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Podcast: The Playlist Talks The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • January 29, 2014 1:37 PM
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Sundance 2014
The podcast is back for a rundown of this year's Sundance Film Festival. Host Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez and contributor Cory Everett, our two staff writers on the ground once again for this year's fest, to talk all things Park City. Don't forget to check out all our coverage this year (seriously, we covered a lot of ground), especially our wrap-up feature on the best films from Sundance '14.

The Best Films Of The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 27, 2014 3:02 PM
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Best of Sundance 2014
The film writing community is still catching up on sleep, getting over festival flu and showering off the stink of their blogger condos, but there's no escaping it: the Sundance Film Festival is over for another year. For over thirty years, the festival has provided a welcome opportunity to shake off awards season, and to start to look over some of the movies and faces that we'll be talking about for the next twelve months.

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival Awards: 'Whiplash' Starring Miles Teller Wins Top Prizes

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 26, 2014 2:32 AM
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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival awards are in. We'd provide greater context, but we're really tired, plus we hope you've been reading our reviews and learning a little bit along the way. If not, stay tuned for Monday when we do a much larger Sundance recap from everything we saw, plus an upcoming Sundance-centric podcast.

Sundance Review: ‘Kumiko The Treasure Hunter’ Is An Odd, Formally Striking Delight

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 23, 2014 1:42 PM
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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Living in a cramped Tokyo apartment while holding down an unfulfilling job, the lonely and disenchanted Kumiko yearns for something deeper in her life. Much of her alienation stems from the weight of expectations around her. An “OL” (office lady) for a Japanese businessman, she mechanically goes through the motions of her job fetching him tea and dropping off and picking up his laundry. Quieter, and thus odder, than everyone else, Kumiko unfortunately stands out. Her fussy thinks it’s strange that a 29-year-old woman does not have a fiancé, husband or children and notes that by 30, most OLs have gone on to other careers. Does she have bigger plans? Is she thinking about her future? For the largely stuck-in-a-rut Kumiko, these are difficult questions not only to answer, but to address for herself.

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