Strange Powers: Stephen Merritt and the Magnetic Fields On camera, celebrity fan Sarah Silver­man describes the seemingly affectless, deeply literate music of Merritt and his cult-loved band the Magnetic Fields as that of… Strange Powers: Stephen Merritt and the Magnetic Fields On camera, celebrity fan Sarah Silver­man describes the seemingly affectless, deeply literate music of Merritt and his cult-loved band the Magnetic Fields as that of… 2010-10-27 Unrated PT89M Documentary The Magnetic Fields
Movie Review

Strange Powers: Stephen Merritt and the Magnetic Fields (2010)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
MUSIC MAN The cult musician in Strange Powers: Stephen Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
MUSIC MAN The cult musician in Strange Powers: Stephen Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Oct 27, 2010; Rated: Unrated; Length: 89 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; With: The Magnetic Fields

On camera, celebrity fan Sarah Silver­man describes the seemingly affectless, deeply literate music of Merritt and his cult-loved band the Magnetic Fields as that of ''a poet inside a mean outer shell to protect it.'' A laconic, noodling documentary, Strange Powers: Stephen Merritt and the Magnetic Fields pecks gently at that shell but makes little effort to get underneath. The affectionate, bemused, structurally unkempt portrait is at its best capturing Merritt’s close collaboration with his longtime friend and bandmate Claudia Gonson. B-

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Originally posted Oct 27, 2010 Published in issue #1127 Nov 05, 2010 Order article reprints
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