Friday April 3, 2020

Dour and out in New York

Cinema: Listen Up Philip. Directed by Alex Ross Perry. IFI, no cert. Rating: ***. Fortune’s Wheel. Directed by Joe Lee. IFI, no cert. Rating: ****. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films. Directed by Mark Hartley. selected cinemas.

7th June, 2015
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Jason Schwartzman and Elizabeth Moss in Listen Up Philip

In Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip, Jason Schwartzman plays a deeply unpleasant thirtysomething New York novelist whose constant torrent of verbal aggression and rampant egomania seems to both relieve and revive his overwhelming anxiety.

It’s a shame he’s such an awful person because the truth of it is, Phillip has a lot to be anxious about. His first book was a success, the second is a dud. His long-time girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth...

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