When you hear that Alexander Payne is making a movie called Downsizing, you assume it's another one of his character-driven slice-of-life dramas, probably about everyday folks dealing with economic downturns and almost definitely set in Nebraska. Then you're told that yes, it's kind of about that, but also people are literally shrunk down to a tiny size so as to live a better, more sustainable lifestyle in these tough times. [Cue GIF of Scanners' head explosion.] Word out of the Venice Film Festival, where Payne's detour into Spike Jonze/Charlie Kaufman territory opened the event, has been solid; Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis and Christoph Waltz, as well as breakout star Hong Chau, all do their part to both sell and ground the absurdist concept. We're more than a wee bit excited about this one. See what we did there?