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Fiona Apple is the subject of a new profile in The New Yorker to mark the upcoming release of her new album, “Fetch the Bolt Cutters.” Speaking to writer Emily Nussbaum, the musician relives her three-year relationship with Paul Thomas Anderson, who Apple describes as “coldly critical, contemptuous.” The two met in 1997, the same year Anderson became a breakout director with “Boogie Nights.” Both Apple and Anderson would recreationally use cocaine and ecstasy, but Apple says a painful night hanging out with Anderson and fellow director Quentin Tarantino resulted in her quitting the former substance.
As Nussbaum writers: “[Apple] had quit cocaine years earlier, after spending ‘one excruciating night’ at Quentin Tarantino's house, listening to him and Anderson brag. ‘Every addict should just get locked in a private movie theatre with Q.T. and P.T.A. on coke, and they'll never want to do it again,’ she joked.”
Apple goes on to call her romance with Anderson “painful and chaotic.” After they met, Anderson followed her to Hawaii where they “solidified” their relationship. Anyone who is familiar with Anderson’s work knows his “Punch-Drunk Love” protagonist Barry Egan Adam Sandler does the same thing with the love of his life, Lena Leonard Emily Watson. Apple says, “I remember going to meet him at the bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and he was laughing at me because I was marching around on what he called my 'determined march to nowhere.'”
According to Apple, Anderson’s temper made their relationship difficult at times. Apple decided to stay with her dad after the 1998 Academy Awards because Anderson threw a chair across a room following the ceremony. Apple remembers telling herself, “Fuck this, this is not a good relationship.” Anderson was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for “Boogie Nights” but lost to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for “Good Will Hunting.”
Apple also remembers a moment when Anderson was angry while driving her to volunteer work at U.C.L.A.'s occupational-therapy ward. Apple says Anderson shoved her out of his car, but he did not hit her. Nussbaum’s profile continues: “At parties, he'd hiss harsh words in her ear, calling her a bad partner, while behaving sweetly on the surface; she'd tear up, which, she thinks, made her look unstable to strangers.” Anderson did not return The New Yorker’s request for comment. IndieWire has reached out to Anderson’s team for further comment.
Apple’s new album does not have a release date yet. Anderson, meanwhile, is preparing to shoot his next film this year in Los Angeles. Read Apple’s full profile on The New Yorker’s website....
“Why you all wet, baby?” This question takes on eerie resonance throughout Martin Scorsese’s masterful 2010 adaptation of Shutter Island, which turns 10 today. It’s uttered both in flashback and in the present, by different characters with different emotional weight each time. It’s also part of the key to unlocking this film’s strange, disturbing pleasures. At first glance, Shutter Island is centered around a jaw-dropping third-act twist related to its lead character, a sweaty and determined U.S. Marshal on the hunt for a missing patient at a spooky mental institution on an isolated, stormy island. But if you know the story well enough, you come to the realization that what’s revealed in the third act isn’t a twist at all, and is simply a clarification of what makes this film so tragic and so special in Scorsese’s filmography.
Naturally, there are spoilers ahead.Insanity is Catching
When Shutter Island was first announced, I did something I don’t often do when it comes to filmmakers and their literary choices for adaptations: I read the Dennis Lehane novel on which the film would be based. Like the film, the book is about Edward, or Teddy, Daniels, a gruff U.S. Marshal on an assignment at a mental institution on the eponymous island. Teddy and his partner Chuck are beset upon by mentally ill patients, emotionally distant staff members, the possibility of an escaped lunatic, and more. Only, in the end, it turns out that Teddy isn’t really on assignment…because he isn’t Teddy at all.
Teddy is, instead, Andrew Laeddis, an anagram of the name Edward Daniels. Chuck isn’t his partner, but Andrew’s psychiatrist Lester Sheehan, and the entire story up to this reveal has been a last-ditch effort on the part of a few kindly doctors on the island to make Andrew accept reality. He is the missing patient Teddy was tasked with finding, having been in the institution for years for killing his wife after she drowned their children. Either Andrew can accept this painful truth and take steps to get better, or he may be lobotomized by the less emotionally invested medical staff at the institution. What’s more, it’s revealed that this isn’t the first time Andrew and his psychiatrist have gone through this ordeal; Andrew just keeps forgetting, choosing to live in a fantasy instead.
When I read the book, I genuinely hated the ending. Hated it. I felt that the surprise at the end was a sloppy, lazy, Twilight Zone-style twist meant to pull the rug out from under the reader without any underpinning of emotional logic. I was, of course, still intrigued by another collaboration between Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. But I was even warier than before, because I feared that the film would follow the book to a T. If you know the book and the movie, then you know that screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis’...
As the CDC-recommended quarantines stretches from days into weeks, everyone practicing responsible social distancing is probably getting a little antsy. And while Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have plenty of offerings to while away the long hours, movie lovers may be craving more. A niche horror movie, maybe, or an old British crime drama that can’t be found on any of the major streaming giants. Well, a few genre streaming platforms — including the specialty horror streaming platform Shudder — are offering special discounts for the next few weeks to new subscribers.
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