OPINION: Viewing Cultural Collapse at the Arthouse
Decadence dominated international film festivals around the world, including those in Chicago, Toronto, and Austria. Most of that decadence came to the stop-motion animated Anomalisa, which is getting buzz because of something never really seen in an animated film before… an explicit sex scene. This apparently was “art” according to the film festivals, not animated pornography.
Anomalisa is the result of a Kickstarter project by Charlie Kaufman, the writer of three movies you may have never heard of before, Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Oh, and did I mention that it also has a perfect 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes right now? I’m not kidding. The consensus reads, “Anomalisa marks another brilliant and utterly distinctive highlight in Charlie Kaufman’s filmography, and a thought-provoking treat for fans of introspective cinema.” Yeah, “impressive”, just another way of saying that everyone in Middle America doesn’t appreciate “sophisticated” filmmaking that includes all the sex, depressing storylines, and weirdness no one outside of the coastal elites’ bubble will ever want to see.
L.A. Weekly’s Amy Nicholson, perhaps notorious for injecting race into the 2014 military film Lone Survivor, said Kaufman was “taking our brains apart and showing us the gears”. Scott Tobias of GQ (the magazine notorious for throwing an F-bomb at Ben Carson last month) said the film was an “adventurous” and “exciting”. Steven Rea of the Philadelphia Inquirer also gushed and fawned over the film, saying it was “singular and stunning”. However, none of the fawning over this piece of garbage is nothing compared to this gem from Paste Magazine’s Tim Grierson:
It’s hard to know yet whether Anomalisa is a new peak for Kaufman, or merely another highlight in a distinguished career. But what is clear is that it’s piercingly poignant — perhaps his most succinct expression of the malaise forever haunting his work.
Poignant? Yeah, if you live in a left-wing bubble, maybe. Quite frankly, I have no doubt in my mind that this movie is going to be an absolute flop. Even the far-left rag known as Rolling Stone is adoring this movie due to its “mature” themes. My question is to Rolling Stone is this, do you seriously think the general public would want to watch a movie with puppets having sex with each other in a piece of filth like Anomalisa, which is trying so hard to be a serious movie when it’s really just an “arthouse” bore Middle America doesn’t even want to be associated with, and is no different than the depressing live-action movies Kaufmann has been involved with? Yes, I know, Team America: World Police also had a sex scene with puppets, but that was over-the-top satire that doesn’t take itself too seriously… and shouldn’t.
Perhaps the critics want to skip Team America because it’s not “sophisticated” enough for their tastes. Both Team America and Anomalisa are distributed by Paramount Pictures, but the latter has apparently been blacklisted by the studio lately due to last year’s controversy surrounding the Sony Pictures Entertainment release that caused that studio to get hacked, The Interview. To conclude how critics are fawning over this bore, Jen Yamato of The Daily Beast wrote, “The animated film of the year isn’t a Pixar pixelfest or a kiddie product pusher, but a deep dive into the soul of a selfish narcissist lost in his own inescapable misery.” This basically proves that Hollywood is not out to make movies for the American public, they want to make movies that please their peers in the elite media and the Oscars. There’s no market demand for this crap whatsoever, but liberal Hollywood does not want to listen, they’re no better than the news media these days when it comes to stuff like this.