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8 items from 2012


DVD Playhouse--August 2012

1 August 2012 1:11 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Allen Gardner

A Separation (Sony) This drama from Iran won the 2011 Best Foreign Film Oscar, telling the story of a couple who file for a legal separation, with the wife pushing for a divorce. He won’t leave his Alzheimer’s-afflicted father behind, while she is wanting to take their young daughter with her to the United States. After a series of misunderstandings, threats and legal actions, the couple find that there is more than just their marriage that’s on the line. Hyper-realistic to a fault, reminiscent of the neo-realist films that came out of post-ww II Europe, but also repressive and redundant in the extreme, with the characters seeming to throw the same temper tantrum for two hours straight while the story, meanwhile, seems stalled. Wildly overpraised film is a real litmus test, with viewers seeming to be staunch defenders or equally impassioned detractors. It did win an Oscar, »

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My favourite Hitchcock: The Lady Vanishes

24 July 2012 2:35 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

On top of a mesmerising plot, perfect casting and the greatest comic duo in British cinema, this comedy thriller derives special urgency from the troubled times in which it was made

Hitchcock and railways go together like a locomotive and tender. He loved them, they figure significantly in his work and never more so than in The Lady Vanishes. Much of what happens could only take place on a railway line – passengers delayed together by an avalanche; classes compartmentalised; strangers trapped together as they're transported across a continent; an engine driver killed in crossfire; a carriage disconnected and shunted on to a branch line; an intrepid hero struggling from one carriage to another outside a fast-moving train as other locomotives rush by; clues in the form of a name traced in the steam on a window, and the label on a tea packet briefly adhering to another window; and above »

- Philip French

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This Week in Film History: Rocky, The Matrix, and More!

3 April 2012 2:09 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

First published in serial form in 1901, The Hound of Baskervilles had been adapted into a number of silent films. But it wasn’t until March 31, 1939 when 20th Century Fox released the version starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson that audiences at last got to hear the character speak.

Fox had only intended the film to be a single production, but it proved so popular that the studio began pumping out two Sherlock Holmes films a year, with Rathbone and Bruce appearing in 14 films between 1939 and 1946, as well as in a number of radio plays, “The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.” The first two films were set in Victorian England, where Holmes originated. The other films were modernized to serve as propaganda for the Allied war effort. The Hound of Baskervilles was Rathbone’s favorite of the films he would forever be linked to (and »

- Rob Lazar

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Elementary, my dear Joan: Lucy Liu to partner Us Sherlock

28 February 2012 3:59 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The new CBS Sherlock Holmes pilot will introduce Joan Watson to the world. But is that as ridiculous as it first sounds?

John Watson has taken many forms over the years. He's been Hubert Willis. He's been Nigel Bruce. He's been Jude Law. He's been Bilbo Baggins. And now John Watson is Lucy Liu.

Kind of. Elementary – the new modern-day Sherlock Holmes pilot being produced in America by CBS – has cast Lucy Liu as Joan Watson, a struck-off surgeon who lives in Brooklyn with Sherlock and acts as his "sober companion" following his stint in rehab. Together they'll solve crimes, kick ass and – let's not kid ourselves here – probably fall in love.

Now, the easiest thing to do when presented with this news would be to slap your head in despair. Watson? A woman? What madness is this? Won't this cancel out the asexual ambiguity of Sherlock's character? Why stop there? »

- Stuart Heritage

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Dreamworks Developing Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca Remake

10 February 2012 1:01 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

DreamWorks and Working Title Films are planning a reboot of Alfred Hitchcock's classic mystery movie, Rebecca. Steven Knight will be penning the new script from the original book by Daphne DuMaurier.

The mystery follows a naive young woman who marries a rich widower and settles in his gigantic mansion, only to find that the memory of the first wife maintains a grip on her husband and the servants.

The writer is also currently working on his directorial debut Hummingbird which stars Jason Statham. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing the reboot.

This project is still in development.

Rebecca was released April 12th, 1940 and stars Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Nigel Bruce, Reginald Denny, C. Aubrey Smith, Gladys Cooper. The film is directed by Alfred Hitchcock. »

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Dreamworks Developing Alfred Hitcock's Rebecca Remake

10 February 2012 1:01 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

DreamWorks and Working Title Films are planning a reboot of Alfred Hitchcock's classic mystery movie, Rebecca. Steven Knight will be penning the new script from the original book by Daphne DuMaurier.

The mystery follows a naive young woman who marries a rich widower and settles in his gigantic mansion, only to find that the memory of the first wife maintains a grip on her husband and the servants.

The writer is also currently working on his directorial debut Hummingbird which stars Jason Statham. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing the reboot.

This project is still in development.

Rebecca was released April 12th, 1940 and stars Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Nigel Bruce, Reginald Denny, C. Aubrey Smith, Gladys Cooper. The film is directed by Alfred Hitchcock. »

- MovieWeb

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Home Invasion: DVD & Blu-Ray Releases for January 10, 2012

11 January 2012 6:13 AM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Well, this week is kind of a wash when it comes to the home entertainment shelves. While there are some releases that might interest you, this is one of barest weeks yet….then again, we are only in the second week of 2012. There are a few Mill Creek releases, including a Spaghetti Western collection and even a Synapse Films release!

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

 

The greatest mysteries of the world’s most recognized sleuth!

The legacy of the investigative mastermind Sherlock Holmes has transcended through three centuries and appeared in books, television series, films and so much more. This deluxe 4 DVD collection includes 4 feature films and the entire 39 episode American television series featuring »

- Andy Triefenbach

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TV Review: Sherlock 2.1, ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’

3 January 2012 12:42 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

On Sunday BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ returned to our TV screens, and while it may have been over a year since the season 1 finale, it was certainly worth the wait.

The season 2 premiere ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’ hit the ground running by quickly resolving the previous season’s cliff hanger featuring Holmes, Watson, Moriarty and a bomb, before setting our favourite consulting detective up with some new mysteries to solve. These new cases are documented by Watson’s blog and given titles that are clever nods to some of Conan Doyle’s classic tales such as ’The Speckled Blonde’, ‘The Geek Interpreter’ and ‘The Naval Treatment’. There was also a fantastic moment with Holmes donning a deerstalker cap. These little touches really enrich the show and show a great deal of respect for the source material.

The scenario with Irene Adler was very faithful to ‘A Scandal »

- Tom Ryan

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