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A total of 50 productions has been nominated across 39 awards categories. The Nsw Government announced today it would renew its partnership agreement for a further three years, from 2015-2017.
Aacta has signed a three-year deal with Foxtel which entails pay-tv rights and further collaborations. Aacta/AFI CEO Damian Trewhella tells If that in future years this may take the form of deeper coverage on Foxtel before or after the awards, spotlighting creative talent.
The Gatsby remake »
- Don Groves
Think silent films reached a high point with The Artist? The pre-sound era produced some of the most beautiful, arresting films ever made. From City Lights to Metropolis, Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best
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10. City Lights
City Lights was arguably the biggest risk of Charlie Chaplin's career: The Jazz Singer, released at the end of 1927, had seen sound take cinema by storm, but Chaplin resisted the change-up, preferring to continue in the silent tradition. In retrospect, this isn't so much the precious behaviour of a purist but the smart reaction of an experienced comedian; Chaplin's films rarely used intertitles anyway, and though it is technically "silent", City Lights is very mindful of it own self-composed score and keenly judged sound effects.
At its heart, »
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.
Directed by Benjamin Christensen
Denmark / Sweden, 1922
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. Enjoy!
Written and directed by Samuel Fuller
Shock Corridor stars Peter Breck as Johnny Barrett, an ambitious reporter who wants to expose the killer at the local insane asylum. To solve the case, he must pretend to be insane so they have him committed. Once in the asylum, »
Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day is Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) Blu-ray for $109.99 (63% off!). From Amazon: Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection features 15 iconic films including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery and Kim Novak, this definitive collection showcases a true cinematic master at his best. Featuring over 15 hours of insightful bonus features plus an exclusive collectible book, each film has been digitally restored from high resolution film elements for the ultimate Hitchcock experience. If you don't yet own the films, it's a great deal that only last until midnight or while supplies last. Hit the jump for more info or click here to buy it. Here's what is included in the set. It's a great one. Saboteur »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Chicago – The 2013 Chicago International Film Festival may be heading into its final stretch but it’s far from over, as new films from Errol Morris, Joel & Ethan Coen, Jason Reitman, and many more are scheduled to make their Chicago premiere.
A few of the biggies this year weren’t screened in time for press but we have seen some of the smaller, notable films, and you should go out of your way to see a few of ‘em. Pick your favorites, as chosen by Brian Tallerico, Patrick McDonald, and Nick Allen.
Photo credit: Ciff
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A boyish promise between two high school age young men concerning the ownership of a mutual female friend leads to creeper antics years later in this little thriller, spearheaded by an unsettling performance from Sylvester Groth (Inglourious Basterds). This is diet Hitchcock, including a slim 83 min. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time around for one simple reason: that is, the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. Enjoy!
Directed by Luis Buñuel
The dream – or nightmare – has been a staple of horror cinema for decades. In 1929, Luis Bunuel joined forces with Salvador Dali to create Un chien andalou, an experimental and unforgettable 17-minute surrealist masterpiece. »
- Ricky da Conceição
C’est arrivé près de chez vous (Man Bites Dog)
Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel and Benoît Poelvoorde set out to make their first feature film with little resources and little money. In the tradition of filmmakers who can’t afford much film stock, the trio settled for a faux-documentary-style approach – the result is a high-concept satire of media violence which would spoof documentaries by following around a fictitious sociopath named Ben as he exercises his lethal craft. While the cinematic tradition of presenting villains as suave, charming, attractive, and intelligent individuals is nothing new, Man Bites Dog was still in many way, ahead of its time. Much like the great Hitchcockian villains such as Joseph Cotten in Shadow of a Doubt or Anthony Perkins in Psycho, Ben is a man of »
If I didn't know any better, I would have thought Darby's ousting was simply a moment of opportunity. But something in the way it all went down seemed to me like "Endgame." And a well orchestrated one at that!
Should we start taking bets as to how long it will be before Edward Darby's name is removed from that coveted door?
If Jessica had anything to do with it, I'm sure it would have been removed long ago. Yet as any good chess player knows, moving the right pieces takes time. And if there's anything we've learned about Jessica Pearson over the years, it's that she's a master chess player with only one blind spot: Harvey.
Saying I knew this was coming would be an understatement. I knew it from the minute she put Harvey's name on the door. But even in the season premiere, "The Arrangement" - when she »
- email@example.com (Chandel Charles)
Labor Day weekend is here for 2013 and if you don't have any plans, there are plenty of great shows to check out over the weekend. You can catch up on "Continuum" Season 2 on Syfy, or watch the first three episodes of "The White Queen" on Starz. Sunday, Sept. 1 there's a killer Alfred Hitchcock movie marathon running all day on TCM.
Also, it's college football kick-off weekend, so settle in Saturday for the guys' returning to the gridiron.
Set your DVRs and check your local listings for times and channel numbers. All times Eastern below.
Friday, Aug. 30
The CW: New "America's Next Top Model" episode, 9 p.m.
Discovery: "Alaskan Steel Men" premiere, 10 p.m.
Espn: Cfb, Texas Tech at Southern Methodist, 8 p.m.
Espn 2: 2013 U.S. Open Tennis, men's second and women's third round, 1 p.m. to 7 p. »
With so much deception in the "Suits" episode, "Shadow of a Doubt," it's good that some of the dialog was able to keep things lighter. The lines were so good, in fact, that there is no way to better celebrate the episode than with the best quotes from Harvey, Donna, Louis and the rest.
"You fit the dentist in at lunch?" - Harvey
"He can be surprisingly quick. Yet remarkably thorough." - Donna
"You're letting your Mini Me make your arguments now?" - Cameron
"You let your mustache?" - Harvey
"Turn bulls*** highway into ... fact highway!" - Mike
"At this firm, we instruct, we advise, we order, we must, but we do not shall!" - Louis
"A memo from Nigel is not going to stick its boot in your a**. A memo from me will. Get out." - Louis
"Well doesn't he have his hand in a lot of cookie »
Rachel's thinking of attending law school 3,000 miles away, Nigel left his prized feline with Louis, Stephen wants to extend his arrangement with Donna and Harvey finally received an offer to put his name on the door.
Without a "Shadow of Doubt," this week's Suits installment was a real game changer.
Because it was the bit that started the episode, it seems most fitting to discuss the love triangle - for lack of a better descriptive term - between Harvey, Stephen and Donna.
Clearly, things have been working out well for Stephen and Donna when it comes to their "arrangement." I mean, let's be real, Donna had a glow that stopped Louis in his tracks, even prompting some preliminary inquiries into its cause. We agree, Donna, you really should try that "yoga" routine five or more times a day to maintain it.
Then again, I would be sure to leave the yoga mat at home, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Chandel Charles)
Glenn here. Can I talk a little bit more about Alfred Hitchcock? After all, he was born on this day 114 years ago and it's pretty astounding that his works are still being mimicked, adapted and homaged to this day. So few classic directors can be spoken about in this day and age and still have new and interesting things to be said. My personal favourite is Psycho (1960), but then I've always had a softer spot for his more pulpy work. Think of others like The Birds (1963) and The 39 Steps (1935) for instance. He's known for refined, classy, adult thrillers, the likes of which are barely made today, but it was his embrace of genre that continues to impress me the most. He supposedly hated horror movies and wanted to go about reinventing them. It's hard to deny he succeeded.
Several sequels followed, including Psycho II, which is actually quite impressive if »
- Glenn Dunks
The next "Suits" episode, "Shadow of a Doubt," is all about deception -- even more than "Suits" episodes are usually about deception, that is. Donna is lying to Harvey. Harvey is lying to Jessica. Or maybe Harvey is lying to Stephen.
Oh what a tangled web they weave!
At least it makes for great television, as seen in this clip from the episode.
It seems that Harvey's (Gabriel Macht) deal to become managing partner of the law firm is still in play -- even though he lost the oil company owned by Ava Hessington (Michelle Fairley). All Harvey has to do is keep Ava from being convicted of murder.
Fortunately, he has a lot of ideas. Stephen (Max Beesley) has some too. Whoever has the better idea is poised to win $10,000. This should be interesting.
If you want more of "Shadow of a Doubt," there's always the promo video. In it, »
On this day in 1899 the master of suspense and father of modern horror Alfred Hitchcock was born. He revolutionized cinema in ways almost too numerous to count many of which would go unnoticed or underappreciated because of their subtlety for years after his death. Although from the 1930s to the 1950s he focused on drama and suspense two films stand out for their influence on his later success in remaking the horror genre Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Hitchcocks personal favorite and Vertigo (1958). »
If you haven't checked out the Guardian's very fun infographics on Hitchcock's oeuvre -- just in time for his birthday today! -- you should do that. This is my favorite part because I think it's just brilliant with the top tens from film fans, critics, and the general public overlapping and disagreeing.
What's more I think it's absolutely accurate in its overlaps and exclusions for all three groups with the possible exception of The Birds not finding its way to the "film fan's top ten". But this can't have been easy to flip around with a stuck landing.
As for myself I have six total favorites: Notorious, Psycho, Rear Window, Rope, Shadow of a Doubt, and Vertigo. But the rest of his output fights over my leftover affections and wins and loses depending on my moods and depending on which part of the movie we're talking about.
Happy 114th Birthday, »
- NATHANIEL R
"Suits" fans: There's definitely something different about Donna!
HuffPost TV has an exclusive sneak peek (above) at this week's episode, titled "Shadow of a Doubt" (airing Tues., Aug. 13 at 10 p.m. Et on USA), which finds Harvey's right-hand lady, Donna (Sarah Rafferty), positively glowing ... thanks to the fact that she's sleeping with the British Harvey, a.k.a. Stephen (Max Beesley). If Harvey (Gabriel Macht) is mad that she said she "made copies" for Stephen, what would he say if he found out the truth?
The love life advice-giving tables have turned with Donna and Rachel (Meghan Markle), but the ladies just better hope that Louis (Rick Hoffman) doesn't figure out what's going on. The only thing Louis loves more than finding out a good secret is holding it over Harvey's head.
Watch HuffPost TV's sneak peek to see Louis' priceless reaction to Donna's glow: "Promise me you keep doing whatever it is you're doing, »
- The Huffington Post
While we're on the subject of Alfred Hitchcock, having just discussed the most memorable performances in his films, we thought we'd look at Hitchcock's own favorite Shadow of a Doubt (1943) for this week's Hit Me With Your Best Shot. I wasn't surprised that the film failed to score in that list we just made, if only because the whole cast is so memorable. How do you choose amongst them? What's more, the subject of the film is, if you ask me, not the gruesome crimes that are continually referenced but the family unit itself. How protective and proud of one's own blood should you be? How do you preserve the family's happy cohesion, whether real or imagined? What to do about the rotten apple in the bushel?
Since Shadow of a Doubt (1943) is strangely underseen given Hitchcock's own love of it and the endurance of so many of his films, »
- NATHANIEL R
“We’re not just an uncle and a niece. It’s something else. I know you. I know you don’t tell people a lot of things. I don’t either. I have a feeling that inside you there’s something nobody knows about… something secret and wonderful. I’ll find it out.”
In Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow Of A Doubt (1943) Teresa Wright plays Charlie, a small-town high-schooler in the sleepy burb of Santa Rose who enjoys an extended visit from her favorite uncle, also named Charlie (Joseph Cotten). The horrified Charlie eventually discovers that her beloved Uncle is a mass murderer, preying upon and killing wealthy old women. Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, and Alma Reville (Mrs. Hitchcock) based their screenplay on a story by Gordon McDowell, who in turn was inspired by the real-life serial killer Earle Leonard Nelson, known as the “Merry Widow Murderer”. Joseph Cotten was deftly cast against type by Hitchcock, »
- Tom Stockman
Despite the absolutely sweltering heat in July this summer in New York City I've survived to see another month. It's a miracle. The blog is Made in Air Conditioning. So let's book back on the monthwith highlights in case you melted through them.
Personalize Your DVD Collection - Meet Nick's guest room
Women Who Deserve an Honorary Oscar - Team Experience gives AMPAS some suggestions since they invariably choose men for the honor
Shot in Chicago - Tim selects the movies that best represent the Windy City
Goodbye Bunheads - Andrew eulogizes the unique ballet charmer, gone from the TV landscape too soon
The Halfway Mark - best of the year January to June
Cinematic Swimwear - Tfe launches its first clothing line. Which swimsuit did you buy?
Posterized: Almodóvar - His 19 films. How many have you seen?
Natalie on »
- NATHANIEL R
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