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...and he's failing.
Over six years ago, the idea formed in his head, and when it existed in the laboratory that sits between his ears, the concept was so simple, so clean, so utterly perfect in the way a circle drawn by some theoretical supercomputer is perfect. A) There is New York. B) There are people in New York. So, C) There could exist a total, whole and complete document of Every Person in New York.
It’s almost as if Polan has come to terms with what lies at the core of one of art’s great intrinsic dilemmas: The whole thing is, by its very nature, a sisyphean task. That is, in the context of all our constructions surrounding stuff like truth and representation, art is always an attempt at something impossible. It always fails. It’s never perfect because in order to exist, it must exist in the imperfect place we call “here.” (Source)
You can view some of his work at http://everypersoninnewyork.blogspot.ca/
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A progress update was posted on Anomalisa's Kickstarter page yesterday, bringing news that 85% of the animation work is complete, and post-production is in sight:
We’re really getting down to the production wire here and want to give you some updates.
You’ve all been amazing supporters and we hope that you will hang in there with us until we get to the finish line!
We have 85% of the animation on Anomalisa complete! Our plan is to be done with animation in November and complete post production over the holidays.
Our animators and production team are working 12-hour days, often through the weekends and holidays, to keep us on schedule.
The weeklies are beautiful. We know the finished product will make you all very proud. (Source)
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Via the Calgary Herald:
In 2008, low-budget filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman received a lifetime achievement award at the prestigious Sitges Film Festival in Spain, which specializes in horror and fantasy films.
As he went up to accept the award, a tribute reel played in the background that was supposed to highlight his contributions to cinema as head of Troma Entertainment, from The Toxic Avenger to Poultrygeist: Night of the Living Chicken. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a mix-up. The films featured were all from critics’ darling Charlie Kaufman, the oddball auteur behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich.
“That was a great moment,” says Kaufman. (Source)
It'd be even funnier if this happened the other way around.
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Deadline reports that FX have passed on Charlie's comedy, How and Why. The pilot's being shopped to other outlets.
While FX brass are fans of Kaufman and liked the finished product, which came in at close to an hour, I hear they felt the show, with its very unusual mix of comedy and drama, would not mesh well with the rest of the lineup. (Source)
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Do you know how many people come here looking for analyses of Synecdoche, New York?
LOTS, is how many.
This one is for you folks. Jordan Siron points us to his "Exploring Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York”: A Philosophical Analysis." It's a meaty read.
Synecdoche, New York is a film that concerns itself with examining solipsism, and in disposing of the harmful concept of “The Other”. Solipsism is the belief that only one’s own mind is certain to exist; that one’s perception of reality and events is the only certainty, the only truth. As a philosophy, it is akin to Objectivism — the belief that the pursuit of one’s own self interest is the only moral obligation to which any human is bound.
Solipsism is a gross philosophy. It does not leave room for the understanding or concern of others. It is diametrically opposed to Altruism, which — while impractical to some extent — at least gives us something worthy to strive for. While one can argue against the practicality of Altruism, it’s hard to rationalize Objectivism and Solipsism as being inherently healthy life philosophies. While they may serve the individual, they do not foster the wellbeing of the human community writ large.
Now, all of that isn’t to say that individuals who prescribe to philosophies that place themselves at the center of their own universe are inherently bad. One can argue that such philosophies drive individuals towards great personal success, and through that success said individuals can turn around and provide aid of which they might not have otherwise been capable. There is a certain benefit to being concerned with one’s own self, but this dissection is not concerned with those few individuals who put their own universes in check before extending their helping hand. So it follows that Synecdoche, New York does not concern itself with such.
The film examines solipsism at its worst, demonstrating the dangers of such a philosophy through its chosen vehicle: Caden Cotard. (Source)
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2 Movies A Week is a new blog from Sean Phillips. Each week he'll be reviewing a pair of films that folks might've missed, and Synecdoche, New York is one of the first on the site, alongside Life Itself.
I decided to pair these two in my original post because there is a (small) connection between the two.
The first, "Life Itself" (2014) is a brand-spanking-new documentary about the life of the most famous film reviewer who ever lived, Roger Ebert.
The second, "Synecdoche, New York" (2008) is, in this writers opinion, the most ambitionus fictional narrative ever made. It was written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, the Oscar winner for 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' for best original screenplay in 2004. His other credits include writing 'Being John Malcovich'(1999) and 'Adaptation.'(2002) Kaufman was also nominated for best original screenplay again for the latter. Nicholas Cage stared in that film and gave performances worth two Nick Cages. (Source)
Lost in Translation and Summer Hours are the next two to be reviewed.
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This one, via Gizmodo, goes out to Adele Lack:
Even a perfectly smooth human hair looks like a scaly, alien creature under a microscope. Zoom in on this particular hair, though, and you'll find something even stranger: a teeny, tiny comic strip called "Juanita Knits the Planet."
Ten micron-tall Juanita and her friends were etched onto the hair using a focused ion beam. The microscopic comic strip was created for the Exceptional Hardware Software Meeting, a gathering for open source and DIY enthusiasts in Germany. (Source)
Check out the short video below--and you'll find the comic strip, without the hair, at the link above.
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A few days ago, an email update went out to Anomalisa's Kickstarter backers, bringing news that production is around 70% complete and will no longer be a 40-minute short as originally intended:
The original kickstarter campaign for Anomalisa was for a 40 minute short. The success of our campaign provided us the opportunity to secure additional funding and expand the project into a full-length feature. This has allowed us to preserve the original scope of Charlie’s script, without compromise or outside influence.
Production is now 70% complete and when finished, Anomalisa will come in at around 80 minutes in length. (Source)
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Synecdoche, New York is finally landing on Italian shores! I had no idea Italy was still waiting for it to arrive.
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I think it interests only to Italian fans, but finally June 19, 2014 (after almost 6 years) Synecdoche, New York will be distributed in Italy. The press release says that there has been a long legal battle that prevented the distribution in Italy. This is our poster: