Belle and Sebastian Musical ‘God Help the Girl’ Is About the Birth of a Monster

[This contains gentle spoilers for the lovely movie God Help the Girl.] If you’ve seen any of the photos or musical clips from God Help the Girl, a musical by Stuart Murdoch, the frontman of the lovable indie band Belle and Sebastian (statistically the whitest band on the internet), about three sweet kids who form a band — and they’re not “kids,” but two twenty somethings and one schoolgirl — it looks like a 60s youthquake teen dream, with heartbreakingly beautiful lead Emily Browning clad in mod wear like a vision of the iconic French new wave goddess Anna Karina. … Read More

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Watch Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in First Trailer for ‘Serena’

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are reuniting in the upcoming Serena, a Depression-era drama set in North Carolina. The film… Read More

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The 50 Weirdest Movies Ever Made

A Lynchian renaissance is happening at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where David Lynch studied painting before his surreal entry into filmmaking with 1977’s Eraserhead. The school is the site of Lynch’s first major museum exhibition in the United States. It was there that he created several short films to animate his artworks, planting the early seeds for Eraserhead — starring Jack Nance as a young father crippled by the anxiety of fatherhood. A mutant baby, industrial cityscape, and shadowy apartment building leave an indelible mark on the viewer. Criterion is re-releasing the film on Blu-ray September 16. In honor of Lynch and his surreal universe, we’re celebrating 50 other weird works on… Read More

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The Phantom Limbs of ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’

The medical name for the phenomenon is “phantom limb.” It holds that when a limb is missing or amputated, a person still feels as though it’s attached — and feels pain and other sensations connected to said limb, in other parts of the body. None of this has anything to do with what’s onscreen in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, but it has everything to do with what’s going on outside the frame. You see, Them is a combination of two other, standalone films, and as lovely as it would be to ignore that fact, the knowledge that the picture was originally something else hangs over it like an albatross. It’s a very good film, but throughout it, its phantom limbs tingle, hinting that it was something much more special before its Frankenstein job. … Read More

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Director Ethan Hawke Introduces ‘Seymour’ In His Debut Documentary

Ethan Hawke, multihyphenate that he is, has made a documentary, Seymour: An Introduction, about classical pianist Seymour Bernstein, who’s been… Read More

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Here’s a Mini-Doc About the Doc “20,000 Days on Earth,” Following a Day in the Life of Nick Cave

The Creators Project has made a mini-doc on the Nick Cave (singer, not visual artist) documentary 20,000 Days… Read More

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‘The Drop': A Fitting Conclusion to James Gandolfini’s Character Actor Legacy

The Drop arrives in theaters with an unintended poignancy and finality, for it is the last film appearance by the late, great James Gandolfini. The distinction between it and last year’s Enough Said feels like a matter of semantics — that was his final leading role, whereas this is a decidedly supporting one. He is third billed, behind Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, and that’s accurate; this is Tom Hardy’s movie, and (to a lesser degree) Rapace’s. If Enough Said hinted, tantalizingly, at the kind of unconventional leading-man turns we might have seen more of, The Drop reminds us of what Gandolfini always did well: providing support, heft, and color, in the tradition of our finest character actors. … Read More

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