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Best Of 2013: The Breakout Directors Of The Year

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 27, 2013 5:20 PM
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Best of 2013: The Breakout Directors Of The Year
Every year, film buffs get themselves in a lather over the latest from their favorite experienced directors. The calendar is marked for the next Spielberg, I’ll be there opening day for Scorsese’s latest, I am all about Spike Lee, etc. But the real pleasure in being a film fan is stumbling upon the undiscovered, lifting a rock and uncovering a new talent, a new voice, with a brand new vocabulary for us to learn. The Scorsese films will be there for us to discover and rediscover whenever we want. In 2013, however, there was only one Shaka King picture, there was only one Lake Bell joint.

Review: Sundance Best Director Winner 'Afternoon Delight' Starring Kathryn Hahn & Juno Temple

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 29, 2013 7:02 PM
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Afternoon Delight, Kathryn Hahn
The premise of “Afternoon Delight,” admittedly, does not sound terribly appealing: to spice up their sex life, a Silverlake couple goes for a night out at a gentleman’s club and subsequently take in a stripper in need of help. From that logline alone you can glean that their relatively buttoned-up sex lives will get a jolt of temporary excitement, the threat of infidelity will loom larger in their house and this will undoubtedly turn out to be a very big mistake for all of them. Unfortunately for those who dismissed the film because of its broad premise, “Afternoon Delight” turned out to be one of the unexpected highlights of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) is a thirty-something wife and mother who seemingly has it all but can’t help but feel vaguely dissatisfied with her life. Her husband Jeff (Josh Radnor) works as an app developer and has provided his family with a very nice home in one of L.A.’s hippest neighborhoods. But since the arrival of their child a few years back, their sex life has begun to suffer.

Sundance Review: Stripper Comedy 'Afternoon Delight' Plays Rough But Will Leave You With A Smile On Your Face

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 24, 2013 5:43 PM
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The premise of “Afternoon Delight,” admittedly, does not sound terribly appealing: to spice up their sex life, a Silverlake couple goes for a night out at a gentleman’s club and subsequently take in a stripper in need of help. From that logline alone you can glean that their relatively buttoned-up sex lives will get a jolt of temporary excitement, the threat of infidelity will loom larger in their house and this will undoubtedly turn out to be a very big mistake for all of them. Unfortunately for those who may have skipped out on the film because of its broad premise, “Afternoon Delight” is one of the unexpected highlights of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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