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My Life In 10 Movies: Daniel Carbone, The Director Of 'Hide Your Smiling Faces'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 25, 2014 2:07 PM
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Hide Your Smiling Faces
While the technical accomplishments and formal influences on a director's work can be fascinating, sometimes the clearest understanding to their approach on cinema comes not from a checklist of inspirations, but a journey though their relationship with the medium. For example, knowing that Terrence Malick is a fan of Ben Stiller's "Zoolander" creates a much more complex portrait of the reclusive filmmaker that his own body of work may reflect. And so, in our ongoing semi-regular feature (kicked off by Terry Gilliam), we sat down with Daniel Carbone of the upcoming "Hide Your Smiling Faces" to talk about the movie touchstones in his life.

21 Movies About Weird, Kinky Or Compulsive Sex

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 20, 2014 3:00 PM
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Films About Weird, Kinky or Compulsive Sex
Perhaps the most surprising thing about Lars Von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac,” Volume 1 of which opens in the US this weekend (our review is here) is not Shia LaBeouf’s accent, it's that it’s a film that is totally, unashamedly, unavoidably about sex. While coitus, rumpy, intercourse, balling, humping, beast-with-two-back-making does feature in some shape or form with extreme frequency in cinema, it only rarely forms the central, wait for it, thrust of the story, likely partly because distributors (especially in the U.S.) are often accused of a streak of puritanism when it comes to sex, particularly when compared to the their much more carefree attitude toward violence, and partly because even today mainstream audiences can be put off by even a whiff of the smutty-old-man-in-a-dirty-mac connotation. Which means that furthermore, films like “Nymphomaniac” that delve into the darker recesses of human sexuality--power play, taboo fantasies and fetishes, BDSM, sex addiction, etc--are even fewer.

15 Underseen And Overlooked Dystopian Futures In Film

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 19, 2014 1:19 PM
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15 Underseen Sci-Fi Dystopian Films
It's not easy creating a dystopian future on film. Ask the producers of "Divergent," which opens this week (read our review). Not only do they need to establish a demented future where we live under draconian rules, but they must do so over multiple films. Given that there are several different elements to this type of future, from corrupt governments to alien intervention to dizzying technology, it can be like mapmaking in an uncharted area. Sooner or later, you get lost and can't circle back.

Blessed Are The Forgetful: Remembering ‘Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind’ On Its 10th Anniversary

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 18, 2014 3:33 PM
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Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
It’s 2008. April-ish. Manchester. My girlfriend of 18 months and I have just broken up. The first really serious, vaguely grown-up relationship, the one that makes you understand why people put themselves through all of that stuff. It's been on its way for a while, but the plug was finally pulled in a phone call, one that we both cry our way through. Eventually, we hang up. I could get on with this new life, or I could drink myself into warm, nauseous oblivion until I don’t feel the absence anymore. Behind me, on the wall (tatty, faded, and with the top-left corner hanging off, because I haven’t yet taken that step into the crucial and significant part of adulthood where you stop using Blu-Tack and start framing your shit), is a poster for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

From Dallas To Zubrowka: The Imagined Worlds of Wes Anderson

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 17, 2014 3:34 PM
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The Imagined Worlds of Wes Anderson
Books, architecture, costumes, and curio items: they fill the busy frames of Wes Anderson’s work (in collaboration with longtime DP Robert Yeoman and production designer Mark Friedberg), and in part serve to make the writer/director’s eight feature films and four shorts so rich, rewatchable, and increasingly successful with audiences. But as much as the emphasis on Anderson’s work tends toward the visual, it’s the way he uses his fictitious universes, details, and cast dynamics to support a human emotional base that elevates his films.

Predicting The 2014 Cannes Film Festival Lineup: What Films Will Walk The Red Carpet With 'Grace Of Monaco'?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 17, 2014 2:11 PM
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Predicting The Cannes 2014 Lineup
In a month or so the official selection for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival will be announced. Which means we’ve got about thirty days left of rampant speculation, debating and hypothesizing about which titles are going to make it into the Big Show this year. To get us all started, we’ve compiled a list of the titles we think are the strongest contenders to put in an appearance on the Croisette, whether In Competition (to be judged by a Jury presided over this year by Palme d'Or winner Jane Campion) or in one of the headache-inducing number of sidebars, after the glitzy gala premiere of “Grace of Monaco” kicks off proceedings in earnest on May 14th.

20 Films About Doubles And Doppelgangers

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 13, 2014 3:10 PM
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Double and Doppelgangers feature
In a culture of cellphone-snapped selfies it’s hard to imagine a time when people might have been afraid of their own image. But Facebook walls and Instagram feeds to the contrary, for the vastly longer portion of human history, to see a perfect replica of yourself was an uncanny event, impossible even, exemplified by the belief shared by some native tribes in the early days of photography, that it could take away your soul. Or perhaps they were just being super cautious about ownership of their brand image.

Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2015 Supporting Actor & Actress Contenders

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 12, 2014 3:21 PM
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Premature Oscar Predictions: Supporting actors (2015)
Ok, just one more and then we promise we won't mention the Oscars until at least after Cannes. Still feeling the hangover from the 86th Academy Awards ten days ago, we've been looking ahead to the potential Best Picture, Actor and Actress nominees in 2015. And to wrap up, we're looking at the Supporting Actor and Actress contenders.

6 TV Shows We'd Like To See Get The Big-Screen, 'Veronica Mars' Treatment

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 12, 2014 2:00 PM
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6 TV Shows We'd Like To See Get The Big-Screen
Even for the non-marshmallows among us, the “Veronica Mars” movie, which hits theaters this week (our SXSW review here), being brought back from the dead by a combination of fan activism, creator and cast agitation and Kickstarter-related chutzpah, is at the very least an interesting phenomenon. The long-defunct TV show that gets its day on the big screen with original cast intact is a rare and precious event achieved by only a few, but the possibility is often endlessly bandied around for many for years after the show has ended.

Steven Soderbergh Throws Himself Under The Bus For ‘The Underneath’; Talks Criterion ‘King of The Hill’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 11, 2014 3:18 PM
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Criterion, Soderbergh, King Of The Hill
Steven Soderbergh is nothing if not candid. And self-critical. But unless you're a longtime fan you may not have heard the always-frank filmmaker essentially throw himself underneath the bus for Universal/Gramercy Picture’s 1995 crime film, "The Underneath” starring Peter Gallagher, William Fichtner, Elisabeth Shue and Alison Elliott. A remake of 1949's noir "Criss Cross," the film came at a critical time in the filmmaker's development and a tumultuous one in his life. He had started his career with the Palme d'Or breakthrough "Sex Lies & Videotape," a film that essentially jumpstarted the American indie film scene ("it's all downhill from here,” he quipped during his acceptance speech), but his subsequent efforts didn't connect with audiences.

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