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20 Celebrated Filmmakers Who Never Won A Best Directing Oscar

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 26, 2014 3:42 PM
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Filmmakers Who Never Won A Best Directing Oscar
For better or worse (which at this time of year, as the punditry reaches its hyperbolic event horizon, usually feels like worse) an Academy Award is the highest honor anyone in the film industry can receive. But of course, like any large organization—even one that wasn’t, as of 2012, reportedly 94% white, 77% male and 86% over the age of 50—the AMPAS gets things wrong (shocking, we know). Sometimes due to the politicking of insiders, sometimes because the wind shifts, and yes, sometimes because of plain old-fashioned bias, the membership votes to award the lesser film, or the lesser performance, or the lesser accomplishment, while the greater one stays seated after the envelope is opened—if they're there at all.

Watch: Sam Peckinpah Discusses Movie Violence In 20-Minute Interview

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 31, 2014 9:41 AM
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With gun violence still as prevalent as ever and on the heels of Harvey Weinstein’s change of heart regarding violence in movies, it’s still as hard as ever to have a discussion on the role cinema has in dealing with the issue. It’s a debate that was taking place even during the seventies when Sam Peckinpah sat down for a combative nearly half-hour interview with the BBC.

25 Films About Lovers On The Lam

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 21, 2013 3:03 PM
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“We can make it. We can make it if we run,” whispers Ruth (Rooney Mara) in David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which, after a limited release on Friday, begins its expansion this week. It’s a film we loved at Sundance, and one that in its gentle subversion of the “Lovers on the Run” subgenre—as the prequel comic makes clear, the events of ‘Saints’ mostly take place after the bank robbin’, outlawin’ part of the story is done—reminded us of all the other great (and not so great) films that have pitted a pair of lovers against the law.

Watch: 82-Minute Sam Peckinpah Documentary 'Man Of Iron'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2013 10:43 AM
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Controversial, violent, masculine, legend...those are just some of the adjectives thrown around to describe director Sam Peckinpah. As the man behind seminal pictures like "The Wild Bunch," "Straw Dogs," "The Getaway" and "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia," his body of work of is one that is continually influential and provocative, even decades after they first hit theaters. And a documentary has surfaced online that allows you to go even deeper with the filmmaker.

Check Out The Poster For Forgotten 1979 Sci-Fi 'The Visitor' Starring John Huston, Picked Up By Drafthouse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2013 1:25 PM
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There are vaults around the world filled with movies that time has forgotten, ambitious endeavors that missed their mark and seeming failures that are actually perfect midnight movie programming. 1979's "The Visitor" might be all of that, and we're going to soon find out.

Sam Peckinpah's 'The Texans' Script Dusted Off & Put Into Development

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2011 6:01 AM
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Yesterday, Vulture debuted the first 15 pages of long-deceased writer/director Sam Peckinpah’s buried script, “The Texans.” Judging from the first few pages, the film is a classic western, involving Native Americans and the takeover of their land, with “Avatar”-like nature messages strewn throughout. The genre has seen somewhat of a revival, most recently with the Coen Brothers’ “True Grit.”

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