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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Hail, Caesar!,’ ‘Anomalisa,’ ‘Le Amiche,’ and More

7 June 2016 6:38 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson)

Charlie Kaufman, the writer behind Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, teams up with animator Duke Johnson to create a complex emotional drama starring lifelike puppets. The premise is riddled with existential dread of modern-day life, presented uniquely through Kaufman’s idiosyncratic point-of-view. For protagonist and self-help author Michael Stone (voiced soulfully by David Thewlis), everyone around him has the same voice (thanks to Tom Noonan) and nothing feels right. It isn’t »

- The Film Stage

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Giveaway: Win Anomalisa on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Combo with Scenes Of Book (3 Winners)

1 June 2016 9:22 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

On June 7th, Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa will make its home video debut on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. The film was created using stop-motion animation and puppets fresh off a 3D-printer. Though Anomalisa is an animated film it's strictly for adults with an R-rating.

We have teamed up with Paramount Home Video to offer three readers each a copy of Anomalisa on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo in this giveaway. In addition, each winner will also score a copy of Scenes of Anomalisa, the hardcover official companion book to the film.

For a chance to win the Anomalisa film and book, simply fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter. »

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New to Streaming: ‘The Hateful Eight,’ ‘Anomalisa,’ ’88:88,’ ‘The Program,’ and More

18 March 2016 8:48 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

88:88 (Isiah Medina)

What has set cinema back — both from the perspective of those who make, and those who write about it — are the binaries chosen to be created and propagated, be it taste, modes of production, or genre, essentially what forms “correct” cinema, in terms either classical or experimental. So there’s more and more hope that a film can come along that hopefully defies the tradition of quality, »

- TFS Staff

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'Anomalisa' Interview with Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson | Exclusive

17 March 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson aren't exactly the most obvious of creative pairings. Charlie Kaufman is an Oscar-winning screenwriter (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), while Duke Johnson is best known for his work in stop-motion animation with Moral Orel, Mary Shelley's Frankenhole and directing the Community stop-motion episode Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas. Thankfully, they both came together to create the truly unforgettable Anomalisa, which was my favorite movie of 2015 (check out my full review), and is now available on Digital HD.

The story follows a successful self-help author named Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) who can't escape the mundane nature of his life while on a business trip to Cincinnati, until he meets a unique young woman named Lisa (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh). Literally every other character in the movie is voiced by Tom Noonan, which is just as strange as it sounds. If you haven't seen the movie, »

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Charlie Kaufman’s Malaise, ‘Krisha’ Dissection, Colors of ‘Daisies,’ ‘The Lobster’ Talk, and More

14 March 2016 2:40 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

All The President’s Men will opens the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival. See more films here.

Watch Yorgos Lanthimos and Ariane Labed discuss the making of The Lobster:

Little White Lies‘ Katherine McLaughlin on how Anomalisa echoes the existential blues of Chantal Akerman’s Je, Tu, Il, Elle:

What is it be human? What is it to ache? What is it to be alive?” asks customer service expert Michael Stone in Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s stop-motion masterpiece Anomalisa. These are the same questions that the late Belgium filmmaker Chantal Akerman posed over 30 years ago in her black-and-white debut feature Je, Tu, Il, Elle.

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- TFS Staff

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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: March 14-20

14 March 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"The Big Short"

Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt star in this acclaimed financial fraud dramedy, based on Michael Lewis's bestseller. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Editing) and it's out on DVD and Blu-ray on March 15. The Blu-ray combo pack has more than an hour of bonus content, including behind-the-scenes interviews with the filmmakers and author, plus five deleted scenes.

Here's a behind-the-scenes clip with Selena Gomez and Anthony Bourdain explaining their roles in the film; this bonus feature is available on the Digital HD and Blu-ray releases:

"Brooklyn"

Saoirse Ronan earned an Oscar nomination for her lead »

- Gina Carbone

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David Thewlis on Anomalisa: 'The world is enormously dangerous and scary'

10 March 2016 10:12 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In Charlie Kaufman’s acclaimed new puppet animation, David Thewlis plays a depressed motivational guru who suffers a breakdown. He talks about love, death and the importance of being honest

When David Thewlis records a voiceover – chirpy earthworm, drumming aardvark, ads for Sainsbury’s – he generally gets the same feedback. “They say: ‘You sound quite angry, David’ or ‘You sound quite cynical. Can you do it with more of a smile in your voice?’” He grins. Now he can tell when others use the same tactic. “Estate agents, particularly.”

No such notes were necessary for Anomalisa, in which he voices a customer service guru called Michael Stone, spending the night in Cincinnati ahead of a telesales lecture: “Don’t forget to smile. Makes a person’s day. What does it cost you? Smile’s free!”

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- Catherine Shoard

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Own Anomalisa on Blu-Ray in May

7 March 2016 2:25 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Charlie Kaufman's incredible looking stop-motion animated hit, Anomalisa is coming to blu-ray in May with special features on how they brought the world of the movie to life, and a super early chance to watch it on digital.  Come inside to check it all out!

As is more and more common these days, the digital version of Anomalisa is going to be hitting before the blu-ray does on May 3, 2016.  It's not normally common for it to be This much earlier.  If you simply can't wait to get your hands on this movie, you'll be able to own the digital copy of the flick next week.  Yeah...that's pretty early.  For me, though, I'd much rather have the blu-ray with all the special features intact: 

Hailed by critics as a “stop-motion marvel” (Scott Tobias, GQ), “staggeringly inventive” (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly) and “the most human film of the year” (Matt Patches, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Anomalisa: Charlie Kaufman’s unique take on the mid-life crisis movie

7 March 2016 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Alienation, boredom – and puppetry? As you might expect from the master surrealist, this isn’t your usual introspective indie comedy-drama

Related: Anomalisa review: sex and depression in Charlie Kaufman's superb stop-motion breakdown

It’s 2005, and Michael Stone (David Thewlis), a corporate motivational speaker, arrives in Cincinnati, a town he hasn’t visited since he lived there 10 years ago. He rides in a taxi, spends the night in a hotel, contacts an old lover (disastrously), meets a new one (more promisingly, but…), drinks, talks, has sex, falls in something like love, goes home and wonders what it was all about.

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- John Patterson

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Memorable Images Focus Of Animated Features Celebration During Oscar Week

26 February 2016 10:45 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

One of movie fans favorite events of Oscar Week was held Thursday evening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, as the Academy held the eighth annual event celebrating the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film.

The evening featured clips from each film, followed by an onstage discussion with each group of nominated filmmakers.

This year’s eclectic mix – Anomalisa, Boy and the World, Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep Movie and When Marnie Was There – are as international as they are distinct.

Employing a stunning variety of animation techniques, the nominees explored a wide range of topics, including existential despair, devastation of natural resources, learning to handle emotion, the value of friendship and surviving the difficulties of adolescence.

This year, members were able to stream the movies and voting came from all over the world.

The evening’s hosts were Don Hall, Chris Williams, Roy Conli, last year’s Oscar winning team from Big Hero 6. »

- Michelle McCue

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Anomalisa movie review: maximal mundanity

25 February 2016 1:39 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

An astonishing, even perception-altering experience that represents a startling use of animation to tell a story that no live-action film could tell. I’m “biast” (pro): love Charlie Kaufman’s work

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Here’s a thing about being caught unawares by movies: It doesn’t happen all that often. Obviously. If most movies were surprising, then we wouldn’t be surprised when they are. But most movies are not surprising. Most movies tell same-old stories in same-old ways. But to not know what you’re looking at or why what you’re looking at is being presented to you in such an extraordinary way? To not know where this can possibly go? When that happens, it reminds you why you fell in love with the movies in the first place, and how infrequently that love is genuinely engaged. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Revisit that Awkward Moment in Anomalisa’s New Hall Clip

18 February 2016 6:59 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Relive that awkward moment of when you first meet your potential true love in the new clip for the animated film, ‘Anomalisa.’ The clip, which is titled ‘Hall,’ was unveiled by the comedy-drama’s distributor, Paramount Pictures, which has released the movie in select theaters. The Oscar-nominated stop-motion film was co-directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Charlie Kaufman, who also wrote the script, and Duke Johnson. Paramount Pictures has released the following synopsis for ‘Anomalisa’: 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  [ Read More ]

The post Revisit that Awkward Moment in Anomalisa’s New Hall Clip appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Karen Benardello

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New Anomalisa Clip Shows David Thewlis’ Character Landing in a New Life

4 February 2016 9:31 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Take a journey with Michael Stone as he lands into Cin Cin City in ‘Landing,’ the new clip for the animated film, ‘Anomalisa.’ The clip was unveiled by the comedy-drama’s distributor, Paramount Pictures, which has released the movie in select theaters. The stop-motion film was co-directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Charlie Kaufman, who also wrote the script, and Duke Johnson. Paramount Pictures has released the following synopsis for ‘Anomalisa’: 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  [ Read More ]

The post New Anomalisa Clip Shows David Thewlis’ Character Landing in a New Life appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Karen Benardello

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Win Run-Of-Engagement Passes To See Anomalisa In St. Louis

29 January 2016 10:52 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Wamg is giving away Run-of-engagement passes to see one of the best films of 2015, Anomalisa.

In his review, Jim Batts called the Oscar nominated movie, “a remarkable achievement.”

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, Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas), this stop-motion animation wonder features the vocal cast of Jennifer Jason Leigh, »

- Movie Geeks

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“The Camera Lens Was Almost Touching the Puppet’s Face”: Dp Joe Passarelli on Anomalisa

28 January 2016 1:00 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Joe Passarelli has spent the last decade serving as a cinematographer and electrician on more than 30 shorts, features and TV series. In 2015, he had his breakout film with Anomalisa, the long-awaited stop-motion feature written and co-directed by Charlie Kaufman. Below, Passarelli speaks with Filmmaker about the film’s singular visual design, which seeks to capture the mood of its troubled protagonist Michael Stone. This interview was conducted in conjunction with “Behind the Scenes of Anomalisa,” a panel at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of your film? What were the factors and attributes that led to […] »

- Soheil Rezayazdi

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Interview with Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Co-directors of Anomalisa

16 January 2016 8:29 PM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The Academy Award-nominated Anomalisa (Best Animated Feature) tells the story of Michael Stone (David Thewlis), husband, father, respected author, and a man crippled by what he considers a mundane 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 unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Profoundly emotional, introspective, and stunning, Anomalisa is a film unlike any you will see this year and certainly one of the best.

The film is co-directed by Charlie Kaufman (who also wrote the screenplay) and Duke Johnson. Charlie Kaufman is best known for writing films such as Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; he also made his feature-directing debut with 2008’s Synecdoche, New York. »

- Mike Tyrkus

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Movie Review: Anomalisa

15 January 2016 11:29 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

For a film that, in many ways, embraces its own imperfections, Anomalisa (which enjoys a wide release this week) is nearly flawless in what it sets out to achieve: Using the under-utilized medium of stop-motion animation to tell a story more human than most live action films.

The film follows middle-aged customer service expert Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) who, after arriving in Cincinnati for a conference, checks into a classy hotel hoping for a quiet night of Belvedere martinis and casual infidelity. It becomes clear early on that Michael hears and, for the most part, sees everyone else (literally all voiced by Tom Noonan) in the same way. His voice is the only unique voice in the world. That is until he hears a woman with a beautifully unique voice in the hotel hallway and rushes to investigate. Here he finds Lisa (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh).

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- Rocco Tenaglia

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Anomalisa – The Review

14 January 2016 3:45 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

So, you’ve enjoyed most of last year’s animated feature films? Yes, 2015 was a pretty good year, but doesn’t match up to the gold standard of 1999 (Toy Story 2, The Iron Giant, Disney’S Tarzan, and South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut). Still Pixar had its best work in years with Inside Out and that Shaun The Sheep was a loving tribute to classic silent comedies, but the other major hits like Minions and The Good Dinosaur were geared toward the small fry (not that Out and The Peanuts Movie didn’t appeal to all ages). For this new film, definitely leave the kiddos at home. Yes we did have an “R” rated animated film last year with Hell And Back, but that flick was chocked full of sophomoric sex jokes and “gross-out” gags. This holdover from ’15 (now getting a wide release) is truly adult in subject matter and graphics, »

- Jim Batts

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Film Review: Uneven ‘Anomalisa’ is an Animated Reflection Back to Us

8 January 2016 1:54 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – There is directness in the reflective philosophy of “Anomalisa,” but there is also a sense of disconnection. From writer/co-director Charlie Kaufman (“Being John Malkovich”) comes another meditation on the life of life, and the twists of fate that inhabit the journey.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

If this were a live action film instead of a stop-motion animated effort, there would little to distinguish it from any other independent film-style character study. The main character is stuck in a loop, so much so that the other people in his world sound exactly the same to him. The “Anomalisa” character of the title does little to fulfill her promise as his break from the normalcy. There are many weird features of the film – characteristic of Charlie Kaufman – and with its method of animation and philosophy it’s enough to recommend it, but be wary of its slow pace and use of awkward surreal moments to pad the story. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Anomalisa In St. Louis

7 January 2016 1:46 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

© 2015 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Anomalisa has its St. Louis debut on January 15th.

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, 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. »

- Movie Geeks

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