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Few losses will hit us as hard as the one announced early today with the passing of the great filmmaker Jonathan Demme. We wrote earlier about his life and career, but there are few better ways to commemorate a filmmaker than through their work, and there’s a chance to do that later tonight — an episode of “Shots Fired,” the FOX drama series, that Demme directed happens to air this evening (though it’s actually not the last thing that the helmer filmed: he’d apparently shot an episode of new Netflix series “Seven Seconds” just a few months ago). Continue reading Remember The Late Jonathan Demme With A Great Video Essay On His Use Of The Close-Up at The Playlist.
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I don’t think it’s spoiling anything to say that Sharlto Copley is the best part of Ben Wheatley‘s “Free Fire.” The only character in the film who seems to have no clue how a gunfight is supposed to work – in one scene in the film, he leads an increasingly anxious line of inquiry about how long it’ll take someone to bleed out – Copley’s character gives the South African actor a chance to dial his normally restrained screen presence (kidding) all the way to eleven. Continue reading Sharlto Copley Battles Infection In This Exclusive NSFW ‘Free Fire’ Clip at The Playlist.
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With Arthur Miller‘s “The Crucible” a familiar stable in high school drama departments around the country, there may be no better setting for a modern retelling of the story than, well, a high school drama department. That’s exactly what “Blame,” the first film by writer-director Quinn Shephard, looks to do, using a production of “The Crucible” as the backdrop for its twisted coming-of-age story. In this exclusive look at the new film – debuting this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival – we see the first subtle connections forming between Shephard’s character and her drama teacher, played by Chris Messina (“The Mindy Project“). Continue reading All The World’s A Stage In This Exclusive Clip From Tribeca Film Festival Selection ‘Blame’ at The Playlist.
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By now, we’ve probably seen approximately 38% of the new “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” movie through various bits of footage, promotional photos, and teaser trailers. But for the insatiable out there – those that really want to ramp that number all the way up to 40% – you’re in luck: a handful of new clips for Marvel‘s latest space adventure debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  Continue reading Watch Not One, Not Two, But FOUR New ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Clips at The Playlist.
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With over 30 years of film compositions under his belt – from his 1984 debut with “Success Is the Best Revenge” to the soundtrack for Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming “Dunkirk” – Hans Zimmer is the rare household name in the world of film composers. His career is as impressive for its depth as its volume; Zimmer is as prone to pop up on the soundtrack for a Terrence Malick film as he is a Michael Bay film and has worked with regular acclaim in live-action, animation, and documentary to boot. Continue reading Watch Hans Zimmer And Company Perform The ‘Inception’ Soundtrack Live At Coachella at The Playlist.
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Women have always been an instrumental part of the film industry, yet there is still a shameful lack of women in key roles behind the camera, including cinematographer. But while there may be too few female Directors of Photography, as this new video essay from Luisa Liz shows, the ones who are working are producing innovative and diverse images. The essay symbolically opens with shot from “Far From The Madding Crowd,” showing the camera forcing its way through a room crowded with men to Carey Mulligan, the one woman standing apart inside. Continue reading Supercut Shines A Light On Female Cinematographers at The Playlist.
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The surreal mix-up on Oscar night has enshrined “Moonlight” as one of the biggest upsets and flubs in movie history. But that giant shocker on live television resulted from many more intimate moments experienced in theaters across the country — viewers feeling surprise that a movie with a tiny budget, a low-profile cast, and a doubly marginalized protagonist could speak to them so personally and profoundly. That “Moonlight” could prove so unexpectedly universal is a testament to Barry Jenkins as a director, and perhaps more specifically, to the immensely powerful images he created along with cinematographer James Laxton. Continue reading Images Echo & Haunt The Characters In Best Picture Winning ‘Moonlight’ In Side By Side Video Essay [Watch] at The Playlist.
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Here’s some fun counter-programming: the anti-Valentine’s Day-themed short, “Love, Gina.” Of course, the short, a psychological thriller about a woman in love with a man who she’s never met, wasn’t made with Valentine’s Day in mind, but it’s a fitting Playlist exclusive for the day. Directed by Nicole Emanuele (“Not Waving But Drowning“), “Love, Gina” stars “Limitless” actor Megan Guinan and features a talented crew including producer Steve Farneth of Cinetic Media, cinematography by Larry Langton,  editing by Adam Robinson (“Hunter Gatherer, ” “Spring Breakers“), sound by Eric Hoffman (“Lemonade“), and original music by John Ross of Brooklyn indie rockers Wild Pink.  Continue reading Watch: The Anti-Valentine’s Day Psycho-Sexual Thriller ‘Love, Gina’ [Exclusive] at The Playlist.
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There were few films as polarizing to audiences and critics this year as Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon.” However, this writer was still haunted by the visual and musical wonder for weeks after first seeing it at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. As awards season heats up Amazon Studios smartly wants to give one man responsible for that experience, composer Cliff Martinez, his due. Continue reading Exclusive: Nicolas Winding Refn, Cliff Martinez On The ‘Sci-Fi’ Feel Of ‘Neon Demon’s’ Music at The Playlist.
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The film centers on the untold story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962.read more
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