The Nowhere Inn (2020)

The Nowhere Inn
Director: Bill Benz
Writer: Carrie Brownstein, St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark)
Cast: St. Vincent, Carrie Brownstein, Dakota Johnson
Part of: SLASH 1/2 Festival
Seen on: 18.6.2021
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Content Note: sexualized violence

Plot:
Annie Clark (Annie Clark aka St. Vincent) has asked her best friend Carrie Brownstein (Carrie Brownstein) to shoot a documentary about her as she goes on tour. Carrie is committed to show Annie like she really is, both on-stage as St. Vincent and off-stage as Annie. But it quickly becomes apparent that Annie is not really interesting. In their attempts to bring St. Vincent and Annie Clark a little closer together, things start to spiral out of control and the line between documentary and fiction, movie making and reality blurs more and more.

The Nowhere Inn is a strange film that works for the most part, both as meta-/autofiction and as advertising for St. Vincent. It is certainly worth it to let yourself be taken on that ride.

The film poster showing a woman (possibly St Vincent) from behind, wearing a jacket that says The Nowhere Inn on the back.
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XX (2017)

XX
Segment 1: The Box
Director: Jovanka Vuckovic
Writer: Jovanka Vuckovic
Based on: Jack Ketchum‘s short story
Cast: Natalie BrownJonathan WattonPeter DaCunhaPeyton Kennedy
Segment 2: The Birthday Party
Director: St. Vincent aka Annie Clark
Writer: Roxanne BenjaminSt. Vincent aka Annie Clark
Cast: Melanie LynskeySeth DuhameSanai VictoriaSheila VandLindsay Burdge
Segment 3: Don’t Fall
Director: Roxanne Benjamin
Writer: Roxanne Benjamin
Cast: Casey AdamsBreeda WoolAngela TrimburMorgan Krantz
Segment 4: Her Only Living Son
Director: Karyn Kusama
Writer: Karyn Kusama
Cast: Christina KirkKyle AllenMike Doyle
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 4.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

XX is a strong and very entertaining anthology film that I enjoyed a lot. I particularly loved the animated transition sequences between the segments by Sofia Carrillo that turned into its own small story in the end.

But of course, there was also much to like about the actual segments of the film – I talk about each individually after the jump.

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St. Vincent (2014)

St. Vincent
Director: Theodore Melfi
Writer: Theodore Melfi
Cast: Bill Murray, Jaeden Lieberher, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd, Terrence Howard
Seen on: 21.01.2015

Plot:
Vincent (Bill Murray) seemingly hates everything but alcohol and his weekly sessions with sex worker Daka (Naomi Watts). But he also needs money and when newly single mom Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) moves in next door, desperately in need of help with her son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher), Vincent offerst to babysit Oliver in the time between end of Oliver’s school and end of Maggie’s job. As Oliver soon discovers, there is more to Vincent, though, than meets the eye.

St. Vincent is nice, but ultimately completely inconsequential, brings nothing new to the table and, apart from the parts that annoyed me, I’ll probably forget it as soon as I finish this review.

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