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25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 21, 2014 12:05 PM
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25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival
As you might have noticed from the wall-to-wall level of coverage over the last week or so, the Sundance Film Festival has grown considerably from its humble beginnings back in 1978, when it was inaugurated as the Utah/US Film Festival and had a remit to showcase exclusively American-made independent films, and to promote filmmaking in the region. Robert Redford's involvement as a guiding patron led to its name change in 1981, from which point on it expanded gradually, until a kind of Cambrian explosion occurred with the arrival of "sex lies & videotape " 25 years ago this, a film that, with only a touch of hyperbole, could be said to have remade the festival into the modern titan it is today.

Sundance Review: Richard Linklater’s Ambitious ‘Boyhood’ Starring Ethan Hawke & Patricia Arquette

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 20, 2014 1:11 PM
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Boyhood
Last night in Park City, director Richard Linklater made cinematic history with the groundbreaking “Boyhood,” a time capsule-like exploration of childhood and family shot over the course of 12 years. And it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before, though the closest analogue might be the ambitious “Up Series," Michael Apted’s documentary series that revisits the same family every 7 years to catch up with where they are in life. Evincing many lucid and extemporaneous qualities, Linklater doesn’t do catching up though, as “Boyhood” feels much less like a greatest hits package and more analogous to being in the moment, watching the sprawling, occasionally dull home videos of family over more than a decade’s time. Warm, soulful, funny and quietly insightful, “Boyhood” shines in its engrossing, experiential understanding and it’s a special achievement that should be cherished and acknowledged.

First Look: Richard Linklater's 12 Years In The Making 'Boyhood', Now Added To The Sundance Film Festival Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2014 1:01 PM
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Boyhood
"It's the ultimate collaboration," Richard Linklater told Vulture about his upcoming "Boyhood," and he's not kidding. The project has been some twelve years in the making, and the ambition alone has caused excitement (it's one of our 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2014), with Linklater spending a few weeks every year since 2002 shooting portions of this film, resulting in something he describes thusly: "It's boyhood, it's parenthood, it's everything." And now it's finally finished, and ready to see the light of day.

The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2014

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 6, 2014 1:14 PM
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100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2014 (part 2)
Last week we brought you numbers 100-51 of our 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2014. And while we still have several other look-ahead-to-2014 pieces in the works for the coming days, like a Sundance preview, 2014 Films We've Already Seen, and the ever-controversial Will These Films Suck? rundown of potential lowlights, today we get on to the section that really matters--the top 50 2014 films we're looking forward to most. It's a mouthwatering selection that convinces us once again that we collectively have the greatest job in the world, and has us antsy for the January doldrums to get gone, so let's dive straight in, shall we?

Ethan Hawke Says Richard Linklater's"Revolutionary," Long Developing 'Boyhood' Will Be Released In 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 11:21 AM
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It seems things on Richard Linklater's secretive, years-in-the-making "Boyhood" are moving along faster than even Ethan Hawke predicted. It was just a few months ago that the actor said the movie was still about two years off, but it seems the sands in the hour glass are sliding through much more quickly than expected.

Richard Linklater Talks '80s Set Dazed & Confused Sequel, Still Looking For A Title

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • June 10, 2013 9:37 AM
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Richard Linklater is on a tear after the amazing critical reception to his latest film, “Before Midnight” - still one of the best reviewed movies of the year, and commanding the arthouse box office. In a recent interview on the Jeff Smith podcast, Linklater revealed he’s ready to move back into a big ensemble movie after small scale efforts of his last two features. Could it mean fans will be getting that long-awaited “spiritual sequel” to “Dazed and Confused”?

Ethan Hawke Says Richard Linklater's Secret, Long Developing 'Boyhood' Will Be Released In 2 Years

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2013 1:27 PM
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There's ambitious, there's ballsy, and then there's Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" (previously known as "Growing Up"). In case you're playing catchup, Linklater's project -- which he has been working on for over a decade -- stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as parents raising a young boy, played by Ellar Salmon, in a drama that will chronicle the life of the child from age of six through to the twelfth grade. The clever part is that Linklater has quietly been shooting parts of the movie every year since 2002, allowing his lead (and the characters around) age and mature with a realism we can't imagine has been captured on camera before (at least outside of Michael Apted's "7 Up" series). Aside from that, not much else is known about the movie but it looks like we may be seeing it very soon.

Review: 'Before Midnight'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 23, 2013 7:04 PM
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What happened at the cliffhanger ending of 2004's "Before Sunset?" Did Jesse (Ethan Hawke) manage to catch his flight back to the United States or did he and Celine (Julie Delpy) finally re-consummate their nine-year-after-the-fact romance? These questions are answered in Richard Linklater's trilogy-concluding "Before Midnight," a charming and funny, but much more emotionally difficult and pained picture than one might have imagined. Those expecting another swooningly romantic movie are going to be in for a rude awakening. While "Before Midnight" certainly has its appealing moments of allure and levity, it's ultimately more "This Is 40"-style pain with much more honesty and real bite than Judd Apatow would likely ever go for, and when "Before Midnight" bares its fangs and becomes uncomfortable there are few moments of comedic relief or a new jaunty scene to cut to.

Richard Linklater Hopes To Shoot His 'Dazed & Confused' Sequel In The Fall; Francis Ford Coppola Lines Up Next Film

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 23, 2013 9:36 AM
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Francois Truffaut kept checking in with Antoine Doinel, Spike Lee caught up with Mookie again...there comes a point in a director’s career where they can’t help but look back and try to work in the same space they worked in during their youth. Sometimes it’s an attempt to recapture old glory, other times it’s because there’s a genuine interest in tackling old subject matter with more experience, maturity and wisdom. And now, two more directors have decided to go headlong into past.

Sorry Richard Linklater, Robert Redford Will Direct 'A Walk In The Woods' Himself

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • May 10, 2013 12:44 PM
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As excited as we were at the prospect of “Before Sunset” with two old guys in the woods (no really!), it has been confirmed that the director of “A Walk in the Woods” will now be Robert Redford and not Richard Linklater, as we previously reported.

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