Academy Award Nominee Best Animated Film 2016
Charlie Kaufman, the mind behind "Being John Malkovich" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," possesses an artistic sensibility unlike any other filmmaker working today. That sensibility informs every word and frame of ANOMALISA. A simple story of a man struggling with his inability to connect with other people, what drives the film is a scowling suspicion that modern man is a mechanized being, created as if on an assembly line, and stripped bare of individuality-a product, like any other merchandise. The prevailing mood is a surreal otherness, the result of the beautiful, intricate stop-motion animation. With spot-on vocal performances from David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan, the film is nothing less than mesmerizing - and must viewing for serious cinephiles. ANOMALISA offers evidence that animated films are not necessarily the sole province of children. ANOMALISA marks another brilliant and utterly distinctive highlight in Charlie Kaufman's filmography, and a thought-provoking treat for fans of introspective cinema.
THE BIG HEAT is Fritz Lang's landmark bleak, film noir crime classic. An uncompromising and grim story of an iron-willed, incorruptible homicide detective (Glenn Ford) within a crooked and perverted society and corrupt system at all levels, and the enormous price that is paid to find justice. After the tragic murder of his young wife by sadistic, viperous gang members led by a big-time crime boss, he enlists the help of one of the gang’s molls (Gloria Grahame), in order to seek revenge. Brutal, atmospheric, exciting and highly recommended. They just don't make them like this anymore. DOUBLE FEATURE!
HD remaster from studio vault materials.
A box-office hit in its day (despite being banned in three states), SCARLET STREET is another classic film noir masterfully directed by Fritz Lang. Unremitting in its pessimism, with a dark mood and pervading doom which are devastating in their intensity. Streetwalker Kitty (Joan Benett) is the femme-fatale to Edward G. Robinson’s chump, Chris, with her manipulative and abusive no-good boyfriend (Dan Duryea) as her ally. Kitty and Johnny are two of the most amoral and casual villains in the history of film noir, both like predatory animals completely without conscience. Lang is unparalleled in his ability to convey the desperation of hapless, naïve victims in a cruelly realistic world. DOUBLE FEATURE!
HD remaster from a 35mm Library of Congress vault negative.
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