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Spike Jonze's 'Her' Wins Best Film & Best Director From National Board Of Review

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 1:42 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
So how influential are the National Board Of Review winners? Well, last year "Zero Dark Thirty" won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress and went on to be shut out in all three categories when the Oscars rolled out. Basically, just remember that there is a gulf between critics and Academy voters (remember the year when "The Social Network" cleaned up in the all early awards?) so just take a breath. That said, it's nice to see the love.

The Films Of The Coen Brothers: A Retrospective

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 4, 2013 11:32 AM
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Coen Brothers retro
Are Joel & Ethan Coen the best American filmmakers of their generation? It's probably a silly question to pose, but we'll be damned if we can think of better candidates. Since their startling neo-noir debut "Blood Simple" (which turns three decades old next year), they've been behind a brace of firmly original pictures which couldn't have been made by anyone else (as every dire attempt by others to make a "Coens-esque" imitation has proven). And though there have been a few blips (most notably a patch in the mid 00s generally regarded as the duo being off their game, though the films have their defenders), they've kept up a remarkably consistent level of quality over the years, with multiple classics, of which their 16th film, "Inside Llewyn Davis," is only the latest.

Watch: U.K. Trailer For 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Plus 2 New Clips, Interviews With Coen Brothers, Oscar Isaac & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • December 3, 2013 10:41 AM
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The year 2013 may have flew by fast, but not if you’re a fan of the Coen Brothers. The first trailer for “Inside Llewyn Davis” dropped this past January, then the film had its first private screening the following month, and then made its festival premiere at Cannes in May. Since then, unless you’ve been lucky enough to see it during its festival run, you have had to wait throughout the entire calendar year to catch a glimpse of this film. Thankfully, a whole boatload of promotional materials have just been dropped so you can keep yourself occupied until the film finally lands at a theater near you.

The Coen Brothers Say They're Writing A "Sandal Movie" Set In Ancient Rome

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2013 9:00 AM
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Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis
“You always hesitate to mention these things when you are in the middle of them, because sometimes they just go in a drawer and never surface again and then people ask 'what ever happened to that thing' for the next 20 years," Joel Coen said earlier this fall at the Telluride Film Festival, before mentioning he and Ethan Coen were writing a movie about an opera singer. So while any news about what they're working on next is pretty exciting, just bear in mind that plans change, creative inspiration could elsewhere and financing could be tough to come by.

Watch: 1.5 Hour Talk With Coen Brothers, Alec Baldwin & Carter Burwell About The Psychological Influence Of Movie Scores

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 22, 2013 11:25 AM
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Art of The Score, Baldwin, Coens, Burwell
It's an interesting approach to a subject: a celebrated actor, two venerable filmmaking siblings, a lauded composer and a neuroscientist exploring the uniquely powerful role of music in determining the narrative design and the emotional impact of a film. Yep, at the “Art Of The Score,” a co-presentation of World Science Festival and the New York Philharmonic, actor Alec Baldwin hosted a chat with the Coen brothers and their longtime composer Carter Burwell to discuss music, scores and perhaps more importantly, how it can shapes the emotional reaction and psychology of the brain.

Oscars: Which Films Will Pick Up Original & Adapted Screenplay Nominations?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 23, 2013 5:09 PM
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Oscars 2013: Original & Adapted Screenplay Nominations
Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the Twilight Zone. As long as almost anyone can recall, the Adapted Screenplay category has been more far more competitive than the original script slot. In general, more Academy-friendly films tend to have been adapted from novels, non-fiction books, plays, articles, or from other material, with the competition for original fare proving thinner. As a result, the Original Screenplay category has quietly been one of our favorites, allowing foreign-language films, tiny indies or genre fare to pick up nominations where they'd otherwise have difficulty.

NYFF: The Coen Brothers' Say 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Is Likely Their Last Movie To Be Shot On Film

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 27, 2013 12:05 PM
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The Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis
It looks like Joel and Ethan Coen are moving away from film and into digital. And if you ask the filmmakers, who saw their “Inside Llewyn Davis” screen for press at the New York Film Festival yesterday (our review), it's something they're half-heartedly embracing. “I have to say I’m not wildly enthusiastic about the idea,” Joel told press. “This movie was shot on film for a couple of reasons. We were working with a DP whom we had done one small thing with in the past. [DP] Bruno [Delbonnel] had also not shot anything with a digital camera before, and we discussed that would be one more complicated factor in our relationship with a DP. It’s all a hybrid thing now because it all goes into a box, it goes into a computer, and gets heavily manipulated. But it’s probable that the next one we shot will be done digitally."

'Prisoners' Cinematographer Roger Deakins' Top 5 Films

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 18, 2013 3:41 PM
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Roger Deakins' Top 5 Films
Denis Villenueve's brilliantly unnerving "Prisoners" is being sold primarily based on the star wattage of its cast, which includes Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Maria Bellow, Terrence Howard, and Paul Dano, and its gripping, worst-fear-realized setup, involving the mysterious abduction of two young girls (read our review here). But "Prisoners" packs a secret weapon every bit as powerful as Wolverine looking for his missing daughter: the work of cinematographer Roger Deakins. With "Prisoners," Deakins pushes his love of source lighting to wild extremes: a candlelight vigil turns into a field of starry bulbs, a captive's face is illuminated solely by the light that seeps in through a small hole, and ashy snowflakes are only visible due to headlights and the spinning lights of a police car. Deakins' work is deeply beautiful, moody stuff (some subtle camera moves also stand-out as best-of-year material too), intrinsic to the movie's oppressively moody atmosphere.

You're On The Clock, Mister: 20 Great Workplace Comedies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 6, 2013 3:10 PM
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This weekend's broad new studio comedy "The Internship" (our review) concerns a couple of schlubs (former wedding crashers Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) who, finding themselves out of work and hopelessly outdated when it comes to modern technology, apply to become interns at Google. While there, the movie becomes something of a workplace comedy – one in which all of their coworkers are way younger, cuter, and more brilliant.

Watch: 40-Minute Documentary On The Coen Brothers

  • By Ben Brock
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  • June 4, 2013 10:21 AM
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The Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis
Have you heard of these guys, the Coen Brothers? Apparently they have some new movie coming out about American folk music or something, with that guy from “ER” in it. Yeah, we're not sure either. But that last movie they did, the one with Jeff Bridges and all the bowling, that was pretty good. Anyhow, to publicize the folk music movie, the BBC have made a documentary about them. But seriously folks, the Coens do have a movie about American folk music about to come out, called “Inside Llewyn Davies” (it made a big splash at Cannes -- we liked it a lot) and while you wait for December 6th, you could do a lot worse than revisit this 2000 documentary, made during the filming of “O Brother Where Art Thou?.”

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