Time for the cool kid movies y’all — and since you’re all cool kids, I’m sure you’ll be chomping at the bit for this one. It’s Charlie “OMG Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is awesome” Kaufman’s new film, Anomalisa. And it looks pretty darn cool. One word: PUPPETS. Don’t scoff before you check out the trailer. Seriously. Synopsis!
Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author of “How May I Help You Help Them?” is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he’s scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa, who may or may not be the love of his life. A beautifully tender and absurdly humorous dreamscape, from the brilliant minds of Charlie Kaufman (SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK) and Duke Johnson (“Community” episode, Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas), this stop-motion animation wonder features the vocal cast of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis and a stirring strings-based score by Carter Burwell. The darkly comedic and surreal stop-motion journey of a man’s long night of the soul, ANOMALISA confirms Charlie Kaufman’s place amongst the most important of American filmmakers, and announces Duke Johnson as a major creative force.
And btw, this screening is at the Charles Theater. A cool kids movie at a cool kids place — how cool is that? Ready to get your puppet pathos on?
What: ADMIT TWO passes for the Baltimore area screening of Anomalisa!
When: Thursday, January 14
Where: The Charles Theatre
Why: Because it’s already getting major awards buzz, and quite a few noms.
How: Clicky! http://www.gofobo.com/AFANOMALISA
REMEMBER: seating for screenings is first come, first served and not guaranteed. So get there early to get yourself a seat.
Good luck, everyone!