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Woody Allen was back in the news this past weekend, and it wasn’t because his latest film Wonder Wheel closed the 2017 edition of the New York Film Festival. Rather, he made some headlines when the BBC reported his comments on the emerging litany of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, who produced some of Allen’s past films. While Allen said that the situation “very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that...
It was well over a year ago that I first spoke with Alex Ross Perry about his film Listen Up Philip. I had reached out to Perry about a profile for Brooklyn Magazine because of how much I (and everyone else on staff who had seen them) had liked his previous films: Impolex and The Color Wheel. Perry spoke back then about his affinity for capturing those moments in life that are "deeply sickening but also unavoidable," and about how Philip...
"I won, they lost," Alex Ross Perry said of his "enemies," as a way of introducing the NYFF premiere of his new film, Listen Up Philip. That character, the kind of director who would say that, seems similar to the eponymous writer played by Jason Schwartzman in the film: a hilariously bitter novelist who is reckoning with the baby steps of fame, the awkwardness of becoming what he'd always admired. He aims wildly petty,...
Is there a more quotable movie than Spinal Tap? Maybe, but if so, it was also probably the work of Christopher Guest aka Nigel Tufnel aka Corky St. Clair aka the Six-Fingered Man. But never mind those films for now, because only Spinal Tap was celebrated by the New York Film Festival on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, and only Spinal Tap can turn things up to 11 and make you think you're seeing armadillos in...

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