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If you want to see a terrific killer-husband-with-a-twist movie, I recommend Gone Girl. If you’ve already seen Gone Girl, see it again. If you’re then really hard up for another Gothic melodrama about a married couple’s ongoing hassle with bad karma, there’s Before I Go To Sleep.
Director Rowan Joffe’s lame stab at a romantic psychological thriller, Before I Go To Sleep is little more than a hodgepodge of cliches overly familiar to suspense connoisseurs. Nicole Kidman stars as Christine, a woman assaulted ten years earlier resulting in the type of only-in-the-movies amnesia where she remembers just what has happened that day. Each morning, the previous day’s memories are washed away and her mind has reset to a point just before her injury. She wakes up daily to learn that the handsome stranger in her bed (Colin Firth) is really Ben, her kind-hearted schoolteacher husband of 14 years. »
- Tom Stockman
David Fincher and famed crime writer James Ellroy are far from strangers. As we documented in our feature A-z: A Guide To The Lost & Unmade Films Of David Fincher, the filmmaker was once attached to the adaptation of "Black Dahlia" before it fell into the hands of Brian De Palma, and the author also contributed a commentary track to Fincher's "Zodiac." Moreover, the pair are currently developing a couple of TV shows for HBO. So just bear that in mind as we move on to this next part. Chatting with NPR recently about his favorite noir films, Ellroy named Fincher's "Zodiac," about the hunt for the famed serial killer, among them. Indeed, on that aforementioned commentary track, the writer called it "one of the half-dozen greatest American crime films." But Ellroy's love of the movie — which he curiously describes as powered by "a subliminally homosexual roundelay of obsessives" — is not without some caveats. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Any fan of Brian DePalma’s Blow-Out (1981) and Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 Blow-Up will tell you that the two films are very similar. Blow-Out features a soundman inadvertently recording a murder while Blow-Up finds a counterculture London photographer photography a murder. DePalma’s film descends into heavy paranoia while Antonioni’s is more a cultural examination. Filmmaker Drew Morton has created Cross-Cut a short film that synchs together the two films in addition to The Conversation from 1974. The three films are cut together perfectly and offer a different, unique look at the three classic films.
The post Video Essay examines comparisons between ‘Blow-Up’ and ‘Blow Out’ appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
Nightcrawler review: A black-hearted thriller
Jake Gyllenhaal returns to the big screen this week in the brilliant Nightcrawler, an La-set thriller about a cameraman who films grisly crime scenes and traffic accidents to make a fast buck from sensationalist TV news stations.
Nightcrawler's Lou Bloom is the latest in a long line of movie characters you love to hate, antiheroes infused with a near-sociopathic drive to succeed and make their mark. Here are 5 movies you need to see to get yourself ready for Nightcrawler's plummet into the moral abyss.
Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro's jet-black comedy is one of the pair's overlooked collaborations, but in our humble opinion it's one of their best. Exploring similar territory to the duo's masterpiece Taxi Driver, this film casts De Niro as Rupert Pupkin, a terrible stand-up comic with an intense desire to become famous. »
The conclusion to Brian De Palma.s Carrie gives us one of horror.s most iconic images . the sight of "prom queen" Sissy Spacek bathed in pig.s blood. the butt of a cruel, cruel prank. And yet, Carrie co-star William Katt recalls that things could have ended much worse for the members of De Palma.s ensemble, as they almost all burned to death bringing that prom scene to the big screen. Now that.s a horrifying Halloween tale worth sharing! William Katt -- who played Carrie.s prom date, Tommy Ross, in the 1976 thriller . recalled the shoot during an interview with Yahoo Movies. He conjured entertaining tales of spinning Sissy Spacek around the high school dance floor so hard that she nearly collapsed with laughter. But then he turned his attention to the pyrotechnic scenes, where an enraged Carrie uses her latent powers to set the gymnasium on »
An iconoclast in the worlds of independent film and journalism who embodied — and celibrated — Texas individualism, Carson died October 20 in Dallas following a long battle with osteoporosis and other illnesses. He was 73.
A Dallas native whose career took him to Austin, Houston, New York, Los Angeles and many places far afield and in between, Lewis Minor Carson was best known as co-author with Sam Shepard of the Wim Wenders film Paris, Texas (Carson’s official credit was for “adaptation”), which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1984. Known universally as Kit, after his Texas Ranger grandfather, he is credited with helping create the”mockumentary” genre for writing and playing the title role in David Holtzman’s Diary, the Jim McBride film about a navel-gazer who decides to film every moment of his unmomentous life. The 1967 film anticipated such disparate touchstones as the film This Is Spinal Tap and the »
- Jeremy Gerard
Look at those monsters! Look familiar? It’s the We Are Movie Geeks gang getting ready for Halloween courtesy of Geek/Artist Jim Batts!
Speaking of our favorite holiday, it’s that time of year to dust off the horror DVDs and watch your favorite horror films. But what if you don’t have a big DVD collection? Well, there’s always Netflix – watch them now! I went through the Netflix streaming list of horror flicks and here’s what I came up with for the ten best horror movies that you can watch tonight…without leaving the house!
10. “The Legend of Hell House” (1973): An effectively spooky thriller from 1973 about a team of paranormal experts confronting ghosts in a haunted mansion is a prime example of how what you don’t see is often much more unnerving than what you do.
9. “Nosferatu” (1922): If you think a movie over 90-years-old can’t be scary, »
- Tom Stockman
Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Adff) (Oct 23-Nov 1) is to honour French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb and Us producer Edward Pressman with Career Achievement Awards for their outstanding contribution to world cinema.
Both awards will be presented at the festival’s opening event on Oct 23 at Emirates Palace.
The film played in competition at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. Adff will also host a public conversation with Bouchareb on Oct 24, where he will discuss his life and career as a director and producer.
Us producer »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Halloween is here and to celebrate, we're taking a look back at some of our favorite horror films of all time. And to kick off our 13 Days of Horror, we've got some fun and freaky facts from the set of Brian De Palma's 1967 classic "Carrie."toofab's Brian Particelli recently reached out to one of the original film's mean girls, scream queen P.J. Soles -- where she talked about her nasty on-set injury, her interesting casting call and reveals if she was asked to cameo in the 2013 remake.The actress, now 64, couldn't have been friendlier!Check out fun facts we learned from P.J. about "Carrie" -- and click the gallery above to see what the entire cast looks like now.1.) The casting call was Ridiculous Directors Brian De Palma and George Lucas held a joint casting call for their movies at the time -- De Palma for "Carrie" and »
- tooFab Staff
High school can be hell, and Stephen King’s 1974 novel Carrie is a prime example of teenagers crossing a line with their cruelty… only to find out too late that they messed with the wrong person. The folks at Scream Factory are heading back to school with their recent announcement that next spring they will release on Blu-ray the 2002 TV film Carrie and The Rage: Carrie 2, the sequel to Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation.
From Scream Factory: “Our month-long “Shocktober” celebration continues with two more films to reveal: Carrie – the 2002 TV-movie remake of Stephen King’s timeless tale of telekinetic revenge which stars Angela Bettis – and The Rage: Carrie II – the 1999 theatrical sequel to Brian DePalma’s original 1976 masterpiece and stars Amy Irving – will make their debut on the Blu-ray format next Spring as a double-feature.
There are no details on extras at this time (if any are planned »
- Derek Anderson
The Angela Bettis-starring Carrie, the made-for-television adaptation of Stephen King's novel, is coming to Blu-ray courtesy of Scream Factory. The company revealed the 2002 film will be paired with The Rage: Carrie II (1999) next Spring. The latter is a direct sequel to Brian De Palma's film and finds Amy Irving returning.
Scream Factory told fans via Facebook...
The post Televised Carrie Redo & Sequel Coming to Blu-ray appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
The Digital Era: Real-time Films From 2000 To Today
40 years before, in 1960, lighter cameras enabled a cinéma vérité-flavored revolution in street realism. By 2000, new digital cameras suggested a whole new set of promises, including telling stories that would have been unimaginable within minimum budgets for features even ten years before. In 2000, film purists warned that digital still didn’t look as good as celluloid, but that didn’t stop at least three innovative filmmakers from boldly going where no filmmaker had gone before. Mike Figgis’ Timecode (2000) was the first star-supported (Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgard, Holly Hunter, among many others) single-shot project since Rope, underlining that earlier film’s timelessness. If Run Lola Run could do one story three times, then Timecode would do three or four stories one time: the movie is four separate ninety-minute shots shown all at the same time, each in one quadrant of the screen. Where do you look? »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
This Time, It’s War: Ayer’s Latest Depiction of Men Under Fire
At last leaving behind the pulpy, sometimes overly chewy cop action/dramas he’s been churning out, David Ayer returns with his most sobering film yet, Fury, reconstituting a title previously used famously by both Fritz Lang and Brian De Palma (both for very different purposes). His most homosocial film yet, Ayer delivers a sometimes grueling slog through the horrors of war, hardly shirking away from the excessive violence of the situation, even if the sexual depravities written off as necessary casualties transpire conveniently out of sight. Sometimes pretentious and sometimes straining a bit too hard for an extra degree of pathos, it’s nonetheless an arresting film that’s often unsettling and unpredictable.
- Nicholas Bell
Before he spiraled into a critical nose-dive from which he’s yet to recover, M. Night Shyamalan was heralded as the next great American filmmaker. (No, seriously.) Before his gimmickry become obvious–all the twist endings, the important details withheld, trickery in lieu of genuine cleverness–Shyamalan crafted a genuine masterpiece that remains as potent as ever, regardless of the spoiling of its sneaky surprises. Bruce Willis has never approached the grace and subtlety of his performance here; his empathetic, sorrowful turn as a child psychologist searching for redemption deserved an Oscar nod. Maybe he woulda gotten one had this movie not come out in the insanely good movie year of our lord 1999. Willis is matched every step of the way by Haley Joel Osment, giving one of the great childhood performances, and lending credence to lines that could have »
- Greg Cwik
Director Brian De Palma has made movies heavily influenced by Alfred Hitchcock before, but Passion (2012) is the first one whose characters look like they stepped out of one of Hitchcock’s classic films.
Karen Muller-Serreau’s bold and colourful costumes communicate the characters’ hidden desires and make watching Passion a sensory experience. This melodrama centres on two ad executives, Isabelle (Noomi Rapace) and her boss Christine (Rachel McAdams), who have a deadline to come up with an ad campaign for a new smartphone. In her sleep, Isabelle thinks of a great idea.
The two other principal characters are Isabelle’s assistant Dani (Karoline Herfurth) and Christine’s boyfriend Dirk (Paul Anderson) who get tangled in the twists and turns of Christine and Isabelle’s relationship. Dani is an angel-faced redhead who is in unrequited love with her boss Isabelle, »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Like a shot of adrenaline to the heart, “Pulp Fiction” changed the movie landscape when it opened on Oct. 14, 1994. Quentin Tarantino’s ode to crime and pop-culture was a bold new cinematic vision in a decade that badly needed one. Before “Pulp Fiction,” prestige films like “Dances with Wolves” and “A Few Good Men” seemed content to play it safe, while blockbusters like “Jurassic Park” and “The Fugitive” focused squarely on the mainstream. Overnight, the term ‘Tarantinoesque’ became shorthand for audaciously stylized ultra-violence and genre-bending thrills. On its 20th anniversary, here’s why “Pulp Fiction” remains the coolest movie of the ’90s.
The Soundtrack: From the rumbling reverb of Dick Dale’s surf-rock rendition of “Misirlou” to the soulful crooning of Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man” and the strip club sexiness of Kool & the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie,” the “Pulp Fiction” soundtrack effortlessly mixes musical styles the way the film blends genres. »
- Matthew Chernov
On screen, the parents of seriously ill children are often (probably quite accurately) portrayed as unsung heroes, battling the system, denying themselves, and doing everything they can to protect their kids. In The Harvest, the long overdue return to cinema from Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer director John McNaughton, it’d be easy to initially mistake Samantha Morton’s character, Katherine, for one of these parents. But it soon becomes clear just how completely off the mark this impression is.
The film focuses on Katherine’s relationship with her pre-teen son, Andy (Charlie Tahan). Andy is sick. He’s so sick, he can’t walk. He needs a cocktail of specialised drugs, which Katherine, a doctor, breaks the law to obtain for him. At first, her overprotectiveness seems understandable, if a little intense. But things get worse. Andy mustn’t have friends: friends might infect him. He mustn’t ever go outside. »
- Becki Hawkes
American Horror Story, Season 4, Episode 1: “Monsters Among Us”
Directed by Ryan Murphy
Written by Ryan Murphy
Airs Wednesdays at 10:00 Pm on FX
The fourth season of American Horror Story starts off with a stunning cold open amidst a quaint farmhouse. After stumbling upon a gruesome crime scene, a milkman makes an even more shocking discovery in a rural home. It’s difficult to remember an episode of Ahs in which the camera work is so effective as it is here. “Monsters Among Us,” directed by show creator Ryan Murphy, prefers to keep things hidden off-screen. Rather than show the audience what it is, we instead get a series of gasps, some startling sound effects and a series of shots that are framed to enhance the suspense. “Monsters Among Us” keeps viewers guessing until after the spectacular opening credits (complete with the stop-motion animation and altered music), before it »
Halloween is almost here, which means you've got an appetite for horror: Good thing there are so many vampire, zombie, and serial killer flicks you can watch right now on Netflix.
Whether it's a classic like "Carrie" you want to revisit, an old '80s B movie you never saw or that Jennifer Lawrence thriller you missed at the theater, here are 31 of the best horror movies on Netflix, streaming in all their bloody glory. (Streaming options are subject to change. Check Netflix for latest availability.)
1."Carrie" (1976) R
Forget the recent two remakes (although the latest, with Chloë Grace Moretz, is also available to stream): Brian De Palma's version of Stephen King's novel about a telekinetic high school outcast who wreaks havoc at the prom is the only one you need to see.
2. "World War Z" (2013) PG-13
Remember when everyone predicted what a disaster this Brad Pitt project would be? »
- Sharon Knolle
[Spoiler Alert If You Haven't Watched The Season Premiere Of American Horror Story: Freak Show!!!] Well, that was unlike any trip to the circus we've ever taken. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's American Horror Story: Freak Show made its highly anticipated debut with a huge episode that included an old-fashioned sex tape, a bearded lady, and a David Bowie musical number. For its biggest season yet, co-creator Murphy talked to EW for an epic postmortem interview that covers all the big twists (and, of course, Twisty) and clues to season five! Entertainment Weekly: Let’s start with the opening credits. They’re animated this year. What made you want to switch it up? Ryan Murphy »
- Tim Stack
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