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StreamFix is your weekly update on the best and weirdest streams happening on Netflix, Crackle, Amazon, and Hulu. You dig it? Check out these happenin' spectacles now. Netflix "Kingpin" This is just a reminder that Bill Murray was up to some weird stuff in the middle to late '90s. "Kingpin" is raucous and watchable, but God, remember "Larger Than Life"? Elephant humor, folks! What about "The Man Who Knew Too Little"? Or "Wild Things"? Or -- oh yes -- "Space Jam"? Thank God he gave us "Rushmore" because that filmography was getting grim. "Babes in Toyland" I command you to embrace the holiday spirit and revisit this 1961 classic with Ray Bolger and Annette Funicello. No, it's not the Laurel and Hardy version, but it features Ann Jillian of the perfect '80s sitcom "It's a Living" as Bo Peep. "Doug Benson: Doug Dynasty" And now, ladies and gentlemen, my »
- Louis Virtel
If there is a little Listen Up Philip in the cocktail that will be known as 7 Chinese Brothers, it may have been due to cosmic fate, a lark, creative confidence, or a little of everything. Stars aligned for this trio in a rather convenient way; unbeknownst to Bob Byington, his sixth feature managed to lasso Jason Schwartzman prior to Alex Ross Perry grabbing the Rushmore star for his definitive breakout moment in Park City this past January. It is after those playdates, when production began in February in Austin, and if it has legs like Somebody Up There Likes Me did back in 2012 with a showing at SXSW and at Locarno (was a winner of the Special Jury Prize), then there might be a collective sense of deja vu for Park City patrons. Look for Schwartzman to play off thesps such as Stephen Root, Olympia Dukakis and Tunde Adebimpe, with Perry making another Byington-film appearance. »
- Eric Lavallee
It's that time of year again and it's time to update the list for the second half of 2014 as Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and as impossible a task as it is to cut things down to just a few titles, I have done my best to break Criterion's titles down into a few categories. Hopefully those looking for box sets, specific directors or what I think are absolute musts will find this makes things a little bit easier. Let's get to it... First Picks I was given the Zatoichi collection for Christmas last year and being a collection that holds 25 films and another disc full of supplementary material it is the absolute definition of a must buy when it comes to the Criterion Collection. It is, once again, on sale for $112.49, half off the Msrp of $224.99, and worth every penny. I spent the entire year going through it. »
- Brad Brevet
Wes Anderson is riding high. His latest, THe Grand Budapest Hotel, not only won massive critical acclaim, but also landed the title of the highest domestic indie film of 2014. So what will the man behind Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom do next? It's looking like a return to animation, but with an unexpected inspiration. The Playlist reveals that Wes Anderson is in the works at developing a stop-motion animated effort, which would be his second following The Fantastic Mr. Fox. While Anderson isn't yet unveiling a potential title for the picture, he has confessed that its structure will be inspired by Italian neorealist and filmmaker Vittorio De Sica. More specifically, this unnamed animated film will mimic the structure of De Sica's 1954 dramedy The Gold of Naples. For those unfamiliar with The Gold of Naples, it is a film that pays tribute to its titular Italian city by presenting »
Late in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, there's a ski chase sequence that'd give some roller coasters a run for their thrill-ride money. And apparently, this was no accident—the director recently revealed that he's been harboring theme park ambitions. One of Anderson's longtime collaborators is Mark Mothersbaugh, a co-founder of Devo. Mothersbaugh has scored several of the filmmaker's movies, including The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore. He also has a long history as a visual artist, and a new book about him, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, includes an intriguing foreword from Anderson. Anderson begins by saying, "I hope »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Chicago – Jason Schwartzman likes to portray writers – he was one in his HBO series “Bored to Death” – and he portrays one in his latest film, “Listen Up Philip.” He also has played many characters in director Wes Anderson’s universe, and did a fantastic turn as composer Richard M. Sherman in last year’s “Saving Mr. Banks.”
The laconic and dryly witty Schwartzman was born in Los Angeles, the son of actress Talia Shire (Adrian in “Rocky” and director Francis Ford Coppola’s sister) and producer Jack Schwartzman. He was discovered at age 17 by director Anderson, when he starred in the cult epic, “Rushmore” (1998). He has continued in the Anderson acting company, also starring in “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” for the director. He’s also done memorable work in “I Heart Huckabees,” “Funny People” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Though an enigma off-screen, Murray has long-established his position as one of the funniest and most consistent comedic actors in film history with an output of modern classics like Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack,Rushmore, and Lost In Translation.
According to Emma Stone in Zombieland, Bill "has a direct line to my funny bone." We agree with you, Emma – though we probably wouldn’t go so far as punching a child for not knowing who Bill Murray is, Woody Harrelson.
We try to pare down our reasons for loving Bill Murray down to five, but we fail, »
- Sasha James
Bill Murray has always played the nice guy. Whether on-screen in one of his many iconic roles or off-screen singing karaoke with fans or giving spontaneous bachelor party speeches (yes… that has happened), Bill Murray seems to wander intermittently in and out of our lives like that stoic but occasionally goofy uncle that you’ve always admired. His career has been partially eclipsed by his public reputation as of late, but St. Vincent is here to tarnish it with a bad-boy image. Well… maybe just a little.
Bill Murray plays a crotchety boozer named Vincent. His thrown-together appearance and house in shambles is just the start of the deeper problems that lie within. Around every corner is another person who he’s indebted to (one of which is a fellow gambler from the racetrack played by Terrence Howard). Vincent sees an opportunity to get himself out of the hole when »
- Michael Haffner
This interview originally ran during the Sundance Film Festival. "Listen Up Philip" opens up in limited release on October 17. 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. Perry’s writing is on fire too, with Schwartzman often delivering I-can’t-believe-he-said-that lines with a visceral and hilarious punch. »
- Kristin McCracken
Hey, is there actually any inherent humor to old person / little kid duos? A lot of movies take for granted that they are, but I’m not so sure that’s the case. The latest film to push this old sale is St. Vincent, and the only thing it does to distinguish itself from any other is that Bill Murray is the elder. Murray plays the title character, Vincent. The “saint” part is ironic, since he’s a boozing, gambling, whoring old fart who likes no one and is liked by no one. Or is the “saint” part ironic? Perchance, could there be a heart of gold beating within that saggy bosom? Young Oliver (newcomer Jaeden Lieberher) is poised to find out after Vincent becomes his “babysitter.” Oliver and his newly-divorced mother Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) have just moved next door to Vincent, and Maggie’s job as a nurse keeps her busy at late hours. So »
- Dan Schindel
On the grand scale of lovable-curmudgeon-befriends-impressionable-youth movies, St. Vincent probably ranks somewhere around the middle — slightly better, perhaps, than the self-important Gran Torino, but not nearly as good as Rushmore or Bad Santa (which itself was a spoof of such movies). It’s hard to judge films like this: The destination is often familiar and not always particularly interesting, but the ride itself isn’t always so bad, especially when you’ve got Bill Murray along for company.Murray plays Vincent, a potty-mouthed alcoholic and compulsive gambler in Sheepshead Bay undergoing a pretty rough time: He’s totally broke; his house is worth less than his mortgage; he’s in massive debt to a loan shark (played by an engagingly tremulous Terence Howard, doing what he can with a throwaway role); and his loud new neighbors just wrecked his fence as they were moving in. Said neighbors turn out to be Maggie (Melissa McCarthy, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Philip Lewis Friedman’s second novel is about to be released and he’s all ready to gloat. Beginning with a meeting between him and an ex-girlfriend who he believes wasn’t encouraging enough, Listen Up Philip sees Jason Schwartzman’s author character rage from moment to moment, consumed by self-interest but impeded by a desire to be around people who revere him in some way. After receiving news that the New York Times is preparing to give his upcoming book a negative review, Philip decides to cancel all his scheduled press appearances despite the objections of his publisher. He says he wants to be an author whose work speaks for itself, but really, it’s more self-aggrandizing stunt work to satiate his own ego.
This ego is further fed by a new fan of his work, famous author Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce). Ike is excited to spend time around a younger colleague, »
- Zachary Shevich
Normally there are event films that draw people in, big spectacles that just can't be replicated at home. Then there are the arty films that are still accessible, not something that's too dour or experimental to seem out of place at the multiplex, but still a film with bite, perhaps something melancholic with a darkly humorous streak to it. St. Vincent is a perfect example of this kind of film. It's certainly treading on well-worn ground, but it's a movie told with a mixture of earnestness and dexterity that comes together in a pretty satisfying way. At its core this is a showcase for Bill Murray, here channeling his curmudgeon shtick that he displayed in the likes of Rushmore to its inevitable, "get off my...
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Imagine Herman Blume from "Rushmore" if he were even crankier, broke, drunker and even more irresponsible, and that's Vincent, played with ease by Bill Murray. Taking the lead in "St. Vincent," it seems like the role he's been gearing up to play ever since his career was given an energy boost in Wes Anderson's aforementioned film. The cantankerous, snarky shades he's applied to films over the past few years get super-sized here, with Murray delivering a performance that seems like a culmination of all that came before. Because of that, it may not be as nuanced as some of his prior efforts, or feature subtle grace notes, but neither does the film. Formulaic, and, at times, a bit Sundance-by-the-numbers, it's still hard to deny that the charms of "St. Vincent" work even if you clearly can see the narrative machinery moving. Up to his eyeballs in debt with the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Wes Anderson movies inspire fervent fans, so why not let it inspire your Halloween costume? It's a little more hipster-y of a choice than other pop culture costumes, and a look other Anderson fans will appreciate. So will you be someone from The Royal Tenenbaums or Rushmore, or this year's Moonrise Kingdom? Check out the inspiration from these stylish films. »
Philip is a writer, a braggart, and a self-involved boyfriend. “I hope this will be good for us,” he says to his girlfriend before setting off for a retreat.”But especially for me.” Classic Philip.
Jason Schwartzman of Bored to Death and Rushmore fame plays the title character in Listen Up Philip, a film that follows this mostly unlikable character as he works on a book and struggles through his relationship with his girlfriend, played by Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss. “Jason has this knack for playing characters who are maybe not necessarily that likable,” Moss told EW in January. »
- Ariana Bacle
Schwartzman plays an up-and-coming author with an attitude problem.
Moss is his put upon girlfriend, with Jonathan Pryce taking on the role of his jaded literary mentor.
The film screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
Listen Up Philip will show at the London Film Festival on October 9, and receives a limited release in the Us on October 17. »
Hollywood would have to freeze over before the Catholic Church agreed to canonize the drinking, gambling, cussing old coot Bill Murray plays in Theodore Melfi’s sweet-and-sour first feature, “St. Vincent.” Even so, this refreshingly unorthodox tragicomedy mounts a pretty convincing case that sometimes role models arrive in disguise — as they do here for the pic’s preteen hero. , though Melfi’s instinct to find and accentuate the memorable character’s redeeming qualities steers this Oct. 10 Weinstein Co. release from “Bad Babysitter” realm into more solidly commercial heart-tugging territory.
Who but Murray could have played Vincent, a drunken curmudgeon who somehow manages to seem all the more lovable with each poor life decision he makes? Vincent lives alone, except for his grumpy-looking Persian cat Felix, and tolerates the company of precious few, apart from pregnant Russian stripper Daka (Naomi Watts) and a mysterious older woman named Sandy (Donna Mitchell) whom »
- Peter Debruge
Imagine Herman Blume from "Rushmore" if he were even crankier, broke, drunker and even more irresponsible, and that's Vincent, played with ease by Bill Murray. Taking the lead in "St. Vincent," it seems like the role he's been gearing up to play ever since his career was given an energy boost in Wes Anderson's aforementioned film. And the cantankerous, snarky shades he's applied to films across the past few years get super-sized here, with Murray delivering a performance that seems like a culmination of all that came before. Because of that, it may not be as nuanced as some of his prior efforts, or feature subtle grace notes, but neither does the film. Formulaic, and at times a bit Sundance-by-numbers, it's still hard to deny that the charms of "St. Vincent" work even if you clearly can see the narrative machinery moving. Up to his eyeballs in debt with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Written and directed by Stuart Murdoch
In 2009, Belle and Sebastian mastermind Stuart Murdoch released a concept album under the guise of God Help the Girl, the name of both the album and the collective of musicians behind it. It was a break away from his Scottish band’s usual stylings in that it was primarily penned for female vocalists known and unknown, though male singers like The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon and Murdoch himself made memorable appearances on a few tracks. Additionally, while Belle and Sebastian’s most beloved songs can often be taken as their own singular, compelling tales, the God Help the Girl album was a larger narrative project, with the songs tracking protagonist Eve through various woes and successes. Five years later, a long-gestating film adaptation of the album has arrived, courtesy of producer Barry Mendel (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) and some support through Kickstarter, »
- Josh Slater-Williams
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