Ben Stiller

The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘While We’re Young,’ ‘Danny Collins’

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For my money, the biggest event of the week, new release-wise, is the long, long, long-awaited DVD/Blu-ray unveiling of the Decline of Western Civilization trilogy, but let’s not downplay the rest of the week’s crop. Over on Netflix, we’ve got a solid documentary on a musical legend; Criterion has a new edition of a deliciously odd Czech classic; and two of the spring’s most interesting indies arrive on Blu-ray, along with a surprisingly moving Al Pacino vehicle.
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Why Noah Baumbach’s Attack on “Bohemian” Brooklyn in ‘While We’re Young’ Cuts So Deep

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Watching Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, I was struck by a scene where Ben Stiller and Adam Driver take a fedora-clad stroll down Troutman, a street in Bushwick now known as an incubator for Eggs Benedict and a welcome mat for street-art guided tours. It wasn’t the scene itself that snapped me to attention, but rather the absurd critical pregnancy of a restaurant they pass, that’s just in the background. Watching them amble by the recently opened Montana’s Trail House (the name of the spot is not explicit in the film), I recalled perhaps the most disproportionately scathing review I’ve read of anything — ever.
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A Daenerys-Centric ‘Game of Thrones’ Adaptation Is Coming to India: Links You Need to See

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Stay vital by keeping up with all of the news about the film about a couple trying to stay vital: While We’re Young has dominated the cultural discussion over the last few days. (Naomi Watts attends a hip-hop dance class, Noah Baumbach looks at Ben Stiller looking longingly at Adam Driver as a living, breathing and enviably tall symbol of the person he’ll never be again!). Today has seen the release of several interviews with the director. At The Dissolve, Baumbach discusses the universality of the film’s central theme:
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Let’s Overanalyze the Autobiographical Elements of Noah Baumbach’s ‘While We’re Young’

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In our memoir-obsessed and “reality”-infused culture, the search for autobiographical details and correlating avatars in the works of filmmakers who create personal (or Personal, or “personal”) works is a temptation we should be able to resist, and rarely can. The image of neurotic writers gleefully mining their own lives for raw material is one so deeply entrenched that it dies hard, even if it’s ultimately a reductive lens through which to approach the work. All of this is a long way of getting around to saying that I’ve seen Noah Baumbach’s new film While We’re Young, and it’s got me weirdly worried about him.
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High Fashion’s Embrace of ‘Zoolander 2′ Is Puzzling Yet Heartening

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To close out Maison Valentino’s Fall/Winter 2015-16 runway show at Paris Fashion Week earlier today, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson reprised their Zoolander characters for a much tamer walk-off than the one depicted in the 2001 film. (For one, Billy Zane wasn’t in attendance, at least not that we know of.) You can see in video from the event that the crowd of couture insiders didn’t quite know what to make of Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald’s sudden appearance, but based on the iPhone frenzy it sparked, there was clearly some excitement in the air.
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