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NYFF 2014 Main Slate Includes Films From Olivier Assayas, David Cronenberg, Bennett Miller, Mike Leigh & Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2014 11:26 AM
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Foxcatcher
Boasting world premieres of two of the highest profile movies coming this fall —David Fincher's "Gone Girl" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice"— along with landing Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance" for the closing night slot, the New York Film Festival had done enough to impress its cinephile constituency. But today the fest has unveiled their main slate, and attendees are going to have a lot to enjoy this year.

Watch: 2 New Clips From Alex Ross Perry 'Listen Up Philip' Starring Jason Schwartzman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 12, 2014 5:49 PM
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Listen Up Philip
You're going to be hearing a lot more from us about Alex Ross Perry's "Listen Up Philip," which is to be released in the fall. We've already called it one of the The Best Films Of 2014 So Far, which probably isn't a surprise since it also made our list of The Best Films Of The 2014 Sundance Film Festival. And with the movie headed to the Locarno Film Festival to unspool internationally, some new clips have arrived.

The Best Films Of 2014 So Far...

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 3, 2014 12:05 PM
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Best of 2014, midway
Here's a bold statement: 2014 is looking like a pretty damn good year for movies so far. We've had a few strong ones in a row (2011, 2012 and 2013 were all overflowing with goodness), but a little less than halfway through this year, and the discerning moviegoer has been spoiled with choices. Of course, there's been a lot of swill, but from the blockbuster to tiny foreign indies, there's been plenty worth checking out.

The Best Films Of The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

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  • January 27, 2014 3:02 PM
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Best of Sundance 2014
The film writing community is still catching up on sleep, getting over festival flu and showering off the stink of their blogger condos, but there's no escaping it: the Sundance Film Festival is over for another year. For over thirty years, the festival has provided a welcome opportunity to shake off awards season, and to start to look over some of the movies and faces that we'll be talking about for the next twelve months.

Interview: Jason Schwartzman & Alex Ross Perry Discuss Misanthrophy Of 'Listen Up Philip'

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • January 27, 2014 1:08 PM
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One of the most buzzed-about films at Sundance last week was Alex Ross Perry’s latest, “Listen Up Philip,” starring Jason Schwartzman as a misanthropic novelist without a filter in what’s being called “his best role since 'Rushmore' " (read our A-grade review here).The stellar cast is rounded out by Elisabeth Moss as Philip’s long-suffering girlfriend, Jonathan Pryce as his egotist-author role model (based, most likely, on Philip Roth), and a string of past and potential paramours (Dree Hemingway, Joséphine de La Baume, Kate Lyn Sheil). Even the peripheral acting by Krysten Ritter and Jess Weixler is first-rate, allowing Perry’s work to shine like it never has before.

Sundance Review: Terrific & Remarkable ‘Listen Up Philip’ Starring Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 22, 2014 11:05 AM
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Even the simplest melody can sound marvelous when played by a virtuoso, and in cinema, it’s amazing what well-trained, naturally gifted professional actors can do to with even basic material. Just look at the gigantic gulf between early Joe Swanberg movies featuring unrehearsed amateurs and his more recent, creatively successful films starring professionals: there’s a world of difference. Similarly, Alex Ross Perry’s terrific third feature, “Listen Up Philip,” is a quantum leap forward from his last feature, the micro-indie “The Color Wheel,” and it’s thanks in large part to great actors making the excellent script really sing.

Watch: Sundance Teaser For 'Listen Up Philip' Starring Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2014 10:51 AM
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Listen Up Philip
“The character is so specific and such a curmudgeon and so angry. But when I heard that Jason [Schwartzman] wanted to do it, it really clarified things for me,” said Elisabeth Moss told EW about deciding to take a role in "Listen Up Philip." “Jason has this knack for playing characters who are maybe not necessarily that likable. He doesn’t try to make them likable, but there’s something about the way he is that makes you just want to watch him. You’re interested in what his character’s doing even if he’s being an asshole.”

Sundance First Look: Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss In 'Listen Up Philip' & Miles Teller In 'Whiplash'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 4:32 PM
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More stars, more directors and lots of exciting stuff hitting Sundance. Our look at the movies hitting Utah continues with two indie filmmakers tackling some bigger movies....

Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss To Star In 'The Color Wheel' Director Alex Ross Perry's 'Listen Up Philip'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2013 4:02 PM
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Jason Schwartzmann, Elisabeth Moss, Alex Ross Perry
Shot on black-and-white 16mm film, noted for its abrasive, rapid-fire dialogue style, we'll fully admit, "The Color Wheel," director Alex Ross Perry's screwball-ish black comedy divided Playlist writers from the rest of the world, even though it was a cause celebre film for indie filmmakers and indie-championing publications. (And yet enough of us liked it to include the film's climax in our Best Movie Scenes & Moments Of 2012) Still, any time an indie filmmaker gets a shot into the big leagues, or at least a chance to work with professional actors and not their friends, it's always worth keeping an eye on. Hell, look what it did for Joe Swanberg and the Duplass Brothers, with "Drinking Buddies" and "Cyrus" easily being among their best films to date.

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