ANOMALISA || January 1st, 2016

Anomalisa-poster ANOMALISA || Likely to be the biggest competition for “Inside Out” in the Best Animated Feature category at this year’s Academy Awards, “Anomalisa” is one of those adult animated films, this one in particular being written and directed by Academy Award winning writer Charlie Kaufman (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Being John Malkovich,” and “Adaptation”). Kaufman is one of those brilliant minds that is always thinking outside the box and this looks no different.
RENT

ChimesAtMidnight-poster CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT || Written and directed by Orson Welles in 1965, “Chimes At Midnight” is now being re-released in theaters. Welles adaptation of Shakespeare’s Sir John Flagstaff, Welles stars in the film as well. And although he is only around 50 years old when this film was released, he looks much older. Of all of Welles’ films that I’d want to see, this ranks fairly low. He was a genius and most geniuses at some point adapt Shakespeare, but this does not look to rate with his other work.
PASS
DevilAndAngel-poster DEVIL & ANGEL || Here’s what I know about the film “Devil And Angel”: it’s a Chinese comedy with a male and a female and according to Wikipedia it “grossed $55 million on its opening weekend in China.” The teaser is short, the actors seem goofy, and that’s really all I have to go on.
PASS
MomentsOfClarity-poster MOMENTS OF CLARITY || Two types of sheltered young women are thrown together in this dark comedy titled “Moments of Clarity.” One, “a repressed agoraphobic’s daughter,” played by (I believe) Marguerite Moreau, is blissfully ignorant of the world around her. The other, the hardened daughter of a pastor, played by the talented Lyndsy Fonseca (“Kick Ass”) embark on a church youth group jamboree that is anything but holy. The film also stars Eric Roberts and Jonathan Lajoie of “The League.”
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Yosemite-poster YOSEMITE || Yet another film starring James Franco set in Palo Alto, “Yosemite” intertwines the life of three 5th graders when a cat goes missing and a mountain lion plagues the nearby town. What looks like kids going on an adventure without their parents, when they aren’t braving the wilderness, they are navigating the life of parent’s divorces and the strife of school. Franco takes on a much more down-home look for this role, but delivers nothing of note, at least in the trailer.
PASS

THEATER

RENT

  • “Anomalisa”

STREAM

  • “Moments Of Clarity”

PASS

  • “Chimes At Midnight”
  • “Devil & Angel”
  • “Yosemite”

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