Film: Review: Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt And The Magnetic Fields

Most fan-docs are fairly remedial, but Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt And The Magnetic Fields is more sophisticated than the norm, in keeping with its subject. Directors Kerthy Fix and Gail O’Hara reportedly spent 10 years on the film, though that time span isn’t really reflected in the finished work, which jumps around in telling The Magnetic Fields’ story, relying heavily on just a few formal sit-down interviews. What sets Strange Powers apart is how Fix and O’Hara evoke the peculiar headspace Merritt occupies while he’s working. The movie features lots of scenes of him writing, recording ...
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