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'12 Years A Slave' Leads Gotham Award Nominees; 'Inside Llewyn Davis, 'Upstream Color' & More Earn Nods

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2013 10:44 AM
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12 Years A Slave
... and here we go. Even though we're not even in November, and with two more months of movies and awards season contenders to come, the Gotham Independent Film Awards have announced their nominees for 2013. While this may be "the first major awards ceremony of the film season," the real accomplishment here is shining a light on the kind of well-made, acclaimed movies that will unfortunately be forgotten as the heavier hitters with more money behind them elbow their way to the Dolby Theater in February.

The 5 Best Films Of The 2013 BFI London Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 22, 2013 12:14 PM
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With AFI and Rome the only major festivals left in the calendar, the close of the 57th BFI London Film Festival last night with the world premiere of "Saving Mr. Banks" signals the winding down of festival season. I'm starting to just about recover from a twelve-day binge of movies (although thanks to early press screenings and screeners, it actually went on for more like four weeks), but it's not too early to say that, in over ten years of attending the festival (and five as press), this was the best I can remember.

BFI London Film Festival Diary Day 7: 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Ida,' 'Grand Piano' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 19, 2013 10:25 AM
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Inside Llewyn Davis
At this point it's more notable when the Coen Brothers make a film that's disappointing than when they make an excellent one: the filmmakers have one of the highest hit rates in the business, and aside from a spotty period in the mid '00s, they've generally gone from great film to great film. That said, some of their most recent films I haven't entirely clicked with: "Burn After Reading" was fun, but feels minor in retrospect, while "True Grit" was uncharacteristically straightforward and old-fashioned in the context of some of their more gonzo affairs. But as you might have heard, "Inside Llewyn Davis" [A] sees them right back on top again, with the film likely to settle into the top tier of their work.

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.

Watch: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Doesn't Just Want To Exist In New Trailer For The Coen Brothers' Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2013 1:19 PM
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Inside Llewyn Davis Oscar Isaac
Do you really need this much more convincing to see the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis"? If you haven't already been swayed by the rave reviews (including ours), the stirring theme song "Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)" (listen here), or the numerous trailers that have already captured the humorous melancholy of the movie, well, here's one more piece of advertising that will hopefully put it over the top for you.

Watch: Marcus Mumford, Oscar Isaac, Elvis Costello & More Perform Songs From 'Inside Llewyn Davis' In Concert

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2013 9:21 AM
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Inside Llewyn Davis Town Hall Marcus Mumford Oscar Isaac
While most of the planet on Sunday night was tuned into AMC to watch the finale of "Breaking Bad," music lovers in New York City set their DVRs and headed to The Town Hall for "Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating The Music Of 'Inside Llewyn Davis.' " And they got a big musical treat.

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."

Listen: Marcus Mumford & Oscar Isaac's Beautiful "Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)" From 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2013 5:21 PM
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Inside Llewyn Davis
You might not be shocked to learn that crusty, crotchety, senior members of The Playlist staff aren't exactly big on Mumford & Sons and their hooray-for-everything foot-stamping singalongs. But Marcus Mumford certainly knows his roots, and he's letting them shine on the Coens' forthcoming "Inside Llewyn Davis." Corralled to help write some of the original songs on the folk-music-world-set dramedy, one of the highlights is "Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)," a take on the folk classic. It's been powering the most recent trailers, and now you can hear it in full.

Our 16 Most Anticipated Films Of The Fall

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 5, 2013 12:47 PM
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2013 Fall Film Preview, Her, American Hustle, Counselor
With this week feeling, release-wise, a little like the industry at large is taking a deep breath while effecting the gear change from Summer tentpole scheduling to awards season programming, it’s a good moment to pause and take a look at the goodies to come in the waning months of 2013. It’s a pretty stellar lineup, as films we've seen throughout the festival year start to make their way into awards-friendly end-of-year slots, vying with films we haven't yet seen but have been patiently, and in some cases pantingly, looking forward to for months now. In fact the lineup is so stellar that for the purposes of whittling down a manageable list of the films we're most anticipating, we made the decision to exclude anything that features in our Most Anticipated Toronto Internatioal Film Festival list just to narrow the field a little.

Telluride 2013 Lineup Includes Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day,' Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' & Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2013 10:16 AM
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Telluride 2013 Lineup 'Labor Day'  'Gravity'
The Venice Film Festival kicked off today, but for those of you choosing to head to Colorado instead of Italy, the organizers at the Telluride Film Festival have unveiled their slate for 2013. And as usual, it's a mix of selections from both Cannes and Venice, along with a couple of premieres and some interesting curiosities.

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