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Film Review - Anomalisa


Charlie Kaufman is an acquired taste. He’s a filmmaker who loves to build puzzles out of human misery, and he’s collected a cult following with screenplays for “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation,” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” It’s been awhile since Kaufman made a movie, with 2008’s “Synecdoche, New York” (his directorial debut) his last endeavor, failing to attract much attention from understandably fatigued audiences. Kaufman returns with “Anomalisa,” but he’s moved over to the animated realm, co-helming (with Duke Johnson) a stop-motion feature that doesn’t stray far from his dramatic interests, once again boarding a downward spiral into depression and delusion, only here the characters participate in a more defined universe of unreality while Kaufman strives to keep the tale achingly authentic. Read the rest at


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