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Retrospective: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock Pt. 1 (1925-1939)

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 30, 2012 12:29 PM
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This year, a Leytonstone-born Londoner born 113 years ago has been all the rage. The subject of two biopics, "The Girl" (which aired on HBO a few weeks back) and "Hitchcock" (which premieres at AFI Fest on Thursday), the director of the newly named greatest film of all time "Vertigo," and a man who's been endlessly homaged, ripped off, and paid tribute to for decades -- of course, we're talknig about Alfred Hitchcock.

James Franco & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Auditioned For The Leads In ‘On The Road’ & More From Screenwriter José Rivera

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 29, 2012 4:19 PM
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While the screenings were canceled last evening because of Hurricane Sandy, BAMCinematek’s IFC Sneaks was in full force on Friday and Saturday nights. Playing seven IFC Films pictures that won’t be in theaters until later this year or 2013 (Abbas Kiarostami's "Like Someone In Love" and Olivier Assayas' "Something In The Air” for example), on Saturday night, BAM and IFC Films unveiled the New York premiere of Walter Salles’ “On The Road.” Salles’ long-time-coming adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal Beat Generation novel was a five year work in progress, and on Saturday evening BAM screened the newly edited 124 minute version (the iteration that ran at Cannes was 2 hours and 20 minutes and some of the main criticisms of that version was its longwinded approach) that will open in theaters in December.

Short Cuts: 5 Short Films You Need To Know

  • By Leah Zak
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  • October 29, 2012 2:00 PM
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You generally don’t see them in theaters, and if you do, they are often a tacked on as a bonus, or come packaged as a group deal. They make up one of the categories that most tend to close-their-eyes-and-point-to when it comes to the office Oscar Pool. They are where film began, in the experiments of Edison Manufacturing Company, or, perhaps more officially, with Edwin S. Porter’s “The Great Train Robbery.” They’re also often where filmmakers begin, but in the case of many great filmmakers (Kurosawa, Godard, Altman, Sodebergh, and so on) at some point return to. They are short films. While today the short form is often considered a calling card or stepping stone, they’re also an opportunity to test narratives waters, or try new technique, and as video-sharing sites grow and improve, so does a shorts potential for a much wider audience.

The Disc-Less: Michael Mann's Supernatural Horror 'The Keep' & 5 Films Not Available On DVD (Halloween Edition)

  • By Peter Labuza
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  • October 29, 2012 12:00 PM
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The Disc-less is a new bi-monthly column exploring films not available on DVD in North America. While physical media is becoming less and less relevant with the advent of online streaming, the best quality for films outside of a theater are still in DVDs and Blu-Rays. The release of major and minor cinematic works on physical media has lead to reevaluation of cinematic history. The Disc-less hopes to point cinephiles to films still not available, as well as possible ways one can see them.

The Most Polarizing Film Of The Year? What Did You Think Of 'Cloud Atlas?

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  • October 29, 2012 10:00 AM
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It might have disappointed at the box office this weekend (although disappointment is a big word for a result that anyone with two eyes and a heart could have saw coming months ago), but in cine-circles, "Cloud Atlas" has been the center of conversation. The adaptation of the best-selling David Mitchell novel, directed by Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, and costing an independently-financed $100 million, it's a bold, genre-spanning film with an all-star cast, and great ambitions than pretty much everything released in theaters in the last month.

'Best Worst Movie' Director Michael Paul Stephenson Talks 'The American Scream' & His Narrative Feature Debut ‘Destroy’

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 27, 2012 4:04 PM
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The most terrifying thing about the 1990 horror film “Troll 2” isn’t just that it was made, but that it was made with such an unapologetic lack of filmmaking talent that it’s become a punchline for jokes about bad movies ever since, rivaled only by recent additions to the “so bad it’s good” pantheon as Tommy Wiseau’s midnight staple “The Room” or even something like “Birdemic.” Thankfully, actor Michael Paul Stephenson didn’t try to hide from his work in the film for too long (he was 12 at the time), and would go on to direct “Best Worst Movie,” a documentary that won over many with its study of the cult surrounding “Troll 2,” the film’s egocentric director who believed he made a masterpiece, and the film’s lead George Hardy – an Alabama dentist bursting with personality, who long kept his sole acting credit in “Troll 2” as a dirty secret in his past. The film picked up strong nods all around, and now Stephenson is back with a doc of a whole other variety.

5 Obscure Sports Films That Will Get You Wetter Than 'Chasing Mavericks'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 26, 2012 2:42 PM
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This weekend sees the Gerard Butler-starring, Curtis Hanson-directed surfing picture "Chasing Mavericks" sneak unheralded into theaters, joining a relatively small but illustrious list of surfing movies. Not many fringe sports have been as lucky as to have movies like "Big Wednesday," "Point Break" and "Riding Giants" focused on them, of the relatively few that have been made.

Spinning 'Cloud Atlas': 5 Unfilmable Novels That Became Movies & 5 More On The Way

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 26, 2012 12:31 PM
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While it was a worldwide success, and displays some bold and ambitious storytelling that could look amazing on screen, it always seemed that there was little chance of David Mitchell's best-seller "Cloud Atlas" ever making it to screens. Indeed, Mitchell himself told the New Yorker recently, "As I was writing 'Cloud Atlas,' I thought, 'It's a shame this is unfilmable.' "

Everything Is Connected: 5 Movies That Paved The Way For 'Cloud Atlas'

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  • October 25, 2012 2:02 PM
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The big release of this week (albeit on rather fewer screens than you might expect) is also one of the most ambitious of the year -- The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas." An adaptation of a novel by David Mitchell that some had deemed unfilmable, it's a near-three-hour tale that interlinks multiple narratives from the 1800s to the end of time, with its starry cast taking on multiple roles, often buried behind make-up that lets them change gender and even race.

Fire Your Agent: 10 Actors Who Need A Change Of Career Direction

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 24, 2012 2:23 PM
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Last week brought the borderline-absurd news that Nicolas Cage was in talks to star in a new take on the god-bothering "Left Behind" franchise (this is a WTF even for Cage). This week brings the first major movie starring another Oscar-winner, Halle Berry, in five years, in the shape of "Cloud Atlas," as well as the barely-noticeable release of Gerard Butler vehicle "Chasing Mavericks." These things mean many things, but perhaps first and foremost among them, it's that certain actors aren't having the best of times.

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