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Now that you’ve had your fill of peppermint, presents, and multiple viewings of AMC’s White Christmas and Miracle On 34th Street, how about a little snark to go along with that special Holiday movie – sans the warm and fuzzy. It’s time for some mistletoe carnage and crafty comedy Geek style. In our gift to you, Wamg presents our list of the 15 best non-traditional films. Lovers of It’S A Wonderful Life can consider yourselves excused cuz Santa Claus is coming to town in these “More Naughty Than Nice”. movies.
Black Christmas (the 1974 version of course), generally acknowledged as the forerunner of the ‘slasher’. genre, is so graphic in its imagination that you don’t even need to see any gore or murder. Black Christmas, which holds up spectacularly well after almost 40 years, tells the tale of a group of sorority sisters that are hounded and »
- Movie Geeks
By Lee Pfeiffer
The Rains of Ranchipur is yet another major film I probably would not have sampled had it not been released by Twilight Time. This Blu-ray edition is limited to 3,000 units. The film is primarily a soap opera based on the book The Rains Came by Louis Bromfield. The story had been brought to the screen previously in 1939 under the book's title and starring Myrna Loy and Tyrone Power. It features a glamorous cast of acting heavyweights who compensate for some of the weaker elements of the production. Turner, still gorgeous as ever, is Lady Edwina Esketh, a rich American socialite who married her cuckolded British husband Albert (Michael Rennie) simply to get the title she always craved. Theirs is a sexless union based on their mutual selfishness. Although Albert is genuinely in love with Edwina, he admits that her personal fortune was a prime motivation for marrying her. »
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Hope you're still enjoying the bundle of joy that is Logo's Wednesday night Bewitched block. Obviously Elizabeth Montgomery and Agnes Moorehead are treasures, but never overlook the deeply funny, unendingly wicked, quite obviously gay Paul Lynde. He never publicly came out, but the fact is, his penchant for racy punchlines and hammy crudity was relatable specifically to gay viewers the world over. He is irreplaceable. Here are ten elite-level facts that all great Paul Lynde fans should cherish.
1. We love him in Bye, Bye Birdie, but don't forget his even funnier cameo in Son of Flubber.
In just a few short lines, he establishes that he's funnier than Fred MacMurray ever was.
Article by Dan Clark
With the recent release of Lawless it had me thinking about one of my favorite movie genres. I’m not sure what it is but the crime genre has produced some of the greatest films of all time. That made creating this list even more difficult. One thing I did do to ease my pain a little was I didn’t include Westerns. I figured I would save those for their own list. After much frustration I was finally able to break it down to the Top 30 Crime Films of All Time. I’m sure some of the list will surprise you while others choices will be far more obvious.
Here’s the Top 10, and for the rest check out the full Top 30 rundown on Gcrn.
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, »
A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre releases for August.
Jaws (1975) Universal Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo Available Now
Steven Spielberg’s classic thriller has been painstakingly restored from the original film elements. Amity Island has never been so beautiful. The movie itself seems to improve with age, with amazing performances and scenes that still manage to unnerve — Susan Backlinie’s death at the beginning is truly one of the most horrifying ever portrayed onscreen. Making this a true “special edition” is the long-awaited release of The Shark Is Still Working, an expansive documentary on the making and the impact of the 1975 film. All of the surviving cast and crew are interviewed along with several minutes of never-before-seen footage.
*Digitally remastered and fully restored from high resolution 35mm original film elements.
*Digital Copy of Jaws
*UltraViolet Copy of Jaws
- Bradley Harding
(Billy Wilder, 1945, Eureka!, PG)
From Chaplin's One Am in 1916, to Dudley Moore's Arthur 65 years later, the popular cinema has found drunkenness amusing. Only occasionally has Hollywood tried to wipe the indulgent smiles off the audience's faces, most notably in The Lost Weekend and Days of Wine and Roses. In Double Indemnity (1944) Billy Wilder had cast a much-liked light comedian, Fred MacMurray, as a weak murderer. A year later Wilder put handsome romantic lead Ray Milland into his noir masterpiece The Lost Weekend as Don Birnam, an alcoholic writer hitting rock bottom on a four-day bender in New York and ending up in an alcoholic ward.
Although ultimately less bleak than Charles Jackson's autobiographical novel (it ends on an affirmative note and leaves out the book's hints of troubled homosexuality), the film is uncompromising in its depiction of the lies, self-deception and degradation that alcoholism leads to, and its »
- Philip French
(Billy Wilder, 1944, Eureka, PG)
Billy Wilder's regular collaborator, the upper-class New Englander Charles Brackett, considered James M Cain's novella too sordid a project. So they briefly split up and Wilder engaged novelist Raymond Chandler, who'd never worked in the movies, to co-write the script. The result was a hard-boiled thriller that helped define the meaning of film noir, bringing together a weak, brash insurance salesman (Fred MacMurray) and a bitchy Los Angeles housewife (Barbara Stanwyck) to plot the murder of her heavily insured husband, then play a cat-and-mouse game with an ace claims investigator (Edward G Robinson).
Greatly improving on Cain's novel, the film approaches perfection with its crackling dialogue, total absence of sentimentality, and depiction of Los Angeles as a new kind of anonymous, amoral, amorphous city. Working together brilliantly, Robinson, MacMurray and Stanwyck have never been better, and there is a special bonus in the recently identified »
- Philip French
Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine were early, trend-setting examples of stars who made the transition from movies to television, often (in Borgnine’s case) oscillating between them. And because they both jumped mediums, Griffith and Borgnine, who died within a week of each other (Griffith on July 3, Borgnine on July 8), had fans of every phase of their career who didn’t necessarily overlap. Yet during this last week or so, as I thought back over the many, many decades of pleasure that both these actors had given us, I kept returning to what were, for me, their two greatest performances. »
- Owen Gleiberman
Four cinematic gems from the 1930s that have been unavailable for years are coming to DVD this August in a unique collection from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Ushe). Released as part of the TCM Vault Collection, the Universal Rarities: Films of the 1930s set features some of the biggest stars of the era, including W.C. Fields inMillion Dollar Legs (1932), Mae West in Belle of the Nineties (1934), Jack Benny in Artists & Models (1937) and Gary Cooper and George Raft in Souls at Sea (1937).
The Universal Rarities: Films of the 1930s collection will be available exclusively through TCM.s online store at http://www.shop.tcm.com, beginning August 6. The set features extensive digital bonus materials, such as photos, posters, lobby cards and more. The following four films included in the Universal Rarities: Films of the 1930s collection:
Million Dollar Legs (1932) . In this hilarious Pre-Code musical-comedy, the legendary »
- Michelle McCue
Don Grady (above, right), who played big brother Robbie Douglas on 1960s sitcom "My Three Sons," died Wednesday (June 27) at the age of 68. His death was confirmed to the AP by Barry Livingston (above, middle), who played youngest brother Ernie on the show. The two are pictured above with fellow on-screen brother Stanley Livingston (left).
Livingston says Grady had been suffering from cancer and was receiving hospice care at his home in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
"It's the oldest cliche in the world when TV brothers start referring to each other like biological brothers, but he was the oldest, and somebody I looked up to and learned from a great deal about life," says Livingston.
A native of San Diego, Grady was cast as a young Mouseketeer on the classic kids' afternoon show, The Mickey Mouse Club. After that, he appeared on several TV shows of the day like Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater, Wagon Train, The Rifleman, and The Eleventh Hour.
He was then cast as the middle brother, Robbie Douglas, on My Three Sons. Movie star Fred MacMurray played his dad with Stanley Livingston and Tim Considine (another Mickey Mouse Club vet) playing his younger and older brothers respectively. I Love Lucy's William Frawley rounded out the cast as maternal grandfather "Bub" O'Casey.
When Considine left the sitcom, »
27 June 2012 6:27 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Don Grady, a Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club who played son Robbie Douglas on the ABC and CBS series My Three Sons, one of the longest-running family sitcoms in history, died Wednesday in Thousand Oaks, Calif., after a battle with cancer. He was 68. In 1960, three years after he was hired at age 13 as a Mouseketeer on the third season of ABC's Mickey Mouse Club, Grady began an 11-year run as Robbie on the sitcom My Three Sons, with Fred MacMurray starring as the widower dad, William Frawley (and then William Demarest) as the family housekeeper
- Mike Barnes
Last week saw the release of one of this year’s biggest British films, The Woman in Black, and this week brings to the shelves another highly impressive box office success from our shores in the form of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Add to that some excellent HD treatment releases from Studio Ghibli, and we’re looking at a fantastic array of films newly released this week.
My picks of the week:
And the Blu-ray release of Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle
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The Oscar-nominated director, John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), one of the UK’s finest men behind the camera, returns with one of the most impressive casts of any British film this year, headed up by Bill Nighy, »
- Kenji Lloyd
The classic, quintessential film noir, which set the standard for all future noirs, Double Indemnity is to be released in the UK as part of Eureka’s Masters Of Cinema Series on Blu-ray (Standard and SteelBook editions) on 25 June 2012.
We have three copies of the Blu-ray to give away!
“That’s a honey of an anklet you’re wearing, Mrs. Dietrichson.”
Double Indemnity is the dazzling, quintessential film noir whose enormous popular success and seven Oscar nominations catapulted Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot, Sunset Boulevard, The Apartment) into the very top tier of Hollywood’s writer-directors. Adapted from a novella by James M. Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice), co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye), Double Indemnity remains the hardest-boiled of delectations.
- Matt Holmes
A welcome return to the big screen of Wilder's masterly Brechtian fable on his recurrent theme of pimping, in this case a dim insurance company clerk (Jack Lemmon) lending his squalid Manhattan flat to his exurban seniors to conduct their affairs. Written in collaboration with Ial Diamond it won three Oscars in 1960 (best film, director, screenplay). Fred MacMurray is chilling as Lemmon's departmental boss, reprising his Double Indemnity insurance salesman 17 years on. Alexander Trauner's sets pay homage to King Vidor's The Crowd.
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- Philip French
This a welcome re-release of the 1960 classic – a tendresse with complications
Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960) is a big-city satire with a romantic heart of gold: it's a welcome re-release, and for those who love the style of Mad Men, or Richard Yates's 1961 novel Revolutionary Road (and Sam Mendes's fine screen adaptation) it's a must. Jack Lemmon plays Cc Baxter, a nerdy, naive, good-natured salaryman in a Manhattan insurance office. He's been bullied into letting sleazy married executives use his bachelor apartment after work to entertain their girlfriends; the chief offender is conceited personnel chief Mr Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray). Baxter is shyly falling in love with a pretty and smart elevator operator, Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), who is sporting a post-heartbreak gamine haircut. It's a tendresse with complications. Famously, the film was inspired by the "borrowed flat" scene from Brief Encounter, with all its resentment and self-loathing: the »
- Peter Bradshaw
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Long before the term “dramedy” was ever coined, and long before the likes of Annie Hall and (500) Days of Summer ever came along, Billy Wilder perfected the grown-up romantic drama with The Apartment. The three films – each a genre milestone of their generation – share a certain DNA, a cutting cynicism that distinguishes them from the overly syrupy, contrived narratives that rom-coms are largely known for. They also happen to be uproariously funny, hopeful, and uncharacteristically honest depictions of human relationships.
Jack Lemmon, in one of his career-defining roles, plays C.C. Baxter, a lowly office worker for a New York insurance company. To speed up his climb to success, he allows four of his superiors to use his apartment for their extramarital affairs. Seemingly bending to their every whim, he even goes to the trouble of ordering in alcohol for them, and granting them use of »
- Shaun Munro
Two-Time Oscar Winner: Olivia de Havilland vs. Warner Bros. Pt.3 [Olivia de Havilland picture: Irwin Allen's The Swarm.] Olivia de Havilland‘s second marriage was to journalist Pierre Galante in 1955. De Havilland moved to Paris, making only sporadic movie appearances (The Ambassador’s Daughter, Libel, The Proud Rebel, Light in the Piazza). None of those made much of an impact, whether with critics or at the box office, though Robert Aldrich’s over-the-top 1964 thriller Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte was a box-office hit. Co-starring de Havilland’s fellow Warner Bros. contract player Bette Davis, Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte had de Havilland playing against type. Also in 1964, Walter Grauman’s Lady in a Cage gave de Havilland a good chance to display her acting skills as an invalid stuck in an elevator while terrorized by hoodlum James Caan and pals. In the ’70s, de Havilland made only a handful of films — Pope Joan, Airport ’77, The Swarm, The Fifth Musketeer — all in supporting roles. »
- Andre Soares
Cold-blooded, brutal, and stylishly directed by Billy Wilder with a dark sense of humor, Double Indemnity, made back in 1944, is a prime example of the film noir genre and remains highly influential in its look, attitude and storyline. Lucky St. Louis-area film buffs will have a chance to see Double Indemnity in all its big-screen glory when it plays this weekend at The Hi-Pointe Theater.
Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) seduces smooth-talking insurance agent Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) into murdering her husband to collect his accident policy. The murder goes as planned, but after the couple’s passion cools, each becomes suspicious of the other’s motives. The plan is further complicated when Neff’s boss Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson), a brilliant insurance investigator, takes over the investigation.
- Tom Stockman
If you’ve hunted around for movie bargains, you’ve probably seen some of Mill Creek Entertainment’s 50-Movie Packs on DVD. Apart from other great releases by Mill Creek, these packs are phenomenal boons to cinephiles looking to collect older titles.
There are three new packs available, and I want to not only let you in on a discount code, but I have one of the packs available for you to win.
I know a lot of people may be quick to overlook these packs, and not every movie included stands out as a major value, but there are some great titles in each of them, and fans of the genres will be pleasantly surprised by what they get out of the deal. I have to admit that there is something about seeing a 50-movie pack, especially when it doesn’t cost a couple of hundred dollars, or more, »
- Marc Eastman
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