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“Are you gonna bark all day, little doggy, or are you gonna bite?”
25 years later, this is the line from “Reservoir Dogs” that most stays in the mind — no small feat, given how quotable Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece of mafioso banter is. Maybe it’s because it signals the violence to come from Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), whose stuck-in-the-middle-with-you torture sequence has lost none of its disturbing luster — or perhaps it’s because, nearly three decades later, it almost reads as a statement of intent from Tarantino himself.
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The film first made landfall at Sundance in 1992, making it a fitting opener for the most recent edition of Next Fest. Now in its fifth year, the weekend-long affair brings a curated selection of Park City offerings (all of them from the Next section, »
- Michael Nordine
There’s one thing that connects some of my favorite American independent films of the last few years: cinematography of Sean Price Williams. Following Listen Up Philip, Kate Plays Christine, Heaven Knows What, Golden Exits, Marjorie Prime, Queen of Earth, and Good Time, his latest project is Thirst Street, from director Nathan Silver. Ahead of a September release, the first trailer has landed for the film following an American flight attendant who tries to make a romantic connection in Paris and things don’t go as planned.
“Sean [Price Williams] and I were talking and one key image was that crazy image from Fassbinder’s Lola (1981) where she’s sitting in bed and there are a million different colours on her,” Silver tells The Seventh Art. “We talked about always looking for ways to heighten the lighting and we used anamorphic lenses in Paris and then when we were in the U. »
- Jordan Raup
After taking a role in Listen Up Philip and leading the psychological drama Queen of Earth, Elisabeth Moss wasn’t part of Alex Ross Perry’s latest film, Golden Exits, but it sounds like they are looking to reunite once more. In a new interview, the actress broke the news of their third collaboration.
As buried in a THR article, the Top of the Lake actress reveals that she’ll be leading what could be his next feature, playing the “lead of a female rock group who’s also an alcoholic, drug-addicted mother.” While no other details were given, she quipped, “Come on, I couldn’t just be a rock star.” In Alex Ross Perry’s world of characters with refreshing, complex unlikability, we wouldn’t expect anything else.
As for Golden Exits: I found it to be the director’s most emotionally complex film (full review) and have »
- Jordan Raup
Business as usual for festival unfolding on famous Paris avenue hit by two terror attacks in recent weeks.
The American Independent Jury Prize comes with a €10,000 cash award for the French distributor of the film but, as it has yet to be acquired for France, the »
With Disney setting Marc Forster to direct the studio's live-action Christopher Robin movie, the studio has now found its leading man. Ewan McGregor has signed on to play the title character, who has long since grown up from his days in the 100 Acre Wood, and is now a businessman with a family of his own. The studio has also brought in writer Allison Schroeder, who is coming off an Oscar nomination for her work in Hidden Figures, is coming aboard to work on the script.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on this casting, with the actor set to play the grown-up Christopher Robin who has "lost his sense of imagination," since he is now solely focused on his work and being successful. While the Winnie the Pooh character isn't mentioned in The Hollywood Reporter's piece, previous reports revealed that Winnie The Pooh actually comes back to visit the adult Christopher Robin, »
Time for some film education and film appreciation in the form of a video essay from "The Royal Ocean Film Society". The video essay is titled "In Praise of 16mm" and it is exactly that - filmmaker/cinephile Andrew Saladino examines the use of 16mm film (as opposed to the standard 35mm or larger 65mm) for making movies. For those wondering how often 16mm gets used, some filmmakers do still use it every so often. Here are some recent films that were shot on 16mm: Carol, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, The Squid and the Whale, The Hurt Locker, Moonrise Kingdom, Black Swan, Happy Christmas, Primer, Listen Up Philip, and others. Watch below to learn more about the aesthetic and what makes 16mm "so darn cool." Thanks to our friends at The Film Stage for the tip on this video essay. Original description from Vimeo: "Film nerds like »
- Alex Billington
Writer-director Tom McCarthy has joined Disney’s team working on the latest live-action fantasy movie, “Christopher Robin,” based on the classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories. McCarthy, who won an Oscar for “Spotlight” and co-wrote the story for Pixar’s “Up”, will be rewriting the Disney script previously drafted by indie filmmaker, Alex Ross Perry (“Listen Up Philip,” “Queen Of Earth,” “Golden Exits“).
- Tess Bonn
Golden Exits. © Sean Price Williams“No soul or locale is too humble,” John Updike wrote, “to be the site of entertaining and instructive fiction.” Which is a good thing for Nick, the nominal hero of Alex Ross Perry’s new film Golden Exits. The mild, meek, nearly-fifty archivist, played with greying dignity by former Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, lives a pinched and incapacious existence, toiling ten hours a day hunched behind the desk of a basement office only a few blocks away from his Brooklyn apartment. It’s a spartan, closed-loop life, and Nick thinks it’s “thrilling”—which it becomes for a time, when a 25-year-old assistant arrives from Australia and threatens to disrupt it. Golden Exits is about that threat. Or more precisely, it is a film about what happens when order and routine are besieged by the promise of change—when the life one has accepted is beleaguered by temptation, »
Author: Zehra Phelan
Back in mid-December filming wrapped on the forthcoming drama, The Wife. The film centres around writer Joan Castleman and the split from her Nobel Prize winning husband. In the starring role of the woman at the end of her tether is Glenn Close and below you can see the very first look image of Close in the role.
Related: Glen Close Interview on The Girl with All the Gifts.
Glenn Close, who has had a illustrious career to date with roles in Fatal Attraction, Damages, Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons, and the recent Guardians of the Galaxy. She stars alongside Jonathan Pryce (The Man Who Invented Christmas, Taboo, Game of Thrones, Listen Up Philip »
- Zehra Phelan
There are no screaming matches or overt arguments, nor is there any sort of frenetic camera work, yet Golden Exits is unmistakably the work of Alex Ross Perry. The insecurities that bubbled up and exploded through his characters in Listen Up Philip and the even-more-heightened Queen of Earth stay grounded with his relatively small-scale latest film, these anxieties rather becoming the subtext for nearly every conversation. It’s a work of small decisions and jabs, glances and non-action. Should I stay at this bar where temptation exists? Should I continue staring at a woman that will only bring upon personal suffering?
It’s these seemingly trivial valleys where the interconnected characters of Golden Exits lie. The axis point is Naomi (Emily Browning), an Australian student who is hired by Nick (Adam Horovitz) to assist in archiving a life’s worth of history left by his recently deceased father-in-law. Nick’s wife, »
- Jordan Raup
From working with non-professionals to writing roles for specific actors to hiring a top casting director, there is no one way to find a great cast for an independent film. IndieWire checked in with the Dramatic Competition and Next directors of Sundance 2017 to find out their secrets.
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Gillian Robespierre, “Landline” Jenny Slate was attached from the beginning. I wrote the role of Donna in “Obvious Child” for Jenny, and when sitting down to write the next project it was a no-brainer to write another role for her. We then built the family around her with the help of two incredible casting directors, Doug Aibel and Stephanie Holbrook.
- Annakeara Stinson and Chris O'Falt
Alex Ross Perry doesn’t usually go for “nice” characters — from the disaffected siblings at the heart of “The Color Wheel” to Jason Schwartzman’s gleefully abrasive title character in “Listen Up Philip” to the deeply destructive ladies of “Queen of Earth,” the filmmaker has never shown much interest in stories about people who treat each other well. With his intimacy drama “Golden Exits,” Perry strays from his typical fare of people behaving badly to, well, people behaving not quite as badly and certainly with more believable motivation.
Australian student Naomi (Emily Browning) is spending the spring in New York City — Brooklyn, specifically, as much of “Golden Exits” takes place within the confines of Perry’s own Cobble Hill neighborhood — working for Nick (Adam Horowitz, who is mostly out of his depth in the role), an archivist who takes a new assistant every semester to help him with his work. »
- Kate Erbland
Alex Ross Perry is an independent-film conundrum. The 32-year-old writer-director received very strong reviews for his 2015 dramatic thriller “Queen of Earth” and 2014 Sundance Film Festival entry “Listen Up Philip,” but both films were box office flops, taking in around $90,000 and $200,000, respectively.
Perry’s latest film, “Golden Exits,” premiered Sunday in U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance. The film follows two families in Brooklyn whose social bubble is disrupted by a visiting girl from Australia, played by Emily Browning. The ensemble cast is comprised of Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe and former Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz.
The prospect of three commercial duds in a row could give any filmmaker a panic attack, but Perry has a sense of humor about his lack of box office prowess.
“It would be »
- Graham Winfrey
Following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, a teaser has arrived online for Alex Ross Perry’s (Listen Up Philip, Queen of Earth) new drama Golden Exits which sees Emily Browning sing ‘New York Groove’; take a look below…
“The arrival of a young foreign girl disrupts the lives and emotional balances of two Brooklyn families.”
- Amie Cranswick
Prolificacy can catch up to even the most dogged of artists. For writer/director Alex Ross Perry, one of the most distinct and sharp voices of his generation, Golden Exits is the moment his speed (this is his third feature in a three-year span) has caught up. The whole movie revolves about exhaustion – the exhaustion of carrying on youthful enthusiasms into middle age, of maintaining relationships that have lost their spark, of answering the same questions about your life for fifteen straight years. So, too, can one nearly feel the exhaustion in making it. The gradual plodding of the keyboard and lack of interest in revision permeate a 94-minute film that manages to be both well-structured and underwritten. I looked at his 2014 breakout film, Listen Up Philip, and saw a man who wanted to reach the heights of Woody Allen at his most creatively feverish and emotionally unsteady. Three years later, »
- Scott Nye
“People never make films about ordinary people who don’t really do anything,” a young woman complains near the beginning of Alex Ross Perry’s “Golden Exits,” a dense, defiantly prickly film about ordinary people who don’t really do anything. Sure to raise a laugh from audiences who know what they’re in for, it’s both the most self-reflexive and self-congratulatory moment in a film that challenges viewers to connect the subtextual dots between its variously dissatisfied quinoa-class Brooklynites — one man’s “ordinary” is another man’s alien, after all — whose conflicts and yearnings don’t build to a tidy thematic destination. Many will accuse Perry of navel-gazing here, but that’s partly the point: “Golden Exits” means to frustrate, even to abrade, in its coolly articulate portrait of cosseted people who want for nothing and vaguely desire everything. An intriguingly motley ensemble, ranging from the Beastie Boys »
- Guy Lodge
The worlds of Alex Ross Perry tend to thrive on confrontation. In 2014, the writer/director arrived at Sundance with Listen Up Philip, an acerbic comedy that showcased his knack for characters at once repellent and compelling. He followed that film with Queen of Earth, a feverish two-hander that pitted Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston in a cage match of sniping and passive-aggression. For his fifth feature, Perry gave himself a challenge: To write a film with no outward hostility. That film is Golden Exits. Perry calls it his “mellow drama.” An NYC-set ensemble starring Emily Browning, Mary-Louise Parker and Jason Schwartzman, Golden Exits premieres this week in competition […] »
- Soheil Rezayazdi
Only a filmmaker as talented as Alex Ross Perry could make a movie as misbegotten as “Golden Exits.” With his past features “Impolex,” “The Color Wheel,” “Listen Up Philip,” and “Queen of Earth,” Perry has established himself as one of American independent cinema’s best young writer-directors, equally interested in the quality of his images and the richness of his characters.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sean Price Williams has become an indomitable force in American independent cinema. Filming regularly on Super 16mm, Williams has served as Dp on the films of Alex Ross Perry (Queen of Earth, Listen Up Philip), Robert Greene (Kate Plays Christine, Actress), Albert Maysles (Iris) and the Safdie brothers (Heaven Knows What). Williams sought to shoot something unlike any of his previous work for his latest feature, Marjorie Prime. With a cast that includes John Hamm, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins, Marjorie Prime is the latest film from writer/director Michael Almereyda. The film will have its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker: How and […] »
- Filmmaker Staff
Bleecker Street has nabbed North American distribution rights to “Nostalgia,” a drama about the memories that certain artifacts evoke. Mark Pellington (“Arlington Road”) directs the film with a cast that includes Jon Hamm, Ellen Burstyn, Catherine Keener, Bruce Dern, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn, John Ortiz, and James LeGros. Alex Ross Perry (“Listen Up Philip”) wrote the screenplay.
Bleecker Street already has a relationship with Pellington. The indie label is distributing “The Last Word,” a drama with Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried that premieres at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film makes its way to theaters in March. Bleecker Street’s films include “Denial,” “Captain Fantastic,” and “Eye in the Sky.”
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“Mark has assembled an incredible cast to share this story of family, memories and loss,” said Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen in a statement. “‘Nostalgia’ is one »
- Brent Lang
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