Satanis: The Devil's Mass
The film is a study of Anton Szandor LaVey, leader of a cult of devil worshipers in San Francisco. He and his Church of Satan are shown performing a black mass, in which a nude woman serves as an altar and a boa constrictor wraps itself around a naked witch. Newsreel footage is included in which LaVey's neighbors are interviewed about the lion which he kept in his house until complaints resulted in the animal's removal to a zoo. The ideology of the Church of Satan is discussed--guilt rejection, sexual freedom, and self-indulgence.
The film is a study of Anton Szandor LaVey, leader of a cult of devil worshipers in San Francisco. He and his Church of Satan are shown performing a black mass, in which a nude woman serves as an altar and a boa constrictor wraps itself around a naked witch. Newsreel footage is included in which LaVey's neighbors are interviewed about the lion which he kept in his house until complaints resulted in the animal's removal to a zoo. The ideology of the Church of Satan is discussed--guilt rejection, sexual freedom, and self-indulgence. . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
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(fr) wrote: Can a character be so wholly unlikable in every conceivable way that you could not bear to hear him drone on about things that don't interest you but still find him inherently fascinating in the end? Such is the case with Philip who goes out of his way to make his problems with you known whether you want to hear it or not. Being talented, gifted and driven only works if you are humbled while not allowing it to infect every relationship you have. Philip doesn't see things that way and will verbally abuse anyone who thinks that way. While the film is named after him, he isn't the main focus as it allows for many characters to walk in and out as they deal with their relationship to the bitter minded Philip. Listen Up Philip is a strong character drama that isn't afraid to say whatever it's on its mind while making you wish you don't know a man like this.Philip Lewis Friedman (Jason Schwartzman) is a young author living in New York who is about to release his second book with his first being a hit. Living with his girlfriend of two years Ashley Kane (Elisabeth Moss), it seems that he has it all. But his struggles run deep as he is never content with himself and really can't stand other people, his girlfriend being one of them. Philip sees success as a means to an end regardless of what bridges are burned along the way. He wants to show everyone that he succeeded when they wouldn't support him and shove it in their face till they suffocate. If they leave bewildered and pissed, he knows he's done his job right. With his new book about to come out, he becomes increasingly dissatisfied with the self-promotion of his book and the aggravation of New York which opts him to leave the city in hopes of refreshing himself. So he accepts an invitation from a famous, well known author Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce) in his summer house along with his daughter Melanie (Krysten Ritter) in the country who hopes that the company will revitalize him as well. Schwartzman headlines a stellar cast as a misanthropic author. He simply commands the screen while practically begging for attention like he is actually looking out on the screen. Many of his roles consist of him playing an insufferable know it all jerk and it's something he does better than most. It's simply too easy to hate him but not enough for you to completely dismiss him as a character. You want to know more about him even after he strives to give an inch of himself to anyone. Seeing someone this mean is so perplexing and inviting because it goes against the norm of what people expect. Philip spends much of his time in misery and wants everyone else to feel the same way regardless of anything else that is happening. It gets to be hard sometimes to hear him constantly whine about everything but then again, that makes for a great performance from Schwartzman who absolutely embellishes every single thing wrong about him without making him feel remorse for what he has done, for the most part.During a social event with Zimmerman, he comments to him that he wish someone would say something mean or honest and wonders why is everyone so nice. Why can't someone say something mean for once? Zimmerman replies because they want to be your friend in a childish voice. I can't help but laugh and be appalled at their views toward people. He sees the worst in people and wants everything to be down to his level which would be an impossibility given his self-imposed view of his own greatness. He reminds me of Daniel Plainview from There Will Be Blood, an oil magnate who lied, cheated, stole and killed for his massive wealth. He says he sees the worst in people who does not want anyone else to succeed. In the end he has no one but his wealth but is perfectly content with his solitude and sees nothing wrong for his devious actions. He became an iconic character even though he is basically a villain for the entire film. Philip is in that same vein and may be someone that Daniel could envision having a coffee with. Philip rattles off barbs and insults like a machine gunner with infinite ammo to anyone who gets in his way. It's simply a joy to watch and not be on the other side of his brutal trajectory. Schwartzman has impeccable delivery with the lines that show a strong confidence with an ugly character. But there is something deep down that wishes he had someone else. He is a loner at heart who prefers it that way but still wants the warmness of another person with him. Philip wants his cake and to eat it too without realizing that you can't be a selfish, self-absorbed person and have a meaningful relationship with someone. You somewhat feel bad for him in parts but find him really irritating in other parts which is most of the film. He is an all too familiar mold of success that would rather not have their genius tainted by normal people who can't understand him.Moss took most of his bitterness in stride, much more than most people given she was dating and living with him for two years. But not shown as a full blown victim, she builds up the strength and gumption to realize how toxic he is for her and her wellbeing. Ashley is a character that was easy to root for and get behind. She was likable, sweet and just wants her boyfriend to not only care about her but basically anything. One scene shows a flashback where Ashley should have seen the signs much quicker. While they are both out at a bar, Ashley's face is shown facing the screen while Philips is off camera. They engage in a conversation about face turns, laughing and having a good time when a patron asks them to quiet down. Philip then proceeds to cut down the man verbally and asks him to get out. The look on Ashley's face was regret, embarrassment and utter disgust. Moss's face was like watching a car wreck where you can see her distaste for Philip wince away inch by inch. Her melancholically expressive face was shown in full force as it spoke volumes to her ability to reveal everything that she needed to without saying a single word. She does this more than once as Ashely hopes to do away with any remaining memory of Philip, becoming just as depressed and sad as him while revealing it more often. She holds onto the emotional weight of the film with aplomb, taking over an entire sequence by herself and making you forget about that bitter jerk from before.The elder, wiser version of Philip and a mentor was Pryce who played a brilliant portrayal of a lost, once great writer who now has no one. Think of it like Emperor Palpatine to Darth Vader. He was equally as barbaric as Philip but a shell of his former self who only has his daughter to keep him company. Any colleagues, acquaintances or friends were done away with years ago as well as his wife who he has cheated on numerous times. Zimmerman practically built the model that Philip aspires to be, brilliant, many accolades and most importantly alone. He sees something of himself in the young writer and longs to be around someone who would be able to recharge him to former glory. Pryce is a force of nature that is more intimidating that Schwartzman but also more depressing as a whole. With each bit of imparting knowledge he gives on to young Philip, his mind gets more and more infected. Blissfully unaware at what his actions have done to his relationships, he makes no apologies for what he has done or takes back one single thing. Zimmerman doesn't show that this could possibly be your life where you have no wife, a kid who hates you and have lost every person who cared for you. It's simply collateral damage for being a successful writer which he strives is above everything else. Selfishness and being unemotional are all a part of the game that puts you on top according to him. Philip eats everything up with a spoon that has already signed, sealed and delivered the deal for success in a trade for his humanity.The rest of the cast is filled with the women who had the terrible luck of knowing these two ugly, horrible men. Ritter had some great scenes here as the angered, bitter daughter of Ike who grew increasingly disgusted by him as she continued to live with him despite his misdeeds. Her caustic style of delivery was perfect for a role like this and delivered admirably. Along the way Philip talks down to ex-girlfriends, present girlfriends, work colleagues and former friends like he was doing laundry. Yvette (Josphine de La Baume) becomes the unlucky person to date Philip after first hating him and becomes a victim of his barbarity when he manipulates her feelings when she makes him feel bad. He gets insulted when he is made to wait for someone, making sure to mention how long he has waited and when he would have left. The supporting cast was merely fodder for him to feast on and unleash his razor sharp claws onto.The direction and script by Alex Ross Perry was incredibly strong that made for some meaty lines full of vitriol. Perry directs his first big feature after previously working on Impolex and The Color Wheel. And he does an amazing job here with Listen Up Philip. While it could have easily been about Philip, it's so much more than that as it includes other characters that are in his life. It goes in and out while going back to certain characters to make it a much fuller story overall. Somewhat of a hodgepodge, it allows for freedom with its characters. How the direction goes from Philip to Ashley to Ike and back again to Philip was masterful and a huge credit to Perry's talent to include everyone all at once. Everyone was given ample time so the characters were more fleshed out and given maximum importance. This had some of the most brutal insults I've heard in a long while and made for a lot of fun to hear it. The way it rolls off the tongue so fluidly was like watching poetry in motion. But its more than caustic insults as it presents a slideshow of the human condition and how success can often lead to being exhausting and tiresome. You see how easy it can be for one to change once they get an inkling of success and hear how great they are. The means on how one attains it has no bearing as long as it comes out in the end. It's actually quite depressing to see how involved these people are who have no feelings for no one else whatsoever. There is no hope or light at the end of their tunnels but only dreary loneliness that is only helped by the brilliance they have built up in their own minds. The Narration by Eric Bogosian was nothing short of amazing and one of the best vocal performances I've heard. He provided the emotions, actions, feelings, motives and all the happening needed to get to know these characters better. Not knowing who it was voiced by, I immediately became attracted to the baritone voice. He was more of a guide who traversed the characters when exposition was needed and made it a very enjoyable part of the film. Going back to his starring role in Talk Radio, it makes sense that he would be a narrator in a film. That film was dominated by Bogosian and his verbal wit as well as vocalizations was incredibly strong and exemplary. He simply knows how to throw his voice around whether it is in a pleasant matter or an increasingly forceful tone.The camera work was also great and made it feel more of a throwback that I originally thought. It was often shaky but not to a point that made it hard to watch. Whenever it got a close up on a character in a tense scene, the shaky camera made it that much more impactful like their emotions made the screen move in an uncontrollable manner. It made for a more intimate feel that only helps a film like this. Listen Up Philip is going to be understandably not for everyone as some may be turned off by its snobbishness and dislike its true depiction of self-absorbed intellectuals. But those willing to see past it see a great film with many amazing performances that doesn't pretend to show characters that want to be liked. It has a strong take it as you see it personality that is full of brutal wit and takedowns as well as a depressing state of the mentality of people. Depressing to a fault, it's not something to have a happy ending. With people so cold and heartless, it would be incredibly counterproductive. If you want to watch these people behave like complete jerks without actually going through the trouble of talking to them, this would be your best bet. These types are made to be left alone and studied like an animal in a zoo and marveled at for their ability to live completely by themselves, within themselves. Four and a half depressed, alone misanthropes authors who hate everything out of five.
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