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'Gravity,' 'Frances Ha' & 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Land On Sight & Sound's Top 10 Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 9:08 AM
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It's beginning to look a lot like... Awards season. December has arrived and it means trophies are going to start arriving by the truckload. This week alone we'll see the Gotham Awards, New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board Of Review all hand out their prizes, while overseas the celebration of 2013 of film has already begun. Last week, Cahiers Du Cinema dropped their best of the last twelve months, and now another cinephile mag is doing is the same.

Review: Paolo Sorrentino's Fellini-Esque 'The Great Beauty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2013 7:04 PM
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Opening with a literal bang from a cannon and proceeding into an over-the-top party sequence, Paolo Sorrentino lets you know from the start that nothing will be held back in his latest, "The Great Beauty." After breaking out on the international scene with "The Consequences of Love" and "Il Divo," and then taking a jaunt into English language filmmaking with 2011's "This Must Be The Place," Sorrentino returns to his native country, for a Fellini-esque tale that isn't so much a story as a set of impressions. Life, love, philosophy, religion are just some of his subjects in an indulgent but heady piece of cinema, from a singularly distinctive voice.

Festival Fave & Belgium's Oscar Entry 'Broken Circle Breakdown' Leads European Film Awards Nominees

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2013 9:41 AM
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The Broken Circle Breakdown
If there's one movie you might hear The Playlist prattling on about in the next few weeks, it's Felix van Groeningen's "Broken Circle Breakdown." Having already won the heart of Jessica Kiang when it hit Karlovy Vary earlier this year, I saw it this past week and was equally taken with the moving, messy, ambitious and beautiful film that has already received awards at both the Berlin Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. And the film's list of honors may continue at the Oscars, where it's Belgium's entry, but first it's stopping at European Film Awards, where it's leading the pack of nominees.

Cannes Review: 'La Grande Bellezza' An Indulgent But Dreamy Reflection On Life, Love & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 21, 2013 3:45 PM
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Opening with a literal bang from a cannon and proceeding into an over-the-top party sequence, Paolo Sorrentino lets you know from the start that nothing will be held back in his latest, "La Grande Bellezza." After breaking out on the international scene with "The Consequences of Love" and "Il Divo," and then taking a jaunt into English language filmmaking with 2011's "This Must Be The Place," Sorrentino returns to his native country, for a Fellini-esque tale that isn't so much a story as a set of impressions. Life, love, philosophy, religion are just some of his subjects in an indulgent but heady piece of cinema, from a singularly distinctive voice.

The Playlist's 10 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2013 Cannes Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 9, 2013 12:00 PM
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With the actual schedule released today (cue charts and diagrams as attendees try to work out how to be in eight places at one time), the final pieces are falling into place for this year's Cannes Film Festival, and it's shaping up to be a terrific couple of weeks. The initial lineup was already impressive, but the addition of a couple of titles we were surprised not to see in the original announcement has made the selection even more an embarrassment of riches. As such, we were hard pressed to pick a top ten, but finally settled on the following choices, that, along with the honorable mentions, we feel represent the strongest of what is a very solid lineup. It should be noted that there's a great showing by the U.S. in this selection, as there is for French-language movies, which is reflective of the festival overall. With Steven Spielberg the head of the Cannes Competition jury too, it feels like Franco-American relations are at an all-time high, cinematically speaking at least.

Watch: Full Trailer, Poster & New Pics For Paolo Sorrentino's Cannes Entry 'La Grande Bellezza'

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • April 30, 2013 11:39 AM
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The Cannes Film Festival is only two weeks away, and with the sheer amount of films coming to the south of France growing larger by the day, the trailers advertising them have ramped into high gear. Earlier in the month a teaser trailer was released for director Paolo Sorrentino's "La Grande Bellezza," and now the official trailer has just gone live, and while it’s in Italian, it definitely shows Sorrentino returning to the roots he laid down with his earlier film, "Il Divo."

Watch: Gorgeous Teaser Trailer For 'Il Divo' Director Paolo Sorrentino's 'La Grande Bellezza'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2013 11:20 AM
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The countdown to Cannes is on, and we'll soon know what films will be making it to the south of France, and which we'll have to keep waiting for, but it looks like Paolo Sorrentino's "La Grande Bellezza" will be one of them. Already a movie we're expecting to see, a brand new teaser trailer has arrived and it looks like something totally fresh from the filmmaker.

Abbas Kiarostami's Next Is Italy-Set 'Horizontal Process,' Paolo Sorrentino Returning With 'La Grande Bellezza'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 22, 2012 10:20 AM
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It’s time for a round-up of a trio of international filmmakers and their upcoming projects. Exciting, no?

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