender and absurdly humorous dreamscape, from the brilliant minds of Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York) and Duke Johnson (“Community” episode, Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas), this stop-motion animation wonder features the vocal cast of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis and a stirring strings-based score by Carter Burwell.
Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author of “How May I Help You Help Them?” is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life.
On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he’s scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel.
There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa, who may or may not be the love of his life.
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- Michelle McCue
Charlie Kaufman is back with his first film in seven years.
Stop-motion has never been as deep as it is in Kaufman and Duke Johnson's Anomalisa. The acclaimed screenwriter who is famous for penning the philosophical and profound scripts for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and his directorial debut Synecdoche, New York, tells his most simple story yet.
In the first trailer for Anomalisa, motivational speaker Michael Stone (David Thewlis) asks, "what does it mean to be human?" Funny enough, Anomalisa looks like the kind of film that may have the answer to this question.
With a cast featuring Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan, and based on the voice play that featured the same actors, Anomalisa follows Michael Stone (Thewlis), a man who has lost all meaning in his life. He faces a glimpse of hope when he meets Lisa (Jason Leigh »
- Adriana Floridia
Stop-motion animation. It.s not just for children.s stories anymore. Anomalisa, the latest creation to stem from the original mind of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, has been proving that point to film festival audiences all season, and now you get to see what all of the fuss is about: Charlie Kaufman, whose previous forays into cinema.s cerebellum have include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich, co-directs Anomalisa with Duke Johnson, though it has his neurotic fingerprints all over its spine. A brilliantly puzzling film, Anomalisa places a magnifying glass over the minutia that comes with business-class travel, as Michael Stone (David Thewlis) arrives in Cincinnati (where the zoo is zoo-sized) to speak at a generic convention, except. he has other things on his mind. The trailer above, shared by Fandango/MovieClips, does a fairly good job of protecting some of the unusual aspects of Anomalisa, »
"What is it to be human, to ache, to be alive?" asks the lead character in the new trailer for animated feature "Anomalisa," from two directors, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and stop-motion master Duke Johnson. The R-rated feature broke out at the fall festivals and was scooped up by Paramount Pictures, which harbors high hopes for the movie, even though it starts off with a jarring "fuck," signaling that this felt puppet movie is Not a family picture. The couple at the center of this story are voiced by David Thewlis and Jennifer Jason Leigh; all the other identical characters are handled by Tom Noonan. David Ansen, in his Toronto review, describes “Anomalisa” as Kaufman's "most emotionally direct movie." It's a straightforwardly simple and relatable story about Michael Stone, a brainy, married, British, L.A.-based motivational speaker on customer relations who's a tad bored and depressed, who checks into a. »
- Anne Thompson
"Remember - there is someone out there for everyone." Paramount has debuted the first official trailer for Anomalisa, the new stop-motion animated film from Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson. This funky sort of drama-romance-comedy mix deals with a guy who is tired of the "mundanity of his life" and meets someone unique on a book tour. Finally, we get to see Michael Stone, voiced by David Thewlis. Up until now, all the marketing or photos available for this film have been that one shot from behind the head, you never know what anyone looks like, but that's all part of the experience. There are only two other voices: Tom Noonan and Jennifer Jason Leigh. We've reviewed this twice, with two positive reviews, and it's worth your time. Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson's Anomalisa, in high def on Apple: Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author »
- Alex Billington
Last week we brought you the first poster for Anomalisa, the upcoming stop-motion animated film from the mind of Charlie Kaufman, and now we have a look at the trailer, which you can watch below after the official synopsis…
Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author of “How May I Help You Help Them?,” is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he’s scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa, who may or may not be the love of his life.
- Gary Collinson
The festival buzz surrounding Charlie Kaufman’s latest film Anomalisa has been enormous. The film, along with co-director Duke Johnson, is his first since his challenging and thought provoking debut Synecdoche, New York in 2008, and it’s a stop-motion animated film no less. The hype was so great after winning the Special Jury Prize out of Venice that it eventually got moved up for a brief Oscar qualifying run in 2015.
We first caught up with the film at Fantastic Fest, where Lane Scarberry wrote, “Anomalisa is an eccentric ride into the triggers we seek from love that help sustain our sense of self and fulfillment. The transcendent nature of our experiences with one another are clearly crucial, but conveying how recklessly we fumble to be free of ourselves in those moments is Anomalisa’s crowning feat.”
- Brian Welk
“Looking at it in retrospect, it seemed like it was meant to happen. But while you’re going through it, it’s like: This is never going to happen. This is never going to happen. This is never going to happen,” Charlie Kaufman tells The New York Times of the 10-year process to develop and complete his new stop-motion animation, Anomalisa. He adds the final product is “a combination of happenstance and then figuring out what to do with it — some of it definitely is accidental.”
Consider it a happy accident, then, as it turns out to be one of the best films of the year. We said in our Venice review, “What exactly has been brewing in Charlie Kaufman’s head for the last 7 years? This heart-wrenchingly worrying film, it seems. After a slew of near misses, the singular screenwriter-turned-director is back with Anomalisa, his first film since the well-received but financially calamitous Synecdoche, »
- Jordan Raup
Thanks to The Playlist, we’ve got a look at a new poster and image for Anomalisa, the upcoming stop motion feature from Charlie Kaufman, which features a voice cast that includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis. Take a look here…
Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author of “How May I Help You Help Them?,” is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he’s scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa, who may or may not be the love of his life. A beautifully tender and absurdly humorous dreamscape, from the brilliant minds of Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York ) and Duke Johnson (“Community” episode, »
- Gary Collinson
Charlie Kaufman fans have had to be patient, awaiting the next effort from the filmmaker, who last delivered "Synecdoche, New York" way, way back in 2008. But this year he has returned with another unique picture, the stop-motion animated "Anomalisa," which he wrote, and co-directed with Duke Johnson. And after a stint on the festival circuit it's coming to cinemas and we're starting to see more of what he's got up his sleeve. Read More: Listen: 70-Minute Screenwriting Lecture By Charlie Kaufman As per usual, Kaufman's movie zeroes in on the soul-crushing banality of modern life, this time focusing on Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis), a misanthropic customer service icon who is tasked with delivering a keynote speech to the industry in Cincinnati. It's a tragi-comedy that we called "delightfully downcast and sometimes masterful," and one that should definitely please Kaufman devotees. Below, you check out a 15-minute Q&A with. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
For the first time in Oscar history, two Pixar films will be battling it out for Best Animated Feature in the same year: the upcoming "The Good Dinosaur" and summer smash hit "Inside Out." Is it possible that these two rivals might cancel each other out, thereby ensuring that Paramount's critical darling "Anomalisa" will claim Oscar gold? -Break- Which Pixar movies got Oscar hugs and which were cruelly shunned? Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson from a script based on Kaufman's play, "Anomalisa" is unique among this year's contenders. It's a stop motion film that utilized a Kickstarter campaign to earn initial funding. The studio has scheduled a December 30 release for the R-rated movie, just one day before the 2015 Oscar eligibility period ends. "Anomalisa" centers on motivational speaker Michael Stone (David Thewlis), who has issues connecting with people and hears them all as having t »
Michael Stone (David Thewlis) is a successful author and family man, and on the surface his is a modestly fulfilled life. He arrives in Cincinnati, there to give a speech at a business conference, and checks into his hotel like a man waiting for his walk to the electric chair. Michael briefly chats with his wife on the phone, their exchange terse and loaded with unspoken conflict, then takes a deep breath, looks up an old flame and nervously asks her to meet him in the hotel restaurant. The meeting goes badly, sending Michael further down a spiral of quiet, lonely hopelessness and triggering one of his recurring manic episodes, and in a fit he begins knocking on random doors throughout his hotel floor. Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a young, mousy call center manager and a big fan of Michael [Continued ...] »
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