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Podcast: The Playlist Talks 'The Master' & 'Looper'

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 1, 2012 10:59 AM
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The podcast returns this week after a long absence. We apologize for the lack of shows, but obviously we've been hella busy. This week, host Erik McClanahan is joined by regular guests Kevin Jagernauth and Rodrigo Perez for reviews of two films from American writer/directors garnering a ton of attention at the moment: "The Master" from Paul Thomas Anderson, and the latest from Rian Johnson, "Looper." 

The 16 Best Movies About Time Travel

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 28, 2012 1:58 PM
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Who hasn't wanted to go back and fix past mistakes? Or travel forward and see what's in store for you and for the world? It's for these reasons that time travel has remained such a popular plot device, from H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine" to the long-running TV show "Doctor Who" to this week's "Looper," the wildly acclaimed sci-fi action-thriller from "Brick" director Rian Johnson, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt.

Exclusive: Joe Dante Reveals The 4 Films That Influenced 'The Hole'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 28, 2012 11:59 AM
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Time has most certainly been kind to filmmaker Joe Dante, best known for his “Gremlins” films (the first of which celebrated its 28th anniversary in June), as the filmmaker’s work from his early days with gonzo producer Roger Corman to later fare like the 1998 action blockbuster “Small Soldiers" continue to be watched and beloved years after the fact. While he’s remained busy working on acclaimed episodes of genre favorite “Masters of Horrors,” or dipping his feet into network fare with CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” it’s his first feature since 2003’s “Looney Tunes: Back In Action” that has folks talking about Dante and the movies once again.

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Princess Bride' On Its 25th Anniversary

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 25, 2012 12:01 PM
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The bargain bins of the world are littered with attempts to make films for the whole family. Making something that will please young kids, grandparents, and everyone in between (a four-quadrant hit, as studio types call it) is a tough nut to crack. But one of the most enduring family favorites of the last few decades is one that, against the odds, managed to thrill audiences, make them laugh, and make them swoon: Rob Reiner's "The Princess Bride."

5 Great Genre Remakes & 5 Terrible Ones

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 21, 2012 1:06 PM
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Is this week's "Dredd 3D" a remake? It's a murky question. It's not the first time the popular 2000AD comics supercop has made it to the screen, with a less faithful, famously terrible Sylvester Stallone dropping into cinemas in 1995. Some would argue that it's merely the second adaptation of one piece of source material. But given the proliferation of adaptations, we'd argue that it does indeed qualify as a remake.
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The Essentials: 5 Great Films Based On Stephen King Novels

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 21, 2012 10:55 AM
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Stephen King is, all of a sudden, a hot property again. One of the major forces in popular literature of the past forty-odd years, it's been a few years since the last major King adaptation, but a wealth of projects from the director are on their way in the next few years.

5 Things You Might Not Know About David Fincher’s Criterion Approved 'The Game'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 20, 2012 2:02 PM
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It seems unfair that David Fincher’s 1997 directorial outing “The Game” is often in the back of cinephile’s minds when they think of the director’s magnificent oeuvre. It is understandable in some ways, seeming as it’s sandwiched between two monumental directorial efforts into the pantheon of cult movies with Fincher’s own “Se7en” coming in 1995 and “Fight Club” hitting in 1999, but many fans of the notoriously finicky filmmakers would probably rank it close to or at the very top of their lists of the director’s best work. While it certainly isn’t as abrasive a film as “Se7en” or “Fight Club,” it’s just as memorable for showcasing the benefits of David Fincher’s acute attention to detail that would greatly benefit the many twists and turns of the film’s script.

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'L.A. Confidential'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 19, 2012 12:07 PM
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It's safe to say that "L.A. Confidential" wasn't greeted with especially high expectations in the run up to its release. James Ellroy's 1990 book, the third of his "L.A. Quartet" (preceded by "The Black Dahlia" and "The Big Nowhere," and completed by "White Jazz") was a favorite among crime fans, but hardly a best seller. Screenwriter Brian Helgeland was known only for "Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" and a rewrite of actioner "Assassins." Director Curtis Hanson was well-liked, but mostly known for mid-level programmers like "Bad Influence," "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" and "The River Wild." And the cast was led by two virtual unknowns from the Southern Hemisphere, with the most recognizable names in the cast being Kim Basinger, whose career was a little on the outs, comedy actor Danny DeVito and recently Oscar-nominated character actor Kevin Spacey.

5 Fall Festival Films That Still Need Distribution

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 18, 2012 11:00 AM
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TIFF remains one of the biggest distribution markets in the world, and with the festival now over, some distributors are walking away with some big prizes. Focus Features took "The Place Beyond The Pines," Lionsgate and/or Roadside Attractions bought a wealth of pictures, including "Imogene," "Thanks For Sharing" and "Stories We Tell," Anchor Bay landed Rob Zombie's "The Lords Of Salem," IFC Films grabbed "Frances Ha" Magnolia won "The Brass Teapot" Dimension picked up "Aftershock," and Sony Pictures Classics took "Wadjda," and these are just a few of the deals that went down at the festival.

TIFF Wrap Up: Our 5 Favorite Films Of The Festival, Plus Our Complete Coverage

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 17, 2012 2:04 PM
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Like most festivals, the Toronto International Film Festival is somewhat frontloaded (much to the complains of many of its attendees), with most of the big films playing on or around the first weekend of the festival. But in fact, the festival wrapped up officially yesterday, and as we speak, The Playlist are officially departing the city for another year.

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