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Anomalisa
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07.05.2016 By: Lauren Bradshaw
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Director:
Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson

Actors:
David Thewlis
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Tom Noonan

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) travels to Cincinnati, Ohio to speak at a convention and promote his latest book. But Michael can't seem to overcome his boring, mundane life, as shown through everyone around him having the same voice. That is, until suddenly he hears a female voice that stands out from the crowd.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Mastermind Charlie Kaufman (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND) has done it again, creating a film that you can honestly say you have never seen before. Based on his 2005 play of the same name, Kaufman uses stop-motion animation, puppets, and vocal performances from David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tom Noonan to accomplish his innovative vision. Thanks to funding from Kickstarter, Kaufman was able to create his film largely outside of Hollywood, which provided him enormous creative control over the project.

Not only is this film a triumph in intellectual creativity, it also stands out in the realm of stop-animation and production design. Even though the characters are created by puppets, and there are distinctive slits in the puppets' faces, the more the movie moves forward, the more human they become. What admittedly started out as creepy and weird turned into a beautiful expression of humanity. I knew a lot of work must have gone into this movie, but after re-watching the Blu-Ray release and then diving into the special features, I am amazed at just how much everyone involved gave to the project.

Once I got over the, let's be honest, "stranger" elements of ANOMALISA, I was thoroughly entertained by its creativity and artistry. Of all of the movies I watched last year, this is one that stuck with me the most. It's not a film that I will watch over and over again, but one that I will be thinking about for years to come. I just can't wait to see what ideas Kaufman is cooking up next.
THE EXTRAS
None of Them Are You: Crafting Anomalisa- With a movie this unique, I was so happy they included a behind-the-scenes featurette like this. There are interviews with the cast and crew, as well as "making of" footage. Fans of the film will not be disappointed.

Intimacy In Miniature- This featurette explains how the movie's sex scene was filmed, including footage of Jennifer Jason Leigh and David Thewlis recording the audio. It was crazy how much went into this scene! Come on, you know you were wondering...

The Sound of Unease- This focuses on the film's use of sound, and how the foley artists went to real locations that would be used in the film to get the right sound for the movie.

Godfrey Loves Me- The filmmakers discuss the use of a scene from "My Man Godfrey" in the film. It's amazing to see the stop-motion recreation side-by-side with the real thing!

Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Though it may not be for all, especially mainstream audiences, ANOMALISA is a triumph in original, creative filmmaking that film lovers should see at least once. And those that want to learn more about the movie's production will be happy with the special features on the Blu-ray release. The featurettes honestly made me appreciate the movie even more!
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