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The opening film of the fifty-fifth New York Film Festival is Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying”, an emotional look at the complicated nature of modern patriotism and the unbreakable bond between service members. The film is a quasi-sequel to Hal Ashby’s 1973 classic “The Last Detail”. Similar to ‘Last Detail’, this retelling is based off a novel by Daryl Ponicsan. Continue reading ‘Last Flag Flying’ Cast: Finding Humor in Tragedy & Complicated Patriotism [NYFF] at The Playlist.
The second season of Netflix‘s critically acclaimed hit Stranger Things” is just around the corner. Following its showing at this year’s Emmys, the hype could not be more palpable, whether the show is brought up in conversation or new aspects of the series are revealed online. There is no denying the Duffer Brothers have created a huge hit for the streaming service. Whether you love it or loathe it, “Stranger Things” has made an impression when it comes to configuring nostalgia, storyline, and character arcs in faultless fashion. Continue reading The Bounce Effect: How ‘Stranger Things’ Introduces Its Characters at The Playlist.
One of our favorite films of the year so far is “Thirst Street,” an indie about obsession, delusion and romance. Starring indie actor Lindsay Burdge (“A Teacher”), the film is arch and dreamy, and features a deliciously sly narration by by Academy Award-winner Anjelica Huston. Our review described it as “a wry and disturbed look at lust and longing… delightfully twisted” READ MORE: Lindsay Burdge Sparkles In The Delicious Psycho Sexual Thriller ‘Thirst Street’ [Tribeca Review] Directed by Nathan Silver the filmmaker told us in a quick email interview he wanted to write a lead part for Burdge who had a role in his previous film, “Actor Martinez. Continue reading ‘Thirst Street’ Clip: Lindsay Burdge Gets Obsessed [Exclusive] at The Playlist.
Filmmaker Alexander Payne’s explored and satirized many facets of the human condition and almost exclusively through their comedic defects and deficiencies. But his masterwork is still arguably 1999’s “Election,” a biting satire of hubris and rivalry set in the world of high school politics. Centering on an insufferable overachiever (Reese Witherspoon) who runs for high school president and the envious, bitter teacher (Matthew Broderick) who tries to undermine her election campaign, its dirty, underhanded tricks, scheming and vengeful backchanneling is more politically relevant than ever. Continue reading Alexander Payne’s ‘Election’’ Is Coming To The Criterion Collection at The Playlist.
With reviews and praise for the latest adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel ‘It‘ launching it to huge box office success, audiences and fans of the source material are coming to see how ‘It’ is more than a film about a demonic-child-eating clown. Beneath the guise of the supernatural and extra terrestrial, lie the very human experiences of children. In a video essay by CrackerJacked, an in depth analysis deconstructs the fear of clowns as a point of connection for the varying traumas and emotional damage the Losers Club undergo. Continue reading Video Essay Examines Trauma In Stephen King’s ‘It’ [Watch] at The Playlist.
There is no doubt cinematic auteur Darren Aronofsky finds influence in the films of the past. Ever a student as well as a creative force, Aronofsky’s highly anticipated “mother!” has created buzz as a very different kind of modern horror film, as well as one of the directors’ best thus far (read our review from Venice). It is no wonder, then, that as the film is said to be loosely-inspired by Roman Polanski‘s lauded horror “Rosemary’s Baby,” that comparisons should reach beyond the posters and apparent tonality of the film, to direct homages to the source of Aronofsky’s inspiration. Continue reading Trailer For ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Recut In The Style Of Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’ [Watch] at The Playlist.
By the time the final “Harry Potter” film came out, Warner Bros. released so many clips and stills that it felt like fans could practically assemble it themselves. Paramount Pictures seems determined to do the same with “mother!,” Darren Aronofsky’s new psychological thriller; just a day after releasing a 30-second teaser that offered a barrage of seemingly disconnected images, the studio dropped a full clip from the film – paired with another barrage of different seemingly disconnected images. Continue reading Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’ Drops A New Clip, Breaks Glass at The Playlist.
The masterful manipulation of time in Christopher Nolan’s blistering blockbuster “Dunkirk,” the temporal cross-cutting and tension it brings is awe-inspiring from a cinematic perspective. “Dunkirk” takes place at three locations for completely different spans of time: the ‘mole’ (beach) for one week, the sea for one day and air for one hour. Nolan found a way to illustrate all three events happening all with respect to each other, finally converging in the film’s climax. Continue reading Temporal Shifts: The Notions Of Time In Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ at The Playlist.
If you weren’t suitably unnerved by the trailers for “mother!,” Darren Aronofsky offers an unsettling new clip from his upcoming film that promises “you’ll never answer the door again.” READ MORE: ‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky’s Scorchingly Brilliant Thriller Is Visceral, Go-For-Broke Madness [Venice Review] Javier Bardem may or may not be right when he insists “they’re here to see me,” especially opposite co-star Jennifer Lawrence, who seems to find herself in increasingly bizarre – and creepy – circumstances in the rustic setting they now call home. Continue reading New ‘mother!’ Clip Promises You’ll Never Answer The Door Again at The Playlist.
The Coen Brothers‘ adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s exploration into the modern American West, “No Country for Old Men,” frames a vignette of a crime that ultimately makes a statement on the Western itself. ScreenPrism’s analysis of the metaphor-laden film, focuses on the final scene where Tommy Lee Jones’ Sheriff Bell explains the various dreams he recently had to his wife. Continue reading Exploring The Ambiguous Ending Of ‘No Country For Old Men’ at The Playlist.