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Culture, The Exhibitionist Director-Producer Charlie Kaufman Animates Our Alienation in <i>Anomalisa</i>

Director-Producer Charlie Kaufman Animates Our Alienation in Anomalisa

In Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's Anomalisa, which opened Jan. 8, customer service expert and author, Michael (David Thewlis) lectures reps across the country on how to assist others. But off on an overnight business trip in Cincinnati, he struggles to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist In <i>Anomalisa</i>, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

In Anomalisa, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Attention Pixar fans: Charlie Kaufman’s new stop-motion animation film Anomalisa is not for you. There isn’t a single pop of bright color. No clever talking animals. Not a cheerful adapted fable in sight. If you’re looking for a stop…
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Film, "The Lady": A Burmese Protestor Biopic

"The Lady": A Burmese Protestor Biopic

Now is an excellent time to release a biopic of Aung San Suu Kyi, the inspiring Burmese democracy activist and Nobel laureate who was elected to parliament only last week — just not this one. Impersonally directed by cinéma du…
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Calendar, Night&Day Don&#146;t Disappoint the Governess

Don’t Disappoint the Governess

This holiday season, the hills are alive with the sound of Nazis. A real-life eye-patched patriot (Tom Cruise) executes a failed hit on Hitler in Valkyrie, while a closeted former SS guard (Kate Winslet) enjoys a postwar fling with a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Paul's Boutique Industry

Paul's Boutique Industry

By now we've grown accustomed to famed author Paul Auster hassling the film industry for jobs. In 1995, he teamed up with Wayne Wang to co-direct Auster's screenplay for Smoke, starring a nicely understated Harvey Keitel, then did the same…
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The Island of Dr. Moreau Directed by John Frankenheimer. Starring Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, and David Thewlis. To get ready for the latest adaptation of H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau, I boned up on my Wellsiana and read…
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