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Oh...um... If this door should fall down or, ha ha, anything else, this is the number for our Baltimore field office.
I love Clarice Starling's little 'I mean... what could happen?' nervous chuckle just before she slides under that fateful "Your Self Storage" facility door, don't you?
Remember when we tag-teamed Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca? We're doing the same for Jonathan Demme's thriller classic Silence of the Lambs (1991) for its 25th anniversary next week. Be here Monday through Friday at 12:30 Pm Est next week for each continuing chapter of the retrospective!
For maximum pleasure, if we may use such a word for this macabre event, rewatch 1991's Best Picture with us and join the conversation! »
- NATHANIEL R
Here's where angels sit down to weep next to devils -- the often-brilliant Guillermo del Toro's big Gothic romance / gory ghost epic looks mighty fancy but is a mess in too many ways to count. Say it Ain't So, Guillermo! Crimson Peak Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Universal / Legendary 2015 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date February 9, 2016 / 34.98 Starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver. Cinematography Dan Laustsen Film Editor Bernat Vilaplana Original Music Fernando Velásquez Written by Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins Produced by Guillermo del Toro, Callum Greene, Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Quite the wonder child of fantasy and horror, Guillermo del Toro has made near masterpieces in the Spanish language but not fared as well breaking through the Hollywood blockbuster barrier. His top-grossing American film might be Blade II. His equally talented compatriot Alfonso Cuarón has »
- Glenn Erickson
William Cameron Menzies. William Cameron Menzies movies on TCM: Murderous Joan Fontaine, deadly Nazi Communists Best known as an art director/production designer, William Cameron Menzies was a jack-of-all-trades. It seems like the only things Menzies didn't do was act and tap dance in front of the camera. He designed and/or wrote, directed, produced, etc., dozens of films – titles ranged from The Thief of Bagdad to Invaders from Mars – from the late 1910s all the way to the mid-1950s. Among Menzies' most notable efforts as an art director/production designer are: Ernst Lubitsch's first Hollywood movie, the Mary Pickford star vehicle Rosita (1923). Herbert Brenon's British-set father-son drama Sorrell and Son (1927). David O. Selznick's mammoth production of Gone with the Wind, which earned Menzies an Honorary Oscar. The Sam Wood movies Our Town (1940), Kings Row (1942), and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943). H.C. Potter's Mr. Lucky »
- Andre Soares
The Big Short, which won the PGA Awards’ best picture prize over the weekend, may earn Plan B Entertainment founder, and the film’s star, Brad Pitt and co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner their second best picture Oscars in just three years. The trio collaborated on 2014’s best picture winner, 12 Years a Slave, and Plan B also produced last year’s best picture nominee, Selma, earning Kleiner and Gardner Oscar noms, as well.
Founded in 2001 by Pitt alongside then-wife Jennifer Aniston and Brad Grey, Plan B has become one of the most successful production companies in Hollywood today, and nominations have been stacking up for its members. After Aniston and Pitt’s divorce in 2006, and Grey’s departure to Paramount, Pitt became the sole owner of the company and enlisted Gardner to be his president. Both Gardner and Pitt also earned best picture nominations »
- Patrick Shanley
Released 75 years ago, Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion (1941), his fourth film to be made in the United States, was a departure from his previous films. Unlike The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935), or The Lady Vanishes (1938), Suspicion eschews the globetrotting and spying that made those films so exhilarating. It’s an intimate affair, a chamber drama (or chamber suspense film) primarily led by Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine, only occasionally breached by other supporting actors. Hitchcock had rarely worked on such a minimal scale before; even in Rebecca (1940); the mansion Manderlay was practically its own character. The isolation of Grant and Fontaine’s marriage is suffocating and without precedent in Hitchcock’s filmography. Though flawed due to Production Code restrictions, Suspicion remains one of Hitchcock’s most fascinating experiments.
Joan Fontaine plays Lina McLaidlaw, a woman presumably more interested in books than men (a woman wearing glasses in a »
- Brian Marks
With Mad Max: Fury Road in a great position to earn the most Oscar nomination of any film this year when the Academy announces its nominations this Thursday, director George Miller and crew look to join the long legacy of Aussies at the Oscars.
In addition to Miller, the film’s producer Doug Mitchell, co-writer Nico Lathouris, and cinematographer John Clement Seale all hail from the land down under and have high Oscar hopes when nominations are announced this Thursday as the film has been a massive success with critics and audiences alike and earned two Golden Globe nominations for best picture and best director.
Miller and company would hardly be the first Aussies to be noticed by the Academy. Massive stars such as Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Cate Blanchett all call Australia home and have taken home Oscars, and Blanchett seems likely to »
- Patrick Shanley
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