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    The Pick Of The Playlist's Comments Section In 2012

    Oh commenters, you make writing this site worthwhile for us. We just put our pithy little thoughts out into the world and you are our reflection. Hell, we could do a feature with just the comments on our end of the year features. So many of you offer wonderful insight, suggestions, compliments and feedback, and please know that your presence makes it easier to deal with our favorite crazy conspiracy theorists, Rpatz super fans, and those who HATE our year end lists! Here's a selection of some of our favorites from 2012.

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    VODetails: 'Little Birds'

    Is this coming of age story starring Juno Temple worth your VODollars?

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    Pixar Reveals Teaser Art For 'The Good Dinosaur,' 'Inside The Mind' & More From Upcoming 2013-2015 Slate

    It's the beginning of the new year, and Pixar are obviously getting into the action early. The studio has released some teaser art for its 2013-2015 slate, and while it's small and brief, it's definitely something that's already creating excited ripples in the animation community. 

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    Barbed Wire: 'Parental Guidance'

    The best zingers from the worst reviews of the new Billy Crystal comedy.

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  • The Playlist
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    Katie Walsh's Top 10 Films Of 2012

    Experiencing art and watching film is such a deeply subjective experience that it seems a fool’s errand to rank and list “the best" of anything. How I reacted to the films I saw in 2012 can be completely personal and different than any of my colleagues on this site, but that’s what makes it interesting. Where we come together and where we disagree is the fun of it all, really, and has made for many a lively Twitter debate among us.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    S&A Top 10 Posts Of 2012 - #2: The Zoe Saldana/Nina Simone Film Project

    S&A Top 10 Posts Of 2012 - #2: The Zoe Saldana/Nina Simone Film Project

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    Alexandre Desplat Returns To Score Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

    Talk about getting the gang back together. While he's been playing close to the chest about what he's building with "Grand Budapest Hotel," Wes Anderson has at least slowly been revealing who'll be part of the project. Right around Christmas the director shared that Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe would be joining the ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Saoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman. As always, the actors are a mix of familiar and new faces, but when it comes to the talent behind the camera, Anderson is keeping it in the family.

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    The Winner of Criticwire's Great Fall Movie Wager Is...

    ...not me. Crap.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Best Movie Posters of 2012: Retro, Sexy, Design-y, Scary, Striking and Stylish

    Capturing the expanse of a film on a flimsy two-foot-by-three-foot piece of paper is a challenge; trying to woo audiences to see a movie, given only this paper, is a feat. Each year, the movie poster medium boasts some incredible looking efforts - some that even veer towards art. The best posters of 2012 don't have much in common - and neither do the movies they represent - but they caught our eye and sometimes left a more indelible print than the movie that inspired them. Among the best is "Killing Them Softly," which featured a design geek's dream layout: simple, well-positioned and sharp. "Django Unchained" is iconic, Tarantino, piqued our interest well before more details leaked. "The Dark Knight Rises" poster that revealed urban remnants reflecting a bat wing is a little heavy-handed, but fittingly so. The minimalism of the blacked-out "Zero Dark Thirty" also leaves a similarly striking reverb. Sometimes, the poster outshone the film. Oliver Stone's "Savages," promised fast, sexy, colorful. "John Carter" hinted at a mystical world, unfolding in the face of an undaunted explorer; the poster was dreamier. If any vibe reigned supreme, it might have been retro. "Moonrise Kingdom" is dream-pastel soft - the picture of childhood imagination that it captured. "The Paperboy" also goes for an over-exposed look. Art-house "American Animal" employed a hot-pink that seems to have been produced in 1986. The faded imagery in the Rorschach-test-poster for "The Master" gave it a simultaneously traditional and uneasy feeling. For the 2013 roster of films, "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," "The Lone Ranger," and "The Wolverine" have already made headway into great film art. The poster for Chan-wook Park's "Stoker" was so great, we grouped it along with the 2012 set to give a preview of what's next.

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    Names and Places

    No time for my Year End Roundup or even my Havana Film Festival Report because I am busy with writing a Report -For-Pay of the 1,000 Top Filmmakers, Location Managers and Influencers Worldwide for a particularly smart country’s film commissioner and I must deliver it by the year’s end.

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