Elisabeth Moss

Alex Ross Perry Is Not an Asshole: The Director of ‘Listen Up, Philip’ on Roth, Pynchon, and New York

If you’ve seen the trailer for Alex Ross Perry’s Listen, Up Philip — or really any of his films, including Impolex and The Color Wheel — you may wonder aloud, to friends, if he’s an asshole. Many of his characters are miserable egoists — like the self-absorbed novelist Philip, played by Jason Schwartzman — and it would surprise no one to find a one-to-one correlation between the roles he writes and his own personality. This is not even to mention that Perry routinely cites the egographomaniacal Philip Roth as an inspiration. One might consider, too, that given the critical praise his new film has already received from critics like Richard Brody (at The New Yorker) and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (at Mubi), Perry has all the more reason to be a prick. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in October

It’s an odd time of year at the cinema — with fall studio movies rolling out and Oscar Season™ in full swing, the multiplex is presumably filled with the kind of smart, adult-minded fare we usually head to the art-house to see. But don’t be fooled; there’s bound to be some wolves in sheep’s clothing out there, and the indies have got you covered this month just in case, with the help of several sharp documentaries, terrific new movies from the likes of Lynn Shelton, Gregg Araki, and Alex Ross Perry, and the smartest social satire in many a moon. Here are the indie movies you can’t miss this month. … Read More

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Watch Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss in the First Trailer for ‘Listen Up Philip’

The idea of Jason Schwartzman playing a socially problematic yet brilliant writer isn’t exactly a new one, but writer/director… Read More

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How ‘The One I Love’s’ Twisting Narrative Addresses Serial Monogamy

*Spoiler alert: This whole article is about the twists critics were asked not to talk about before the film was released. Proceed very carefully, knowing full well that if you haven’t seen The One I Love, you’re fucking yourself over.*

As Jason Bailey recently wrote, the final “twists” of The One I Love aren’t that twisty compared to its first major twist, which itself wouldn’t have been particularly twisty if the film had been marketed less opaquely. Aptly (and unavoidably) likened to Charlie-Kaufman-lite, The One I Love takes a fundamental but abstract element of human relationships and removes it from the realm of the abstract. What if the ideals we project onto the people we love (or are ceasing to love because they don’t match said ideals) actually coalesced to form entirely different people? This is the fundamental question of the film, at least until it begins branching off into another, more convoluted, pseudo-twisty (yet more interesting?) question towards its end. … Read More

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‘The One I Love’s’ Big, Secret Plot Twist Is About the Marketing, Not the Movie

When the screening invite for Charlie McDowell’s new film The One I Love landed in my inbox, an odd disclaimer caught my eye. “Please note that no one will be admitted to screenings of The One I Love once the film has begun,” it went. “We kindly request that you abstain from plot spoilers in your coverage and on social media.” This has been the movie’s big bullet point since it premiered at Sundance, spotlighted in the pull quotes of its trailer — there is a big twist, so overarching that when co-star Elisabeth Moss appeared on The Daily Show to promote it, she told Jon Stewart that said twist “basically means that I can’t tell you anything about the movie.” But once you see the movie, all of the coy pre-release hand-wringing doesn’t make a helluva lot of sense. It’s not a film that somehow hinges on explosive surprises; the fact that it’s being marketed as such is less a protective measure for the picture’s delicate fabric, and more an uninspired marketing hook. … Read More

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I Love Elisabeth Moss — But I Don’t Want to See Her Star in ‘True Detective’ Season 2

This is not a post about how Elisabeth Moss won’t do an amazing job on True Detective. We know she will: Moss is a veteran of obsessively recapped, Emmy-magnet Prestige TV, and the woman behind two of its most memorable roles. Whoever Moss is potentially playing in the second season of HBO’s anthology series — according to The Wrap, it’s “a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff” struggling with gambling and alcohol abuse — her character will doubtless join Mad Men‘s Peggy Olson and Top of the Lake‘s Robin Griffin on the all-too-short list of well-written female characters on “serious” shows. (The label of “serious” often keeps Olivia Pope and company out of the critical picture, but that’s a conversation for another day.) So why was my gut feeling about the Moss rumor ambivalence, if not outright disappointment? … Read More

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Watch Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass Visit a Mysterious House to Save their Marriage in ‘The One I Love’ Trailer

The plot of Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass’ new film, The One I Love, is both simple and impossible to describe.… Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Episode 6 Recap: “The Strategy”

What makes up a family? Is it a sense of longing, of reaching for something you can’t have, a legal bond, the happenstance of blood? The bonds fray this week, elegantly, as we watch the Mad Men definition of family (spoiler: it’s the workplace, of course). But the workplace is a choice that leaves a… Read More

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