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'The Commuter' Review: All Aboard Liam Neeson's Gleefully Absurd 'Taken' on a Train

'The Commuter' Review: All Aboard Liam Neeson's Gleefully Absurd 'Taken' on a Train
No matter how senseless the plots of his movies, Jaume Collet-Serra can direct the hell out of them – and The Commuter is no exception. The Spanish filmmaker, who wickedly used Blake Lively as shark bait in The Shallows, keeps the tension on such a high burner that you won't realize the whole thing doesn't add up until after you leave the theater. It teams Collet-Serra with star Liam Neeson for the fourth time, following Unknown, Non-Stop and Run All Night. Given the title, you might think The Commuter is merely Taken on a train.
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A Weakness for Complexity: An Interview with the Philosopher George M. Wilson

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In the late 1970s, an associate professor in the Philosophy department at Johns Hopkins (thesis title: "The Nature of the Natural Numbers") began publishing essays on Hollywood movies. George M. Wilson wasn't the first person to undergo this shift in specialism. At the start of the decade, Stanley Cavell had published The World Viewed, a series of "reflections on the ontology of film." But Cavell had always been concerned with how works of art enable us to think through philosophical themes such as knowledge and meaning, and he held a chair, at Harvard, in Aesthetics. Wilson differed in that he brought a range of analytic gifts to an ongoing revolution: the close reading of American cinema, conceived as part of the "auteur" policy of Truffaut and other writers at Cahiers du cinéma in the 1950s, and concertedly developed in the following decades by critics in England such as V. F.
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‘Harry Clarke’ Theater Review: Billy Crudup Visits a Patricia Highsmith Landscape

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Patricia Highsmith didn’t write plays. Fortunately, David Cale does write them, and his new one, “Harry Clarke,” received its world premiere Tuesday at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre. As the character Harry Clarke tells us early in this one-person thriller starring Billy Crudup, “I don’t understand why anyone would read reviews. Why would you want to know what’s going to happen?” He has a point. It’s best not to know too much about “Harry Clarke” before seeing it, just as you wouldn’t want to know much about Highsmith’s “Strangers on a Train” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley
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Alfred Hitchcock – Opening Day

Marty Melville, an itinerant collector of arcane movie ephemera, wandered the wilderness of the internet lo these many years till one day he vanished with little but a geiger counter and an empty bottle of Blatz to mark his exit. Now he’s back among friends at Trailers From Hell. As you’ll see, all he needs is a good ad mat and he’ll be a happy spelunker. We hope you enjoy the humble results of his pursuits.

This week, a look at a few of Hitchcock’s opening days.

Rebecca – Thursday, March 28, 1940 / Foreign Correspondent – Tuesday, August 27, 1940

Shadow of a Doubt – January 12, 1943 / Notorious – Thursday, August 15, 1946

Strangers On a Train – Tuesday, July 3, 1951 / Rear Window – Wednesday, August 4, 1954

Tuesday, May 15, 1956 / Vertigo – Wednesday, May 28, 1958 (with some vampire movie hogging the limelight)

North By Northwest – Thursday, August 6, 1959 / Psycho – Thursday, June 16, 1960

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Alfred Hitchcock is Getting His Own Action Figure

Alfred Hitchcock is Getting His Own Action Figure
You can now own the “Master of Suspense” in plastic form. Appearing at the ongoing New York Comic-Con is the first look at ReAction’s new Halloween line, which includes this magnificent throwback Alfred Hitchcock figurine. Turn him to his side and celebrate his films that include Psycho, Rear Window, Vertigo, Strangers on a Train, and […]
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From VHS to VOD #5

We’ve covered plenty of obscure films available on iTunes in previous From VHS to VOD columns but Apple’s digital service is not the only VOD service making waves into the strange and obscure – there’s plenty of odd, unseen and unreleased (well unreleased on disc formats) films available on Amazon Video.

Unlike iTunes, a lot of the more obscure titles are only available for streaming rather than purchase, though the wide variety of films you don’t, and probably won’t see elsewhere makes up for that. Like iTunes there are some truly obscure films hidden away in the depths of Amazon’s vast collection of movies. Some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form!

So, with that said here’s highlight some of the best (well,
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Beauty vs Beast: Burbank in the Bubble

Jason from Mnpp here - just this morning I wished director Peter Weir (one of my favorites) a happy 73rd birthday on my own site, and it struck me that hitting up his 1998 classic The Truman Show (which at almost 20 years old can rightly be considered a "classic" now, can't it? God I am old) would make for a very fine installment of our "Beauty vs Beast" series. On the left we have Jim Carrey's second greatest performance as the manic man in the bubble Truman Burbank, and on the right we have one of Laura Linney's funniest supporting turns as his pretend wife turned hostage Meryl. And I know you all lean Lovely Linney (as a religion) but it's awfully hard to root for Meryl if you ask me...

Previously I'm actually a little bit surprised that you guys gave last week's Strangers on a Train competion
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Beauty vs Beast: Murder on the Orientation Express

Jason from Mnpp here with this week's "Beauty vs Beast" entertainment - I don't know if you've noticed by now that I will take any opportunity to talk about Alfred Hitchcock, but I will take any opportunity to talk about Alfred Hitchcock, and his birthday (which was yesterday) offers one of the best. Thankfully we've still plenty of choices - not many directors adored their villains like Hitch did, and so this series is a perfect fit.

And here's a good one! 1951's Strangers on a Train offers up one of Hitch's greatest bad guys in Bruno Antony, murder theorist and gay icon, played with giddy panache by Robert Walker. And Farley Granger's no slouch as the clearly-enticed-no-matter-how-hard-he-pretends-otherwise tennis-pro Guy Haines.

Previously It's one of her greatest roles so I'm not surprised that Joan Crawford stampeded her way to a win with last week's Johnny Guitar contest - she
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'Stitchers' Recap: Do Kirsten and Maggie Hold Up Their Ends of a Deal?

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'Stitchers' Recap: Do Kirsten and Maggie Hold Up Their Ends of a Deal?
Stitchers meets Strangers on a Train (but a version of it that uses a cell phone app) in this episode. But as the team investigates two murders in which they can find no apparent connection between the killers and their victims (or the killers or the victims), it leads to a not-so-happy reunion for one of them.

Elsewhere in "Kill It Forward," Kirsten, Cameron and Linus confront Ivy after finding proof that she ran the anomaly that almost killed her sister, but have they been wrong to trust her? And should Kirsten trust that Maggie will hold up her end of a deal she makes with her, to keep stitching in order to find out where the Nsa has taken her mother?
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'Strangers on a Train': THR's 1951 Review

'Strangers on a Train': THR's 1951 Review
On June 30, 1951, Alfred Hitchcock unveiled the suspense thriller Strangers on a Train in theaters. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below:

Strangers on a Train is an admirable demonstration of Alfred Hitchcock's virtuosity in the area of suspense dramas. Given an imaginative plot idea from which to build his shocker, Hitchcock proceeds in characteristic manner — using commonplace incidents and the long arm of coincidence as details by which he keeps the onlooker glued to his seat.

Curiously contrasted characters and locales play their parts in the Hitchcock strategy, making for an enormously entertaining show. Hitchcock generally avoids...
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They Live by Night

Don’t look to this noir for hardboiled cynicism – for his first feature Nicholas Ray instead gives us a dose of fatalist romance. Transposed from the previous decade, a pair of fugitives takes what happiness they can find, always aware that a grim fate waits ahead. The show is a career-making triumph and a real classic from Rko — which shelved it for more than a year.

They Live by Night

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1948 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 95 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date June 13, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Cathy O’Donnell, Farley Granger, Howard Da Silva, Jay C. Flippen, Helen Craig, Will Wright, William Phipps, Ian Wolfe, Harry Harvey, Marie Bryant, Byron Foulger, Erskine Sanford .

Cinematography: George E. Diskant

Film Editor: Sherman Todd

Original Music: Leigh Harline

Written by Charles Schnee, Nicholas Ray from the novel Thieves Like Us by Edward Anderson

Produced by John Houseman

Directed by Nicholas Ray
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The Lodger (1927)

Hitchcock’s first self-professed ‘Hitch’ picture is still a winner. Many of his recurring themes are present, and some of his visual fluidity – in this finely tuned commercial ‘shock’ movie with witty visual tricks from Hitchcock’s own background as an art director. And hey, he secured a real box office name to star as the mysterious maybe-slayer, ‘The Avenger.’

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

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The Criterion Collection 885

1927 / B&W + Color tints / 1:33 Silent Ap / 91 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date June 27, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Ivor Novello, June Tripp, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney, Malcolm Keen.

Cinematography: Gaetano di Ventimiglia

Film Editor + titles: Ivor Montagu

Assistant director: Alma Reville

Written by Eliot Stannard from the book by Marie Belloc Lowndes

Produced by Michael Balcon and Carlyle Blackwell

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock became the most notable English film director for all the right reasons — he was talented and creative,
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Exclusive: Director Chris Smith on road movie Detour

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Author: Hannah Woodhead

You might not know the name Chris Smith, but you’ll probably have seen at least one of his films. In 2004 he made the tube (even more?) terrifying with horror movie Creep, and a decade later he took on Father Christmas in the underrated Get Santa. With a varied filmography spanning horror, comedy, and historical action under his belt, Chris has gone stateside for his latest film – a neo-noir road trip movie starring Tye Sheridan, Emory Cohen and Bel Powley. We caught up with him for a quick chat about writing and directing Detour, and what he’s moving onto next.

Were there any films in particular that inspired the stylistic feel of Detour, and how much of the film did you visualise when working on the script?

That’s a very good question. In terms of the visual style, everything starts for me from the narrative style,
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Hitchcock/Truffaut – Review

I was 12 years old in 1968. One of my favorite places was the library, in those days the closest library to us was the Tesson Ferry Branch in South St. Louis County. My most prized possession was my library card.

My Mother used to drop me off there on a Saturday or a summer weekday and I would spend the whole day reading. One of those days I pulled a book off the shelf called Hitchcock/Truffaut and sat down to read it. I knew who Alfred Hitchcock was from his television show, and from his monthly Mystery Magazine as well as anthologies that I was reading avidly, Tales That Frightened Even Me, More Tales for the Nervous and, my favorite, Stories to be Read After Dark.

I was aware that Alfred Hitchcock was most renowned for directing movies. I had seen a few on television, Saboteur was a mainstay on Kplr TV,
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Amber Heard to Star in Agnieszka Holland’s “The Kind Worth Killing”

Amber Heard in “Syrup”: Magnolia Pictures

Amber Heard is teaming up with Polish auteur Agnieszka Holland. Heard will topline Holland’s upcoming crime thriller “The Kind Worth Killing,” Deadline reports. The feature hails from Chockstone Pictures and Nick Wechsler Productions.

The Kind Worth Killing” is based on Peter Swanson’s 2015 novel of the same name, which has earned comparisons to Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl on the Train,” recently adapted into a movie starring Emily Blunt, and Patricia Highsmith’s classic “Strangers on a Train,” the source material for the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock film.

The novel centers on Lily, “a mysterious and stunning killer who meets Ted Severson on a late-night flight from London to Boston,” Deadline summarizes. “Ted confesses that he’s had thoughts about murdering his unfaithful wife. Lily offers to help, and the two form a strange, twisted bond while plotting his wife’s demise.”

“[I’m] really intrigued by this story. It’s full of paradoxes and I love paradoxes,” Holland has said of “The Kind Worth Killing.” “The main heroine is tough as steel, but also as fragile as glass. Is she a victim? A psychopath? An avenger? What a great role for a talented actress!” She continued, “The storyline is unpredictable, the genre feels fresh. A psychological thriller, which sometimes veers off towards black comedy, mixing humor with gore, genuine emotions with a detective mystery.”

Holland’s “In Darkness” was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Oscars, and she received a nod in 1992 for her “Europa Europa” script, which she also directed. Her most recent film, “Spoor,” premiered at the Berlinale this year, where it won the Silver Bear. Holland has directed episodes of series such as “The Killing,” “Treme,” “House of Cards,” and “The Affair.”

Penned by Christopher Kyle (“Serena,” “Alexander”), “The Kind Worth Killing” is being produced by Wechsler, Paula Mae Schwartz, and Steve Schwartz.

Heard’s credits include “The Adderall Diaries,” “The Danish Girl,” and “Magic Mike Xxl.” She’ll play Mera, the Queen of Atlantis, in the highly anticipated “Justice League” movie, opening November 17.

Amber Heard to Star in Agnieszka Holland’s “The Kind Worth Killing” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Train of thought by Anne-Katrin Titze

Daniel Clowes had Patricia Highsmith and Alfred Hitchcock on his mind for Wilson: "He's like a different version of the Robert Walker character in Strangers on a Train …" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

A comment to director Craig Johnson and screenwriter/graphic novelist Daniel Clowes on Laura Dern's tattoos for her character Pippi in Wilson, led us to Robert Crumb, Tony Danza, Van Halen, and Pippi Longstocking. Woody Harrelson is Wilson, Pippi's ex-husband, and they have a daughter, Claire (Isabella Amara). Judy Greer plays Shelly, Wilson's dog sitter for Pepper and Cheryl Hines was once his sister-in-law.

Craig Johnson: "I like that in the Laura Dern version, Pippi is just this freckly faced, smiling can-do girl." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Not a shy man, Wilson likes to talk to all kinds of strangers. On an empty train, on the swing at the playground, in the men's room at an amusement park.
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SXSW Interview — ‘La Barracuda’ Is A Bold, Unique Take on the Texas Family Drama

An enlightening conversation with the team behind one of the best films at this year’s SXSW.

Patricia Highsmith is Texas-born. A lot of people think she’s English, or from New York or something, but she’s Fort Worth born and bred.” Jason Cortlund, who along with Julia Halperin wrote and directed the SXSW narrative competition entry La Barracuda, is telling me about how the famed writer of The Talented Mr. Ripley and Strangers on a Train was an influence on the film’s screenplay. Indeed, Cortlund and Halperin’s engrossing Austin-set thriller evokes shades of those page-turning mysteries, albeit with a Texas-fried perspective that is entirely their own. La Barracuda is one of those films you can only hope to catch at a festival, an utterly new take on familiar conventions that leaves you with the unshakeable feeling that you have witnessed a breakout for all involved. You’ve seen the dysfunctional Texas family drama
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Vertigo Screens at The Hi-Pointe Saturday Morning – Here are Alfred Hitchcock’s Ten Best Movies

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo screens at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater this weekend as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s Saturday, March 11th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117. The film will be introduced by Harry Hamm, movie reviewer for Kmox. Admission is only $5

This gives us a perfect excuse to re-run this top ten list so here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are Alfred Hitchcock’s ten best films:

Frenzy

Frenzy, Hitchcock’s next to last feature film from 1972, represented a homecoming of sorts since it was the first film completely shot in his native England since his silents and early ” talkies ” in the 1930’s. By dipping into the then somewhat new territory of serial killers, he took full advantage of the new cinema freedoms and truly earned his ‘ R ‘ MPAA rating.
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Liam Neeson-Fronted Thriller The Commuter Bumped To 2018

From the moment Pierre Morel’s Taken unlocked a very particular set of skills in Liam Neeson, the actor’s résumé has been a roller-coaster ride of triumphant highs (The Grey) and disappointing lows (Takens 2 and 3). But a patchy record has in no way cooled Neeson’s interest in the action genre, as he’ll soon be back, back, back, as an unassuming insurance salesman for The Commuter.

Pitched as North by Northwest meets Strangers on a Train, Jaume Collet-Serra’s high-speed thriller was originally slated for a release in October, but we now have confirmation that The Commuter‘s journey won’t begin in earnest until January 12th, 2018. That’s a date it currently shares with Paramount’s animated flick Sherlock Gnomes, White Boy Rick and The Maze Runner: The Death Cure, which was hit with a delay of its own following Dylan O’Brien’s serious set accident.
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‘The Commuter’: Lionsgate Moves Liam Neeson Thriller To January

‘The Commuter’: Lionsgate Moves Liam Neeson Thriller To January
Lionsgate said today that The Commuter, its thriller starring Liam Neeson, has moved from an October bow to January 12. Vera Farmiga co-stars as a mysterious woman who boards a commuter train and proposes an enticing opportunity to Neeson's character — one that has dire circumstances if he accepts. The film has Hitchcock-ian elements like North by Northwest and Strangers on a Train. Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern and Jonathan Banks co-star in the film from…
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