At this point, Charlie Kaufman could almost be a sub-genre to himself, and Anomalisa is unmistakably his voice. However, it doesn’t feel like a retread or a fresh coat of paint on old ideas. His collaboration with Johnson, the stop-motion animation, and most importantly the heartbreaking characters and story make the themes feel new and immediate. Anomalisa is as effective and compelling as any of Kaufman’s movies. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait seven more years for his next film.