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If you kept up with reviews during “La La Land”’s theatrical run at the tail end of 2016, you probably ran into at least a few mentions of “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” Jacques Demy‘s colorful 1964 romantic musical masterpiece. If you also keep up with The Criterion Collection, you know that “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” just hit home video via a pristine Criterion Blu-ray release last week. Continue reading The ‘Umbrellas of Cherbourg,’ ‘La La Land’ And The Bittersweetness Of A Demy Musical at The Playlist.
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When Colin Welland, accepting his screenwriting Oscar for “Chariots of Fire” in 1982 echoed Paul Revere’s famous words “the British are coming!” it’s widely felt he ushered in a long period of decline in the fortunes of U.K. filmmaking in the U.S.. So we don’t want to make the same mistake here, and will just point out that, in addition to all the British imports that have already snuck past Customs and Border Protection and onto American screens, just a few weeks sees season 3 of “Catastrophe” come to Amazon (this Friday), and the first two seasons of “Chewing Gum” come to Netflix, to no little fanfare. Continue reading ‘Chewing Gum,’ ‘Catastrophe’ And The Rise Of UK TV Comedy at The Playlist.
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With only two feature films under his belt to date, writer/director Adam Leon has made a big noise by using very little. His breakout film, “Gimme The Loot,” was fresh, exciting, and low-key caper film that captured the attention of SXSW, Cannes, and beyond. For his followup, Leon tells another intimate, authentic New York City story with “Tramps.” Premiering last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, it may not have had glitzy A-list stars, but the crowd-pleasing charmer sparked a small bidding war, with streaming titans Netflix coming out on top. Continue reading The Movies That Changed My Life: ‘Tramps’ Director Adam Leon at The Playlist.
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It’s mere coincidence that has season one of Ryan Murphy‘s manicured melodrama “Feud” ending the same weekend that a barely buzzed Warner Bros. thriller going by the generic, methinks-it-doth-protest-too-much title of “Unforgettable” opens. But the two projects do share one thing beyond mere timing: in different ways and with varying degrees of self-awareness, both can be read as a comment on Hollywood’s treatment, past and present, of “difficult,” “unlikeable” or otherwise potentially unpopular actresses. Continue reading How ‘Feud’ Fails Bette Davis And Joan Crawford at The Playlist.
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There’s been, as you might have noticed, a wave of ’90s revivalism in theaters in 2017, from remakes of “Beauty And The Beast,” “Power Rangers” and “Ghost In The Shell,” to this week’s decidedly “Reservoir Dogs”-esque crime comedy “Free Fire” (if you haven’t already, catch up on our ’90s series here). But this week also brings a stealthier form of 1990s throwback in the shape of “Unforgettable,” the kind of thriller that’s rare to see in theaters these days, but which used to be ten-a-penny 25 years or so ago. Continue reading 15 Great Movies About Yuppies In Peril at The Playlist.
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This weekend sees the final episode of “Feud,” which stars Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange as Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford respectively, as they scheme and catfight their way through the filming of “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?” It also sees the second weekend of “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth ‘Fast and the Furious‘ film which stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, who reportedly fell out on set due to Diesel being a “candy ass” (Johnson’s words). Continue reading 20 Great Movie Star Feuds & The Films That Spawned Them at The Playlist.
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Like the flowers protruding from the ground in this warming weather, the spring film festival season is in full bloom. It was just Thursday when May’s Cannes Film Festival announced its line-up. Now, we’re mere days away from this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which serves not only as one of NYC’s biggest, most prolific film festivals but also one of the biggest and most prestige festivals of the new millennium. Continue reading 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Preview: 20 Must-See Films To Watch at The Playlist.
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The Bingeworthy Breakdown is an occasional look at new TV shows. An estimated 500 scripted seasons of TV will air in 2017, and to help you sort the wheat from the chaff, we’re going to look at the first episodes of the most notable of these to help you work out whether it’s worth tuning in every week for them, waiting to binge later, or using the time to finally catch up on “Bosch” or whatever else you’ve been waiting for. Continue reading Bingeworthy Breakdown: Should You Be Watching Showtime & Idris Elba’s 70s Political Drama ‘Guerrilla’ at The Playlist.
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The Bingeworthy Breakdown is an occasional look at new TV shows. An estimated 500 scripted seasons of TV will air in 2017, and to help you sort the wheat from the chaff, we’re going to look at the first few episodes of the most notable of these to help you work out whether it’s worth tuning in every week for them, waiting to binge later, or using the time to finally catch up on Amazon’s “Fortitude” or whatever else you’ve been waiting for. Continue reading The Bingeworthy Breakdown: You Definitely Need To Watch ‘Fargo’ Season 3 On FX at The Playlist.
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After a surprising (and surprisingly emotional) 40th anniversary panel yesterday, today Disney looked to the future — specifically “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the second “saga film” since Disney bought Lucasfilm back in 2012 and the first since “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” made pretty much all the money in the galaxy (and made the whole world get excited about the franchise again after the abysmal prequels drained the series’ collective goodwill). Continue reading ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: 13 Things We Learned At The Star Wars Celebration Panel at The Playlist.
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