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Review: 'Gloria' Is Endlessly Watchable & Wonderful

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 22, 2014 5:03 PM
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Produced by rising Chilean force-to-be-reckoned-with Pablo Larraín ("Post Mortem," "No"), Sebastián Lelio's fourth feature, "Gloria," proved to be one of the most pleasant surprises at last year's Berlin Film Festival. While films focusing on female protagonists have not been in short supply during this and previous Berlinales, many of them featuring strong central performances and a realist style, Santiago-set "Gloria" is marked by two key differences that set it apart from, and above, many surface-similar films.

Exclusive: Play Paintball With A Clip From Berlin Film Festival Winner 'Gloria'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2014 12:34 PM
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Gloria
One of our 10 Films To See In January, and landing on our lists for Best Movie Music Moments Of 2013, Breakout Directors Of 2013 and 5 Favorite Films Of The New York Film Festival, there is no shortage of superlatives for us to heap onto Sebastián Lelio's "Gloria." Clearly, we can't recommend this film highly enough, but if there is one reason to track it down, it's for the performance by Paulina Garcia.
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10 Films To See In January

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • January 2, 2014 12:06 PM
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10 Films To See In January
January is perceived to be a flat-out, no-good month to release a movie. Usually considered the dumping ground for films which would be killed opening up any other time—no disrespect—but if your movie’s being released this month, it will be approached with a greater sense of wariness. However, it's not all bad, as the post Christmas/New Year’s malaise not only sees Oscar and awards season contenders expand from limited to wide release, savvy distributors find pockets to release adult, intelligent fare into a marketplace that desperately needs it. So in case you thought January was a lost cause, here are ten movies to see this month, including two that opened in limited release in December but are getting a second tribute in honor of their wide releases.

The Best Movie Music Moments Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 24, 2013 9:04 AM
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The Best Movie Music Moments Of 2013
As some of you may know, The Playlist started out way back as a music-influenced movie blog and while our horizons have expanded exponentially since then, we like to keep a finger in that pie, and hope that we’re never remiss in giving the often overlooked audio component of the cinemagoing experience its full due. This year we’ve already run two celebrations of music at the movies: our Best Soundtracks of 2013 and our Best Scores of 2013, but as much as we think they give a good overview, there’s still room to talk about those times when a film’s music has been so integral to a scene that it transcends the wider discussion of whether the whole soundtrack is good or bad, or even whether the movie is good or bad, and creates a small sliver of something special and memorable.

Best Of 2013: The Breakout Directors Of The Year

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 27, 2013 5:20 PM
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Best of 2013: The Breakout Directors Of The Year
Every year, film buffs get themselves in a lather over the latest from their favorite experienced directors. The calendar is marked for the next Spielberg, I’ll be there opening day for Scorsese’s latest, I am all about Spike Lee, etc. But the real pleasure in being a film fan is stumbling upon the undiscovered, lifting a rock and uncovering a new talent, a new voice, with a brand new vocabulary for us to learn. The Scorsese films will be there for us to discover and rediscover whenever we want. In 2013, however, there was only one Shaka King picture, there was only one Lake Bell joint.

Watch: Trailer For Playlist Festival Fave, The Enjoyable And Warm 'Gloria'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2013 3:46 PM
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Scattered to the winds as The Playlist team can be, it's the movies that unite us, and one picture that we've talked up around the watercooler since early on in the year is Sebastián Lelio's "Gloria." And thankfully, others have taken notice too. It's been selected by Chile as their official Oscar entry, and Roadside Attractions have had the good taste to snap it up, which means everyone will get to soon see what has captivated more than one of us at the site.

New York Film Festival Wrap-Up: My 5 Favorite Films

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 14, 2013 4:08 PM
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51st New York Film Festival Wrap-Up
The 51st New York Film Festival is quickly coming to a close and it’s frankly taken us a little by surprise how fast its ended (this is also a way to say, damn, we’re still a little behind on some reviews). But it has been an excellent festival, so like Oli's more contemporaneous BFI London Film Festival diaries, I wanted to recap what I've seen so far. While there was no secret screening—director Kent Jones' dream of bringing Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street" to the fest were squashed when Scorsese fell behind in his editing—this year's festival was still one of NYFF's best.

Podcast: The Playlist Talks 'Gravity', Focus Features, Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 & More

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 9, 2013 11:06 AM
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Gravity, Cuaron
On this latest episode, host Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and for the first time, Features Editor Jessica Kiang to talk about "Gravity." Warning, SPOILERS abound in this podcast so don't listen unless you've already seen the film or don't care. Also getting some time around the watercooler this week, we discuss the change over at Focus Features, Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 movies of the year (so far) and even more.

Berlin Review: Wonderful 'Gloria' An Inspired Feat Of Writing, Direction & Performance

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 11, 2013 11:57 AM
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Produced by rising Chilean force-to-be-reckoned-with Pablo Larraín ("Post Mortem," "No"), Sebastián Lelio's fourth feature, "Gloria," has proven one of our most pleasant Berlin Film Festival surprises. While films focusing on female protagonists have not been in short supply during this and previous Berlinales, many of them featuring strong central performances and a realist style, Santiago-set "Gloria" is marked out by two key differences that set it apart from, and above, many surface-similar films.

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