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Suzette Smith from the Portland Mercury has been watching Charlie's films stoned, and blogging the results. Someone had to do it, right? She has worked her way through all six of Charlie's films (including Confessions and Human Nature!) in the lead-up to Anomalisa. Here's part of Synecdoche:
Okay, I immediately regret watching this movie stoned. I feel like I’m missing a lot of important things, but I’m also unable to hold back that sinking feeling that accompanies conceptualizing the inevitable decline of existence. That’s my toast and tea when I’m not stoned. Shit!
[...] He’s dead, right? People keep saying stuff like: "Then you died." But they also tell him he abandoned his family when clearly his wife left him. The passage of time is suspicious. That also leads me to believe he’s dead.
[...] When I was done watching Synecdoche, New York I was still high and I felt like shit. My notes are: "I don’t know how I’m going to write about this. I want to put down my notes and walk away." (Source)
There are links to the other films in that post.
This interview between Charlie, Duke Johnson and Ty Burr amuses me.
TB: I wanted to do something different with this interview, something a little “meta.” And my first question is, when you hear a reporter say “I want to do something different with this interview, something a little meta,” what emotion do you feel?
Duke Johnson: Numbness.
TB: What are the questions you don’t want asked about this project? The ones you dread.
DJ: “Why did this have to be animated?” It’s like —
CK: Asking “Why did this have to be live-action”?
DJ: Exactly. Why did you paint this picture with oil paints?
CK: Why did it have to be oil?
DJ: Why is it not watercolor?
CK: Why is it not Impressionistic? Why didn’t you do it in Photorealism?
DJ: Because that’s how I [expletive] painted it.
TB: “Anomalisa” name-checks and explores the Fregoli delusion[...] Are there other clinical delusions you’d like to make movies about? [...] Reduplicative paramnesia. Do you know what that is?
CK: No, but I like it. (Source)
Also a sad update on Frank or Francis:
CK: It’s not happening as far as I know. I want it to. We’ve been trying to raise money. No one’s interested.
And sad news for people who type things on the internet and would like to hear from the Kauf:
CK: I would never interact with somebody online.
New Anomalisa featurette, in which the cast and Duke Johnson praise Charlie and his script:
The IMDB will be talking with Charlie and Duke Johnson on Twitter, Jan. 15 at 2pm PT. Got a question for them? Hit 'em up with the
Nominations for the 2016 Oscars were announced today and, as expected, Anomalisa is up for Best Animated Feature. It sits alongside Boy and the World, Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep Movie and When Marnie Was There. Everyone's tipping Inside Out, but let's cross our fingers for an upset!
Alas, no other nominations for the film, and no nomination for Charlie's script. The Best Adapted Screenplay category includes The Big Short, Brooklyn, Carol, The Martian and Room.
You can check out the full list of nominees here.
BCK frequenter Tim paid a visit to the Arclight cinema in Hollywood, where some of Anomalisa's sets are on display, and he sent in these snaps, for the benefit of we poor souls who cannot make the trek:
So detailed. You wouldn't know they were so small, eh?
And it's fantastic. Marc Maron covers a lot of ground with Charlie, and again Charlie seems a bit more open and relaxed than we've heard him in the past. They discuss Anomalisa, obviously, and the rest of his filmography, Charlie's beef with George Clooney, his brief acting career, Charlie's family, Get A Life, Charlie's earliest days in TV... If you haven't heard much about Charlie's past, or you've read about it and you'd like it from the source's mouth, you'll like this.
The interview with Charlie starts neat the 13:25 mark. Duke Johnson joins in near 47:15.
I don't think I can embed the file. Here's the link.
Big thanks to Michael!
Here's one way to find out, if you're in the U.S. Head on over to http://paramountshowtimes.com/us/anomalisa and stick your location in the search box. You should probably check your local guides, too--I have no idea how accurate or all-encompassing that page may be.
An email sent out to Kickstarter backers last week brought news that Anomalisa would start screening in these cities from around January 8:
- Ann Arbor
- San Francisco
- Washington DC
Here are two short teaser featurettes introducing Anomalisa's lead characters, with a little bit of commentary from David Thewlis and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
First, meet Michael:
And here's Lisa:
To coincide with the four-day Kaufman retrospective presented by Landmark Theatres, and to coincide with Anomalisa's release, Charlie has penned a "Filmmaker's Letter" for Landmark's website, in which he speaks of his respect and admiration for stop motion animators.
Animators are observers and psychologists. They are actors inhabiting characters from the outside. They are physicists and engineers, first studying how things move in the real world, then figuring out how to represent that in an artificial one. How does a football bounce when it hits the ground? How does snow fall on a windy day? When you rub your eye, how long does it take to reposition itself properly in its socket? That’s one we explore in Anomalisa.
Being involved in Anomalisa has made me more observant and more thoughtful about movement. I watch people walk and ask myself what it says about them. I watch myself fidget and ask the same questions. I notice gestures. I pay attention to the crazy movement of leaves in the breeze on the tree outside my window. I try to understand how those seemingly haphazard movements might be simplified but effectively represented. I realize we're all moving constantly, in relation to others, unconsciously revealing our secrets, our fears, our attractions and repulsions, consciously trying to hide them, protect ourselves, make ourselves less obvious, less vulnerable. (Source)
The whole thing's worth reading.
Thanks to Julie and Rafał, who found it via Cartoon Brew.