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The Playlist Team Picks Their 13 Scariest Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 31, 2013 12:19 PM
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Favorite horror movies
On the off chance you haven't literally tripped over a pumpkin in the last five minutes, we're here to remind you that tonight we celebrate the single greatest excuse ever invented to get trashed and wear skimpy clothing: Halloween. But of course, in addition to its status for some as a nationwide night of consequence-free hedonistic abandon, for others, Halloween has a deeper, more rarefied spiritual function: as a time to discover the limits of rationality; to test the boundaries of your relationship with the unknown and unknowable; in short, to scare yourself shitless.

Watch: International Trailer & Poster For Roman Polanski's 'Venus In Fur' Starring Emmanuelle Seigner & Mathieu Amalric

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2013 3:46 PM
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Venus In Furs
While it might seem every major festival film from the year thus far has been accounted for, we nearly forgot about Roman Polanski's "Venus In Fur." Premiering at Cannes this past spring, it has since kept a low profile, skipping Telluride, Toronto and New York altogether. But with a release in France around the corner, some more attention is now focused back on the film.

Watch: Vintage 23-Minute Documentary On The Making Of 'Rosemary's Baby'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2013 11:33 AM
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45 years since it was first released, Roman Polanski's horror classic "Rosemary's Baby" still continues to chill. The tale of the literal spawn of Satan and an unsuspecting young woman is one of the genre's finest, a pitch perfect, surreal and scary piece of filmmaking, but what was it like to make the movie?

Happy Birthday, Roman Polanski! Watch 1-Hour 1984 TV Interview With The Director

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 18, 2013 1:50 PM
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It's a helluva weekend for legendary film folks celebrating birthdays. Yesterday marked Robert De Niro's 70th, and today, director Roman Polanski is blowing out the candles on his 80th. And while his controversial and colorful past means some won't be raising a glass to the filmmaker, when it comes to his work, he's left more than few films that will be remembered for years to come. But as always with Polanski, there is much to talk about when it comes to both his personal life and career.

Watch: 50-Minute Episode Of 'Scene By Scene' By Mark Cousins Featuring Roman Polanski

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2013 4:22 PM
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Regular readers of the blog will likely have already caught up with episodes of "Scene By Scene," Mark Cousins' former BBC series focusing on various filmmakers. We've already featured episodes centered on David Lynch, Woody Allen, Brian De Palma and Bernardo Bertoucci. If you haven't seen them, they're well worth a spin and now comes another that's definitely worth setting aside an hour for.

Big in Japan: 10 Movies To Watch Before 'The Wolverine'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 25, 2013 3:41 PM
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10 Movies To See Before The Wolverine
"The Wolverine" isn't just another stand alone movie. Following the disastrous "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," it's a complete tonal overhaul, with the property being rebuilt almost from the ground up. While there might be traces of the character's 'X'-past, particularly in the somewhat-garbled third act, there is still a very clear attempt to remake the character inside a more atmospheric, emotionally rich context. That, coupled with the movie's welcome change in scenery (it's set mostly in Japan), makes it a very, very different X-perience than you're used to. Sure, it has plenty of it's own issues, regardless (you can read our review of the Hugh Jackman movie here), but keeping all this in mind, we thought this would be a good opportunity to run through a list of ten movies that will get you ready for "The Wolverine" - whether literally, spiritually, or thematically, these movies share some mutant DNA with everyone's favorite metallic-clawed hero.

Christoph Waltz Will Solve 'True Crimes,' As Roman Polanski Eyes Directing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2013 5:33 PM
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With two Oscars holding down his mantle, it seems that Christoph Waltz is in the position of being able to do whatever the fuck he wants. And lately that means jumping to some interesting projects including Tim Burton's drama "Big Eyes," the Stephen Gaghan project "Candy Store," and he's already wrapped Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem." And next? How about a procedural?

Watch: New Photos From Roman Polanski's 'Venus In Fur,' Sundance Selects Grabs U.S. Rights

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 1:03 PM
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Venus In Furs, Polanski
No other review we delivered out of the Cannes Film Festival drew as much ire (and trolling) as Jessica Kiang's take on Roman Polanski's "Venus In Fur." Over 115 commenters weighed in after she declared that the latest from the auteur has "wit and verbal dexterity on display" but "has little insight to give us into anything except the sexual hubris of an aging man, and frankly, we’re not sure we give a damn." Zing. Well you'll be able to decide for yourself soon enough.

Cannes Review: Emmanuelle Seigner A Raucous Revelation In Polanski’s Otherwise Stagy, Pointless ‘Venus In Fur’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 25, 2013 1:04 PM
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Ever had the feeling, when the credits roll and the lights go up, that you’ve been watching a completely different film to everyone else? Welcome to our morning, which was spent at a screening of the last Cannes 2013 competition film, Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the David Ives broadway play “Venus in Fur.”

Cannes: New Images From Roman Polanski's 'Venus In Fur'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2013 3:25 PM
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We're now less than a week away from the Cannes Film Festival rolling out the red carpet, and among the heavy hitters making their way to the Croisette will be none other than Roman Polanski. He's returning with another modest, character driven, largely one location movie and something that appears to be even smaller than "Carnage."

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