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Blu-ray Release Date: Aug. 13, 2013
Price: Blu-ray Tba
Studio: Twilight Time
In the film, Craig Wasson (The Boys in Company C) is Jake, a struggling actor in L.A. whose claustrophobia causes him to lose his latest job as the lead bloodsucker in a vampire flick (Jake can’t cope with the coffin scenes). Later that same day, Jakes also loses his longtime girlfriend and apartment, But not to worry—Jake’s new friend (Gregg Henry, Any Day Now) lends Jake his awesome pad up in the hills, which is outfitted with a telescope to so he can spy on his gorgeous neighbor Gloria (Deborah Shelton). But Jake’s voyeurism »
It’s no secret, though it’s often forgotten, that the heyday of art film — roughly speaking, the ’50s through the ’70s — depended, to a much larger degree than we may like to think, on the promise of erotic adventurousness, the kind that Hollywood couldn’t hope to match. I don’t mean to say that the European and Asian films that explored sexuality, sometimes the outer limits of sexuality, were glorified porn. It’s not just that we saw more flesh in them; it’s that we saw more of the internal experience that flesh is really about. Yet »
- Owen Gleiberman
Ranking Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movies from Best to Worst is always going to be a highly controversial endeavour. His filmography is so vast and he has many many popular pictures – not just the big ones like Vertigo and Rear Window, but he has cult followings for films such as Rope, Marnie and Life Boat. It is an impossible task to satisfy all of his fans.
I have tried in this feature to represent a wide range of Hitchcock pictures from his oeuvre. I have not ranked them according to my personal preference, but to a preference that I think will satisfy the majority of his fans. I have also decided to keep it to just ten movies.
It has not been an easy task and I doubt that it will please everyone but you can add your comments and dissent into the box below.
10. Topaz (1969)
Topaz is based on »
- Clare Simpson
It would be near impossible to find any list regarding the most influential directors of all time that didn’t include Alfred Hitchcock. Whether taking ideas from his British catalog or copying techniques he coined in the ’40s and ’50s, almost every filmmaker working today can trace one cinematic thing they’ve done back to Hitchcock.
This is not always a positive thing, however. Many filmmakers try and fail to emulate the Hitch, either by overselling a moment that would’ve played better with more subtlety or clogging a subdued scene with over saturated style or action.
The following looks at 10 filmmakers who tried to pay homage to The Master of Suspense and totally botched it, whether in a single film or over the course of an entire career…
- Kevin Terpstra
The Stooge is a proposed follow-up to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? that will team Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit together in a remake of the 1952 comedy of the same name starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. It is set to take place throughout five specific locations in Disneyland park, and will also bring both Walt Disney and Orson Welles back to life via motion-capture.
Still in the early development phases, this pitch comes from original Roger Rabbit creator Gary K. Wolf, author of the novel upon which Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is based. And it's a pitch that's meant to look as though it were coming from Roger himself. Working alongside development producer Erik Von Wodtke, the pair have created a series of concept art posters, revealing that they are also planning three new Roger Rabbit animated shorts that will be created in conjunction with The Stooge.
That art can be seen here, »
In 2007, director D.J. Caruso scored a significant hit with the Rear Window-esque Disturbia. Though neither of his follow-up films (Eagle Eye and I Am Number Four) achieved quite the net profit of Disturbia, Caruso has proven himself a reliable director of glossy crowd-pleasers.
Caruso has long associated with thrillers, though his next likely production could contain an interesting twist – it’s based on a true story. The director is apparently all but attached to direct the upcoming Spy’s Kid, a true-life tale of espionage (not to be confused with Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids).
The Hollywood Reporter shares the scoop that Caruso is in final negotiations with Paramount to direct Spy’s Kid. The project may well reunite Caruso with Disturbia and Eagle Eye star Shia Labeouf, who is in talks to headline the film. Robert ...
Click to continue reading D.J. Caruso to Direct Espionage Thriller ‘Spy’s »
- Kyle Hembree
Jennifer Blanc of Blanc/Biehn Productions has spent a lot of time in front of the camera as well as behind the scenes as a producer, but The Night Visitor represents her directorial debut and we've got an early tease for you.
When this news hit my inbox this morning, my heart initially sank. Not for anything to do with this particular film, but because I initially feared someone was remaking the absolutely miserable 1989 Night Visitor. That film, an infamously shameless attempt to remake Rear Window using the same exact template of Tom Holland's Fright Night, is best forgotten and I should be ashamed of even mentioning it in passing.
Thankfully, my fears weren't warranted, and director Jennifer Blanc's The Night Visitor sounds pretty damn cool. This amalgamation of horror and science fiction centers around a mother (Brianne Davis) and her efforts to protect her six-year-old son from a malevolent alien. »
- Matt Serafini
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
A few weeks back, the Mondo crew traveled to this year’s WonderCon and unleashed a handful of new posters: a Rear Window print from Kevin Tong, a striking Scarface piece from Mike Mitchell, Richey Beckett’s nightmare-inducing take on Shelob’s Lair from Lord of The Rings, and—last but certainly not least—a new Adventure Time poster from fan-favorite Jj Harrison. This was all well and good for the thousands of WonderCon attendees, but what about the rest of the Mondo fanbase--would there be any prints left for them? Turns out that, yes, there are, and tomorrow they’re all going on sale via the Mondo website. Wanna see what they look like, what they’ll cost you, and how many of them are floating around out there? Meet me after the jump, folks. Alright, folks, let’s do this, and let’s start with the dude who »
- Scott Wampler
Hi everyone! Amir here, to bring you exciting festival news at month's end. Nathaniel is heading to the Nashville Film Festival as a jury member and for the first time at The Film Experience, we’re also going to cover the Hot Docs Festival, North America’s largest documentary fest, which is held in Toronto. It’s a record breaking year for their ever-expanding programme: there are 205 documentaries screening, 44 of which are world premieres.
The Manor, Hot Docs' opening film
Hot Docs hits two important milestones this year. First, the festival turns 20: “It’s not a teenager anymore” as the director announced at the press conference; it's a major triumph for a niche festival to become a mainstay. Second, Bloor Cinema, the theatre that hosts most of the screenings turns 100! It’s one of Canada’s oldest and most nostalgia inducing cinemas. Had it not been for their incredibly »
- Amir S.
It's jarring to visit Roger Ebert's Sun Times page and discover that he's reviewed new movies I still haven't seen. It's like he's not quite gone, or like he's started a dialogue and is still waiting for our response. Man.
You could consider Roger Ebert an overly sympathetic critic, but more often than not he was succinct and truthful in his thousands of columns. It didn't matter whether you agreed with him because knowing Ebert's perspective was valuable and edifying by itself. Some critics try to wow you with wordplay and professorial authority. Ebert always directed your awe back at the film itself.
To honor his passing, I've picked out ten Ebert quotes about movies we've looked at in our Best. Movie. Ever. feature. Let's use his great insights to buttress our own. His remarks about each film is italicized, then my own remarks about that quote follow. (All »
The three films in the above headline plus Richard Raaphorst's Frankenstein's Army have just made the Sydney Film Festival in June a necessary trip north for me, with the festival unveiling these plus a slew of other anticipated titles in the first look at its programme today.Also of note is Red Obsession, a documentary about China's burgeoning interest in red wine, Park Chan-wook's cold blooded Stoker, and Wadjda, the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. There's also Midnight's Children, the long-awaited adaptation of the Salman Rushdie novel. The guy attends the opening of an envelope so I fully expect Rushdie to make an appearance here too.As hinted in the headline, Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 classic Rear Window is also screening at the festival. The screening is...
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François Ozon's clever psychological comedy about teaching and erotic obsession is his best work to date
The 45-year-old François Ozon has made a dozen feature-length films and several shorts over the past 15 years, and he has found a popular audience in France for stylish, sophisticated movies that often deal with gay themes. Unlike the work of most French mainstream directors, a fair proportion of his pictures have crossed the Channel. Moreover, he's worked with several prominent British actresses – most notably Charlotte Rampling, Kristin Scott Thomas and Romola Garai, the last named having appeared in his version of Elizabeth Taylor's novel Angel playing a romantic novelist in Edwardian England.
Ozon's new film, the teasing comedy In the House, touches on a number of his recurrent concerns, among them the nature of creativity and stories within stories, and it is, I think, his best work to date. Loosely based on »
- Philip French
With Castle confined to a wheelchair and crutches, he found himself drawn into a "Rear Window" scenario on the 100th episode of "Castle." Utilizing a pair of binoculars, he witnessed what he was certain was a murder in a house nearby -- of course, it happened where he couldn't see -- as well as the possible disposal of a body.
Throughout the episode, he grew more and more certain of the foul play, despite the fact that Esposito and Ryan gave in to his pestering to investigate, finding nothing suspicious. Finally, on his birthday, he couldn't take it anymore. He was by this point obsessed with finding out what happened, and his latest theory was that the girlfriend's body was in the refrigerator.
So Beckett agreed to investigate. To Castle's horror, she was attacked while he was watching via the binoculars. Injury be damned, Castle barged over there with Esposito »
- Jason Hughes
Every show that makes it to 100 episodes likes to spice things up a little, but when Andrew Marlowe and his wife, Terri Edda Miller, sat down to write one for Castle, they decided to make their title character sit down too. Literally.
And thus the episode – ‘The Lives of Others’ – begins with viewers plunked down two weeks into Castle’s (Nathan Fillion) recovery with a broken kneecap and two weeks of recovery to go. Now, if you haven’t seen the episode, back slowly away from this review and watch before reading any further.
Because the genius of this episode is that it’s all one big con. (Okay, maybe three.)
The first con is between the writers and the audience. Throw in a pair of binoculars, a Rear Window reference and a strategically-placed set of blinds and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect ...
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- Heather Donmoyer
Spoiler alert! We're about to dig into the biggest, most jaw-dropping moments from Monday night's TV, so you can sound all fancy-like at the water cooler. If you haven't yet watched a particular show, and don't want to be spoiled, skip to the next! Castle: The ABC hit's fan favorite couple Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) shared quite the epic moment in the 100th episode as she set up an entire Rear Window-themed murder investigation for the injured Castle's birthday gift. After walking into the "epic" surprise party, Castle exclaims, "This is, without a doubt, the greatest birthday gift of my life!" Some couples give each other »
It may have been a far-fetched concept to have Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) witness a murder, "Rear Window"-style, but you have to give "Castle" credit for committing to its farce. At no point -- before the show's 100th episode's final minutes anyway -- did the trickster-style truth peek through.
Or did it? Did you see the ending coming in "The Lives of Others"?
Were there any clues, other than the basic insanity of a murder occurring directly across from Castle's window right when he was bored and looking? There actually were very few, but what might have told us that the ending was coming?
The twist was hinted at in a previous episode.
Back in February, we may have gotten our first hint to the outcome of "The Lives of Others."
At one point in the investigation that made up the show's Valentine's Day episode, Castle got frustrated by a particularly tricky case. »
What a celebration!
"The Lives of Others” marked two events: Castle’s birthday and, even more importantly, the 100th episode of our favorite Monday night series. Let’s waste no more time and let's talk Castle, shall we?
Rear Window Castle is stuck in his apartment after messing up his knee skiing with Beckett. Strapped with boredom, he resorts to using binoculars and peeking in on his neighbors. After swearing that he witnessed a murder in the apartment across the alley, Castle goes on to drive everyone crazy. Alexis, Beckett, Ryan and Espo are all dragged into Castle’s antics.
Little did we know that Beckett had planned the most elaborate and best birthday ever for her man. Seriously, that was pretty much amazing. With the help of Martha and her acting students, Alexis and the binoculars, Ryan and Espo checking in on the case, even Gates working her way in. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Courtney Morrison)
The following recap, by the very definition of the word “recap,” contains spoilers from the 100th episode of ABC’s Castle.
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Instead, Castle was left to tough out his last weeks of recuperation from a broken kneecap, while Beckett & Co. delved into the sketchy caught-on-camera murder of an IRS investigator. Equipped »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
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