there are individuals who assert their superior intelligence via a curated verbosity of denigration and bitterness, assuming that if one spends enough time analyzing the world, they would find a maelstrom of stupidity, cruelty, and ignorance. but when the lesser artist masturbates in his misandry, he extinguishes the deep power of joy, which is, as wordsworth said, what allows one to see into the true life of things.
This is not my favorite of his films, but I think this uncomfortable comedy sums up Perry's style the best. The voice over narration is too much and doesn't add as much as it should. I love the idea though. It is beautifully shot and has a good feel to it. Schwartzman just seems flat and comical, he needs more asshole in him. The story just seems to end where it began and not much is added in between.
Wonderful picture about two narcissistic, vain authors at opposite ends of their careers who share their misanthropic and self imposed exiles with one another. Perfectly cast with Schwartzman and Pryce in those roles but also with the mesmerizing Elisabeth Moss whose character is interesting enough to warrant her own film. Sharp writing and indelible performances make this special. Narrated by Eric Bogosian.
Jason Schwartzman's presence makes it hard not to see this as a hard-boiled Wes Anderson movie, but it finds real emotional depth by the end. The ride is occasionally annoying and frustrating --- Philip is mostly not a sympathetic character --- but Listen Up Philip still manages to resonate, without any real compromises.
The main character (interpreted by Jason Schwartzman) is a spoiled, egocentric and a typical neurotic new yorker hipster. Nothing wrong with that (that's our times), but the character has no charisma at all. Actually no character in the movie has some sort of charisma and the screenplay is really bad written. Two stars only for the soundtrack and the "seventies feel" of the movie.
Alex Ross Perry conjures up an alternate universe in which Jonathan Ames festers friendless upstate in languid 16mm. Normally loathe voice-over (which the recently-played 2 Days In Paris barely gets away with) but it's actually employed to some effect here, reaching out into a future which seems impossible for people so stuck.
Expertly photographed by Sean Price Williams, as if every day exists in beauty. Even fleeting glances, pangs, emotions. Is this somewhat autobiographical? It's hard not to see Jason Schwartzman as the director's doppelgänger. My first foray into Alex Ross Perry...the narration, ever-shifting yet natural editing, native New York shots endear me to his voice. But is heterosexuality always slightly misogynistic? idgi
Philip is a writer living in the city working to publicize his second novel. He befriends an author, Ike Zimmerman who although a once established writer, hasn't written anything new since he moved to the city. Throughout the film, Ike plays something of a glimpse into the future for Philip. This film covers the death of the soul as you watch a character fight their own nature until, at the end; they are a ghost.
Nein, das ist nicht der liebenswerte Stadtneurotiker W. Allens, der gezeichnet wird, sondern das selbstsüchtige Arschloch des neuen Millemiums: selbstverliebt, kontaktunfähig und wehleidig. Ein Prototyp, der hier sein Monument hätte errichten können, wäre da nicht die selbstverliebte Stimme aus dem Off, die alles zu erklären und deuten vorgibt, was die Kamera begleitet. Was den Film schwächt, sehr sogar!
Neatly An hour in and I start thinking, holy fuck there’s another hour left of this shit? I almost dropped out about 10 minutes in as that droning narration was putting a serious hurt on my ears. Take out the narration and I may have made it to the end. But halfway through and that drone keeps kicking in on top of a story that had already been told, and no. Just no.
A good movie to watch about an up incoming author with his amazing literary talents that start that quiclky grow to be a major burden on his life and career choices. Watch as his super ego leads him into a life of loneliness in this dark comedy filled to the brim with unresolved issues and drama right out of the opening scences.