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At the Movies

Michael Wood: ‘De Palma’, 19 October 2016

... quite enough to call it Brechtian and move on. Of course the people who move on are the directors, Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, who seem a little uncertain about what they want to show. The splicing of De Palma’s voice into the conversation is often very rough, for example, so that he seems to be interrupting, eager to make a point in a way that in ...

Strange Stardom

David Haglund: James Franco, 17 March 2011

Palo Alto: Stories 
by James Franco.
Faber, 197 pp., £12.99, January 2011, 978 0 571 27316 4
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... of the Apes prequel that will probably be terrible. More promising is While We’re Young, a Noah Baumbach picture in which Franco will play half of a hip young Brooklyn couple who inspire an ‘uptight documentarian’ (Ben Stiller) and his wife (Cate Blanchett) to ‘loosen up’. In the meantime, he’s started a PhD in English literature at Yale ...

At the Movies

Michael Wood: 'Marriage Story', 2 January 2020

... shock is all the greater when the leading characters, like Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, come from those other worlds. Johansson has played the Black Widow in six Marvel movies in the last five years; Driver has been Kylo Ren in Star Wars three times. How could they have got involved in such an exitless ...

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