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Ridley Scott Eyes Producing English-Language Remake Of ‘The Wailing’

Given the rave reviews, multiple best-of-2016 appearances, and huge buzz, it’s not a big surprise that Na Hong-Jin‘s “The Wailing” is being eyed for a remake. But what is surprising are the questions of how an American version of the movie, which spins a semi-supernatural mystery that gets much of its color and humor from […]

Jessica Kiang’s Top 20 Films Of 2016

I don’t think I’m the only person to have wondered about the usefulness of watching, discussing and writing about film — or any art — when it feels like outside the theater, the sky is falling. Great chunks of catastrophe are raining down from the heavens and I’m pondering crucial issues like the mythology of […]

The 25 Best 2016 Films You Might Not Have Seen

There’s too much TV, too many films, and there have been a few other things going on in 2016. So for sure, there are very few of us, even among the fraternity of full-time film commentators, who can say they’ve seen everything. Thus, here’s our annual roundup of the films we feel most likely either fell […]

Oli Lyttelton’s Top 15 Films Of 2016

I promised my editors that I’d ease off on the ‘2016 was awful’ intros to our year-end features. That said, fuck 2016, right in the eye. It’s been a crappy twelve months personally and politically (though happily not professionally), and for the first six months or so, cinematically too. But fortunately, the movies came through, […]

The 15 Best Horror Films Of 2016

Maybe it was just because it provided a respite from the year’s most terrifying drama, “American Horror Story: The 2016 Presidential Election,” but the past 12 months have been unusually good for the horror movie. In a year where franchise after franchise underperformed, horror films remained a consistent draw in multiplexes, and for the most part […]

7 Reasons Why “The Wailing” Is The Best Horror Movie You...

Na Hong-jin is one of those rare cases in South Korean cinema, where a filmmaker, despite having enormous success with his films, is not …

The 25 Best Action Sequences Of 2016

A few weeks into our annual year-end binge of the Best and Worst of the movies in 2016, and we’ve looked at the finest trailers and posters, the best movies and TV shows, the breakthrough directors and actors, the best scores and soundtracks, the worst films, and the most anticipated films and television series. There’s plenty more to come, but with the weekend here, […]

The 25 Best Films Of 2016

Those of us who call it home can kind of take it for granted, but it’s an honor and a pleasure to be part of a collective effort like The Playlist, and that’s never made more abundantly clear than when we compile our official annual Best Films ranking. As in recent years, we’ve collated our rankings […]

The 50 Best Horror Movies Of The 21st Century So Far

We’ve been having a bit of a horror-fest at The Playlist this month (terrifying Halloween party costumes of choice at Playlist Towers include: Mike Pence, the ghost of the never-made second season of “Vinyl” and Vin Diesel in the high-frame-rate sequences from “Billy Lynn’s Long Half Time Walk”), with the last few weeks serving as […]

The 5 Best Films Of The 2016 BFI London Film Festival

I’ve been going as a punter to the BFI London Film Festival, the biggest and most high-profile in the UK, since 2002. I’ve been covering it for The Playlist since 2009. But I’ve never seen it with a line-up as stacked as it was with the festival that came to an end yesterday, with virtually […]

The Winners & Losers Of The 2016 Summer Movie Season

September is here, and the fall film festivals have started —check out our Venice coverage so far, and our Telluride coverage starts tomorrow and TIFF next week. Nevertheless, the days are getting shorter and the temperature a little cooler, so it’s time to look back on 2016’s moviegoing summer. In most respects, it was a bad one. Most tentpoles […]

Podcast: Does Good Or Bad Really Matter? Adjust Your Tracking Bites...

“The Neon Demon” opened last weekend and performed rather poorly at the box office, but there’s still a lot to discuss about the film and its director, Nicolas Winding Refn. That’s where Joe von Appen and myself step in on this latest episode of Adjust Your Tracking. Most of the podcast is spent discussing Refn’s latest […]

Interview: ‘The Wailing’ Director Na Hong-jin On Death, Genre, Religion &...

Let’s face it; domestic box-office in the States hasn’t exactly been sizzling at the onset of the summer season. With critically panned studio mega-million productions making most of their big bucks overseas, American moviegoers are clearly not very interested in what the big screens have to offer these days. And with “Warcraft” (pretty but shallow) […]

The 20 Best Films Of 2016 So Far

June is here, and with Sundance, Berlin, SXSW and Cannes over, and the summer blockbuster season well underway, the year in the film world is starting to take shape. And while superhero clashes and fairy-tale remakes have dominated the mainstream talk, there’s been a lot more variety and depth to be found for anyone digging a […]

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