If you want a small peep at an anomaly in the year’s Oscar race for the animated feature category, a melancholic and mature masterpiece amidst a group of family-friendly fare, the first striptease of Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa was released today. Ogle its luscious and groundbreaking animation; titillate over the words “Directed by Charlie Kaufman.” And before this gets too weird, just be warned that this up-skirt look at one of the year’s best films (read my capsule review) doesn’t totally capture the downbeat, Lost In Translation-like tone of the film. If you’re as excited as I am, you may want to watch it in the privacy of your own home to avoid any awkward conversations. Consider yourself warned.
Anomalisa will have a limited release December 30th and hopefully expand into everyone’s neck of the woods sometime in 2016. That gives you plenty of time to check out some of Kaufman’s other masterpieces: Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, and Synechdoche, New York.