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  • SydneysBuzz
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    When Are Films Political? This is Not a Film

    After a successful theatrical run that began with exclusive engagements in late February at New York's Film Forum and Laemmle's Music Hall in Los Angeles, This is Not a Film, co-directed by Jafar Panahi and Motjaba Mirtahmasb, remains one of the best-reviewed films of the year and is now the Official Documentary Shortlist for the 2013 Academy Award.

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  • The Playlist
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    David Cronenberg Calls Awards Season Process "Bullshit, Annoying & Problematical"; Weighs In On 48fps

    When David Cronenberg talks, it’s obligatory to listen, and when he describes the awards process as “all bullshit” well, quite frankly it’s hard to disagree. Sure, we all have a load of fun watching the awards from the outside but there’s always that nagging feeling that we shouldn’t really be ranking art. Cronenberg was asked by Movieline whether or not it bothered him that “Cosmopolis “isn't being discussed more as a contender" for the Oscars, and here’s what he had to say:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Are You Ready For The 'Best Funeral Ever' Reality TV Show?

    I don't know about you, but I'm getting the queasy feeling that this new TLC reality show is going to be all kinds of ratchet.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Exclusive: Wood Harris Confirmed for 'Sweetwater' Biopic; 2014 Playoffs Target Release Date

    Written and directed by Martin Guigui, award-winning filmmaker who has helmed several shorts and films, along with music themed documentaries about Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton and Sun Ra's, the long-in-gestation screen biopic titled Sweetwater seems to be moving full speed ahead.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' Is Flatter Than Texas Roadkill

    Carl Mazzocone, the producer of the new horror remake/sequel "Texas Chainsaw 3D" (yes, the word "Massacre" isn't even part of the title – more on that in a minute), a former executive who oversaw the lucrative "Saw" series, has made it a point of saying how this is a true follow-up to Tobe Hooper's watershed original (1974's "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre"). The first part of a proposed six-film franchise (yes, seriously), Mazzocone and his confederates have also chosen to bypass every entry in the series since the original, including Hooper's own, highly underrated sequel, two additional films (one by original co-writer Kim Henkel), and a pair of glossy remakes shepherded by that king of the understatement, Michael Bay. But what makes "Texas Chainsaw 3D" so striking is that for a movie with such clear reverence for the original, it fundamentally misunderstands (or simply ignores) what made the first film such a groundbreaking classic.

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  • Press Play
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    VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE Q.T., CHAPTER 4: KILL BILL: The Female Archetype vs. The Goddess

    Withhold information, then release it. Set up expectations, then subvert them. Tease, then gratify. This is how you construct an epic. This is how Quentin Tarantino, block by block, builds up "Kill Bill."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New Red Band Trailer For 'Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters' Reveals Another Crappy Looking January Movie

    Aside from say, "Kill List" "Haywire," to a more lesser, subjective extent "The Grey," good films are not meant to be released in January and 9.999999 times out 10 they are not. It's a dumping ground season for bad romantic comedies that have tested poorly ("Bride Wars"), lame spoof movies ("Meet the Spartans") horror-action dreck ("My Bloody Valentine 3D" and the like), wackjob oddities starring Nicolas Cage ("Season of the Witch") and whatever else needs to be released, but the studio has pretty much zero confidence in other than appealing to those that actively look at a bail-bond business rom-com starring Katherine Heigl and go, "Wow, that looks tremendous." And let's face it, January might be critical death, but it always does decent business at the box-office.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    CURE FOR A MOVIE HANGOVER

    I love watching movies, but it becomes challenging during December when the year’s lengthiest and most ambitious films arrive all at once. By the time I’m done digesting, writing about and voting for them, I need a breather. That’s when I start reading, for pleasure, and watching vintage B movies—even while exercising. I’ll review some of the show-business books I read during the next week, but I also took a tip from "The New Yorker’s" Anthony Lane in his review of "Killing Them Softly."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 'Evil Dead' Remake Scares Up Brand New Red Band Trailer

    It takes a lot of balls to announce that your film will be The Most Terrifying Movie You Will Ever Experience. But the folks behind the "Evil Dead" remake are feeling ballsy, because that's the tagline on the poster for their upcoming film. If you're going to talk the talk, you're gonna have to walk the walk, and a new red band trailer has arrived to make the case that this one will leave you shaking.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Denzel Washington's '2 Guns' Set For Aug. 16 Release

    Following up on Tambay's item about the mess invloving the release date for those two Will Packer produced movies in 2014, comes word that Denzel Washington's next film, the action thriller 2 Guns, will be relased by Universal this summer on August 16th.

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