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Watch: Annapurna Pictures Sizzle Reel Celebrates 'The Master,' 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Lawless' & More

by Ken Guidry
February 26, 2013 9:17 AM
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With the Oscars over, it looks like we are finally ready to stop talking about last year’s movies and keep our focus entirely on this year’s crop of films. Well, most of us are ready to do that. Annapurna Pictures has posted a nifty little sizzle reel on their site showcasing the collection of challenging adult dramas that they’ve released and/or have been involved with over the past year. This includes clips from "Lawless," "The Master," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Killing Them Softly," "Spring Breakers" (premiered in Venice last summer) and "The Grandmaster" (premiered in Berlin a few weeks ago), with the latter two set to be released theatrically this year. The reel is a must watch for fans of any or all of these films.

It’s hard not to love, or at least admire, Annapurna head Megan Ellison who was instrumental in getting those six films made. In spite of the fact that "Zero Dark Thirty" was really the only financially successful one of the bunch, the sizzle reel suggests that there is a lot to be proud of with the work Annapurna has done thus far. They look to keep plowing ahead this year, producing films by Spike Jonze (“Her”), Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher”), and David O. Russell (the untitled Abscam film starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and more). It will be interesting to see how their work will continue to affect the film industry.

Be sure to check out the reel below. Here’s to many more great films and sizzle reels from the young production company in the years to come.

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  • Johnson | February 26, 2013 3:41 PMReply

    Hope she keeps going too, but hard to know what she brings to these films other than hard ca$h..everything Annapurna makes (other than Zero Dark) feels like it's trying too hard and needs more guidance. And that Abscam script has been in-the-making for seven years. How do the people in the know get her to finance this stuff (do they appeal to ego and say it's too smart for everyone else?!).

  • jimmiescoffee | February 26, 2013 1:28 PMReply

    all 4 of these were on my top 10 list. the 2 from this year look great.

  • tomincmh | February 26, 2013 11:00 AMReply

    I just hope the lack of recognition for her films at the Oscars won't dissuade her from continuing to make these interesting and thought provoking films. It's a shame it's such a unique notion in the industry nowadays to give talented filmmakers creative freedom and the budget to bring their visions to reality.

  • tomincmh | February 26, 2013 1:31 PM

    Fair enough, Jim. However, outside of Zero Dark Thirty, I don't believe any of her films made their budget back at the box office. Plus, all the backroom backstabbing and politics for Oscars could leave a bad taste in her mouth. I do hope I'm wrong and she continues to do what she's doing now, but I worry she could want to make more commercial films and perhaps stick to more safe Oscar bait sort of projects to help gain some prestige for her company. We'll see.

  • jim | February 26, 2013 12:44 PM

    tomincmh, some of her films were recognized with Oscar nominations- two of them this year. So, Megan Ellison is doing pretty good for herself. I am sure she will do better.

  • Grandmaster | February 26, 2013 10:04 AMReply

    You just have to admire Megan for her work,it's hard to belive how much she has done in just a single year. She will defentley produce a lot great movies in the next couple years.

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