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Order Within The Chaos: Darren Aronofsky’s Cinematic Obsessions

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Darren Aronofsky has more or less become a cinematic fixture within the last decade. The writer/director is an intense filmmaker whose stories are as expansive as his style; an Aronofsky spectrum. Cinephiles and film goers alike are voicing their reactions for his latest film, “mother!” and that reception is basically a binary explosion of opinion on social media. You either adore it or detest it, or are just completely baffled by what Aronofsky has put on screen.

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- Julia Teti

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‘Spielberg’ Trailer: The Master Filmmaker Goes In Front Of The Camera

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A master filmmaker (and no, this isn’t an argument), director Steven Spielberg has been turning out modern movie classics for decades and has contributed dozens of unimpeachable treasures to cinema. Movies will be unimaginably poorer the day he is gone. Opinions may vary on just what film is the best Spielberg film, from the landmark action adventure film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to pictures that have reinvented the way “monster movies” are presented with “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park,” to his more dramatic and weighty films movies such as “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan” “Bridge of Spies” and “Lincoln.

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- Ally Johnson

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Brace Your Emotional Sink: There Might Be A ‘mother!’ Opera

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Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has most definitely become the most hunted man in movie culture this last week. His controversial “mother!” has caused a volcanic stir in the mainstream by bewildering, provoking and flat-out infuriating movie audiences nationwide (and some media to boot) with its non-conventional narrative, shocking images and frustrating loop of a story.

Read More: ‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky’s Scorchingly Brilliant Thriller Is Visceral, Go-For-Broke Madness [Review]

That’s fine, adventurous moviegoers have mostly appreciated what Aronofsky went for in the film; it’s hard for any of us to really complain about a studio movie taking the kind of risks “mother!” does even if you think it subjectively fails.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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The Bounce Effect: How ‘Stranger Things’ Introduces Its Characters

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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.

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- Julia Teti

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‘Jane’ Trailer: Documentary Highlights The Trailblazing Jane Goodall

22 September 2017 2:37 PM, PDT

Documentary filmmaker Brett Morgen has turned his camera on no shortage of fascinating subjects, in films like “The Kid Stays In The Picture,” “Chicago 10,” and “Cobain: Montage Of Heck.” Now, he’s profiling a woman whose work has inspired generations around the world.

Jane” tells the story of conservationist Jane Goodall, whose pioneering work and research chimpanzees gave the animals a necessary voice and champion.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Margot Robbie Eyes Oscars With ‘I, Tonya’ Awards Season Release Date

22 September 2017 2:13 PM, PDT

The Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival gives awards season films a big boost. This year the surprise winner was Martin McDonagh‘s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which certainly elevates its profile in the months to come. But another favored pic, that many expected to take the prize, isn’t going to be forgotten.

Craig Gillespie‘s “I, Tonya“— which was the runner-up for the People’s Choice Award — has now been set for limited release on December 8th in New York and Los Angeles by Neon.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Academy Making Changes To Foreign Language Film Voting Process

22 September 2017 1:48 PM, PDT

The Playlist has learned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made a change to the voting process for the Foreign Language Film category that will go into effect this year. These new rules were explained in a letter recently sent to volunteer committee members.  And, no, they aren’t allowing members in New York and London to join Los Angeles members in the first round of the voting process, but they are hoping a change to the current system will allow smaller films to flourish.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Study Confirms Everyone Wants Netflix Originals

22 September 2017 12:59 PM, PDT

While many thought the big wins by “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Big Little Lies” at the Emmy awards marked an victory for appointment viewing, don’t cry for Netflix or Amazon just yet. While some argued that having episodes drop week-by-week helped those award winning shows take home trophies, at the end of the day, when it comes what people are actually watching — or at least want to watch — Netflix remains king.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ With Lady Gaga Moves To Summer 2018

22 September 2017 12:04 PM, PDT

For his directorial debut, you gotta given Bradley Cooper some credit for swinging for the fences. He’s behind the camera for Warner Bros. long developing remake of “A Star Is Born” and not only is he behind the camera, he’s in front of it too. If that’s not enough Lady Gaga is taking co-starring role, and writing and performing original songs for the film too.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Martin Scorsese MasterClass Trailer: The Legend Has Some Lessons For You

22 September 2017 11:35 AM, PDT

There are few guides through cinematic history as genuinely exciting or enthusiastic as Martin Scorsese. “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies” and “My Voyage to Italy” are absolutely vital viewing, and any interview with the filmmaker is more than ample proof he knows the medium almost better than anyone. And if you ever dreamed of having Scorsese teach you the craft, well it’s happening.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Bursts Into The Future With Over 20 Minutes Of Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes

22 September 2017 10:59 AM, PDT

In two weeks the verdict on “Blade Runner 2049” will be in when the reviews roll out, but until then, we’re trying to keep our high expectations reasonable about the sequel to one of the all time great sci-fi films. But it’s hard to stay reasonable, especially when you see the passion put into the movie in these new behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Vice has the most substantive fare, serving up two generous videos about the making of “Blade Runner 2049,” and the legacy of the original movie.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Discover The Magic Behind The Dolly Zoom

22 September 2017 10:29 AM, PDT

The dolly zoom is synonymous with some of the most memorable films and movies from the classic and modern periods of cinema. It’s an innovative technique that disorients audiences and creates an effective feeling of emotional significance for characters and specific points in narratives. But there is more to this technique than meets the eye.

Now You See It explores the visual device in a video essay. Originated by Alfred Hitchcock in his film “Vertigo,” the technique earned its nickname “the Vertigo Effect” from its use in the film.

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- Julia Teti

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‘Brawl In Cell Block 99’: Vince Vaughn & Don Johnson Praise “Genius” Director Craig S. Zahler

22 September 2017 9:52 AM, PDT

In “Brawl in Cell Bock 99” Vince Vaughn plays Bradley Thomas. With a cross tattooed on the back of his skull, and impressively added muscle tissue to his physique, Vaughn’s transformation is a harrowing but impressive feat for the 47-year-old actor best known for his comedic roles in “Old School” and “Wedding Crashers.”

Bradley, the violent, but honorable man he plays in the film is sentenced to seven years for selling drugs, and is then blackmailed by none other than 72-year-old Udo Kier, and is forced to cause as much damage as possible to get transferred to the incarceration hell that is “Red Leaf.” The warden of that prison is played by none other than Don Johnson who runs the place like a psycho bent on behavioral punishment. 

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- Jordan Ruimy

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Mel Gibson’s ‘The Professor And The Madman’ Runs Nearly 3 Hours As Legal Woes Continue

22 September 2017 8:53 AM, PDT

On paper, there’s no reason why  “The Professor And The Madman” shouldn’t work. An adaptation of the great book by Simon Winchester, it tells the story behind the creation of the first Oxford English Dictionary by Professor James Murray (played by Mel Gibson), whose work became complicated thanks to the participation of Dr. W. C. Minor (played by Sean Penn), an inmate at an insane asylum.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘1922’ Trailer: The Dead Don’t Stay Dead In Latest Stephen King Adaptation

22 September 2017 8:33 AM, PDT

As a Stephen King agnostic myself, I have remained largely indifferent to the ubiquity of King-related film and television content this year. This hasn’t been easy, as 2017 is angling — as aggressively as possible — to be the Year of Stephen King. I feel as though I’ve been bombarded with promos for (and breathless articles about) “The Dark Tower,” “It,” “The Mist,” and, to a lesser extent, “Mr.

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- Eli Fine

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Steven Spielberg’s Editor Attempted 2 Hour Cut Of ‘The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford’

22 September 2017 7:45 AM, PDT

Andrew Dominik‘s “The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford” turns ten years old this month, and there’s never a bad time to shine some light on one of the best westerns of contemporary cinema. But any discussion of the terrific film must be paired with a reminder of the uphill battle the director faced in the editing room. Long story short, thinking they had invested in a rootin’ tootin’ shoot-em-up starring hunky Brad Pitt, Warner Bros.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Racer And The Jailbird’ Trailer: Matthias Schoenaerts & Adèle Exarchopoulos Accelerate Their Passion

22 September 2017 6:57 AM, PDT

We don’t always have the same opinions here at The Playlist, and “Racer And The Jailbird” is one such case. Where Jessica was able to roll with the film’s “drunken romanticism,” when I caught the movie at Tiff I thought it was just plain drunk. The overly long, two-hour-plus film lurches from one unbelievable plot twist to the next, in a crime picture/love story that never knows when to slow down.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Daniel Craig Reportedly Wants Denis Villeneuve To Direct Next James Bond

22 September 2017 6:23 AM, PDT

Denis Villeneuve‘s career thus far has been marked by a desire to pursue original storytelling. From his breakthrough, Oscar-nominated “Incendies,” the filmmaker has climbed his way up the ladder, taking on great scripts, and turning out unique, intelligent, and stylish films like “Prisoners,” “Enemy,” “Sicario,” and “Arrival.” But for the first time in his nearly three-decade career, Villeneuve is being lured by blockbusters.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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M. Night Shyamalan Taps The M. Night Shyamalan Universe For ‘Unbreakable/Spilt’ Sequel

22 September 2017 4:31 AM, PDT

Sometimes a filmmaker appears down and out and destined for director’s jail, but M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” proved going back to low budget basics can regalvanize a career. “Split” was an unqualified success at the box office with a haul grossing $277 million worldwide off a $9 million dollar budget. If you saw “Split,” you know that the twist ending reveals that the film is a “soft sequel” to Shyamalan’s 2000 film “Unbreakable.” Shyamalan will be exploring more of this territory with his newest film “Glass,” set to be released in 2019.

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- Jacob Siegel

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Barry Jenkins Talks ‘Moonlight’ & Filmmaker Therapy With ‘Beach Rats’ Director Eliza Hittman

21 September 2017 2:08 PM, PDT

Barry Jenkins, following his surprise Best Picture win at the Oscars for “Moonlight,” sat down to chat with Eliza Hittman about her new film “Beach Rats.”  They discussed some of the commonalities between both films, what it was like participating in “filmmaker therapy” and finding their way as new directors.

Both “Moonlight” and “Beach Rats” share similarities in theme with the representation of youth, identity, masculinity, and sexuality.  

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- Martine Olivier

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