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The Films Of Claire Denis: A Retrospective

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 19, 2010 5:56 AM
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The IFC Center in New York City recently ran a retrospective of French director Claire Denis’s laudable films—the most expansive retrospective of her work that NYC has ever seen—to commemorate the theatrical release of “White Material” this Friday. On the occasion, we have also decided to look back at some of her most noteworthy features.

Review: 'White Material' Another Strong Entry By Claire Denis

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 19, 2010 3:03 AM
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They don't come along as often as they should, but Claire Denis's "White Material" is exactly the kind of film that not only doesn't belittle the role of a woman, but empowers it. Externalized effortlessly by the great Isabelle Huppert, the two prove to be a force to be reckoned with in this atmospheric film focusing on feminism, colonialism, family, and politics.

Alejandro González Iñárritu Says The Somber 'Biutiful' Is Actually About "Life"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 18, 2010 4:16 AM
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When "Biutiful," Alejandro González Iñárritu's searing and deeply-moving (and, granted, at times painfully difficult-to-watch) new film debuted at Cannes this past summer, it was almost universally cut down to size. People said it was too bleak, too hopeless, and no matter how stellar and immersive a performance lead Javier Bardem provided -- and, trust us, it's spectacular; the film's one element that was unanimously praised -- most critics couldn't get behind it (Bardem would go on to win the Best Actor prize in Cannes). Maybe it was the heat stroke, the film festival nature of cramming in four or five films a day, or the looking-for-the-next-big-thing attitude that permeates Cannes, but the film was, at best, unfairly overlooked and, at worst, almost universally derided.

'The Last Exorcism' Director Daniel Stamm To Remake 'Martyrs'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 16, 2010 3:11 AM
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For literally no reason whatsoever, apparently America will have its own remake of the French horror picture "Martyrs." The Pascal Laugier horror picture is part of France's upswing in stomach-turning horror pictures of late, possibly due to the racial unrest of the last decade and regional tensions involving the public's fear of the increasing Muslim youth demographic, combined with a shaky economy. Or maybe it's just post-post-post-post-modernism. It's the French. We Yanks never can tell.

Scott Cooper Attached To Direct Remake Of Pablo Trapero's Argentinian Thriller 'Carancho'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 16, 2010 2:40 AM
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Scott Cooper, director of last year's Jeff Bridges-led musical tale of redemption "Crazy Heart," is reportedly attached to direct a remake of Pablo Trapero's 2010 thriller "Carancho," which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year in the Un Certain Regard category and has been submitted as Argentina's representative for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

Original 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Director Sounds Off Against Remake

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 9, 2010 3:48 AM
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We Can't Wait To Hear David Fincher's "I Don't Care" ResponseNiels Arden Oplev is not too happy with Hollywood, for entirely predictable reasons. The director behind "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" doesn't think much of the bean counters in Hollywood doing their own version of the story, and he candidly revealed as much to Word & Film recently.

Cinematographer Christopher Doyle To Lens First 3D Film 'The Rabbit Horror'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2010 8:52 AM
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Perhaps best known for his collaboration with Wong Kar-Wai on a run of the director's films including "Ashes Of Times," "Happy Together," "Fallen Angels," "2046" and "In The Mood For Love" cinematographer Christopher Doyle has always seemed to go wherever his interests lie. He's worked with Gus Van Sant ("Paranoid Park"), M. Night Shyamalan ("The Lady In The Water") and Jim Jarmusch ("The Limits Of Control") among others, but his latest project will make a first for the cinematographer.

In Theaters: 'Saw 3D,' ' The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest,' 'Welcome to the Rileys'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 29, 2010 4:46 AM
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With only one film opening wide this weekend, this is one of the year's slowest for new releases. Halloween is usually the calm before the storm of big holiday titles making their way into theaters. Business should be fairly strong following last week's "Paranormal Activity 2" opening and the higher ticket prices for "Saw 3D" should help it reclaim the number one spot after going head-to-head and losing to the first "Paranormal Activity" last year. In limited release this week, your options include the final installment in the Swedish film adaptions of Stieg Larsson's "Millenium" trilogy "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," the dark drama "Welcome to the Rileys," starring James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo, and Kristen Stewart and the low-budget alien flick "Monsters."

Review: 'The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest' Completes Tepid Crime Trilogy

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2010 7:04 AM
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Oh, Noomi Rapace, how you’ve dazzled us. Through three Stieg Larsson-inspired adventures, you’ve jumped, screamed, sexed and hacked your way into filmgoers’ imaginations, even if they were only art house patrons. Your angular cheekbones, androgynous chin and bouncy night-black hair have undergone several transformations for the sake of this colorful narrative, a three-movie epic involving Neo-Nazis and their modern-day positions of power. Through all this, you have persevered.

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