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The 15 Best Film Scores Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 5, 2013 1:24 PM
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2013: 15 Best Film Scores
Even as frequent soundtrack-listeners, it's only at the end of the year when we come to take stock of the various scores that have passed through our ear canals over the previous twelve months that it's possible to get a measure of the state of composition for film. Which is to say that, having spent the last few days relistening to some of the major scores of 2013, it's been a fantastic year.

'Upstream Color' Director Shane Carruth Reveals His Idea For A Superman Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2013 12:30 PM
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There are few films this spring -- or likely even this year -- that spur as many discussions as Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color." The director's long-awaited sophomore film is a tale of romance, identity, pigs, orchids and more told in a beautifully orchestrated whirlwind of sound, fractured narrative, breathtaking visuals and careful editing, all coming to a conclusion in a wordless, evocative final 15-minute sequence. It's one of the most unique moviegoing experiences so far this year. But what if those talents were put to use in a blockbuster movie?

Steven Soderbergh & Shane Carruth Talk ‘Upstream Color,’ Its Lack Of Cats & Suspicious Marketing In China

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 9, 2013 1:18 PM
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UPSTREAM COLOR - Q&A with Shane Carruth & Steven Soderbergh - IFC Center
Now "retired" filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has Oscars, a Palme d'Or and other accolades to his name. At a whirlwind pace, he directed 26 feature-length films in 24 years (not counting shorts and TV projects) mostly free of any signature filmmaking brand, omnivorously moving from style and genre to style and genre to keep things fresh. And while Soderbergh is well-celebrated for his contributions to cinema, one thing audiences tend to forget is his mentorship and how the "Side Effects" helmer got behind several filmmakers.

Interview: Shane Carruth Reveals The Mysteries Of 'Upstream Color'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 8, 2013 3:02 PM
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Upstream Color
In the hopes that some of you got to see "Upstream Color" over the weekend at one of its few, packed screenings, we're bringing you the concluding part of our interview with director Shane Carruth from the Berlin Film Festival, in which we spoke in a more minute way about the ins and outs of the film's plot, the motivations of some of its key characters, the thematic importance of the sound design and the metaphysics that underlies its ultimate meaning. Those who haven't yet had the singular pleasure of seeing it, we can only urge to go back and read parts one and two of the interview, or our review from Sundance, and then bookmark this one for later, as it's probably too close a reading of the film for anyone who hasn't yet become entangled in its enigmas.

Review: Shane Carruth's Beguilingly Enigmatic 'Upstream Color' May Cause Disorienting Side Effects, Results Will Vary

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 4, 2013 7:32 PM
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Upstream Color, Amy Seimetz
Nine years ago, autodidact filmmaker Shane Carruth burst onto the indie scene with the abstruse and complex sci-fi thriller "Primer," which made him a Sundance darling in 2004 when it won the Grand Jury Prize and went on to become a cult hit. The polymath writer, director, actor, musician, editor, producer, et al. stayed mostly quiet during this time, working fruitlessly on a still-unproduced film called "A Topiary" and helping out Rian Johnson with the time-travel sequences in "Looper."

Interview: Shane Carruth Talks Trying To Make The Perfect "Album Film" With 'Upstream Color'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 3, 2013 2:35 PM
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Shane Carruth, Upstream Color
In Part One of our Shane Carruth interview, we brought you news of the "Primer" director's other projects -- the abortive "A Topiary," his work on Rian Johnson's "Looper" and the gestating "The Modern Ocean." But, of course, the real excitement is for "Upstream Color," which hits theaters this Friday, and it's a film that those Playlisters who've seen it have been profoundly impressed by. We can't wait for what will no doubt become a lively discourse because, much as we loved it, the film's willful impressionism has seen more than a few viewers, perhaps initially attracted by the genre trappings, leave the cinema (early) and frustrated. But as Carruth himself says, "People who are getting it are really getting it," and we humbly count ourselves among the latter group. During our extensive interview with the filmmaker at the Berlin International Film Festival, we got to talk in depth about his inspirations, his process and his hopes for the film's reception.

'Upstream Color' Director Shane Carruth Reveals Details On Next Project 'The Modern Ocean,' His Work On 'Looper' & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 1, 2013 4:02 PM
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Shane Carruth, Upstream Color
Psychotropic, romantic and beautiful like a scary dream, Shane Carruth’s long-awaited follow-up to "Primer," the self-distributed "Upstream Color" comes to theaters this Friday. Though it will undoubtedly divide, it has already, in its way, conquered many who've seen it: our reviewer in Sundance was little short of enraptured by the film, and this writer wholeheartedly agrees after seeing it at the Berlin International Film Festival. There are very few films that have the power to stay with you, buzzing and humming below the surface of your consciousness, for days after you see them, but the strains of "Upstream Color" remain with us still.

Shane Carruth Talks Sci-Fi 'A Topiary,' Shares Plot Details, Reveals Steven Soderbergh & David Fincher Were Going To Produce

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 12:41 PM
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It's taken nearly a decade, but "Primer" writer/director Shane Carruth has returned this year with another acclaimed head-scratcher, "Upstream Color." A film that we raved was "thematically rich, layered and hypnotic," as the movie heads into release next month and the conversation continues to swell, Carruth is opening up to press. And an extensive, must-read piece in Wired is a good place to start, especially for those wondering just what the heck happened with his sci-fi flick "A Topiary."

Listen: Shane Carruth's Score For 'Upstream Color,' Soundtrack Now Available To Order

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2013 3:28 PM
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While pretty much every big title to premiere last month at the Sundance Film Festival is now out of the bag, and perhaps a bit less mysterious as a result, one that remains beguiling -- even to those who have seen it -- is Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color." The film written, produced, edited, shot, starring and directed by the polymath, it probably won't surprise you to know he scored the thing as well. And while the movie is now just over a month away, if you can't wait, you can check out the goosebump raising score right now.

'Fruitvale' Takes Grand Jury & Audience Award Prizes At Sundance Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2013 11:22 PM
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...and just like that, the Sundance Film Festival has closed for another year, and tonight at Park City, the awards were handed out with one hotly buzzed film taking two major titles.

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