Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

The Playlist

Spielberg Chased Daniel Day-Lewis For 9 Years, Wanted Him Before Liam Neeson To Play ‘Lincoln' & More About The Film

  • By Rodrigo Perez
  • |
  • November 7, 2012 1:03 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Now that President Obama is back for a second term, some Oscar pundits are claiming Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the titular leader, is a shoo-in lock for a Best Picture win at the Oscars. We wouldn’t go that far, but the political drama, which hit theaters this weekend, is certainly going to be up for a handful of Oscar nominations at the very least.

5 Great Movie Presidents Worth Re-Electing

  • By The Playlist Staff
  • |
  • November 7, 2012 12:03 PM
  • |
  • 7 Comments
Well, after about 24 hours of feeling nauseous, anxious and genuinely panicky, we have a new President of the United States. Or more accurately, we have another four years of the same one, with President Barack Obama coming through and winning the re-election. And yet even as we start to breathe easy again, another president is turning up, this time in movie theaters.

The 10 Best Films To See In November

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
  • |
  • November 7, 2012 10:59 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments
If September and October can still be considered the fallow season after blockbusters like "Taken 2" and "Argo," and critically acclaimed films like "The Master," that fallow season is certainly over; the box office saw a huge upswing last weekend with "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Flight," and that's set to continue through Christmas, with tentpoles and awards hopefuls arriving ever single week. To help you sort the wheat from the chaff, we've put together a list of the 10 best films to see over the rest of November. Check it out below, and let us know what you're looking forward to most.

Interview: Sam Mendes Talks Directing 'Skyfall,' Pursuing Javier Bardem For The Villain & Misconceptions About The Bond Producers' Control

  • By Drew Taylor
  • |
  • November 6, 2012 2:52 PM
  • |
  • 7 Comments
This weekend, "Skyfall" is unleashed on cinemas nationwide. Almost from the very first sequence you will realize this is a very, very James Bond movie, and although it's the third in the Daniel Craig series, "Skyfall" almost feels like a hard reboot of the entire franchise, with winking nods to the previous entries and some bold expansion in other areas. The film is also laced with both melancholy and humor, both of which were absent in the hard-driven previous two.

The 5 Best James Bond Action Sequences

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
  • |
  • November 6, 2012 1:02 PM
  • |
  • 6 Comments
The James Bond franchise is known for many things: the girls, the martinis, the cars, the shifting lead roles. But most of all, perhaps, it's known for the spectacular action sequences. Over the 23 films to date, 007 has punched, kicked, shot, set on fire, exploded, thrown off high things, blown out of airplanes, eviscerated, fed to sharks and come up with countless other inventive ways of dispatching the villains, while using virtually every form of transport known to man, from motorbikes to hovercrafts to spaceships in a variety of pulse-pounding chase sequences.

5 Great Election Movies To Get You Through Voting Day

  • By The Playlist Staff
  • |
  • November 6, 2012 11:01 AM
  • |
  • 4 Comments
As you've probably noticed unless you just this minute slipped out of a coma (and if that's the case, stop reading this and go call your loved ones), it's election day. Four years on from the election of the first African-American commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama is squaring off at the ballot box against the Republican challenger, Mitt Romney in what looks likely to be the tightest election since... well, 2004, probably.

No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You To Die: The 5 Best Bond Villains

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
  • |
  • November 5, 2012 1:02 PM
  • |
  • 3 Comments
Even before it's released in the U.S. this Friday, "Skyfall," the 23rd official entry in the James Bond series, is already a monster hit, taking nearly quarter of a billion dollars worldwide in its first ten days in theaters. And with good reason -- Sam Mendes' take on Ian Fleming's super-spy is terrific, and certainly ranks among the upper reaches of the franchise.

Sean Howe's 'Marvel Comics: The Untold Story' & The 5 Most Tantalizing Marvel Movie What-Ifs

  • By Drew Taylor
  • |
  • November 5, 2012 11:00 AM
  • |
  • 4 Comments
Sean Howe's brilliant new book, "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story," is a fascinating history of the House of Ideas, from its humble beginnings to its place as a multimedia pop culture juggernaut (and everything in between). What makes Howe's book so fascinating (and such a compulsively un-put-down-able read) is how human it is. He's interested in characters, but not the kind that fly or shoot lasers out of their eyes. And as the book rolls along, it becomes clear that Howe is less interested in the Marvel that is currently nestled within the Disney conglomerate and pumping out billion dollar spectacles like this summer's "The Avengers," than in the hardscrabble, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants operation that made it so impactful in the first place. Along the way, too, it tells the story of Stan Lee, who moved away from the characters he created and the format he originally conceived and more obsessed with Hollywood and translating those heroes to the big screen. What follows is the most fascinating, bizarre, and out-there possibilities of the one-time cinematic Marvel Universe.

Game Over! 5 Videogame-Inspired Movies You Should Watch

  • By Drew Taylor
  • |
  • November 1, 2012 12:04 PM
  • |
  • 2 Comments
This Friday "Wreck-It Ralph," Disney's 52nd feature-length animated film, is released nationwide. A loving, zippy homage to classic arcade games and the world of gaming, it feels more like a tried-and-true video game adaptation than actual video game adaptations (like the odious "Silent Hill: Retribution," which is also currently in theaters). In honor of "Wreck-It Ralph," we've compiled a list of five movies that play like video games even though they have nothing to do with real-life video games. Hope you have some extra quarters handy.

Drink Up: 5 Movies About Alcoholism

  • By Simon Abrams
  • |
  • November 1, 2012 11:00 AM
  • |
  • 8 Comments
“Flight” is as strong as it is because it never pulls punches when it comes to portraying the dark side of protagonist Whip Whitaker’s (Denzel Washington) alcoholism. Whip’s character arc is as moving as it is because he’s surrounded by people that don’t know how to help him and people that want to hide him away so he can’t further embarrass them. Addiction is presented as an individual’s choice, albeit one that is incredibly hard to stop making, and “Flight” is just the latest in a line of humane and unsentimental dramas about alcoholics. From the horrors of finding one more drink in “The Lost Weekend” to the bitterly funny skid row life depicted in both “Barfly” and “Factotum,” this list is dedicated to films that neither baby their audience nor judge their protagonists too harshly. So before you see “Flight,” check out these five superior alcoholism dramas.

Email Updates

Recent Comments