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    Fantastic Fest: ‘Anomalisa’ a winningly bizarre exploration of love and mental distress

    Anomalisa Directed by Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman 2015, USA The original Anomalisa was a “sound play” by Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation), performed before an audience only twice. The “sound” aspect referred to the fact that its main character has a disorder that makes him see everyone with […] More

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    TIFF ’15: Top 5 picks by Max

    Youth It’s hard to articulate just what makes Youth so special. Fresh off his Academy Award win for The Great Beauty, Sorrentino turns his attention towards two men, one a retired composer, and the other, a film director whose career has been in the decline for some time. Sorrentino is not exactly old by any […] More

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    The Definitive ‘What the F**k?’ Movies: 20-11

    20. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) Directed by: Terry Gilliam So…drugs, right? Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel of the same title, Fear and Loathing stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, respectively. The pair is heading to Sin City, speeding through the Nevada desert, under […] More

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    The Definitive Original Screenplays: 10-1

    The end of the road. The scripts that should be studied, dissected, and taught for their quality, their timeliness, and their impact on the film industry as a whole. Some were perfect for their time and place. Some were ahead of their time. Some defined their generation. And one still rules all, forty years after […] More

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    The Definitive Original Screenplays: 30-21

    Now it’s gettin’ good, right? This section of the list begins to get into the portion where “you’ve heard it before.” A number of the films below have been universally acclaimed for one reason or another, but the focus here is on the writing. Some are innovative, some are unexpected, and some completed changed the […] More

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    “Character” and “Creator” in ‘Synecdoche, New York’

    Though similar phrases have been said of other actors in other films, it’s impossible to imagine anyone but Philip Seymour Hoffman as Caden Cotard in Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York. So fully does Hoffman embody Kaufman’s personal neuroses represented in Cotard that the line between actor and character is not just blurred – it is decimated. […] More

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    Unsung Gems – ‘Being John Malkovich’

    Unsung Gems is a look back and reflection on great motion pictures that often slip under the radar of public consciousness , whether as ignored relics of a previous era, standout efforts overshadowed by competition or circumstance, or simply unseen classics damned by a lack of time in the spotlight. Being John Malkovich Directed by […] More

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    First Details on the New Charlie Kaufman And Spike Jonze Film

    It was reported a while back that Spike Jonze (Where The Wild Things Are) and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman are teaming up for their third collaboration together after the critically acclaimed hits Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. According to Deadline the project is in negotiations to be picked by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, and is “a […] More

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    Trailers: Cold Souls

    There has been much discussion on the debut film by Sophie Barthes, Cold Souls.  There is the inevitable comparison to Charlie Kaufman and the trailer is definitely reminiscent of Being John Malkovich.  But I think this film deserves a chance to be seen and word has been very positive so far.  I Heart Huckabees this […] More

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    Festival Nouveau Cinema 2008: Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York Directed by Charlie Kaufman Perhaps the apt comparison to make is not to Fellini’s 8 1/2, as a few have been in a mad dash to do. It’s actually only necessary to turn the clock back a couple of years in order to find an appropriate bedfellow for superstar screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s […] More