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The Complete Woody Allen: A Retrospective Pt. 1 (1966-1990)

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  • May 19, 2011 8:17 AM
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Making a film once a decade, like the Terrence Malicks of the world, is all well and good, but what's truly impressive is making a film virtually every year for 40 years, and, generally speaking, consistently making pretty good ones. And that's what Woody Allen's managed to rack up since his debut as credited co-director on "What's Up, Tiger Lily?"

The Films Of Hal Ashby: A Retrospective

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 6, 2011 6:55 AM
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Hal Ashby
Laid-back, doobie-inclined, scruffy and shooting from the hip mavericks: while many of his peers went on to much greater success in the 1970s -- Steven Spielberg, Warren Beatty, Francis Ford Coppola, Dennis Hopper, George Lucas, etc. -- perhaps no one director typfies the groovy, uber-chill Easy Riders and Raging Bulls generation of filmmakers more than Hal Ashby.

We Read It: Casting Quentin Tarantino's Slavery/Spaghetti Western Epic 'Django Unchained'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 5, 2011 4:28 AM
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You’ll recall in 2008 we did, what we thought, was a very good job of casting Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” (some of us are still convinced our picks were better than Q.T.’s, but that’s another story). And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Tarantino has recently finished his latest script, one entitled “Django Unchained.” So yes, we’re at it again.

Retrospective: The Films Of Werner Herzog

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  • April 29, 2011 5:21 AM
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Few filmmakers have had as varied, or colorful, a career as Werner Herzog. A man that Francois Truffaut, who should know, once called "the most important film director alive," Herzog has been knocking out classics, in both the fictional and documentary worlds, for over 40 years now. Perhaps still best known for his tempestuous relationship with Klaus Kinski, with whom Herzog produced many of his very best films, the director's oeuvre goes far beyond those five, from minor classics to eye-opening documentaries, from classics of German cinema to a star-driven remake of an Abel Ferrera film.

The Playlist's Guide To Horror Sequels Worth Screaming About

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  • April 15, 2011 7:32 AM
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If it’s one thing that horror movies are good at, particularly in the past decade with our annual “Saw” installments, it’s churning out sequels – like this weekend’s not-very-good “Scream 4.” (To quote “Scream 2” -- “Sequels suck, they are, by definition, inferior product.”) While most of these movies are blatant cash-grabs by studios that know the relative inexpensiveness of the films can boost their bottom line, there are a few that exceed our admittedly low expectations. But a feature called “Horror Sequels That Exceed Our Admittedly Low Expectations” would have kind of been a mouthful, so we went with the above instead. And given those set of rules, we decided to forgo grading the films, instead letting the writing speak for itself.

The Playlist's Guide To Assassins In The Movies

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  • April 8, 2011 4:45 AM
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We often don’t know where they come from, their real names or even why they do what they do. Yet, as an audience, we are frequently enamored with the glossy thrill of power offered to a hitman, a silent assassin disappearing into the night. Why hitmen have been such a genre staple isn’t hard to see - you put a gun into the hand of a major character, and boom! drama. The idea of a hired gun, someone whose line of work involves ending human lives without passion or emotion, is naturally fraught with tension and emotional weight.

16 Time-Travel Movies Worth Your....Time

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  • April 1, 2011 6:43 AM
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Source Code
Greetings, Playlist reader in the year 2011! In your time, time travel is the stuff of science fiction, but in the year 2086, it's becoming increasingly prevalent, and thanks to the recent purchase of The Playlist by The Dog With The Brain Of Arianna Huffington, we were able to obtain the technology to send this feature back to you, to commemorate the release of Duncan Jones' now-seminal mind-bending thriller "Source Code."

To Honor The Passing Of 'At The Mountains Of Madness': 10 More Great Lost Projects

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 10, 2011 8:33 AM
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The beginning of this week marked one of the more disappointing moments in recent film news with the news that, after leaving "The Hobbit" due to frustrations with the delays, Guillermo del Toro's long-time dream project, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness," had failed to get the green light from Universal Studios. Despite the triple threat of del Toro, producer James Cameron and star Tom Cruise, the $150 million budget and a likely R-rating put an end to the film's chances.

Space Invaders: 14 Aliens Attack Movies

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  • March 10, 2011 5:39 AM
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While the genre never really goes away, once a decade or so the alien invasion picture suddenly hits the zeitgeist. It happened in the 1950s with the slew of B-movies, it happened in the 1990s as "The X-Files" captured the public's imagination, and for whatever reason (birthers? immigration concerns? a shortage of fake teeth for vampire movies?) it's happening again now.

10 Weird Animated Films

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  • March 4, 2011 6:10 AM
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Almost every week it seems like there's a new animated film being released to the multiplexes (many of them in the costly and annoying 3D format), so it takes a special kind of film to break out of the (mostly) computer animated pack. Which is why it's so nice to report that "Rango," Gore Verbinski's surrealist spaghetti western (which stars Johnny Depp as a chameleon searching for his identity), is profoundly weird. It's this trait, along with its jaw-dropping gorgeous animation, that makes it stand out, loud and proud, and should ensure a long and fruitful life (if not immediate commercial success and/or acceptance).

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