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There are some directors whose work you can identify on the spot because of their films' style, look, music, or the actors involved. (Think Wes Anderson or Tim Burton.) And then there are some who can be I.D.d by recurring motifs that pop up again and again in their work. Alfred Hitchcock had a weird thing for blondes, yet compared to some of these other filmmakers' recurring obsessions, Hitch seems downright clean-cut. Let's take a look at some of our favorite directors and their … well, interesting proclivities.Christopher Nolan:Dead wives (Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception)Nolan is beloved by his fan base for the tightly calculated precision of his screenwriting and shooting styles. In that cool detachment, he may have been unaware of an increasingly disturbing trope that shows up time and again in his films: dead wives. The entire plot of Memento is driven »
- Max Evry
There has rarely been a better time to be a fan of the horror genre on television with a bumper crop of horror shows currently hitting our screens. Some shows like Supernatural or American Horror Story weave something original out of various different sources such as old folk tales, mythology and horror films. Then there are the others which are rooted in literary fiction, taking their monsters from the page and bringing them vividly to life on screen.
Whether it's a story of serial killers, monsters or things that go bump in the night, we're taking a look at the books that inspired several of today's horror shows...
The Delta Sigma Phi fraternity of Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., have released a lip-syncing video of Taylor Swift’s pop hit “Shake It Off.” Despite the fact that Swift’s music isn’t normally the type of thing you’d see in a frat, the bros managed to pull off a well-made and passionately performed a video that is really quite impressive especially when you realize it was done in one single continuous take like Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope.
And this is Swift’s original video for “Shake It Off.”
Other Lip-Syncs in the Media
YouTube lip-syncing videos have become very popular of late. In 2012, a group of United States Marines produced a video of their platoon lip-syncing to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and featured choreographed dance numbers.
This year, Avon high school raised $30,000 for a local Children’s Hospital where they performed a High School Musical »
Doctor Who, Season 8, Episode 4, “Listen”
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon
Airs Saturdays at 9pm Et on BBC America
This week, on Doctor Who: Clara goes on a date, the Doctor is afraid, and Rupert hates his name
Steven Moffat loves childhood fears. He’s mined them for some of nuWho’s most effective villains: Something lurking in the dark (the Vashta Nerada), a threat waiting to pounce the moment you look away (the Weeping Angels), and now, the monster under your bed. These creatures tap into the intense, pervasive fears so many experience as children and like its predecessors, “Listen” is hugely successful drawing from this well. It also takes a common and, when explored, curious habit and exploits it for significant dramatic potential: why do people talk to themselves when no one’s around? Both ideas have been explored by Moffat to some extent already »
- Kate Kulzick
With two big films at the Toronto International Film Festival, it would be easy for that to get to your head, butReese Witherspoon was conscious that her film, The Good Lie, was bigger than herself: "This has nothing to do with you, Reese."
At the press conference for the film, French-Canadian director Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) agreed, and Witherspoon recalled a conversation where the director said, "I really like you and respect you, Reese, but this movie has nothing to do with that."
It's about the Lost Boys and Girls of South Sudan.
In The Good Lie, Witherspoon plays an American who is assigned to help four young Sudanese refugees (Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Kuoth Wiel, and Emmanuel Jal) who are relocating to the United States. The film also stars Corey Stoll (Midnight In Paris, "House of Cards"), and is produced by Ron Howard and Brian Glazer -- both of »
- Sasha James
Want to know what British films are coming out this month? Then look no further than our fabulous movie calendar...
Welcome to our new, regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you.
So here's what's coming up in the future.
12 September 2014
Director: Matthew Warchus
Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.
Director: Marc Evans
Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.
19 September 2014
Director: Andre Singer
Details: A documentary »
Night Will Fall, 2014.
Directed by André Singer.
Documentary exploring the cameramen, and the footage caught, showing the liberation of concentration camps in 1945. This footage was due to create a documentary, German Concentration Camps Factual Survey (due to be released for the first time this year).
It is difficult to digest the truth behind the Holocaust. The pictures in books, reconstructions and cinematic depiction of the events seem to detach us from the truth. It can feel like a nightmare that exists only in dreams and on screens. Night Will Fall manages to directly connect the nature of the truth in documentary with the horrors witnessed in 1945. Director André Singer (Producer of The Act of Killing and Into the Abyss) connects them in a manner that sharply forces history into focus. The collective efforts to murder a group of people by a brainwashed militia, »
- Simon Columb
I hate around 90% of the human race. That being said, few people can appreciate a little Solitude more than I can. Check out trailer number two for the latest indie film to come our way, and celebrate silence. I know I do.
Written and directed by Taylor Scott Olson and Livingston Oden, the film stars Armin Habibovich, Victoria Lachelle, Brent Latchaw, Alex Cotant, Glen Stone, Kelly Lavasseur, Amy Correll, and Nicole Kruex.
Solitude is a horror feature film that takes place over a span of 75 years on a mysterious riverfront piece of land where an ancient evil dwells. The story will be told in six segments, each of them taking place in a different time period and made to look like horror films from the era when they take place.
In 2014 James Erikson finds an old storage locker filled with journals and newspapers... of his family's history. As he researches it, »
- Steve Barton
Mayfield Place is the perfect 80s suburbia. There are painted houses fringed by lush green lawns cut to just the right length, separated by a wide grey road. There are white picket fences. The neighbours are out, tending to their gardens beneath a pristine blue sky.
Thirty-something resident Ray Peterson stands in his front yard, surveys the scene, and sees that it is good.
Queenie, the little white dog belonging to the old guy across the road, has just left a spire of brown poop on Mark Rumsfield's lawn. Mark, a Vietnam vet and patriot, is running around in his camo shorts, threatening to eviscerate Walter's dog. Elsewhere, Ray's schlubby neighbour Art »
Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to Phoenix, the latest feature from acclaimed German director Christian Petzold (Barbara). The film, which had its world premiere as a special presentation at the Toronto Film Festival, features Barbara stars Nina Hoss and Ronald Zehrfeld. Arguably Petzold's most ambitious film to date, Phoenix is a sort-of-retelling of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, set in Allied-occupied post-War Germany. Hoss plays a concentration-camp survivor who has to have facial reconstruction surgery. When she goes out to find her husband, who may have betrayed her to the Nazis, he doesn't recognize her.
- Scott Roxborough
Get ready for some horror! From the producers of the “Halloween” and “Final Destination” franchises comes “Free Fall.” The film, coming to Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 28, features the directorial debut of Malek Akkad, the producer of the “Halloween” franchise, and stars D.B. Sweeney, Sarah Butler, Ian Gomez, and screen legend Malcolm McDowell. The film is described as doing “for elevators what Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ did for showers.” “A top executive is killed in an apparent suicide leap from the skyscraper headquarters of Gault Capital. But when the dead man’s loyal protégé Jane Porter (Butler) uncovers some startling criminal evidence, the corporation calls in their “crisis manager” Frank (Sweeney) to [ Read More ]
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The movie stars Ray Milland as Tony Wendice, a former tennis pro who arranges for an old school chum to break into his flat and murder his wealthy wife Margo (Grace Kelly) so he can claim the inheritance. Tony’s “perfect crime” is thwarted when Margo fights back and kills the intruder.
The challenge for Hitchcock was incorporating the technology in a film that’s very talky — Dial M for Murder was originally written as a play — and to his credit he does so wisely, albeit sparingly, at just the right moments.
Yet Hitchcock’s greatest feat lies in the way in which he builds suspense — glorious tracking shots, a claustrophobic setting and quick cuts to characters looking guilty/suspicious. »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
The American Film Institute will announce their next lifetime achievement honoree in the near future. Who do you think will be selected for their 2015 tribute? -Break- Last year's recipient was two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda. The 2013 program honoring director and writer Mel Brooks was so well-received, it won the Emmy Award a few weeks ago as Best Variety Special. Related: Kennedy Center Honors select Al Green, Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin The annual event began in 1973 with director John Ford as the first honoree. Other notables over the next few years included James Cagney, Orson Welles, William Wyler, Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, and Fred Astaire. When you make a prediction using our poll below, keep in mind the following living people have already been honored by the AFI: Kirk Douglas, Sidney Poitier, Jack Nicholson, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Dustin Hoffman, Harrison Ford, Barbra Streisand, Tom Hank. »
In this new golden age of television that we are currently living in, the television industry is poaching some of cinema’s greatest minds more than ever to create their own long form stories after being restricted to the hour and a half to maximum four hours that film allows. The gap is getting increasingly small between the two in terms of quality, and some would argue that TV has already overtaken film in some respects.
Steven Soderbergh, Guillermo del Toro, Eli Roth, Martin Scorsese, and Lars Von Trier have or are about to make the leap from the silver screen to the small screen with The Knick, The Strain, Hemlock Grove, and the upcoming Shutter Island prequel and The House That Jack Built. They’re not the first major filmmakers to create a show; both Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch famously did so with Alfred Hitchcock Presents »
- Max Molinaro
In case you haven't noticed, it's film fest season; and if you live in or near Toronto, one of the best is kicking off October 16th: Toronto After Dark, now in its 9th year. Per usual, it's chock-full of many of the latest high profile titles so read on for all the details!
From the Press Release:
Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to officially unveil its first wave of exciting film announcements for 2014! Included in the lineup are some of the most critically acclaimed and eagerly anticipated new horror, sci-fi, action, and cult films from this year’s international film festival circuit.
These 10 new movies will all have their Toronto, Canadian, North American, or World Theatrical Premieres hosted exclusively at the festival’s 9th Annual Edition this October 16-24, 2014, at the Scotiabank Theatre, in the heart of downtown Toronto.
The remainder of Toronto After Dark's 2014 lineup, which »
- Debi Moore
Honorary Oscars have traditionally bypassed women: Mary Pickford, Lauren Bacall, Greta Garbo among rare exceptions (photo: 1976 Honorary Oscar winner Mary Pickford) September 4, 2014 Introduction: This four-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Awards and the dearth of female Honorary Oscar winners was originally posted in February 2007. The article was updated in February 2012 and fully revised before its republication today. All outdated figures regarding the Honorary Oscars and the Academy’s other Special Awards have been "scratched out," with the updated numbers and related information inserted below each affected paragraph or text section. See also "Honorary Oscars 2014 addendum" at the bottom of this particular post. At the 1936 Academy Awards ceremony, groundbreaking film pioneer D.W. Griffith, by then a veteran with more than 500 shorts and features to his credit — among them the epoch-making The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance — became the first individual to receive the Academy »
- Andre Soares
Every once in a while, you’ll hear the details of an event that sounds so, so awesome, that it takes you a moment to properly process what you just heard. Such was the case when my friend Monica invited me to join her for what was being billed as “The Big Picture: Hitchcock!” – A tribute to the great Alfred Hitchcock, one of the greatest directors of all time, and more importantly a tribute to all the wonderful music that has been created for his masterpieces. The concert took place at the legendary Hollywood Bowl theater on August 31st, 2014 with composer David Newman (son of the great Alfred Newman) leading the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to perform live music from select scenes of 12 Hitchcock pictures.
The performers took to the stage to the narration that opens the record Alfred Hitchcock Presents “Music To Be Murdered By,” which immediately set the fun »
- Rob Galluzzo
On the 5th September Before I Go To Sleep will jump from the pages of S.J. Watson’s novel to the big screen. The film tells the story of Chrissie (Nicole Kidman), who remembers nothing as a result of a traumatic accident. Each day she is forced to piece together and make sense of her life, only for it all to be forgotten when she awakens each morning. That is until one day, when terrifying truths emerge forcing her to question everyone around her.
The fragility of memory is a common theme used in various film plots. Thn previously covered a list of Top Ten Memory Loss Movies, in which we remember some much loved classics such as Memento and Total Recall. Not to repeat ourselves, we have decided to put together a list of forgotten films about forgotten memories. In celebration of Before I Go To Sleep we remember 7 forgotten amnesia/memory loss movies. »
- Ciham Messouki
If you're not able to hit the Venice Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival or the Toronto Film Festival this year, perhaps now's the time to catch up with a movie that created a lot of buzz on the circuit in 2013. Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves" hit Venice, Tiff and the BFI London Film Festival a year ago, going on to hit many more fests before opening in limited release this year. But if the film didn't play near you, we've got some Blu-ray copies to share with some lucky readers. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard, the film follows follows three radical environmentalists who come together to blow up a dam in Oregon. But the consequences of their actions begin to unravel the group and may push one of them over the edge. It's quite tense, recalling Alfred Hitchcock and Claude Chabrol (read our review), and one worth tracking down. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
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