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Review: Brian De Palma's 'Passion' Starring Rachel McAdams & Noomi Rapace

  • By Jamie Dunn
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  • August 29, 2013 5:58 PM
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Over the years, while his Movie Brat brethren Scorsese and Spielberg have adapted their respective styles to align with evolving audience tastes and advancing technology, embracing 3D and motion capture with their most recent works, Brian De Palma has remained reassuringly steadfast. Meanwhile, Terrence Malick, the other New Hollywood veteran, experiments in increasingly radical filmmaking syntax with each passing movie. But De Palma is dogged: he continues to explore themes and techniques that have obsessed him since his ‘70s/’80s salad days of “Carrie” and “Body Double."

Five 2013 Indie Remakes And How They Measure Up To The Originals

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 28, 2013 4:17 PM
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Five 2013 indie remakes
This year has seen the release of what feels like an unusually large number of remakes of indie/foreign films, and this week sees another—Brian de Palma's "Passion" (read our review here) which is a remake of French film "Love Crime" ("Crime D'Amour"). While traditionally remakes of lower-budget efforts have given cause for much forehead-scratching and eye-rolling among cinephiles—usually bemoaning the lack of originality in taking a pre-made concept rather than tackling a fresh creation and often then repackaging that concept in as bland a way a possible for sale to a U.S. audience—in recent years there's been cause for some hope. The phenomenon may not be going away, in fact it might be becoming more prevalent, but the standard of some of those remakes seems to be inching incrementally higher—a recent high watermark being Matt Reeves' "Let Me In," a terrific remake of the terrific Swedish original "Let the Right One In."

Stream This: 'The Canyons,' Brian De Palma's 'Passion,' 'On The Road' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 2, 2013 11:05 AM
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Hey-o cinephiles, and welcome to the deluxe edition of Stream This. There was a lot to cover this week, with so many films being released on VOD concurrently or in advance of their theatrical debuts, and we didn't want to leave anything out, including those nifty themed picks. Thus, the result at hand: an extra-long version of the column, where we give you eight suggestions instead of six. (Don't worry, you won't have to buy special sheets or anything.) There's work from Brian De Palma, Paul Schrader, and Lynn Shelton to name a few, and all of it is either playing or will be playing shortly on a silver screen near you. In related news, James Ponsoldt's third film, "The Spectacular Now," opens this weekend to much critical praise from Sundance on down, so if you're looking to brush up on his canon, an earlier work is available to stream. Plus there's a largely forgotten Mark Wahlberg picture from the early 2000s to honor the "2 Guns" star while reminding us why we like artist formerly known as Marky Mark so damn much. And now, for our streaming picks of the week.

Watch: First 4 Minutes Of Passion Starring Rachel McAdams & Noomi Rapace Plus New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 4:34 PM
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It's Wednesday, hump day, which means the weekend is now appearing on the horizon, but there's still a bit of a journey before the work week is done and you can put up your feet for a couple days. And given that we're in the middle of summer, it means that prime time TV is a wasteland and given the blockbuster options right now, there isn't much reason to head to the multiplex. But quietly arriving on VOD today is Brian De Palma's "Passion," and to nudge you along in ordering it up this evening the first four minutes of the movie have been placed online.

Brian De Palma Was Never Going To Direct A Video For Daft Punk After All

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 12, 2013 10:02 AM
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When Daft Punk, nee Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo, were making the press rounds for their brilliant new album Random Access Memories, they spoke frequently about the huge influence of Brian De Palma's "Phantom of the Paradise," both on their masked aesthetic and their music. This was particularly noteworthy because they used 'Phantom' composer and costar Paul Williams for two tracks, including one where his vocals eerily recall his work on the movie. The French robots made a passing reference to meeting with De Palma in a Pitchfork interview, which was then debunked. We spoke to De Palma this week, whose gonzo "Passion" hits theaters next month, and asked him to sort this whole thing out.

Brian De Palma Won't Be Working With Daft Punk After All

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 2, 2013 10:43 AM
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When French robots Daft Punk, nee Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel Christo de Homem, were making the press rounds for their latest masterpiece, the luxuriously expansive Random Access Memories, they frequently cited Brian De Palma's "Phantom of the Paradise" as a chief influence: not only was 'Phantom' star/composer Paul Williams featured in the album's centerpiece, "Touch," but he provided lyrics for another song and served as a major for the band's mysteriously helmeted look. So when a Pitchfork profile let casually slip that the band was talking to De Palma about doing something, it was cause for excitement. Sadly, it looks like it's not happening after all.

U.S. Poster & Lots Of New Pics For Brian De Palma's 'Passion' Starring Rachel McAdams & Noomi Rapace

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 13, 2013 4:17 PM
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Brian De Palma’s back, and firmly in his wheelhouse of sexual power plays and slithery narratives, with the thriller “Passion.” And after doing some festival jaunts last year, it's headed to theaters and there's a whole bunch of new stuff to look at.

Summer Movie Photos: 'Before Midnight,' 'The Heat,' 'Prince Avalanche,' 'Bling Ring' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 1, 2013 10:36 AM
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Summer preview photos
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so here’s 28,000 (not really) courtesy of stills from movies that run the gamut from highly anticipated sequels to smaller indie fare. Head on down below and get yr eyeballs ready.

Brian De Palma's 'Passion' Goes To Entertainment One, Not IFC Films; 2013 Release Planned

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2012 11:31 AM
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Well, whatever was going on during the negotiations with IFC Films, it appears Brian De Palma's latest won't be landing the arthouse veterans. But instead, the movie will hit screens with another distributor who is continuing to make a stronger stamp on the theatrical marketplace.

Exclusive: New York Film Festival 50th Anniversary Trailer Highlights An Exciting 2012 Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2012 1:16 PM
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2012 seems to be the golden year for some pretty big institutions with both James Bond and The Rolling Stones celebrating five decades of making history. But this week also marks another big occasion as the New York Film Festival rings in its 50th anniversary, with this year's slate of movies possibly being their biggest yet. And with the festival kicking off tomorrow, we've got an exclusive trailer that serves as a fantastic highlight of what's to come over the next few weeks.

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