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Thorold Dickinson (1903-1984) was almost forgotten at the time of his death, but in his heyday as a director, and subsequently as a pioneer of film studies, was one of the most important figures in British cinema. The High Command (1936), was acclaimed by Graham Greene; The Next of Kin (1942) is one of the most important films of the Second World War; Lindsay Anderson's Making a Film is a diary of the production of Dickinson's political thriller The Secret People (1952). The Queen of Spades (1949), a stylish, polished melodrama based on the Pushkin novella, is his most accomplished film, and it's good to have it back on the big screen. Anton Walbrook is outstanding as the impoverished, embittered engineer officer in the tsarist army, set apart by his poverty from his aristocratic fellow officers and attempting to get rich by obtaining the demonic gambling secrets of an ancient countess (Edith Evans »
- Philip French
No 77: Grace Kelly 1929-82
Born in Philadelphia, the beautiful daughter of a model and a self-made Irish-American multi-millionaire who won gold medals as an Olympic oarsman, Kelly was Hollywood's ice queen of the McCarthy era, a cold war figure of upper-middle-class Catholic rectitude. One uncle was the vaudeville star Walter Kelly, another the Pulitzer-winning playwright, George Kelly, and she determined on an acting career while at college. In the late 40s and early 50s she worked as a model and on live New York TV. She entered the movies playing a minor role in Fourteen Hours in 1951, just after the banishment of Ingrid Bergman, the Hitchcock blonde who preceded her, and she retired in 1956, the year Bergman returned in triumph.
She grew up in a world of cafe society where show people, media folk, the nouveau-riches and other conspicuous consumers mingle, and she didn't leave it when, in a carefully engineered marriage, »
This week sees the Us release of The Road. Adapted from the Cormac McCarthynovel, it follows the story of a man and his son struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic environment. The man is played by Viggo Mortensen.
Relatively unknown before winning the role of Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he has done well to shake off the shadow of the popular series with critically acclaimed roles in films like A History of Violence. Pre-lotr his biggest part was in Young Guns II, riding alongside a pre-csi William Petersen. Then his first major supporting role, in the 1998 thriller A Perfect Murder.
Michael Douglas is Steven Taylor, a successful business man. His complex investment portfolio is starting to collapse, meaning he will need his wife’s financial stability to remain afloat. Unfortunately, his younger wife Emily (Gwyneth Paltrow) has embarked on a tumultuous affair with a struggling artist, »
- Barry Steele
James Stewart, Grace Kelly in Rear Window Turner Classic Movies‘ Grace Kelly series continues this Thursday, Nov. 12, with three of Kelly’s biggest hits, all from 1954: Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, and The Country Girl. Kelly, who died in 1982 following a car accident in Monaco, would have turned 80 on Nov. 12. Some consider Dial M for Murder a minor Alfred Hitchcock effort. Personally, I find it more enjoyable than Hitchcock’s revered Rear Window. Part of the reason is a pair of deadly scissors found in the former but not in the latter; yet, I’d say that the chief reason is that neither one of Kelly’s leading men in Dial M for Murder is James Stewart. Instead, [...] »
- Andre Soares
Last night we were treated to the annual Halloween special of The Simpsons which is now up to the "Treehouse of Horror Xx." Yeah, nothing makes us feel older than seeing two Xx's after that title.
Luckily, The Simpsons proved that twenty Halloween specials were not too many and the episode proved to be a fantastic one. The episode was broken into three stories: "Dial 'M' for Murder," "Don't Have a Cow, Mankind," and "The Musical."
Our personal favorite was the second, in which the town of Springfield became zombies and the Simpsons had to protect Bart when they found out he was the cure. Great episode and some great Simpsons quotes.
Here's just some of our favorites from the episode:
Homer Simpson: Lighten up ladies, it's not cheating if you're wearing a costume | permalink Principal Skinner: Lisa Simpson in detention? My horoscope told me I'd see something interesting today, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (The Barnacle)
Chicago – Even the most diehard fans of “The Simpsons,” a group of which I would proudly call myself a member, would admit that the last few seasons of the show have been disappointing at best and, at times, downright bad (especially the current season we’re in, which has produced fewer laughs than anything on Fox Sunday nights). The annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode has usually been a reliable standby, a bright spot even in weak seasons. If “Treehouse of Horror Xx” is the bright spot of this season, it’s going to be the worst in the history of the show.
Television Rating: 1.5/5.0
For years, starting around season twelve (and that may be generous), “Simpsons” fans like myself used to fall back on a crutch that went something like “Even sub-par “The Simpsons” is better than most TV.” Sure, we knew that the writing wasn’t nearly as clever »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
In Joe Dante’s latest film, The Hole (to be released in 2010, see our review here), two brothers (Chris Massoglia and Nathan Gamble) discover a bottomless hole in their basement. After opening it, they awaken an evil force that preys upon their deepest fears: clowns, the chilling return of lost, loved ones and other surprises. So what would director Joe Dante (pictured left on the cover of Fangoria #38) see reaching out for him if he were to peer down into the abyss?
“My fears related to giant insects and the bomb dropping,” he reveals. “In the era that I grew up, we pretty much lived under the idea that at any minute the world could end. I remember in grade school, we would walk in and kids would say that the bomb could drop right now and we’d all be dead. And so, it’s just something you carry »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Glenn Kay)
DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed No major new reviews this week, but if you have some time I too a rather extensive look at the Warner Bros. Archive title Don't Be Afraid of the Dark yesterday. It's a film being remade with Guillermo del Toro producing and may be of interest as well as it will introduce you to Warner's attempt to creatively distribute some of their never-before-released titles on DVD. You can check that piece out right here if you are interested. Paramount Blu-ray Sapphire Series
Braveheart / Gladiator I am expecting to have review copies of these two in my hands any day now, and I will hustle through them as fast as I can. However, considering the two titles in question I would expect many of you are already eying one or both of them. I know I would definitely be looking »
- Brad Brevet
Curious to know what frightful films and devilish discs will be available to view in the privacy of your own digital dungeon this week? Fango's got you covered.
Below the jump you'll find the full list of titles arriving in-stores this Tuesday, September 1, 2009 in our weekly version of the famous Fangoria Chopping List - updated with all the last-minute additions and deletions. Want a glimpse into the future? Click here for the master list, which just received a major update on titles through September!
Note: Clickable links lead to Amazon.com Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas - Lionsgate
Considered to be one of America's most notorious serial killers, Henry Lee Lucas admitted to committing over 350 murders with partner and fellow serial killer Ottis Toole while drifting through multiple states in the American South from 1975 until his arrest in 1983.
Earth Day - R Squared Films
Earth Day tells the tale of a »
- email@example.com (James Zahn)
9 items from 2009
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