1. He said, she said: Dueling interviews with Listen up Philip's Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss

    In separate interviews, the stars of Alex Ross Perry’s terrific indie drama give their unique perspectives on the film — and each other
     

  2. The old-world charm of Greece’s endangered outdoor cinemas

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  3. When I was a kid, the one thing I found more terrifying than a scary movie was walking down the scary movie aisle at my local video store. There were no shortage of lurid video covers to draw the eye, but that always stuck in my mind was The Stuff, which was advertised with a grotesque image: a man, face twisted in horror, with an inexplicable white liquid spewing out of his mouth and eyes. I had no idea what it meant – which made it all the more terrifying.

    Later in life, I worked up the courage to rent The Stuff, and was happy – if not a little disappointed – to learn that it wasn’t the nightmarish shocker I had always imagined. Instead, it’s an endearingly goofy horror-comedy that doubles as a satirical takedown of mid-80s consumer culture.

    The Stuff stars Michael Moriarty as Mo Rutherford, an FBI agent-turned-industrial saboteur. The dessert market has suddenly been cornered by a delicious, mysterious white goop, which is being packaged and sold as “The Stuff” to insatiable demand from consumers. The Stuff is a miracle food: delicious, filling, and free of calories. But its near-monopoly on the dessert industry has enraged the all-powerful ice cream conglomerate, which hires Mo Rutherford to figure out the secret to the product in an attempt to take it down. Along the way, he’s joined by a boy whose family has fallen victim to The Stuff’s dark secret:

    As Mo learns the dark, deadly secret behind The Stuff, he assembles a colorful host of allies in the quest to pull it off the shelves for good.  For a film with such an apparently low budget, The Stuff has a surprisingly accomplished cast, including Danny Aiello, Paul Sorvino, and Garrett Morris as the onetime dessert king Chocolate Chip Charlie. They even got Clara Peller, who played Wendy’s “Where’s the beef”? lady, to show up and say, “Where’s The Stuff?”

    This is probably a good time for me to clarify that I’m not recommending The Stuff as some long-forgotten horror classic. This isn’t an underappreciated, shoulda-been-an-Oscar-contender – but it is a perfectly ridiculous movie to watch with a few friends and a six-pack of beer. Years and years after I was first terrified by its cover, The Stuff has become an unlikely staple of my Halloween movie lineup. As the unforgettable jingle in the movie says, “you just can’t get enough of The Stuff.”

    Your weekly streaming recommendation: The Stuff

     

  4. The best online movies to watch this weekend

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  5. 5 TV actresses who deserve much better movie roles

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  7. As we ease our way into October, I’d like to kick off a month of horror movie recommendations with one of the most psychologically unsettling movies I’ve seen over the past few years. Director Denis Villeneuve’s tragically under-seen Enemy manages to cultivate an emotion that Hollywood draws upon far too rarely: dread.

    Jake Gyllhenaal stars as Adam Bell, a meek, almost entirely solitary college professor living in Toronto.

    As Adam watches the movie his coworker recommended, he’s shocked to discover that he bears an identical resemblance to a minor character. He eventually identifies his doppelganger as Anthony St. Claire, a struggling actor with a very pregnant wife. Adam quickly develops an obsession with Anthony, insinuating himself into his double’s life — only to discover, to his horror, that he can’t get rid of him so easily.

    I don’t want to go into too much detail about Enemy, which holds its cards very close to its chest — but it’s safe to say that the surreality of their situation drives both Adam and Anthony into an existential tailspin. Neither man is wholly satisfied with his life, and neither man is trusting enough to drop his guard and honestly grapple with the horror of the inexplicable situation they’ve been presented with.

    Enemy is an unsettingly claustrophobic film, with just four major characters — two of whom are played by the same actor. But the film is about far more than the just the two Jakes, as the circumstances of both Adam and Anthony’s lives begin to unfold. In many ways, Enemy makes an intriguing counterpart to this month’s Gone Girl, which also examines the dark side of marriage — but it’s an infinitely more surreal and unpredictable experience.

    I don’t expect that Enemy will be to everyone’s taste. (In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if I get a few angry emails from some of the people who do decide to watch it.) But this is a film with plenty to recommend it: a fascinatingly twisty narrative, a pair of nuanced performances from Jake Gyllenhaal,  and an ending so gutsy and nerve-rattling that it might make you physically recoil from the screen.

    Your weekly streaming recommendation: Enemy

     

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  10. Fall film guide: All the movies you should see in October

    A roundup of everything new and noteworthy hitting theaters this month

     

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  13. The best online movies to watch this weekend

    God Help The GirlFort Bliss, and Borgman