The Playlist

Review: Unflinchingly Honest And Grim 'Sunlight Jr.' Starring Naomi Watts & Matt Dillon

  • By Rodrigo Perez
  • |
  • November 12, 2013 6:07 PM
  • |
  • 3 Comments
Sunlight Jr.
To orient you to a filmmaker who's been away for far too long: If Wes Anderson’s central preoccupation is tightly controlled diorama-like compositions, Tim Burton’s obsession is dark, kooky misfits, and Sofia Coppola’s fixation is alienated teenagers soundtracked to exquisite pop songs, then Laurie Collyer’s main absorption is the forgotten underclass and their perils. The filmmaker behind “Sherrybaby” (and the gripping social documentary “Nuyorican Dream”), Collyer hasn’t made a movie since 2006, but her latest, “Sunlight Jr.,” could easily act as the third in a trilogy about the impoverished, the destitute and the depressed.

Festival Fave & Belgium's Oscar Entry 'Broken Circle Breakdown' Leads European Film Awards Nominees

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • November 9, 2013 9:41 AM
  • |
  • 6 Comments
The Broken Circle Breakdown
If there's one movie you might hear The Playlist prattling on about in the next few weeks, it's Felix van Groeningen's "Broken Circle Breakdown." Having already won the heart of Jessica Kiang when it hit Karlovy Vary earlier this year, I saw it this past week and was equally taken with the moving, messy, ambitious and beautiful film that has already received awards at both the Berlin Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. And the film's list of honors may continue at the Oscars, where it's Belgium's entry, but first it's stopping at European Film Awards, where it's leading the pack of nominees.

Exclusive: Naomi Watts & Matt Dillon Share A Moment In Clip From 'Sunlight Jr.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • November 5, 2013 11:01 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Sunshine Jr.
Currently in theaters portraying royalty in "Diana," the upcoming indie "Sunlight Jr." is a reminder of the range Naomi Watts can deliver. Here in a completely different role, she sheds designer fashion and opulence for discount chain clothes and a grittier tale about two people just trying to make it to the next day.

Review: 'Diana' Biopic Starring Naomi Watts Not Worthy Of A Crown

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • October 31, 2013 9:02 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
From the use of Jacques Brel's "Ne Me Quitte Pas" (twice) to choice morsels of quotes such as, "Wherever you are, death will find you, even if you hide yourselves in firmly constructed towers" (from the Koran), the specter of death haunts "Diana." While that's not a surprise, given that the story tracks her life in the two years leading up (and including) her passing, it's just one of many elements the script by Stephen Jeffreys ("The Libertine") isn't quite sure how to handle. Set against a chronicle of Princess Diana's last and most meaningful relationship with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, it's a fine balance between tragedy and ghoulishness, and sadly, the film never finds it. Graceless, clumsy and uncertain, "Diana" is the result of what happens in trying to honor the late Princess by engaging in the very tabloid speculation that marred her life.

Watch: Naomi Watts & Matt Dillon Are Having A Baby In Trailer For 'Sunlight Jr.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • September 25, 2013 10:59 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
While the awards season machine is aligning for Naomi Watts around "Diana," maybe "Sunlight Jr." should've been the card that was played? With the biopic receiving some rather vile early notices, this little indie perhaps better showcases the range and talent we've long come to appreciate from the actress.

Watch: New Trailer, Poster & Pics For 'Diana' Starring Naomi Watts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • September 25, 2013 9:43 AM
  • |
  • 5 Comments
While her pal Nicole Kidman is out of the way as potential competition during this awards season, it's still far from a slam dunk for Naomi Watts to be in the mix of contenders. Early word on the forthcoming "Diana" has not been good, being described as "car crash cinema," "terrible and tacky" and "a right royal mess" in early reviews, but the picture will soldier on, hoping that once it goes a bit wider, there will be some champions for the film.

Naomi Watts Joins Errol Morris' 'Fargo'-Esque Black Comedy 'Holland, Michigan'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
  • |
  • September 7, 2013 11:15 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Documentarians-turned-feature-length-narrative filmmakers is a long and storied tradition and almost a rite of passage. Some of the greats—Krzysztof Kieslowski, Louis Malle, Luis Buñuel, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne—got their start working in the medium. And more recently, documentary names like Paul Greengrass, Todd Phillips, Bennett Miller, Kevin Macdonald and Derek Cianfrance (who started out in narrative, but then carved out a decade long documentary career), have been making strong waves in the dramatic and comedy fields. Others like Werner Herzog or Steven Soderbergh vacillate between the two mediums effortlessly.

Review: 'Adore' Starring Robin Wright, Naomi Watts and Ben Mendelsohn

  • By Kimber Myers
  • |
  • September 6, 2013 9:15 AM
  • |
  • 4 Comments
Adore
We’ll be honest from sentence one. “Adore” hits two spots we love: movies for adults and (not-dumb) movies for and about women. We have our brief affairs with explosions, spit-take-inducing dialogue and car chases, but we have a long-term relationship with movies that are quiet and mature. They get bonus points if they feature strong female relationships. Okay, and hot dudes. But for all its efforts for seriousness, “Adore” never quite reaches true art, despite gorgeous cinematography and some fine work from its cast.

Watch: 2 New Clips & Lots Of Pics From 'Adore' Starring Naomi Watts & Robin Wright

  • By Cain Rodriguez
  • |
  • August 30, 2013 12:41 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Adore
Originally titled “The Grandmothers” and then “Two Mothers,” the Naomi Watts and Robin Wright-starring steamy drama “Adore” will hit VOD and selected theaters next week. Two new clips from the film have arrived online to heat you up under the collar.

Watch: New International Trailer For 'Diana' Starring Naomi Watts As Oscar Season Release Date Set

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • August 27, 2013 9:22 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Time to shake up your early Oscar predictions once again. We always knew that "Diana," the Naomi Watts starring biopic about the late People's Princess, would figure somewhere in the awards season race, and now we have our answer.

Email Updates

Recent Comments