Sarah Knight Adamson is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and a voting member for the Critics Choice Awards for Movies.

Sarah Knight Adamson and Jessica Aymond are both Members of the Chicago Film Critics Association

Film Rating Code:

★★★★ Outstanding Film- Run, don’t walk to the nearest movie theater.

★★★½ Excellent Film- Highly recommend seeing the film in a movie theater.

★★★ Very Good Film- Recommend seeing the film in a movie theater.

★★½ Good Film- Wait for the DVD, the film is still worth viewing.

★★ Wait for the DVD and proceed with caution.

★½ Wait for the DVD the film has major problems in most areas.

★ Can’t recommend the film.

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Jason Schwartzman Interview “Listen Up Philip”

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Jason Schwartzman stars in the film ‘Listen Up Philip” Photo Credit: Film Still, Tribeca Film

Jason Schwartzman Interview

The ever-comical Jason Schwartzman was in Chicago last Friday, October 24, 2014, promoting his new film Listen Up Philip. He stars as a narcissistic successful book author who irritates anyone that comes in contact with him, including Ashley (Elisabeth Moss), his continually tormented girlfriend. Director and screenplay writer of the film, Alex Ross Perry, shows us a side of Schwartzman that we’ve not seen on screen, illuminating his multifaceted acting chops. We chatted about his role in the film, the Woody Allen similarities in some of the film scenes, his start in acting in the film Rushmore, and his best friend, Wes Anderson.

Sarah Knight Adamson:  I’d like to congratulate you on your performance in the film Listen Up Philip. You are so convincing as an antisocial, cranky guy with no filter.

Jason Schwartzman:  Oh, thank you so much. I appreciate you saying that.

SKA:  At first, it’s a little shocking to view you in this role, I must say, because it’s such a change from the characters you typically play. Did it take some time to really “get into” this narcissistic character?

JS:  Yeah, I think that it took a little bit of time, but not in the way where it was like … oh, to feel like this person all the time or something, but it definitely took a little bit of time to just start to think in those ways. I personally could understand a lot of what this character was feeling based on what he’s saying to people. I think we all can relate to wanting to say some of these types of things to people and not really acting on it. The ability to not care what people think about you, as this character does, was one pretty big hurdle.

I would ask Alex, the director, and I would give him hypothetical situations, like “If Philip walked into this situation and this happened, how would he react?” I would show him how I thought it should be and typically was always wrong. The answer that I had in my head was so wrong, and so really it just took a little while to start to think in “Philip logic,” as it were.

Then the other thing that was hard was just this idea that he would take up his idol or his mentor on his invitation to spend time at his house.

SKA:  Yes, yes.

JS:  That’s just something that I could not understand. If Brian Wilson or Paul McCartney or someone that I love so much said, “Come get out of the city and spend some time at my private residence, and you can write music there on my piano and use my studio,” I would be very shut down by that kind of an offer.

SKA:  Yes, that actually leads into my next question because he does say things that some of us are thinking but never would say, and it also … appears, as you were just giving an example, that he makes such terrible decisions.

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Chicago Comedy Film Festival: Love Is Strange

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More often than not the road to love is a winding one, with some combination of thrilling attractions, disheartening breakdowns, dead ends and head-scratching u-turns along the way.  The 4th annual Chicago Comedy Film Festival (October 16 – 19, 2014) line up included films that echoed the sometimes harrowing, awkward and, ultimately, ‘you complete me’ quest for love many of us go through.

Awkward Expressions of Love, a 10-minute short written by Trilby Glover, marks her directorial debut. She also stars in the film as Anna, a woman trying get back into the dating scene but isn’t quite ready.  Ian Brennan, co-creator and executive producer of Glee, plays Anna’s love interest that is left virtually speechless after her supremely awkward attempt at explaining their fumbled encounter the week before.

While both delivered good performances, it was Anna’s friend Liz, played by Jayma Mays (also a Glee alum), who injected a more dynamic energy to the film.  Her experience as a seasoned performer was evident in the nuances she brought to the character.  Awkward Expressions of Love, though slickly produced, didn’t quite find its comedic pocket. I was left wanting a bit more quirk and personality from Anna and perhaps better pacing or different shot framing for more punch from the jokes and their facial expressions. I’m looking forward to seeing future projects and a different variety of work from Trilby Glover as this was just the beginning.

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Listen Up Philip (R) ★★★½

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Jason Schwartzman and Elizabeth Moss star in ‘Listen Up Phillip’ Photo Credit: Washington Square Films

Listen to Sarah Knight Adamson’s Radio Review Sat. evenings 10:06 CST on Hollywood 360 Radio Network, in Chicago listen to WINDam 560. The podcast will be posted after the film segment has aired.

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Kill the Messenger (R) ★★★½

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Jeremy Renner stars in this mystery and suspense film. Photo Credit: Focus Features

Listen to Sarah Knight Adamson’s Radio Review Sat. evenings 10:06 CST on Hollywood 360 Radio Network, in Chicago listen to WINDam 560. The podcast will post after the film segment has aired.

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St. Vincent (PG-13) ★★★½

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Naomi Watts, Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy star in ‘St. Vincent’ Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company

Listen to Sarah Knight Adamson’s Radio Review Sat. evenings 10:06 CST on Hollywood 360 Radio Network, in Chicago listen to WINDam 560. The podcast will post after the film segment has aired.

Posted in Film Review Podcast Archives, Hollywood 360, Movies 2014, Radio Podcasts, Reviews

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG) ★★½

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Steve Carell stars as Alexander’s dad and Jennifer Garner as the mom. Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Listen to Sarah Knight Adamson’s Radio Review Sat. evenings 10:06 CST on Hollywood 360 Radio Network,in Chicago listen to WINDam 560. The podcast will be posted after the film segment has aired.

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