14 items from 2016
The Law Is A Ass # 398
Then I remembered. I was watching Notorious, the new TV series about a high-end defense attorney and a high-powered TV news producer in La teaming up during a high-profile murder trial. ABC ran Notorious in its revamped Tgit line-up. It wanted something like the Shonda Rhimes shows Grey’s Anatomy or How to Get Away With Murder but without the Rhimes or reason. Or the skill. Notorious wasn’t even as good as a Shonda Rhimes show and I haven’t been able to make it through one episode of any of her shows without looking for the Kevorkian machine.
In the first episode of Notorious, one of the clients of Jake Gregorian, the high-end defense attorney, had a problem. No, not the »
- Bob Ingersoll
From desire in the sand-swept dunes of northern Africa to intrigue in a bombed-and-blitzed London, Robert Zemeckis’ “Allied” aims to bring back the heady grandeur of World War II espionage romances, whipping up a fair amount of movie-mad nostalgia along the way. The spy-crossed lovers of Stephen Knight’s screenplay — Canadian airman Max (Brad Pitt) and French resistance fighter Marianne (Marion Cotillard), tasked to play husband and wife on a dangerous mission — are the kinds of pretend-meets-passion roles you could easily imagine Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman making indelibly satisfying, in the vein of a “Casablanca” or “Notorious.” But a fine. »
- Robert Abele
Alfred Hitchcock was not above a remake. Or adaptations. Or self referencing. But this latest news is taking things too far in posthumous Hitchcock mania. A new show called Welcome to Hitchcock is going to "reimagine" Hitchcock stories one season-long mystery/crime at a time. The news gets worse: Chris Columbus will direct the pilot. Because, you know, Columbus has always excelled at taut psychologically provocative suspense (wtf?).
Sigh. After all the Hitchcock rip-offs and "sequels" and homages and "recreations" over the years, we do not need a ten episode reimagining of Psycho or Rear Window or Notorious; they're perfect the way they are. With the TV-making community scrambling to jump on the hot hot hot anthology train we all should have assumed that remakes were next. But if they must do this, let's hope they find a young director with an actual voice and gift for suspense to flesh »
- NATHANIEL R
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
A print of James and the Giant Peach »
- Nick Newman
★★★☆☆ "I am Ingrid. This is my story." Without any air of superiority these straightforward intentions rather understate the life less ordinary laid bare during Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words. They do reflect, however, the sincere humility and honesty of a subject who is equally as captivating in a biographical documentary charting her own life as she was over the course of a glittering career. Via Alicia Vikander's softly spoken narration we are very soon on first name terms with one of world cinema's all-time leading ladies. Those looking for a by-the-numbers rundown of Bergman's greatest hits - Casablanca, Joan of Arc, Notorious, Journey to Italy - may rise an eyebrow at the limited time afforded them.
Costa-Gavras sets his focus on right-wing political terror in the American heartland, where FBI agent Debra Winger finds farmer Tom Berenger at the head of a clan of murderous white supremacists. Our friends and neighbors! Betrayed Blu-ray Olive Films 1988 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 127 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring Debra Winger, Tom Berenger, John Heard, Betsy Blair, John Mahoney, Ted Levine, Jeffrey DeMunn, Albert Hall, David Clennon, Robert Swan, Richard Libertini. Cinematography Patrick Blossier Film Editor Joële Van Effenterre Original Music Bill Conti Written by Joe Eszterhas Produced by Irwin Winkler Directed by Costa-Gavras
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Filmmaker Cost-Gavras occupies a high roost where political activism is concerned. His most popular films 'Z', Stage of Siege, The Confession and Missing put strong values before wide audiences in the Nixon and Reagan years, when few major filmmakers would go near such touchy subjects. 1988's Betrayed is »
- Glenn Erickson
Booth tried to hide his need for glasses while the team chased a murderer and a jewel thief, and Hodgins made an amazing discovery on Bones Season 11 Episode 21.
Our TV Fanatics Ashley Sumerel and Christine Orlando are joined by Pam from Cbr Radio to talk poltergeists, men in glasses, and their favorite scenes from “The Jewel in the Crown.”
Did you think there was a poltergeist, seismic tremors or something else entirely?
Pam: No, I thought it was something to do with the body they found and wasn't even thinking that it was Hodgins’ body/legs causing the freak things happening. Delighted that he is feeling movement and hope he walks again.
Ashley: I figured it was something else. Actually, I really figured it was something to do with Hodgins' healing process, and thank goodness it was that and not actually a poltergeist!
Christine: I don’t believe in ghosts »
- Christine Orlando
Luis Bunuel, Jean-Luc Godard, Terence Malick, Wes Anderson, Jonathan Demme, Robert Altman, Alfred Hitchcock… and now John Waters. Baltimore’s infamous auteur is set to join those illustrious filmmakers in The Criterion Collection —the boutique label has given a fresh restoration to one of the director’s most notorious and long out-of-print works. Read More: The Best & The Rest: […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
His hometown is celebrating Archie Leach’s transformation into the 20th century’s most charming and debonair movie star – but in real life he was more bad boy than sweetheart
Cary Grant, Hollywood’s most dry and dapper gentleman, was full of secrets. Even now, when we can easily read all about his adventures – the five wives, the gay relationships, the rows with the Academy, the chemical experimentation – it’s a surprise to learn that Hitchcock’s stiff-necked hero was more of a bad boy than a sweetheart. That’s because his smooth appearance on screen is a seductive path to an idea of old-school movie charm, the twinkly-eyed gent in a dress shirt we’d like to clink martinis with. But deep down, the real appeal of Cary Grant is that we know he’s not as conventional or as saccharine as that at all.
Over 10 days, the Cary Grant »
- Pamela Hutchinson
It’s safe to say most filmmakers today have learned something from Alfred Hitchcock, if not been directly influence. The master filmmaker's resumé speaks for itself — “Rear Window,” “Psycho,” “Rebecca,” “Notorious,” “Strangers on a Train,” “Rope,” “The Birds,” “North by Northwest,” “Shadow of a Doubt” and “Dial M for Murder” — and his remarkable grasp on technical prowess in achieving big screen spectacle has been rarely matched. And among the things Hitchcock knew best about filmmaking was how to stage a scene, as broken down and analyzed by Nerdwriter1 in his latest video, “How Alfred Hitchcock Blocks A Scene.” Read More: Watch: 7-Minute Video Essay Explores Ensemble Staging In Bong Joon-Ho's 'Memories Of Murder' Taking a closer look at an early scene in “Vertigo” — the 1958 picture some cinephiles would argue is not only Hitchcock’s greatest work, but also quite possibly the best film of all-time — the nine-minute »
- Will Ashton
10 Cloverfield Lane has been shrouded in secrecy. Produced by Paramount and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, the details of the film have been carefully guarded. The full trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane was released just two months before it opens this Friday. Nothing specific about the plot has leaked; just that it is a sequel of sorts to that hit monster movie from 2008, Cloverfield.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Michelle, a young woman who wakes up after a car accident in a survival bunker. Disoriented and terrified, her captor or possibly savior, is Howard (John Goodman). He tells her that they have survived an apocalypse. Michelle's also surprised to find another occupant, Emit (John Gallagher Jr). That's all you really need to know before seeing the film. There are more than a few twists in 10 Cloverfield Lane.
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- Inside Film Correspondent
Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, and Ingrid Bergman: The 'Notorious' British (Hitchcock, Grant) and Swedish (Bergman) talent. British actors and directors in Hollywood; Hollywood actors and directors in Britain: Anthony Slide's 'A Special Relationship.' 'A Special Relationship' Q&A: Britain in Hollywood and Hollywood in Britain First of all, what made you think of a book on “the special relationship” between the American and British film industries – particularly on the British side? I was aware of a couple of books on the British in Hollywood, but I wanted to move beyond that somewhat limited discussion and document the whole British/American relationship as it applied to filmmaking. Growing up in England, I had always been interested in the history of the British cinema, but generally my writing on film history has been concentrated on America. I suppose to a certain extent I wanted to go back into my archives, »
- Andre Soares
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
14 items from 2016
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