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‘Mozart in the Jungle’: ‘Too Much TV’ Isn’t The Reason Why This Great Show Gets Ignored

‘Mozart in the Jungle’: ‘Too Much TV’ Isn’t The Reason Why This Great Show Gets Ignored
No matter the genre, so many great shows being made today exist to excite us and to challenge us. It doesn’t matter if they’re a half-hour comedy or an hour-long drama, they exist to do what more traditional shows do not: push boundaries, defy expectations, and ultimately keep us on the edge of seats.

Mozart in the Jungle” is not really that kind of show, despite the fact that it’s been a critically acclaimed jewel in Amazon’s streaming lineup for four years now, and in so many ways remains an incredibly well-made, intimate dramedy about artists and their passion for music and for life.

The fourth season has been out for a week now, and for fans of the show, there are plenty of interesting developments, as the series continues to further develop its eclectic ensemble, once centralized around a New York City symphony but now
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Dog in the playground by Jennie Kermode

Festival directors Allison Gardner and Allan Hunter with George the Ambassadog on the Isle Of Dogs red carpet Photo: Eoin Carey

This year’s Glasgow Film Festival opened with a woof on Wednesday night when Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs screened at the Gft, just a week after opening the Berlinale. Ticket holders and guests had queued around the block and some people with canine companions who couldn’t get in to the sold out screenings were there just to see the guests arrive – including a very special furry one.

George greets Isle Of Dogs producer Jeremy Dawson Photo: Eoin Carey

George the Ambassadog works for VisitScotland and was excited to attend, frolicking on the red carpet with festival directors Allan Hunter and Allison Gardner According to his handlers, he gave the film itself five paws. He rather stole the show from Jeremy Dawson, the film’s producer, who
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Berlin Opening Night: Wes Anderson, Tilda Swinton, Greta Gerwig Celebrate ‘Isle of Dogs’

The 68th Berlin Film Festival got off to a festive start on Thursday as Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick and German Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters welcomed international stars, industry bigwigs and German President Frank Walter Steinmeier to the glitzy opening gala premiere of Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” – the first-ever animated film to open the fest.

Among the stars on hand for the show were “Isle of Dogs” voice actors Bill Murray, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban and Liev Schreiber, who accompanied Anderson for the premiere.

Also on hand were fellow cast members Kunichi Nomura, Koyu Rankin, Akira Takayama, Yojiro Noda and Mari Natsuki as well as screenwriters Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman.

A considerable number of women in the audience wore black in support of the #metoo movement, a fact not lost on the show’s host, German TV entertainer and comedian Anke Engelke, who quipped
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‘Isle of Dogs’ Review: Wes Anderson Delivers a Stop-Motion Stunner About the Garbage World We Live In — Berlinale 2018

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‘Isle of Dogs’ Review: Wes Anderson Delivers a Stop-Motion Stunner About the Garbage World We Live In — Berlinale 2018
The world is trash, and Wes Anderson is currently enjoying the hottest streak of his career. These things, it turns out, are not unrelated. The worse things get, the more fantastical Anderson’s films become; the more fantastical Anderson’s films become, the better their style articulates his underlying sincerity. Disorder fuels his imagination, and the staggeringly well-crafted “Isle of Dogs” is nothing if not Anderson’s most imaginative film to date.

There’s a whiff of inevitability to that. Whether telling a story about a splintered New York dynasty or one about a faded European hotel where it used to be possible to find some faint glimmers of civilization in this barbaric slaughterhouse known as humanity, Anderson has always been attuned to the beauty of magical idylls, to the violence of losing them, and (most of all) to the fumblingly tragicomic process of building something better from the rubble.
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Watch: Wes Anderson & Cast Discuss the Influence of Kurosawa & Miyazaki on ‘Isle of Dogs’ at Berlinale Press Conference

Returning to Berlinale International Film Festival four years after The Grand Budapest Hotel premiered there, Wes Anderson’s newest film is the stop-motion animation Isle of Dogs. Following the press screening (check back for our review) and ahead of the official premiere, the director and much of the massive cast gathered for a press conference, and now the entire 35-minute talk is available to watch.

Featuring Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban, Liev Schreiber, Kunichi Nomura, Greta Gerwig, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, and more, they discussed how the usually evasive Murray simply couldn’t say no, the film’s political undertones, the original iteration of the idea of the film, being inspired by the voice casting in making the animation, their influences, and a lot of dog talk.

“In this one, there are two directors who are our inspirations: Kurosawa and Miyazaki,” Anderson said. “The detail and also the silences.
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Wes Anderson Explains Hayao Miyazaki’s Influence on ‘Isle of Dogs’ and Stop-Motion Challenges

Wes Anderson Explains Hayao Miyazaki’s Influence on ‘Isle of Dogs’ and Stop-Motion Challenges
Wes Anderson is finally ready to talk about “Isle of Dogs.” The director returned to the Berlin Film Festival, where his latest feature is the first animated film to open the ceremony, and he joined his screenwriters Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Kunichi Nomura, plus many members of his star-studded voice cast, for the official “Isle of Dogs” press conference. Prior to Berlin, Anderson had been incredibly tight-lipped about his first stop-motion film since “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” but now we know a little more about what drove him to make the project.

“Jason, Roman, and I started this project with wanting to do a movie about some dogs abandoned on a garbage dump, a pack of dogs who live on garbage,” Anderson said, admitting that it wasn’t the boldest idea they ever had. “But we had also been talking about wanting to do something in Japan, about Japan, something
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Movie Review – Golden Exits (2018)

Golden Exits, 2018.

Written and Directed by Alex Ross Perry.

Starring Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Chloe Sevigny, Mary-Louise Parker, Jason Schwartzman, Lily Rabe, Craig Butta, Keith Poulson, and Analeigh Tipton.

Synopsis:

An intersectional narrative of two families in Brooklyn and the unraveling of unspoken unhappiness that occurs when a young foreign girl spending time abroad upsets the balance on both sides.

Subtlety is a gift often take for granted in cinema, but leaning too far into that territory can also be a death knell for a film, resulting in boredom as insufferable as the miserable characters populating the experience. Written and directed by Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Phillip, Queen of Earth), Golden Exits is the filmmaker’s first misfire; the relationship drama isn’t necessarily different from his previous works as it still explores jealousy, judgmental projections, paranoia, and bitter personalities, but this time around there’s nothing connecting the audience in an emotional manner.
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Joshua Reviews Alex Ross Perry’s Golden Exits [Theatrical Review]

Usually, when a director with the art house credibility of an Alex Ross Perry teams up with a cast including names like Jason Schwartzman, Chloe Sevigny and Emily Browning, the anticipation for the resulting motion picture comes with months and months of anticipation. Hell, in the case of Perry’s new, star-studded drama Golden Exits, the director even gets Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz a.k.a. Ad-Rock, just to entice the hip hop heads.

However, as it arrives in theaters this week, little discussion surrounds this film, and sure that may be due to middling reviews out of a festival run last year, but as the wave of support gets louder and louder, one can only hope that this truly superlative film finds an audience. Because not only is it a very early contender for one of 2018’s best films, but it may be its beloved director’s masterpiece.

Golden Exits
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'Golden Exits' Review: Brooklynites-Behaving-Badly Indie Boasts Stars, Chops

'Golden Exits' Review: Brooklynites-Behaving-Badly Indie Boasts Stars, Chops
"People never make films about ordinary people who never do anything."

"They're out there..."

That first meta-statement comes from Naomi (Emily Browning), an Australian twentysomething with a work visa, a temp gig as an archivist's assistant and the sort of youthful bloom that attracts both wanted and unwanted attention. The reply is from Nick (ex-Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz), her married fortysomething employer who's currently doling out the latter; he finishes the sentence with "... and I could take you to one some time," which suggests that underneath his nice-guy facade, something potentially toxic this way lies.
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‘Golden Exits’, ‘La Boda De Valentina’ And ‘Pad Man’ Set Weekend Bows – Specialty Box Office Preview

‘Golden Exits’, ‘La Boda De Valentina’ And ‘Pad Man’ Set Weekend Bows – Specialty Box Office Preview
Four new Specialty films arrive at the box office with Valentine's Day fast approaching, and each has its own view of amour. Alex Ross Perry's Golden Exits starring Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz and Jason Schwartzman examines jealousy. Pantelion's La Boda de Valentina is a rom-com, set to bow in three hundred theaters in the U.S. Friday in a day and date release with Mexico. India's Pad Man is a decidedly unique story of love centered on a man motivated to help his wife…
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‘Golden Exits’ Poster: Alex Ross Perry’s Latest Gets Illustrated [Exclusive]

Writer/director Alex Ross Perry has made a name for making films that bring audiences close — sometimes uncomfortably close — with the complicated characters in his films. “Listen Up, Philip” and “Queen Of Earth” zoomed in on the lives of its complex protagonists, and his upcoming “Golden Exits,” finds the filmmaker exploring the knots of a myriad of relationships.

Starring Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny and Analeigh Tipton, the story follows a young woman from Australia whose arrival in Brooklyn rocks the foundation of those she meets.

Continue reading ‘Golden Exits’ Poster: Alex Ross Perry’s Latest Gets Illustrated [Exclusive] at The Playlist.
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New to Streaming: ‘A Ghost Story,’ The Films of Lars von Trier, ‘Blame,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Blame (Quinn Shephard)

Written, directed, edited, and starring 22-year-old Quinn Shephard, Blame premiered at Tribeca Film Festival last spring. We said in our review, “It’s an impressive debut feature that’s confident and assured, yet feels less like a feature film and more like an effective television drama with a few well-drawn characters and a multi-episode arc. Its asymmetric narrative doesn’t always work as it withholds information
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Movie Review – The Polka King (2017)

The Polka King, 2017.

Directed by Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky.

Starring Jack Black, Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman, Jacki Weaver, Vanessa Bayer and J.B. Smoove.

Synopsis:

Local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan develops a plan to get rich that shocks his fans and lands him in jail.

Mere weeks after he stole the show in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Jack Black emerges with another reminder of how shrewd directors can funnel his larger-than-life presence into a truly memorable performance, this time from the polar opposite end of the filmmaking spectrum.

The Polka King, based on the scarcely believable true story of Polish-American polka magnate Jan Lewan (Black), follows Lewan’s rise from lowly pizza delivery guy to polka superstar and apparent entrepreneur in his own right, even meeting a wife (Jenny Slate) along the way. Sure, he operated a Ponzi scheme in order to amass his fortune, fleecing the elderly
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Ted Danson Inside the Actors Studio: What You'll Hear About The Good Place, Cheers, His Early Work and More

Ted Danson Inside the Actors Studio: What You'll Hear About The Good Place, Cheers, His Early Work and More
Cheers drinkslinger and Good Place Architect Ted Danson will undergo a thespian rite of passage tonight on Bravo: being grilled by James Lipton for an episode of Inside the Actors Studio.

The interview, filmed before a live audience in New York in December, covers Danson’s 40-year career in television and movies. TVLine was on hand for the taping, which ran more than two hours (!) and was later edited to fit Studio‘s one-hour runtime. Because we haven’t seen a screener, we’re not sure exactly what did or didn’t make the cut. But because we know you love The Good Place
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Official Full Trailer for Alex Ross Perry's Brooklyn Film 'Golden Exits'

"Let's just let this whole affair be simple..." Sony has released the full official trailer for Alex Ross Perry's Golden Exits, which played at numerous film festivals throughout 2017 and is just now hitting theaters in February of 2018. We featured the first teaser trailer almost a year ago. Golden Exits is an "intersectional" drama about two families in Brooklyn and the "unraveling of unspoken unhappiness" that occurs when a young foreign girl spending time abroad upsets the balance on both sides. Emily Browning stars, along with Adam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, and Chloë Sevigny. This received bad reviews from the festivals, and you can really tell why with this trailer. This may appeal to a few people, but most should probably ignore it. The cinematography is awful, so grainy, bland, and boring. Here's the full official trailer (+ poster) for Alex Ross Perry's Golden Exits, direct from YouTube
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‘Golden Exits’ First Trailer: Alex Ross Perry is Back For Another Round of Indie Film Dysfunction

‘Golden Exits’ First Trailer: Alex Ross Perry is Back For Another Round of Indie Film Dysfunction
Alex Ross Perry’s “Golden Exits” made its debut at Sundance nearly one year ago, and now it’s finally gearing up for its theatrical release this February with an official trailer that perfectly sells Perry’s trademark brand of indie film dysfunction.

Read More:‘Golden Exits’ Review: Alex Ross Perry Tries His Hand at Intimacy, With Mixed Results

Perry’s latest features one of his biggest ensemble casts, including Jason Schwartzman, Emily Browning, Chloe Sevigny, Analeigh Tipton, Mary-Louise Parker, and Adam Horovitz. The group play a bunch of Brooklynites whose lives are upended by the arrival of Browning’s disruptive young woman.

Check out the official “Golden Exits” trailer below. The movie opens in theaters February 9.

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Trailer for Alex Ross Perry’s ‘Golden Exits’ Features Brooklyn-Set Familial Disruption

It’s Alex Ross Perry trailer-palooza day. On the heels of Nostalgia, which he penned, the first trailer for his next directorial effort, Golden Exits, has arrived. Premiering last year at Sundance Film Festival, it’ll finally get a release early next month at Metrograph (in 35mm!) as well as digitally. Starring Emily Browning, Adam Horowitz, Mary Louise Parker, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny, and Analeigh Tipton, it follows an assistant’s summer in New York City and the two families she causes a rift in.

“This tightrope of minuscule action and inaction is the make-up of Golden Exits’ downtempo narrative thrust,” I said in my review. “Avoiding the tropes of virtually every other film of this ilk, there is no poignant breakthrough of self-realization nor a climactic scene where the characters become aware of the connection between these relationships and a clash occurs. This relatively subdued approach can initially register as narratively insubstantial,
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Atresmedia Cine Readies ‘Klaus,’ ‘The Sisters Brothers’

Madrid — Presenting its 2018-19 production-release slate, Atresmedia Cine, the movie production arm of broadcast network Atresmedia, confirmed Tuesday that it will co-produce Sergio PablosNetflix series “Klaus,” as well as “The Sisters Brothers,” with John. C. Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix and Riz Ahmed.

Directed by Jacques Audiard, who catapulted to fame with “The Prophet,” “The Sisters Brothers,” a darkly-humored Western, is produced by Annapurna Pictures and France’s Why Not Productions and shot in the Spanish region of Almeria as well as Tabernas, Navarre, famed for its Dali-esque rock formations, and Aragon.

First presented at France’s Annecy Festival by Pablos and producer Gustavo Ferrada way back in 2015, when it was one of the buzz titles of the whole festival, “Klaus” marks the directorial debut of “Despicable Me” co-creator Pablos. With a strong voice cast – Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons and Joan Cusack – “Klaus” brings exquisite 2D animation to a warm origins story set in
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All the Magician’s Tricks: Dp Brandon Trost on The Disaster Artist

In Wes Anderson’s Rushmore, Jason Schwartzman plays a precocious prep school student whose interests include staging age-inappropriate plays like Serpico. Rushmore’s crew had its own precocious teenager in 16-year-old Brandon Trost, who worked on the film as an assistant to his dad/special effects coordinator, Ron. “I grew up on set with my dad. I’ve never had a job outside of the film industry,” said Trost, who was working on set by the age of 12. “You would think that growing up in movies would ruin the magic for you, because you know everything that goes into putting a movie together. But […]
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Jack Black: "The Polka King"

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Sneak Peek new footage from the upcoming comedy feature "The Polka King", written and directed by Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky, starring Jack Black, Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman and Jacki Weaver, based on the book "The Man Who Would Be Polka King" by Joshua Brown and John Mikulak, airing on Netflix January 12, 2018:

"...a Pennsylvania polka sensation (Black) seduces his fans into investing in a 'Ponzi' scheme, swindling them out of millions..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Polka King"...
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