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Talking to Alex Ross Perry about Queen of Earth, and Other Higher Life Forms (That Is, Movies)   In each of Alex Ross Perry’s first three films, there is a needle-scratch moment when the film separates itself from its blinkered male protagonists in order to let the female co-lead speak her mind or live her life: Kate Lyn Sheil and Carlen Altman’s monologues in Impolex and The Color Wheel; and the entire middle movement of last...
A Bucket of Blood (1959) Directed by Roger Corman Before he gallivanted into the world of Edgar Allan Poe, Corman made this hysterical, grim comedy highlighting his distaste for the art world and obsession with the macabre. The immortal Dick Miller stars as hapless Walter Paisley, the busboy who wants nothing more than to be accepted by the chichi bohemians at The Yellow Door Cafe. After the slaughter of his landlady’s cat, Paisley creates an avant-garde...
The common understanding of the annual cinema calendar holds that summer is for blockbusters, for kicking back at the multiplex and switching off every part of your brain not required to remember which characters appeared in the previous iteration of whatever multimillion dollar franchise's latest offering you're now submitting yourself to. It's fun! And this summer is shaping up to be the most blockbustery yet: Furious 7 is already the fourth highest-grossing film of all-time, Avengers: Age...
Alex Ross Perry is the writer and director of acclaimed independent films The Color Wheel and Listen Up Philip. His next film Queen of Earth was critically lauded following its recent premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, and is currently seeking US distribution. On the state of independent film in Brooklyn: “I think it is quite strong, perhaps not as strong as it was a few years ago, but only because the ‘scene' has sort of become decentralized and more...

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