Streaming: Elisabeth Moss in Her Smell not to be sniffed at

Elisabeth Moss thrills as a strung-out rock star in Alex Ross Perrys tremendous, terribly titled new film A bad title can be a debilitating handicap to even the best of films: if it makes you wince even to say the thing, its that much harder to get invested in watching it. This is a truth that has been learned the hard way by the new film from American independent writer-director Alex Ross Perry: a daring, grungily immersive and quite brilliantly acted character study that has been saddled, for reasons best known to Perry himself, with the buzz-killing moniker Her Smell. Try telling people, as I have for several months now, that they should be looking out for a terrific film …

Sam Taylor-Johnson: Ive lost people very dear to me through addiction

The film-maker on adapting James Freys controversial rehab memoir A Million Little Pieces Since leaving the art world to become a film-maker, Sam Taylor-Johnson has shown impressive range. Her debut feature film, Nowhere Boy (2009), was a tender depiction of John Lennons childhood. She followed it with the less tender Fifty Shades of Grey in 2015. Now shes back with A Million Little Pieces, an adaptation of James Freys scandalous semi-memoir about his rehab after years as an alcoholic and drug addict. Taylor-Johnson co-wrote the screenplay with her husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who also stars in the film. They live, most of the time, in Los Angeles. You read A Million Little Pieces when it came out in 2003. It obviously …

Hollywood needs to stop letting stars author their own biopics | Charles Bramesco

Elton Johns biopic Rocketman is the latest in a long line of fact-based dramas that suffer from their subjects involvement The new musical drama Rocketman opens on Elton John majestically strolling into a rehab meeting, resplendent in a flamboyant Satan getup we will soon come to understand as aggressively, relentlessly symbolic. A haggard-looking John plops in his chair and rattles off his laundry list of flaws: hes a profligate boozer and overly fond of both cannabis and cocaine, hell shag anything with a pulse and a Y chromosome, he has wrestled with a touch of bulimia, some anger management issues here and there, etc. The film frontloads this scene as a purposeful statement of intent, that this will be the …