Listen Up Philip opens at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre tonight. Actor Jason Schwartzman is scheduled to attend two screenings. For more information, check out the theater’s website here.
Contemporary American cinema is filled with many an asshole: Daniel Day-Lewis’ Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood, Jeff Daniels’ Bernard Berkman in The Squid and the Whale, and now Jason Schwartzman’s Philip Lewis Friedman in Listen Up Philip. The aforementioned films from Paul Thomas Anderson and Noah Baumbach served as critical moments for these filmmakers – Blood was the point where all of Anderson’s bravuras entered into a new stratosphere of nuance and Whale was where Baumbach returned following an 8-year sabbatical. Anderson and Baumbach are among the chief American auteurs of the 21st century. Alex Ross Perry, meanwhile, is a comparatively unknown director. His previous two features, Impolex and The Color Wheel, generated a measure of critical acclaim but it’s with Listen Up Philip that the writer/director finds his definitive breakthrough. Contemporary American cinema is filled with many an asshole; Listen Up Philip is about one of the most interesting ones.Read More