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Watch: Red Band Trailer For Ti West's 'The Sacrament' Produced by Eli Roth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2014 10:20 AM
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So, is Ti West's "The Sacrament" a found footage movie or a mockumentary? In fact, it's neither. "This is an after the fact made documentary. It’s like a Christopher Guest movie if you will," the director told Crave Online last fall. "It’s just very dark, and I don’t think anyone’s looked at Christopher Guest’s career and been like, 'Oh, found footage.' It’s always been like these weird mockumentaries, but mockumentary sounds good for comedy and not for anything else. So it’s just hard to label it necessarily but to me, having a tough time labeling something generally means something’s interesting."

Best Of 2013: The Breakout Directors Of The Year

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 27, 2013 5:20 PM
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Best of 2013: The Breakout Directors Of The Year
Every year, film buffs get themselves in a lather over the latest from their favorite experienced directors. The calendar is marked for the next Spielberg, I’ll be there opening day for Scorsese’s latest, I am all about Spike Lee, etc. But the real pleasure in being a film fan is stumbling upon the undiscovered, lifting a rock and uncovering a new talent, a new voice, with a brand new vocabulary for us to learn. The Scorsese films will be there for us to discover and rediscover whenever we want. In 2013, however, there was only one Shaka King picture, there was only one Lake Bell joint.

'12 Years A Slave' Leads Gotham Award Nominees; 'Inside Llewyn Davis, 'Upstream Color' & More Earn Nods

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2013 10:44 AM
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12 Years A Slave
... and here we go. Even though we're not even in November, and with two more months of movies and awards season contenders to come, the Gotham Independent Film Awards have announced their nominees for 2013. While this may be "the first major awards ceremony of the film season," the real accomplishment here is shining a light on the kind of well-made, acclaimed movies that will unfortunately be forgotten as the heavier hitters with more money behind them elbow their way to the Dolby Theater in February.

‘The Killing’ To Remain An Unsolved Mystery as AMC Passes on Season Four, Cancels Show...Again

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 11, 2013 9:30 AM
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As one of AMC’s most successful and critically acclaimed shows nears its finish just a few short episodes away, it seems another of the network’s line-up has halted mid-race. Dogged by mixed reception, cancellation, and then revival by AMC and Netflix, season three of “The Killing” promised a quality return with new supporting cast members and a resolved mystery by its end (not to mention strong reviews too). But while the drama delivered both with its recently aired finale, the efforts weren’t enough to carry the show through to a fourth season.

Venice Review: Ti West's 'The Sacrament,' Starring AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg & Amy Seimetz

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 2, 2013 3:51 PM
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Thirty-three years on from "Cannibal Holocaust" and fourteen from "The Blair Witch Project," found-footage horror is still going strong. It's no surprise really: they're cheap to make, consistently popular and almost always hugely profitable. But even with the "Paranormal Activity" and "V/H/S" franchises riding high, we do sometimes wonder how much more juice the genre has in it — it feels like a long time since we saw anything genuinely fresh in the form and this is particularly dispiriting given the amount of cheap knock-offs that are appearing over time.

Review: 'Sun Don't Shine' Is A Watercolor Wisp Hybrid Of An Indie Relationship Pic & Murder Mystery Movie

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 23, 2013 8:02 PM
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Sun Don't Shine
Early on in Amy Seimetz’s “Sun Don’t Shine,” it becomes very clear that this isn’t just your average young-white-couple-with-relationship-problems-on-a-road-trip indie flick. Oh, Crystal and Leo have problems alright. And a bad relationship. And a road trip to go on. But the one very big problem that lies at the crux of “Sun Don’t Shine” is rotting in their trunk. That pretty much eclipses the “who else have you slept with” conversations they might have (but they’ll have those too).

Interview: Shane Carruth Reveals The Mysteries Of 'Upstream Color'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 8, 2013 3:02 PM
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Upstream Color
In the hopes that some of you got to see "Upstream Color" over the weekend at one of its few, packed screenings, we're bringing you the concluding part of our interview with director Shane Carruth from the Berlin Film Festival, in which we spoke in a more minute way about the ins and outs of the film's plot, the motivations of some of its key characters, the thematic importance of the sound design and the metaphysics that underlies its ultimate meaning. Those who haven't yet had the singular pleasure of seeing it, we can only urge to go back and read parts one and two of the interview, or our review from Sundance, and then bookmark this one for later, as it's probably too close a reading of the film for anyone who hasn't yet become entangled in its enigmas.

Review: Shane Carruth's Beguilingly Enigmatic 'Upstream Color' May Cause Disorienting Side Effects, Results Will Vary

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 4, 2013 7:32 PM
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Upstream Color, Amy Seimetz
Nine years ago, autodidact filmmaker Shane Carruth burst onto the indie scene with the abstruse and complex sci-fi thriller "Primer," which made him a Sundance darling in 2004 when it won the Grand Jury Prize and went on to become a cult hit. The polymath writer, director, actor, musician, editor, producer, et al. stayed mostly quiet during this time, working fruitlessly on a still-unproduced film called "A Topiary" and helping out Rian Johnson with the time-travel sequences in "Looper."

On The Rise: 12 Directors To Watch In 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 28, 2013 4:20 PM
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On The Rise: 12 Director's To Watch In 2013 (photo)
So far in our On The Rise series this year, we've looked at talent on the ascension in front of the camera, with a cluster of actors and actresses who look set for great things. We've also highlighted promising cinematographers, writers and composers who've already proven their worth, and look like they're about to be more and more in demand as time goes on.

Peter Sarsgaard & Amy Seimetz Join 'The Killing' Season 3

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 10:27 AM
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The big question: can AMC reclaim the fans and critics it lost after season two of "The Killing"? That's going to be the goal as the network canceled and then re-upped show, but they will still have to convince those who got frustrated as the intial mystery dragged over two seasons. But they are taking some important steps. Firstly, the network promises that this time around, everything will be resolved in twelve episodes, and secondly, they are lining up some solid talent to join the returning Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos.

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