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See Reddit users’ favorite movie from each year

2 September 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.

Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »

- Brian Welk

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Game of Links

30 August 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Catching up on news & noteworthy we didn't cover the past couple of days...


Vanity Fair the details of the Brangelina marriage that we know. I'm really so happy for them as a longtime fan but...

Time knocks them for not keeping their promise to the gays. I knew this backlash would happen. But they did hold out a long time and they've done so much good for the world including for marriage equality that I think we should let it slide

Gawker asks the intriguing question: "Why is Angelina Jolia a movie star?"

Some of her movies have been well-received acting vehicles. Some of her movies have been gargantuan commercial products. There is no place where those circles overlap on the Venn diagram. 

It's worth pondering her atypical celebrity.

Absolute Must Read!

/bent has a fascinating long essay about HBO, Game of Thrones, and the distinct feeling that TV »


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'Mad Men' star Vincent Kartheiser to play Billy Wilder on stage

26 August 2014 2:40 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser is joining Larry Pine on stage in Mike Bencivenga’s new play, Billy & Ray.

In Billy & Ray—which will get its New York premiere this fall at the Vineyard Theatre—Kartheiser will play Billy Wilder alongside Pine’s Raymond Chandler, as Wilder and Chandler work together to adapt the novel Double Indemnity for the big screen.

The Off-Broadway comedy, directed by Garry Marshall, is set in 1940s Hollywood and tells the story of the birth of the film noir genre. Rounding out the cast is Sophie von Haselberg, who will play Wilder’s secretary, and »

- Samantha Highfill

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Sin City and the eternal, seductive allure of film noir

21 August 2014 1:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The release of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For inspires James to look back at its film noir roots, and some classic examples of the genre...

"Things go dark. I don't mind much. It's okay." John Hartigan, Sin City.

We're at the shadowy back-end of the summer blockbuster season and darkness is entering the frame. Here comes ultraviolence, sleaze, crime and death, all beautifully shot in macabre high-contrast monochrome. Just when you thought you'd got yourself clean and were all peppy after some upbeat family-friendly popcorn thrills, here's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For to darken up the doorways. (And it will light up a cigarette in those doorways and spit out some tough dialogue from between its bloodstained teeth while it's lingering there.)

We're back in the Basin City of Frank Miller's graphic novels again, once more brought to vivid screen life by the comics creator »

- ryanlambie

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Film Review: ‘Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’

20 August 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It may be in 3D this time around, but Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s monotone, monochrome comicbook universe feels flatter than ever in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” Rare indeed is the movie that features this many bared breasts, pummeled crotches and severed noggins and still leaves you checking your watch every 10 minutes. But that’s the dubious accomplishment of this visually arresting but grimly repetitive exercise in style, set against a sordid neo-noir landscape populated almost exclusively by tormented tough guys and femme-fatale fetish objects. Nearly a decade after the first “Sin City” grossed more than $158 million worldwide, it’s doubtful whether the directors’ overlapping fanbases can muster the same level of excitement for a picture about which the best one can really say is, “It sure beats ‘The Spirit.’ ”

Set in motion not long after the 2005 release of “Sin City,” but delayed following the commercial »

- Justin Chang

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Double Indemnity Blu-ray Review

11 June 2014 6:52 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Movie or Blu-ray? Movie or Blu-ray? That's a tricky question when reviewing the new version of Double Indemnity, unquestionably one of Hollywood's great masterpieces and an absolute must-have for any serious film fans' collection. You can't do any better… despite the fact that the new Blu-ray is about as lazy and uninspired a product as one could hope for. Universal put together a terrific DVD package for the film a few years ago, then apparently decided that that was enough. Hit the jump for my full review. First the movie itself, penned by the great Raymond Chandler from a novel by James M. Cain and directed by Billy Wilder as a highlight of his storied career. It epitomizes the noir movement at its height, conceived by two of the genre's great geniuses and helmed by an auteur coming to grips with the depths of human evil. Wilder arrived in Hollywood »

- Rob Vaux

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Here's Everything You Need to Know About Film Noir

11 June 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Film noir tropes have long been explored by film historians who are fascinated with the genre's stylish cinematography, multilayered characters and pessimistic tone. A 2009 BBC documentary on the genre is now online, exploring the world of the American thrillers and teaching us the rules of noir. Host Matthew Sweet explores the grammar of noir, starting with the rule: "Choose a dame with a past and a hero with no future." Films Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice demonstrate how "the blonder and brighter" a woman is on the outside, the more evil she is on the inside. Gotta love a femme fatale. Guests Paul Schrader and Roger Deakins help examine aspects of each film — of which there are many overall. Other rules up for discussion...

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- Alison Nastasi

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Why Eva Green's character in 'Sin City 2' is no boob

30 May 2014 12:48 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The Internet pretty much melted down yesterday with the news that a Sin City 2 poster featuring Eva Green in a very sheer gown has been deemed too explicit for public consumption by the MPAA. But who, exactly, does the French actress play in the movie?

When EW recently spoke with Green, she insisted that her character, Ava Lord is much more than a just a pretty, uh, face. “She’s a femme fatale,” she said. “She’s an archetype of the femme fatale, like in all the films that we know. Like Double Indemnity. She’s like an Ava Gardner or a Rita Hayworth. »

- Clark Collis

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Lana Del Rey tries to love two in sumptuous 'West Coast' video: Watch

7 May 2014 10:29 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Don’t be fooled. At first glance, Lana Del Rey’s video for her slinky, retro new single, “West Coast,” looks like it’s the same video as the audio video that came out three weeks ago. To be sure, it opens with Del Rey frolicking on a Santa Monica beach with her boy toy, but then around the 1:30 mark, it takes a darker, creepier turn. It turns out that while she’s playing with her her tattoo love boy, she belongs to another man, a much older sugar daddy.  In glamorous footage that recalls vintage movies of the past, we see Del Rey in the back seat of a chauffeured car with a man who is clearly keeping her in a style to which she has become accustomed. He touches her, but she’s thinking of her beach baby, and he knows it. The video, directed by Chris Sweeney and Sophie Muller, »

- Melinda Newman

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Noir Film Festival at American Center, New Delhi

28 April 2014 4:23 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

A still from Lady from Shanghai


Noir Film Festival

American Center in collaboration with Cinedarbaar celebrates ‘Film Noir’ through screening of 8 specially curated movies.


8-10 May.


By invitation/ Pass (information below)


American Center Auditorium

24, Kasturba Gandi Marg

New Delhi – 110001

About the event:

8 May, 3:30 pm

Double Indemnity by Billy Wilder (1944), 107 Min

An insurance rep lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator’s suspicions.

8 May, 6:15 pm

The Killers by Robert Siodmak (1946), 103Min

Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins.

9 May, 3:30 pm

The Lady from Shanghai by Orson Welles (1947), 87 Min

Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O’Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.

9 May, 6:15 pm

Thieves Highway by Jules Dassin (1949), 94 Min

A war-veteran-turned-truck driver attempts to »

- NewsDesk

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‘The File on Thelma Jordon’ lacks originality but gets away with murder anyhow

25 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The File on Thelma Jordon

Written by Ketti Frings

Directed by Robert Siodmak

USA, 1950

Cleve Marshal (Wendell Corey), assistant district attorney, arrives at the office of colleague and close friend Miles Scott (Paul Kelley) as the latter converses on the phone with Cleve’s wife Pamela (Joan Tetzel). The Marshals are experiencing rocky waters in their marriage, what with Cleve intentionally ducking frequent visits with his influential father-in-law, with whom he shares a strained relationship, a strain which has now soured life with his wife. His attempt to leave the frying pan lands him straight into the fire, however, as later that night, while drunk, Cleve is visited in the office by a beautiful woman named Thelma Jordan (Barbara Stanwyck). The visitor, under the impression that Cleve is actually Miles, explains that she and her wealthy aunt are regularly visited by burglars at night. This proves too great an opportunity for dissatisfied, »

- Edgar Chaput

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What I Watched, What You Watched #241

20 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This week involved a lot of movies at home, including the new Blu-ray for Double Indemnity, the new Blu-ray for William Friedkin's Sorcerer (read my review here) and, last night, I watched Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God on as I'll be reviewing 16 of Herzog's upcoming movies leading up to Shout Factory's release of Herzog: The Collection Limited Edition on July 29. The set includes Even Dwarfs Started Small, Nosferatu The Vampyre, Land Of Silence And Darkness, Fitzcarraldo, Fata Morgana, Ballad Of Little Soldier, Aguirre, The Wrath Of God, Where The Green Ants Dream, The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser, Cobra Verde, Heart Of Glass, Lessons Of Darkness, Stroszek, Little Dieter Needs To Fly, Woyzeck and My Best Fiend and Fandor will be releasing one new title each week leading up to the release, each in HD. Of that lot, I've only seen Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo before, »

- Brad Brevet

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New on Video: ‘Sabrina’

17 April 2014 9:01 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written by Billy Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, and Ernest Lehman

Directed by Billy Wilder

USA, 1954

The past few weeks have been good for Humphrey Bogart on Blu-ray. The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and The African Queen were recently rereleased and assembled for the Best of Bogart Collection, and now, Sabrina, one of the legendary star’s final films, has received its first American appearance on the format. Perhaps more importantly, if total number of titles available on Blu-ray is the basis for judgment, Sabrina also marks one of disappointingly few Billy Wilder titles available in the remastered form. That the film also stars the radiant Audrey Hepburn and the remarkably versatile William Holden confirms that the release is worth commending.

From about 1944, with Double Indemnity, to Irma la Douce in 1963, Wilder had an astonishing run in Hollywood, and Sabrina came roughly in the middle of that period. »

- Jeremy Carr

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Philomena,' 'Ride Along,' 'The Nut Job'

15 April 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week


What's It About? Judi Dench stars as an Irish woman who wants to find the son she gave birth to as a teen sent to live in a convent; Steve Coogan co-stars as the posh journalist who wants to write a story about her journey.

Why We're In: Based on a true story about Philomena Lee's travels to find her long-lost son, this is a sweet drama with moments of levity, thanks to the chemistry between Coogan and Dench.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Breaking the Waves"

What's It About? Ah, yes. Another tale by Lars von Trier about tormented love, sex, and religion! Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson play newlyweds who are forced into some rather extreme circumstances after he's paralyzed while working on an oil rig.

Why We're In: This tragic tale gets the full Criterion treatment, including select »

- Jenni Miller

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'Philomena', 'Double Indemnity', 'Ride Along', 'Breaking the Waves' and More on Blu-ray This Week

15 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Double Indemnity A wonderful film and most likely the next entry in my Best Movies features once I'm able to get around to this new Blu-ray. The last time I wrote about it was in July 2011 were I said it would be one of my personal "must own" movies on the heels of this post. I can't wait to revisit it in HD.

Touch of Evil I did get a chance to watch this new Blu-ray and it's an interesting presentation. I don't know how many times I've seen Touch of Evil, probably about three times before this latest viewing, and boy did this presentation seem darker. Gary over at DVD Beaver went into this too, comparing to the Masters of Cinema release, which looks to have maintained the film's grain structure to a higher degree. In this situation I'm not sure if either is necessarily the "correct" way to »

- Brad Brevet

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Set Visit Coverage: Tom Woodruff, Jr. Talks Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs

10 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Tom Woodruff, Jr., is a celebrated and award-winning special effects makeup artist, and now he’s stepping into the directorial arena with Fire City: Interpreter of Souls. Dread Central was lucky enough to get an exclusive look-see on a special day. (There were demon fights!)

At the lovely location (an art deco building and mini-campus) in Los Angeles, we not only got a chance to interview everyone and watch filming – we even got a bunch of cool photos you won’t see anywhere else!

Dread Central: You have been with this project for a while, right?

Tom Woodruff Jr.: Through a couple different iterations. The first time I was ever made aware of it was when (the writer-producers) Brian and Michael came to me a couple of years ago with a script, I believe it was Fire City: Demon in the Darkness. And the script was honestly hard to »

- Staci Layne Wilson

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2014 TCM Classic Film Festival Adds Tribute to Mickey Rooney With Screening Of National Velvet Sunday, April 13

9 April 2014 5:29 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

For the fifth consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers (and Geeks) from around the globe will descend upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival beginning this Thursday, April 10 and running through Sunday, April 13.

Coinciding with TCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film, attendees will be treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.

TCM recently announced the tribute to Mickey Rooney, who passed away last weekend, will be Sunday, April 13 at 9am with a screening of National Velvet at the Tcl Chinese Multiplex 4. Eddie Muller will speak with Margaret O’Brien and read a poem written by Mickey Rooney, titled “Flesh and Bones” to close the tribute.

Fans of Rooney can watch a full day of his films this Sunday on TCM beginning at 6Am with Broadway To Hollywood. The »

- Melissa Thompson

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Better Living Through Chemistry Review

24 March 2014 9:32 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There are two ways a film can swing when it sets out an incredibly modest set of parameters: It can either prove to be a bland and unambitious retread of the typical and the well-worn, or it can manage – through solid filmmaking and sheer force of will – to succeed within its limited boundaries. While it falls into the latter, Better Living Through Chemistry isn’t really its own movie, it’s more a lightweight mish-mash of American Beauty and Double Indemnity with a dash of Breaking Bad for good measure. It’s amiable, mostly forgettable, and it’s not going to change the world – but boy do I prefer it to alot of the dross out there.

What the film lacks in originality, it at least partially makes up for in quantity. First time writer/directors David Posamentier and Geoff Moore take the age-old tale of the slightly wussy small »

- Dominic Mill

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Premiere Photos: Christopher Folino’s Sparks

17 March 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Sparks is a phenomenal new period superhero movie co-directed by Christopher Folino and Todd Burrows. It stars Chase Williamson as the title hero, Ashley Bell, Clancy Brown, Jake Busey, William Katt and Clint Howard. It is currently playing in limited theatrical release — and is well worth seeing in the theater — and streaming on iTunes.

The Underground Film Journal’s Executive Editor, Mike Everleth, attended a special screening on March 16 during the movie’s opening weekend, at which filmmaker Folino and stars Bell, Katt and Howard were in attendance. The photo above and those in the gallery below were all taken at this event.

Folino previously solo directed the award-winning indie comedy Gamers, which the Journal was a fan and supporter of back in the day. (Gamers is also currently streaming on Amazon.)

As enjoyable as Gamers is, Sparks is a tremendous leap in content, style and execution. Based on the »

- Mike Everleth

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Austin Transforms Into Noir City at Inaugural Fest

12 March 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

By Frank Calvillo

In the midst of all the excitement over the Texas Film Awards and SXSW 2014, another film-related event took place recently: the first annual Noir City Austin. While free of a red carpet and movie stars in the flesh, this festival celebrated its inaugural weekend at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz from Feb. 28 to March 2.

Hosted by the Film Noir Foundation, Noir City Austin screened 10 films straight from the genre’s heyday, and featured many faces familiar to devoted noir fans, such as Shelley Winters, Peter Lorre, Ray Milland and Lizabeth Scott.

Yet rather than screening such noir staples like The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity and The Big Sleep, the foundation chose  lesser-known titles that, though unknown to the majority of those in attendance, still contained all the necessary ingredients essential to any noir. More than that though, the movies selected tended to go beyond the conventions of the »

- Contributors

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