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Friday, Feb. 26, 2016
Ale Abreu wasn't confident about his animated film "Boy and the World" after screening it for an audience for the first time. The imaginative parable about a stick figure's search for his father left viewers feeling sad.
"I realized it wasn't the...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015
In "Anomalisa" everyone looks and sounds the same. They have the same face (Caucasian, bland, non-descript). They have the same voice (Tom Noonan's). They bore our protagonist Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) to death. And this feeling that he's the only...
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015
Painstakingly crafted over more than three years with occasional appeals for crowd-sourced financing, the stop-motion animated film "Anomalisa" was, ironically, the easy movie for screenwriter Charlie Kaufman.
"I had been sort of going through a tough time for several years trying to get...
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015
Spotlight garnered the top honor as Best Picture, as well as Best Screenplay (for Josh Singer and director Tom McCarthy), at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. Also scoring impressively was Mad Max: Fury Road which earned the most...
Monday, Nov. 30, 2015
Anomalisa (Paramount Pictures) introduces us to motivational speaker Michael Stone who’s on a soul-draining business trip to Cincinnati. He struggles to grasp why he feels disconnected from the world and nearly everyone in it.
Thursday, Sep. 17, 2015
"What have you seen that you liked?"
It's the most common question heard around the Toronto International Film Festival, and one that elicits endless variations of answers. Because of the festival's size and scope, there's no better place to get a...
Saturday, Sep. 12, 2015
Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas' powerful Caracas-set drama "From Afar" won the Venice Film Festival's top Golden Lion prize on Saturday, as filmmakers from the Americas beat established European directors for the main trophies.
The runner-up Grand...
Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2015
It is strange but true that one of the most human, emotionally complex movies at the Venice Film Festival features a cast of puppets.
Critics are singing the praises of "Anomalisa," which was written by Charlie Kaufman — the imaginative wordsmith who...