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The Playlist Year In Quotes 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 21, 2012 2:11 PM
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For those of us who've been here since The Playlist was a rinky-dink little blogspot, it's pretty exciting that, as we've grown along with our faithful readers, we've been lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk more and more to the actors, writers and directors of the films we love. And 2012 was certainly our biggest year ever. Both as regular business and as part of the festival circuit (we were at Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Karlovy Vary, Cannes, LAFF, NYFC, TIFF, Venice, Marrakech, London and more), we managed to talk to dozens and dozens filmmakers and performers.

11 Notable Films You May Not Have Seen In 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 20, 2012 2:30 PM
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Every week (bar the very thinnest parts of the calendar), somewhere between seven and twelve movies end up opening in theaters. On some weekends, it's even more -- the first week of December saw eighteen films begin their theatrical runs. As such, it's hard enough for film writers to stay on top of things, let alone Joe Public, who doesn't have the benefit of free screenings, and DVDs in the post to take the edge off things.

New Yorker's David Denby Names 'Lincoln,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' & More As Best Movies Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 3:33 PM
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David Denby may think that cinema is dead (or dying), but maybe the dude needs to get out more. The New Yorker film critic has dropped his list essay on the Best Movies Of 2012, and for a guy has found a lot of fault for how the studios make movies, his list features lots of studio and studio indie fare. Just sayin'.

The Playlist's Men Of The Year 2012: Channing Tatum & Matthew McConaughey

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 18, 2012 2:52 PM
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Last year, when the time came to pick our man of the year, we had a tough choice. Ryan Gosling, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and George Clooney all had excellent, diverse and busy 2011s, and after hours of furious debate, we ended up settling on Michael Fassbender. This year, the choice seemed to us a simple one, albeit shared between two actors who both turned around their image and perception with a string of roles across the last year, culminating in a film that teamed them up to great effect. Yes, it's Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum.

The Worst Films Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 18, 2012 1:34 PM
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We're not alone in thinking that 2012 was a pretty great year for film. Maybe not one for the ages like 1939, 1975 or 1999, but one that, after a slowish start, has seen something worth checking out hit theaters almost every week, with the last few months of the year becoming positively overstuffed with goodness. You'll already have seen various highlights in our year-end coverage to date, and we'll be rolling out individual staff Top 10s in the coming weeks. But it hasn't been all been sunshine and daisies on cinema screens this year.

The Overrated And Underrated Films Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 17, 2012 2:15 PM
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We understand that to many, underrated and overrated are potentially noxious terms. At the very least it’s deeply subjective and relative. What’s underrated to one person is fussed over to someone else. Essentially, it’s all about one’s perception of the narrative that forms around any given film. Some pictures are often undervalued or underepresented by certain sections of the critical cognoscenti and other pictures are lauded as the greatest thing sliced bread and writer’s often feel like they need to make some sort of corrective to that that narrative.

'Holy Motors' Tops Film Comment's Top 50 Films Of 2012, 'The Master,' 'Moonrise Kingdom' & 'Amour' In Top 10

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2012 4:16 PM
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Another awards season week draws to a close, and another poll drops, this time from Film Comment. And a few cinephile favorites feature in the top ten of a fifty strong list.

The Best Film Soundtracks & Scores Of 2012

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  • December 14, 2012 2:16 PM
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We're continuing our best of 2012 coverage by diving into scores and soundtracks that caught our ear over the past twelve months. As anyone who's ever watched one of those YouTube videos where someone puts a video of their favorite Evanescence song over an ill-fitting movie scene, music, whether score or a song, can be crucial to a film's success, or otherwise. And yet all too often, it's reduced to a footnote in the appreciation of a film. And that goes double for when films that don't necessarily work and otherwise have a great score or soundtrack.

MTV Names 'The Dark Knight Rises' The Best Film Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2012 9:44 AM
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Okay, we've had the lists from the high brow movie magazines, the exclusive critics groups, various newspapers and magazines, but what about one from somewhere that has a bit of pulse on what the folks are actually seeing at the multiplex? Well, MTV has dropped their top ten movies of the year, and while some may balk at the populist list, we gotta give them credit for highlighting a couple of overlooked movies.

The Guardian Names 'The Master' The Best Film Of 2012, 'Ted' Is The Second Best

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2012 6:24 PM
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While the awards circuit hasn't been overly kind to Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," it seems to be from across the pond where it's getting the most love. The film topped the Sight & Sound poll for 2012, and now The Guardian has come out as well, naming it the best picture of the year. They in particular single out "[Joaquin] Phoenix's agonisingly intense and blazingly committed performance" as the big factor that pushed the movie to the top. And this is cool, but the rest of the top ten is perhaps even more fascinating.

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