What with all the screenings of Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields, there's been a myriad of reviews that have gone unmentioned on Aging Spinsters, mostly because they're about a paragraph long and rarely offer new insight into the film. As one of the few Stephinfans who hasn't seen the film and has no solidified plans to do so in the foreseeable future, this has been frustrating to say the least. But, there seems to have been an influx of decent reviews in the past days.
Letters Have No Arms offers brief summation of some key scenes, most notably Stephin's surefire method to annoy Germans and his absolutely fabulous description of Claudia ("As other people go, she's okay."). Plus, they have a few very cool photos posted, including the one seen here. The Boston Phoenix describes the film as "the most penetrating portrait of Merritt to date," which is cool, certainly, but isn't saying a whole lot.
Thus far, all the negative reviews have focused on the film's lack of dramatic impact, and the reviews from Panic Manual and Toronto Screen Shots aren't exceptions (though the former repeatedly calls Ms. Claudia Gonson "Cynthia," so it's harder for me to take it 100% seriously). If anything, though, this kind of talk is only making me more excited for the film! Just a little glimpse into that world is all I ask of it, and every review says that is primarily what the film offers.
If there are any readers who have seen the film (ahem), I'd certainly love for you to post your thoughts on the film. I'd love to hear what you all have to say about it.