Tag Archives: Realism

ANOMALISA (2015): For A Unique Experience & The Truth In The Writing / Execution

Anomalisa (2015), David Thewlis as Michael Stone
Anomalisa (2015), David Thewlis as Michael Stone

Written and directed by Charlie Kaufman who also wrote Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004), what can be expected from Anomalisa is a refreshingly unique experience.

Starring the voices of David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan, Kaufman’s film is a memorable achievement in storytelling for a number of reasons. Reasons including the writing which feels completely grounded in truth and therefore very relatable. The creative execution through the use of stop-motion animation adds to the general uniqueness. Then there’s the dialogue, its delivery with particular reference to the use of voice and how it is employed.

Anomalisa (2015), Jennifer Jason leigh as Lisa Hesselman
Anomalisa (2015), Jennifer Jason leigh as Lisa Hesselman

All the characters in Anomalisa appear to be wearing masks, something they do throughout the film. What it all means? I haven’t fully concluded just yet. But what I do know is that I enjoyed trying to figure out all that wasn’t immediately obvious. I also appreciated the humorous moments and particularly the character Lisa, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Near the end of the movie, by which point you’ll have a greater understanding of the main character’s predicament, you may find yourself reflecting on the difference between the life you want and the one you have, as well as how you might want to close the gap between the two points.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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BEFORE MIDNIGHT (2013): For The Writing, Realism & Wisdom

Before Midnight (2013), Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Before Midnight (2013), Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

Before Midnight is the third instalment in the story of Celine and Jesse, a couple who met on a train in Europe and fell in love.

Co-written by its stars Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater, Before Midnight, like the two films that came prior is a beautifully written account of a relationship over time. It’s romantic, funny and does a good job of capturing a very real experience of life and love in modern times.

One of my favourite moments is the dialogue during lunch outside in Greece. So smart, wise and just the kind of exchange I love to be part of and/ or witness to.

Watch it because it’s very well done and directed by Richard Linklater, the man who brought us 2014’s Oscar Winning (Best Suporting Actress), Boyhood – another film that embodies a very notable level of realism.

Towards the end, I couldn’t help but conclude that Celine really is quite nuts. But the best thing is that Jesse knows, loves and chooses her all the same and she does the same for him, since he too isn’t exactly a walk in the park either.

Happy film Loving 🙂

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