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Moonrise Kingdom director says he would consider making a 3D film; and would like to turn his new short for Prada into a series set around the world.
Wes Anderson discussed 3D, animation and an idea for a series of shorts at the Rome Film Festival this evening [Nov 13], where he introduced the world premiere of a short sponsored by Italian fashion label Prada.
Together with cinematographer Darius Khondji, they worked on Castello Cavalcanti, an eight-minute short centred on racing driver Jed Cavalcanti and set during Italy’s Molte Miglia rally in September 1955.
Shot at Rome’s famous Cinecitta studios, where Federico Fellini made La Dolce Vita, it opens with Cavalcanti (Schwartzman) crashing his car in a village square, where the racing driver soon discovers he has a connection with the people »
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Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.
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Directed by Terence Young
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Chicago – Revered horror director Dario Argento has numerous classics to his name, including “Suspiria” and “Deep Red,” which have cemented him to a designation in which filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, Brian De Palma, and James Wan cite him as an influence. As a writer, he has numerous co-writing credits, including story work on “Once Upon a Time in the West” with Bernardo Bertolucci and the film’s director, Sergio Leone.
Following 2009’s “Giallo,” Argento returns to the horror genre with his latest film, “Argento’s Dracula,” which is currently available to rent on iTunes, and is expanding across the country to limited theaters. Utilizing the same stereoscopic 3D cameras that Martin Scorsese used to make “Hugo,” the film marks a new visual venture for Argento, who previously wanted to remake his film “Deep Red” in 3D, but lost that project when “Giallo” failed commercially.
“Argento’s Dracula” (known also as »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week:
What's It About? James Wan's "The Conjuring" follows the paranormal hauntings of a Rhode Island farmhouse, based on the real life events documented by investigators of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga). When the Perron family moves into a new home they begin experiencing loud pounding noises and eerie occurrences that force them to contact the Warren's to help rid them of their home's evil essence.
Why We're In: "The Conjuring" wasn't just one of the best scary movies in years for its hefty amount of solid jumps and scares, but it also took full advantage of the horror genre. Wan's film paid homage to old-school scary movies by implementing the horror tactics we love, bringing a refreshing creativity to exhausted cliches.
Watch: Go behind-the-scenes on "The Conjuring" (Video)
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- Erin Whitney
San Francisco Symphony salutes Alfred Hitchcock: Halloween movies and Hitchcock movie music (photo: San Francisco Symphony and Cary Grant in ’North by Northwest’) The San Francisco Symphony will celebrate Alfred Hitchcock movies and their music scores beginning at 8 p.m. on Halloween eve, October 30, 2013, at Davies Symphony Hall. During Hitchcock Film Week, the San Francisco Symphony will perform the scores for Hitchcock’s Psycho, The Lodger: A Tale of the London Fog, and the world premiere presentation of Vertigo’s full score performed live, in addition to excerpts from To Catch a Thief, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, and North by Northwest. Alfred Hitchcock’s granddaughter Tere Carrubba will introduce the Psycho presentation on October 30. Hitchcock received his fifth and final Best Director Academy Award nomination for this cheaply made — but highly successful — 1960 thriller starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Janet Leigh. »
- Andre Soares
Recently blinded Susan (Alison Pill, of The Newsroom) is first manipulated and then terrorized in her basement apartment by three con men searching for a lost doll of great value that had been unknowingly slipped to her absent husband. Insecure and not a little bitter, the vulnerable Susan must muster her resources to outmaneuver her tormentors, turn her disability to advantage, and survive. This 1966 success by Frederick Knott (Dial M for Murder) originally starred Lee Remick and Robert Duvall under the direction of Arthur Penn (just before he started work on Bonnie and Clyde). It was filmed the following
- Myron Meisel
With Jordan Barker’s psychological horror feature Torment set for its world premiere on Friday, October 11, at 7:30pm at the celebrated Screamfest La, read on for our exclusive chat with the director and his star, Katharine Isabelle (American Mary), along with some stills!
Produced by Barker, Borga Dorter and Allan Fung from a script by Michael Foster and Thomas Pound, Torment stars Isabelle, Robin Dunne (of the television series "Sanctuary") and Stephen McHattie (300). The story revolves around newlyweds Cory (Dunne) and Sarah Morgan (Isabelle), who take Cory's seven-year-old son, Liam, to their country home for some much needed family time. When it appears as if Liam has run away, psychological suspense becomes straight-out horror, as Sarah and Cory must now confront a sadistic, cult-like family who have been hiding in the house all along and have taken Liam for themselves.
Speaking with director Barker, whose previous credits include My »
- Sean Decker
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival is to host sidebar programmes for restored classics and Indian cinema.
Sidebar ‘Pieces of Time: Classic Odysseys. The Art of Preserving and Restoring Cinema’ will include Dial M for Murder, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Red Shoes and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The festival runs from Oct 24 to Nov 2. »
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House of Wax from 1953 has the distinction of being one of the first color 3D films released by a major studio. In the new 60th Anniversary Blu-Ray from Warner Brothers, you can watch the film in its original format; if, that is, you happen to be in possession of a 3D television and Blu-Ray player. Even without the benefit of 3D, House of Wax is a enjoyable and lurid slice of 1950s cinema, featuring Vincent Price and numerous severed heads.
Price is Professor Henry Jarrod, a brilliant wax sculptor who’s a bit too attached to some of his creations. He’s a decent person, though, right up until his wax museum partner Matthew Burke (Roy Roberts) burns down the exhibit for the insurance money, trapping Jarrod and his creations. Alive but horribly scarred, Jarrod transforms into a murderous madman. He takes his revenge on Burke and then sets about »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
By Lee Pfeiffer
Last evening I had the pleasure of being invited to attend the New York Philharmonic's tribute to the films of Alfred Hitchcock. The unique two-night event at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center had commenced on Tuesday with an evening hosted by Alec Baldwin (who helped conceive of the tribute's format.) Last evening, the closing night's performance was hosted by Sam Waterson, who provided insights into the films chosen for inclusion and the composers who created the memorable scores. Under the banner The Art of the Score, master conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos lead orchestra in a presentation of flawlessly performed original music from specific Hitchcock films in synch with dialogue from the film clips shown. It's an impressive feat, given the fact that being off timing by a mere second could wreak havoc on the concept. The film scores honored were To Catch a Thief (Lyn Murray »
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The teaser for Grace of Monaco has finally arrived and it is one money shot of Goddess and/or Opulence and/or Fyc Advertisement after another, all to further iconize Grace Kelly through another film icon Nicole Kidman.
It's an actressexual oroborus and I be gobbling it up.
Gobbling it up whilst fretting about the reviews and response to come. I'm not so secretly dreading the onslaught of negativity about 'how dare Kidman play Princess Grace' when discerning cinephiles or anyone who has actually watched their respective filmographies will surely understand that Kidman > Kelly. And anyone who can look past glamour iconography will surely understand that Grace Kelly was only 25 years old for 12 months of her life... that just happened to be the year of her life when the bulk of movies she's remembered for appeared (Rear Window, The Country Girl, Dial M For Murder) and looked different later on after leaving Hollywood. »
- NATHANIEL R
She passed away over 30 years ago, but Princess Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly) still captures the hearts of people the world over. She had a substantial film, television and modeling career before she married Prince Rainier III in 1956. Grace was one of Hitchcock's golden girls, having appeared in Dial M for Murder, Rear Window and To Catch a Thief. The director tried to convince her to accept a role in Marnie several years after she began her reign in Monaco, but she turned down the project fearing public disapproval. Hitch didn't take too kindly to the news. Olivier Dahan will tell her story in the upcoming Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as the princess. The film will span her Hollywood career, marriage and the French invasion of Monaco during the...
- Alison Nastasi
Just when you thought the pirate subgenre was all played out, back it comes in a big way and from a rather surprising source. The Fugitive director Andrew Davis has revealed that he’s working on a contemporary adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic pirate novel Treasure Island.
Doing the rounds for the 20th Anniversary Blu-Ray and DVD of The Fugitive, Davis has had a chance to begin discussing some of his new projects. The adaptation of Treasure Island will be called Thieves Fortune and will take place in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The hunt will be on for pirate Jean Lafitte’s treasure, presumably melding the original concerns of the novel (a young boy who puts his trust in men that turn out to be pirates) with contemporary concerns. It’s intended to be family-friendly, moving further and further from the more violent films that »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Grocer's daughter Alice White kills a man in self-defence when he tries to sexually assault her. Her policeman boyfriend covers up for her, but she has been spotted leaving the scene by a petty criminal who tries to blackmail her.
Alfred Hitchcock, prior to his acclaimed Hollywood masterpieces such as Vertigo, Psycho and Strangers on a Train, had his roots within the German and British cinema system. This month the BFI are celebrating his silent films in the aptly titled ‘Hitchcock Silents’ season. Blackmail, particularly, is a milestone in British cinema as it is considered one of the first “all-talkie” films – and yet I viewed the film as a silent. Indeed, Hitchcock created two versions; one loud-and-proud “all-talkie” version and another (for those cinemas not fully-fitted for sound) silent version. »
- Flickering Myth
Growing up on films like When a Stranger Calls, Black Christmas, The Last House on the Left (which I saw waaaay too young) and even to a degree, Dial M for Murder, I’ve always found home invasion stories to be highly effective.
After all, what’s more terrifying than the idea of someone breaking into your home or sanctuary, the one place you should feel the safest? Nothing hits harder than that idea, which is why these types of horror movies have always resonated with me over the years. It’s time to lock the doors, check the windows, and take a look back at my five favorite modern home invasion movies since 2000.
- Heather Wixson
The telephone has a sordid history in cinema, dating back to Dial M for Murder and even earlier, and creepy callers were the subject of a previous FEARnet feature (if you missed it, be sure to check it out here). As we all know, any time the phone rings in a horror film, you can be sure that it’s Satan on the line. Part of what makes telephone calls in horror films so frightening is that the viewer typically cannot see who's tormenting the film’s protagonist. It’s the same basic idea as the unseen perpetrator; we fear that which we cannot see. Therefore, the telephone has been used for many a game of cat and mouse... and to terrify countless babysitters. In honor of one of the most nefarious tools of terror horror cinema has to offer, we count down eight of the most terrifying phone calls in horror. »
- Tyler Doupe
What is the fuss about Grace Kelly? That may seem a strange question to ask given Kelly's status as "screen legend", "fashion icon", "one of the most beautiful women in the world", and "fairytale princess". Kelly (whose first film with Alfred Hitchcock, Dial M for Murder, has just been re-released) is the subject of a new biopic starring Nicole Kidman. She has inspired biographies, exhibitions and documentaries. Since her death in 1982, her lustre hasn't diminished in the slightest. Nonetheless, look at her actual film career – the basis of her reputation – and what is jarring is how few movies she actually made and how small her roles were in many of them. »
It's August 13th, which means it's not only the anniversary of the day that Pope Paschal II succeeded Pope Urban, it's also the anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's birth. The director is known for making a cameo in nearly every movie he directed, and in honor of his birthday, we thought we'd take a look at the supercut that features all of them. While many of them are fairly straightforward, such as when he misses the bus in North by Northwest, the cameos were trickier in movies like Rope, Dial M for Murder, and Lifeboat where the action all takes place in confined quarters. And for anyone who is unfamiliar with the work of the "master of suspense," take a look at our guide to being conversant in Hitchcock to find out which of the director's movies should be on your Must List.
Link | Posted 8/13/2013 by Mandy
- Mandy McAdoo
Family films and franchise dependables are on the menu for school summer break, but Frances Ha saves the arthouse
The family film surge
When the opening weekend numbers came in for Monsters University, Disney UK might be forgiven a moment of panic: the £3.46m three-day tally was only the 12th biggest debut of 2013, and way behind the pace of recent Pixar hits. But with the long school summer holiday ahead of it, this was always going to be a marathon rather than a sprint, and opening in a heatwave clearly hadn't helped the initial number.
It's fair to speculate that the mood is more relaxed at Disney's Hammersmith, London HQ now that Monsters University has posted third-weekend takings of £3.11m, a highly encouraging 11% up on the second-frame haul of £2.79m. After 17 days of release, the animated prequel has grossed a solid £15.45m, with a nifty £6.82m achieved just in the last seven days. »
- Charles Gant
Women in Film: Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, and dozens of movie actresses in curious morphing montage A few dozen top international female movie stars, most of them Hollywood celebrities, are seen in the Women in Film morphing montage below created by Philip Scott Johnson. The faces belong to actresses from the 1910s to the early 21st century. (Image: The ‘Daughter’ of Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner — who sort of looks like a cross between Eleanor Parker and Cyd Charisse as well — in the Women in Film morphing montage.) Just as interesting as trying to identify each of the famous faces is stopping the video while the morphing is going on, so you get Daughter of Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner, or Daughter of Audrey Hepburn and Dorothy Dandridge, or Daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer and Sigourney Weaver. Some of those Daughters are quite pretty; others look like they’ve just landed on this planet. »
- Andre Soares
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