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Leo McCarey on TCM: Going My Way, Duck Soup, Love Affair

25 December 2011 6:33 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Bing Crosby, Gene Lockhart, Barry Fitzgerald, Going My Way Leo McCarey is Turner Classic Movies' Director of the Evening this Christmas. Considering that McCarey was an ardent Catholic, TCM has made a quite appropriate choice. Unfortunately, McCarey's anti-Red My Son John — despite the fact that the Bible plays a prominent role in that film — hasn't been included on the TCM film roster. Instead, TCM watchers will have the chance to check out Going My Way, Make Way for Tomorrow, Duck Soup, The Milky Way, Love Affair, and Once Upon a Honeymoon. The year Billy Wilder's film noir classic Double Indemnity was nominated for Best Picture — and Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat, Vincente Minnelli's Meet Me in St. Louis, and Otto Preminger's Laura weren't — McCarey's sappy, feel-good Going My Way was chosen as the Best Picture of 1944 by enough members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. »

- Andre Soares

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Justice – review

19 November 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Nicolas Cage makes his second visit to post-hurricane Katrina New Orleans in this efficient, fast-moving thriller. Two years ago he played a deranged cop in Werner Herzog's remake of Bad Lieutenant. Here he's the slightly hyper high-school English teacher Will Gerard whose wife Laura (January Jones) is raped, robbed and severely beaten by an evildoer known to the police but unlikely to get more than a minimum sentence. A sinister, tight-lipped stranger calling himself Simon (Guy Pearce) approaches Gerard, offering to dispose of the rapist in exchange for some future consideration of a minor kind. The distraught Gerard reluctantly accepts, and there follows a brilliantly handled scene in which he signals his acceptance of the invitation by buying two bars of chocolate from a vending machine in the hospital's oncology department. From then on he's hooked by a wide-ranging conspiracy of dedicated vigilantes who exploit his guilt and undermine his natural decency, »

- Philip French

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Justice – review

19 November 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Nicolas Cage makes his second visit to post-hurricane Katrina New Orleans in this efficient, fast-moving thriller. Two years ago he played a deranged cop in Werner Herzog's remake of Bad Lieutenant. Here he's the slightly hyper high-school English teacher Will Gerard whose wife Laura (January Jones) is raped, robbed and severely beaten by an evildoer known to the police but unlikely to get more than a minimum sentence. A sinister, tight-lipped stranger calling himself Simon (Guy Pearce) approaches Gerard, offering to dispose of the rapist in exchange for some future consideration of a minor kind. The distraught Gerard reluctantly accepts, and there follows a brilliantly handled scene in which he signals his acceptance of the invitation by buying two bars of chocolate from a vending machine in the hospital's oncology department. From then on he's hooked by a wide-ranging conspiracy of dedicated vigilantes who exploit his guilt and undermine his natural decency, »

- Philip French

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Justice – review

17 November 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This vigilante suspense thriller with Nicolas Cage starts well, but turns chaotic and messy in the final third

Yet another example of a film with a decent enough premise, that just comes to pieces in the third act. It is a suspense thriller starring Nicolas Cage and January Jones (from Mad Men) as Will and Laura, a happily married couple. When Laura is assaulted and raped in the street, Will is approached by a shadowy figure played by Guy Pearce who tells him that even if the police catch the culprit, the legal system will be soft on him. He represents a secret vigilante organisation that knows the villain's precise whereabouts; if Will gives the word, they can whack him – but they may call upon Will to do them a favour in the future. It's absurd, but enjoyably tense ... at first. But then, all the promises of something intricate and »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Anatomy of a Murder

16 November 2011 3:42 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 21, 2012

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

It’s great to see Criterion give its stunning treatment to a classic James Stewart (It’s a Wonderful Life) murder mystery. Although 1959′s Anatomy of a Murder didn’t win any Academy Awards, it was nominated for seven: Best Picture, cinematography, adapted screenplay, editing, Best Actor for Stewart and two Best Supporting Actor awards for Arthur O’Connell (The Poseidon Adventure) and George C. Scott (Patton).

In the movie, Stewart plays a small-town lawyer who takes on the case of a young Army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara, The Thomas Crown Affair) accused of killing the local tavern owner, who he believes raped his wife (Lee Remick, The Omen).

Directed by the late Otto Preminger (Laura), Anatomy of a Murder was a groundbreaker when it was originally released for its frank discussion of sex. The film is based on the novel »

- Sam

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Daily Briefing. "Twin Peaks" @ 20

29 October 2011 7:49 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Two decades ago everything tasted better when drizzled with the special chocolate sauce of 'postmodernism,' and Twin Peaks was the most ironic cherry pie vehicle for that addictive popular culture had yet baked up," writes Dennis Harvey in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. "It was so cool you could hardly believe it was actually being watched." Tonight, the Roxie and MIDNiTES For MANiACS present a "20th Anniversary Celebration for David Lynch's Twin Peaks" that kicks off with Otto Preminger's Laura (1944), the inspiration for Lynch and Mark Frost's series, followed by the pilot and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1922). "Plus, pie on sale all night courtesy of Three Babes Bakeshop!"

How to Be a Retronaut points us to a fine set of photos at Welcome to Twin Peaks: "When Twin Peaks' in-house photographer had quit and no further promotional shots were needed since the show was cancelled, »

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50 Films That You Wouldn’t Think Were Christian, But Actually Are

17 September 2011 11:32 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Being a Christian in the 21st century is difficult at the best of times. Even without Mel Gibson constantly putting his foot in it, or Westboro Baptist Church spitting venom at the very people they are supposed to be helping, we have to contend with a media backlash whenever a seemingly ‘Christian’ film is released.

The problem seems to be that people don’t mind Christianity per se: if people are Bible-bashing in the streets, they can ignore them or talk back. What they resent, or appear to resent, are films with Christian undertones – allegories or parables which introduce Christian beliefs or ideas in a supposedly secular context. When The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe came out in 2005, The Guardian’s Polly Toynbee accused it of “invad[ing] children’s minds with Christian iconography… heavily laden with guilt, blame, sacrifice and a suffering that is dark with emotional sadism.” Ouch. »

- Daniel Mumby

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Vincentennial: Laura and Dragonwyck Tonight

23 May 2011 7:19 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Laura and Dragonwyck will play as a double feature at the Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival at 7:00pm tonight (Monday, May 23rd) at Brown Hall on the campus of Washington University. Admission is free.

 

“I shall never forget the weekend Laura died”, is the first line, intoned by a somber Clifton Webb, of Laura (1944), a glossy and gripping story of murder among the elite. Vincent Price often said that his favorite of the films in which he appeared was director Otto Preminger’s 1944 film noir, and most movie buffs who don’t like horror are quick to agree. As noirs go, it’s less a dark and dirty crime drama than most, more reliant on character and script, but it really is a classic and Price’s oily supporting performance is nothing short of sublime. The film pits gruff police detective, Mark McPhereson (Dana Andrews) against smug and cultured columnist, »

- Tom Stockman

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Vincentennial- A Festival that Honors a True Horror Legend

16 May 2011 9:22 PM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

All this month, St. Louis will be hosting the 100th birthday celebration of genre legend Vincent Price, Vincentennial!  There are some great flicks showing during the film festival which begins this Thursday, May 19th.  The majority of the screenings feature 35mm prints of the film along with pre-film or post film discussions with historians, professors, and film experts.  In conjunction with Cinema St. Louis,Vincentennial will also feature special guests including Roger Corman, Victoria Price, Tim Lucas and more!  Read beyond the break for the complete schedule.

Born in St. Louis on May 27, 1911, actor and all around “renaissance man” Vincent Price is a legend among Hollywood actors and among residents here in St. Louis.  The actor retained a special fondness for his hometown over the years, even after his eventual success in show-business.  Though the actor did a variety of films over his 55 year long career, it is his series of films, »

- Chris Sandrin

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Vincentennial: Vincent Price Film Festival Begins this Thursday

16 May 2011 9:51 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival starts this Thursday, May 19th . This is a great opportunity for movie fans to see these wonderful Vincent Price films on the big screen. Most of the films are free, but the ones at the Hi-Pointe will be ticketed.

Here.s the complete lineup:

Thursday May 19:

7:30pm- The Fly (1958) to be presented at Missouri History Museum.S

MacDermott Grand Hall. With activities, a cash bar, and a special bonus at the door for Vincent Price look-a-likes. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for an 8:30 p.m. screening of The Fly. Admission is free.

The Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival then moves to the The Hi-Pointe Theater for the next three days.

Friday May 20:

7:00pm . The Last Man On Earth (1964) will be presented in a stunning 35mm print to be preceded by Tim Burton.s 6-minute stop-motion animation short Vincent. »

- Tom Stockman

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Top Ten Tuesday: The Best of Vincent Price

10 May 2011 5:21 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Born in St. Louis on May 27, 1911, iconic actor Vincent Price retained a special fondness for his place of origin, and that love is now reciprocated with Vincentennial, a celebration of his 100th birthday in his hometown. Price was not only a notable St. Louisan but one of the 20th century.s most remarkable men. To do full justice to the range of his accomplishments, Vincentennial features not only a 10-day film festival but also a pair of exhibits, a stage production, two publications, and illuminating discussions by Price experts and film historians. We decided to do a special edition of Top Ten Tuesday here at We Are Movie Geeks in honor of the many great films that Vincent Price starred in, and after we had assembled the list we realized that all ten of these films will be showing at the »

- Movie Geeks

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Vincentennial: The Legacy of Vincent Price Exhibit Opens in St. Louis

25 April 2011 7:15 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Vincentennial: The Legacy of Vincent Price Exhibit opened at the Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis last Friday, April 22nd. Despite tornado alerts and it being Good Friday, there was a turnout of over 250 enthusiastic people on hand for the opening night reception. The free wine, Stella Artois beer, and snacks were appreciated by the crowd who at one point were sent downstairs while the tornado alarms went off. Fortunately, the Vincent Price Exhibit was downstairs as well, and when the beer made it down there, it just became more of a party. I’m pretty sure Vincent Price was behind the wicked weather. The Sheldon is located at 3648 Washington Boulevard in Saint Louis. The exhibit is in the Ann Lee and Wilfred Konneker Gallery on the first floor and runs through August 6th. The exhibition is underwritten by Mary Strauss and curated by Tom Stockman.

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- Tom Stockman

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Vincentennial Exhibit Opens April 22nd ‘The Legacy of Vincent Price’

8 April 2011 7:42 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Vincentennial: The Legacy of Vincent Price Exhibit opens April 22nd at the Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis. The Sheldon is located downtown at 3648 Washington Boulevard (around the corner from the Fox Theater). The exhibit will be in the Ann Lee and Wilfrid Konneker Gallery on the first floor. There will be a free exhibit grand opening reception Friday April 22nd from 6 to 8pm at the Sheldon that will include free wine, hors d’oeuvres, and Stella Artois beer. The Exhibit runs through August 6th. The Gallery’s Hours are Tuesdays, 12 noon . 8 p.m, Wednesdays – Fridays, 12 noon . 5 p.m, and Saturdays, 10 a.m. . 2 p.m.

Vincentennial: The Legacy of Vincent Price is a one-of-a-kind exhibit of historical artifacts, movie memorabilia, and collectibles assembled from the collections of several Vincent Price fans from across the country. In honor of the upcoming centennial of his birth, this exhibit is designed to honor »

- Tom Stockman

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Sound on Sight Radio #265: Classic Directors – Otto Preminger

27 March 2011 12:42 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In our second Classic Directors podcast, Derek, Justine and Simon take a look at the life and work of the prolific Otto Preminger, whose work often defied genre while touching on hot-button issues in a generally unforced manner. He first became known for 1944′s classic noir Laura, but his career spanned decades and was littered with highlights. We’ll be taking a look at a sliver of time in his career, specifically the mid-50s, and talking about Carmen Jones, The Man With the Golden Arm, and 1958′s masterful Bonjour Tristesse.

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- Simon Howell

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Vincentennial, The Vincent Price Film Festival Lineup Announced

18 March 2011 1:23 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Schedule for the Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival in St. Louis has been announced. May 27th is the 100th birthday of the most iconic actor to hail from St. Louis so Cinema St. Louis will be throwing a film festival in his honor to celebrate. Here’s the lineup:

Thursday May 19:

7:30pm- The Fly (1958) to be presented at Missouri History Museum’S

MacDermott Grand Hall. With activities, a cash bar, and a special bonus at the door for Vincent Price look-a-likes. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for an 8:30 p.m. screening of The Fly. Admission is free.

The Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival then moves to the The Hi-Pointe Theater for the next three days.

Friday May 20:

7:00pm – The Last Man On Earth (1964) will be presented in a stunning 35mm print to be preceded by Tim Burton’s 6-minute stop-motion animation short Vincent. »

- Tom Stockman

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The horror princess: Caroline Munro

2 March 2011 2:35 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

One of the highlights of my trip to Whitby in October 2010 for the Hammer Horror Exhibition was meeting someone who once a teenage crush of mine - Caroline Munro. Still breathtakingly beautiful, the stylish former Hammer glamour girl and one-time face of those famous Navy Rum posters, is also a polite, well spoken and utterly charming lady who clearly has a lot of time for her fans. Not surprisingly I went weak at the knees when I met her; I guess schoolboy crushes never truly fade away!

Thanks to her stunning looks, Caroline could easily alternate from sexy heroine to even sexier villainess even if her soft English rose voice was often dubbed over with something more suited to her bad girl image. Sadly her screen potential was never fully realised, but despite not achieving the major film stardom she really deserved, her popularity among genre fans remains very high. »

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