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7 items from 2013


New on Video: Late Hitchcock – ‘Frenzy’ and ‘Family Plot’

12 December 2013 9:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Frenzy

Written by Anthony Shaffer

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

UK, 1972

Family Plot

Written by Ernest Lehman

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

USA, 1976

There are some who opt for Alfred Hitchcock’s British years as his finest, taking into account his earliest silent features through Jamaica Inn in 1939. On the other hand, many regard the peak years in America as the Master of Suspense’s finest era, with films from Rebecca in 1940 to Marnie in 1964. Both have valid points to make and there are unquestionably several great works during each phase of the filmmaker’s career. Few, however, would rank Hitchcock’s final four films among his best. In a way, this is unfair, their lowly stature no doubt due to the masterworks that preceded them; with the films Hitchcock made before, the bar was set unassailably high. Taken apart from the imposing excellence of these earlier classics, these concluding films are solid movies. »

- Jeremy Carr

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10 Best Royal Films

12 November 2013 8:26 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Next in line to inherit the throne of Royal films is Diana.  The film takes audiences into the private realm of one of the world’s most iconic and inescapably public women –  the Princess of Wales, Diana (two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts) — in the last two years of her meteoric life.

On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of her sudden death, acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel (the Oscar-nominated Downfall) explores Diana’s final rite of passage:  a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews, “Lost,” The English Patient), the human complications of which reveal the Princess’s climactic days in a compelling new light. Diana is in select theaters now.

As long as filmmakers have been bringing the lives of England’s Kings and Queens to the silver screen have moviegoers been going to the cinemas to be schooled in British Monarchy.

So Arise, Sirs and Ladies, »

- Movie Geeks

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Blu-ray Review - The Witches (1966)

27 October 2013 5:59 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Witches, 1966.

Directed by Cyril Frankel.

Starring Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh, Alec McCowen, Ann Bell and Ingrid Boulting.

Synopsis:

Returning home to England following a harrowing and life threatening encounter with the occult in Africa, schoolteacher Gwen Mayfield takes up the position of headmistress in a quaint English village.

In a distinctly English fashion, Hammer’s 1966 film The Witches drew the curtain on Joan Fontaine’s film career, a tidy link to her earlier starring role in the English born “Master of Suspense” Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 classic Rebecca.

It is not without the resemblance of irony that The Witches is compared to The Wicker Man of which director Robin Hardy’s “Final Cut” has only just received a theatrical and home entertainment release courtesy of Studio Canal; the folks behind this latest Hammer re-release.

In equal ironic measure, The Wicker Man was of course always intended to be the antithesis of Hammer, »

- Gary Collinson

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Streaming Feature: Best of New to Netflix September 2013

3 September 2013 7:17 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – As much as our love for Netflix continues to grow on a daily basis as the company expands its grip on the streaming empire by offering brilliant programming like “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards,” the interface, both on computer and iOS can be a little overwhelming. How do you find something worth watching?

Some of the personalized recommendations are good. Some are horrendous. Let us be your guide. On the first Tuesday of every month (and likely more often as the library of this service continues to grow), we’ll give you ten interesting movies to add to your queue. We’ll shoot for a mix of new and old, a variety of genres, major films and minor ones — the “something for everyone” aspect that Netflix uses so well. We’ll be brief — ten movies, ten Netflix descriptions, our brief reasons as to why these flicks made the cut, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Patrick Garland obituary

23 April 2013 3:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Director and writer celebrated for his work at Chichester Festival theatre and the BBC

The career of Patrick Garland, who has died aged 78, was as varied as it was productive. An actor, producer, director, writer and anthologist, he was a leading light of the BBC TV arts department for 12 years, twice artistic director of the Chichester Festival theatre and a close friend and associate of Alan Bennett, Rex Harrison, Eileen Atkins and Simon Callow.

Although he harboured ambitions in feature films, and directed a 1971 television adaptation of Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose (starring Richard Harris and an Emmy award-winning Jenny Agutter), as well as a creditable 1973 movie of Ibsen's A Doll's House (with Claire Bloom and Anthony Hopkins), his life developed in the theatre. Much of his work was informed by his love of literature, and the poetry of Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Philip Larkin and John Clare. In »

- Michael Coveney

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Richard Griffiths obituary

29 March 2013 5:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor of geniality, grace and solemnity, he excelled in playing characters on the margins of society

Richard Griffiths, who has died aged 65 from complications following heart surgery, was a fine actor defined by his largeness of spirit, his comic instinct and his empathy with outsiders, as well as his undeniable physical size. He was the kind of actor whom everyone remembers with affection, whether as the flawed but inspirational Hector in Alan Bennett's The History Boys (first staged in 2004, then filmed in 2006) or as the eccentrically gay Uncle Monty in Bruce Robinson's Withnail and I (1987).

Like most actors who have a thriving career in film and television, he learned his craft in theatre. I first became aware of him in the late 1970s when he rose steadily through the ranks of the Royal Shakespeare Company. I was especially struck by his ability to speak verse with mellifluous clarity. »

- Michael Billington

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Richard Griffiths obituary

29 March 2013 5:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor of geniality, grace and solemnity, he excelled in playing characters on the margins of society

Richard Griffiths, who has died aged 65 from complications following heart surgery, was a fine actor defined by his largeness of spirit, his comic instinct and his empathy with outsiders, as well as his undeniable physical size. He was the kind of actor whom everyone remembers with affection, whether as the flawed but inspirational Hector in Alan Bennett's The History Boys (first staged in 2004, then filmed in 2006) or as the eccentrically gay Uncle Monty in Bruce Robinson's Withnail and I (1987).

Like most actors who have a thriving career in film and television, he learned his craft in theatre. I first became aware of him in the late 1970s when he rose steadily through the ranks of the Royal Shakespeare Company. I was especially struck by his ability to speak verse with mellifluous clarity. »

- Michael Billington

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