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Podcast: The Playlist Talks Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' & The Potential Dangers Of Auteur Worship

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • April 16, 2013 2:41 PM
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To The Wonder, Ben Affleck Rachel McAdams
...and the podcast is back. On this latest episode, host (yours truly) and contributor Erik McClanahan is joined by editor-in-chief Rodrigo Perez, managing editor Kevin Jagernauth and contributor Cory Everett for an in depth conversation about Terrence Malick and his latest film"To the Wonder," and the idea of auteur worship in cinephile/critical circles (also known as vulgar auteurism).

Director Park Chan-Wook Says Another English-Language Picture In The Works, 'Snowpiercer' Almost Finished & Talks His Dream Genres

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 28, 2013 12:32 PM
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While chatting with "Oldboy" director Park Chan-Wook about his upcoming, absolutely insane new thriller "Stoker" -- which I personally loved despite our review -- I had to ask him what was next. After becoming an established force in the South Korean film industry with his idiosyncratic, stylish genre films, lauded 'Vengeance' trilogy, and now making (incredibly weird) inroads in America, we were curious as to where his career was headed next. As it turns out, while he doesn't have his next project totally lined up, he did reveal that he has another American, English-Language feature in the works.

Bad Blood, Family & Philip Glass: 5 Things Learned About Park Chan-Wook's 'Stoker'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 27, 2013 12:00 PM
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2013 stands to potentially bring three South Korean filmmakers' names into the mainstream American fold; a move notable not just from the three auteur's common land, but for placing their distinctive visions in an entirely new realm. With Kim Ji-Woon already delivering his Arnie action throwback, “The Last Stand,” and Bong Joon-Ho's “Snowpiercer” dropping later this year, the strange middle child is up next, in the twisted, baroque form of Park Chan-Wook's “Stoker.”

Watch: Seductive New Clip From 'Stoker' Plus Listen To Clint Mansell's Complete Score

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 26, 2013 10:01 AM
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While "Stoker" earned its fair share of admirers at the Sundance Film Festival last month, our own man on the ground was less impressed -- he called it “overwrought and tonally poisoned.” You'll soon be able judge for yourself as Park Chan-wook’s English-language directorial debut is set to open in limited release this weekend. Some brand new images and a brand new clip have appeared from the film, and now you'll also be able to listen to composer Clint Mansell's entire score.

Watch: Twitchy New Trailer For Park Chan-Wook's 'Stoker'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2013 8:59 AM
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Last night, Park Chan-wook's highly anticipated English-language debut "Stoker" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and reaction was mixed to say the least. While the film earned praise, some didn't take to the Hitchcockian thriller, and certainly our man on the ground in Park City didn't like it. At all.

Sundance Review: Silly & Cartoonish 'Stoker' Is A Garish Misfire For Park Chan-Wook

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 21, 2013 5:05 AM
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One could argue there's nothing subtle about the movies made by South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, the director behind "Oldboy," including the celebrated Vengeance Trilogy and the loopy vampire movie, "Thirst." Violence reigns in his films, cameras pirouette like self-conscious characters in his ensemble, and style is king. But in the past, especially in "Oldboy" and "Sympathy For Lady Vengeance," his penchant for the outrageous and over-the-top always included sublime, comically brutal and sometimes even emotionally devastating conclusions that could leave the jaw agape. Style was always in service of a story and characters.

Listen: Clint Mansell's "In Full Bloom" From The 'Stoker' Soundtrack Plus New Image From The Film

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 14, 2013 10:45 AM
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With its premiere set for this weekend at Sundance, an excerpt from Clint Mansell’s score for Park Chan-Wook’s English-language directorial debut, “Stoker,” has been released online along with a new image.

Details For The 'Stoker' Soundtrack Featuring Clint Mansell, Emily Wells & Philip Glass

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 11, 2013 1:02 PM
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Clint Mansell turned 50 earlier this week, and it could be argued that he is the finest high-profile working composer yet to receive an Oscar nomination. That’s despite creating some truly stunning scores for the likes of “Requiem For A Dream,” “Black Swan,” “Moon” and “The Fountain.” The regular Darren Aronofsky collaborator will be teaming up with the director again on his forthcoming “Noah,” and now some details have surfaced on his other big upcoming project, Park Chan-wook’s “Stoker.”

'Oldboy' Helmer Park Chan-Wook To Direct Gangster Flick 'Corsica 72'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 17, 2012 8:04 PM
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It seems like Park Chan-Wook is getting on very well with Hollywood. The Korean filmmaker was one of the most impressive breakouts of world cinema in the 2000s, thanks to "Joint Security Area" and his "Vengeance Trilogy," made up of "Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance," the currently-being-remade "Oldboy" and "Lady Vengeance." But he's spent the last year or so making his English-language debut with Southern gothic tale "Stoker," starring Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode, while also co-writing sci-fi "Snow Piercer" with compatriot Bong Joon-Ho, who's just directed the film with an international cast including Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer and Tilda Swinton.

Clifton Collins Jr. Joins Guillermo Del Toro's Monster Pic 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 24, 2011 1:17 AM
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Park Chan-wook's 'Stoker' Adds Phyllis SomervilleA couple of casting updates on two highly anticipated projects from acclaimed international helmers. Firstly, character actor Clifton Collins Jr. has joined the growing cast of Guillermo Del Toro's monster-pic "Pacific Rim" in an unnamed role. The actor joins Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Rob Kazinsky and Max Martini for the Travis Beacham-scripted tale set in Japan which will see the cast members form the human resistance against a series of devastating monster attacks.

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