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“You know, we’re not making a movie. We’re constructing an organ…the kind of organ that you see in the theatre. And we press this chord and now the audience laughs, we press that chord and they gasp, and we press these notes and they chuckle.” – Alfred Hitchcock to North By Northwest screenwriter Ernest Lehman.
You know the scenes. You know the music. You know every one-liner and suave expression from Cary Grant’s debonair face. There isn’t much that hasn’t already been said about North By Northwest. Easily Alfred Hitchcock’s most noted “mistaken identity” thriller and, arguably, his greatest achievement in movie making, it lives up to the hype and holds its own against any film of the like that comes out today. Fifty years after its release, it remains the crowning achievement of the Hitchcock thrillers, and it does so much »
Today's birthday list doesn't make me feel celebratory so much as oscarighteously furious. Perhaps I should explain. It's only the four first birthday boys whipping me into a golden frenzy. Then things calm down.
Claude, Ann and Dick
Todays Birthdays 11/10
1889 Claude Rains, never won an Oscar. This despite being a great screen actor, whose filmography reads like a catalogue of Golden Age greatness. He's an actor who made indelible contributions to not 1, not 2 but 7 Best Picture nominees, a number that doesn't even reflect films like Notorious, Now Voyager, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Mrs. Skeffington or The Greatest Story Ever Told. He didn't even get an honorary statue!
1928 Ennio Moriccone has never won an Oscar. This despite being a world reknowned composer, being worshipped by film fanatics and revolutionizing how people scored Westerns. »
- NATHANIEL R
There was talk earlier this year that it wasn't in the studios' best interest to continue to release classic films on DVD/Blu-ray as the demand for them was dwindling and the cost of restoration was climbing. The article in question even quotes Warner Home Video senior vice president George Feltenstein saying "most of the studios have pretty much said 'Screw it, we're out of here, we're not going to do this.'" Strangely enough, it just so happens Warner Home Video is the home entertainment studio releasing the very first Alfred Hitchcock film on Blu-ray, 50 years after its theatrical release with a restoration price tag I have read cost upwards of $1 million. Perhaps studios are slowing down the release of their classic films, but with Warner's recent Blu-ray release of The Wizard of Oz, the upcoming release of Gone With the Wind and this release of North by Northwest »
- Brad Brevet
It's always a little bit unusual to celebrate the birthday of somebody who has already passed away, but in this case an exception is necessary. On August 13, 1899, a boy was born to a fruit importer and a poultry merchant named Hitchcock. They named their son Alfred, and over the course of his life, he would reinvent the cinema more than any director in film history. His body of work reads like an essential film library: "Notorious," "Shadow of a Doubt," "Rope," "Suspicion" and "Lifeboat" are all classics, and they only represent a fraction of his output in the 1940s alone. The most incredible thing about Hitchcock is the fact that he lived through (and was a part of) most every film development of the 20th century, moving from the very invention of cinema to the introduction of sound to the development of color. He lent depth to huge Hollywood stars »
- Kyle Anderson
Imagine my surprise when I realized that this is not a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock film. Actually, I do understand why George Tillman, Jr. felt like "Notorious" was the right title for his biopic on Christopher Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls. What's funny is just how non-scandalous Wallace seems in this treatment of his life story. As played by Jamal Woolard, Biggie is sort of a soft-hearted mama's boy, a ghetto entrepeneur who sees drugs and music as purely commerical prospects. Most of the film's runtime traces the key relationships in his life, primarily with women. His »
From this Sunday, February 1 through Tuesday, March 3 Turner Classic Movies (TCM) begins their annual 31 Days of Oscar, which brings you night after night of Oscar winning and nominated films uncut and commercial free on TCM and I have put together for you a mini guide for films to look for each day so you can either sit down and enjoy them as they play or set your DVR to record them for later. Either way, this is a great way to knock off so many of those classic films from your must see list. First, how about the TCM video montage preview. Can you name the films?
Now, for the full schedule you can click here to download the Pdf or you can browse TCM's online calendar at the 31 Days of Oscar official site. Because one thing is for sure, even though I list films for every single day below »
- Brad Brevet
Sunday has rolled around again and that means that it’s Weekend Movie News Wrap Up time.
The Us public showed their lack of taste once more with Kevin James’ Paul Blart: Mall Cop capturing the top spot over the Martin Luther King weekend with an estimated $35 million. Badass Clint Eastwood drives Gran Torino into the runner-up position with a gross of $26 million over the four days. I’m betting 78 year old Clint could kick James’ ass in a fight. Can somebody arrange that, please?
Rap biopic Notorious made an excellent $24 million. »
- Niall Browne
Notorious Directed by: George Tillman Jr. Cast: Jamal Woolard, Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, Naturi Naughton Running Time: 2 hours Rating: R Plot: Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace (Woolard) – who, in just a few short years, shot from the tough streets of Brooklyn to the heights of hip-hop legend. Who’s It For? This is not a re-release or remake of the 1946 film Notorious, so Alfred Hitchcock fans shouldn't get too excited. This is a standard bio-pic, set in the hip hop world. Expectations: I am a fringe R&B fan, just knowing the hits of 50-Cent, Kanye West, and Eminem. I thought this was a good of way as any to get immersed into the life of Biggie Smalls. Scorecard (0-10) Actors: Jamal Woolard as Christopher 'Biggie' Wallace: He's got the 'big' part down. Woolard is a large man that »
8 items from 2009
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