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The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.
Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »
A hi-tech thriller in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows is played out via webcams, computer screens and phone cameras. The film sees Elijah Wood star Nick Chambers, webmaster of a site devoted to movie star Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey) who is in Austin to promote her new schlocky sci-fi horror flick. Nick is in town as the winner of an online competition to meet and greet Jill while she is in Austin. Unfortunately his prize is a hoax; it’s all an elaborate scam set up by mysterious superfan Chord for him to play a part in an audacious plan to kidnap the actress.
- Phil Wheat
Good Kill isn’t a science fiction film, but its premise could easily come from a dystopian novel - or a darkly prophetic story by Philip K Dick.
Ethan Hawke plays Major Thomas Egan, a veteran pilot who controls unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones, as they’re often dubbed by the media) as they circle the skies of the Middle East. At the orders of those higher up the command chain, these drones can strike targets from 10,000km in the air - so high that someone on the ground could look up and not even see the craft gliding above them. »
Since his feature filmmaking debut began in 1997, writer-director Andrew Niccol has made diverse movies united by similar themes. Many of them deal with the way technology either impacts us in the present or will affect us in the future. More still meditate on social injustice.
Good Kill shares the concerns and thought-provoking tone of Niccol's best films, such as The Truman Show (which he wrote, and Peter Weir directed), In Time, Lord Of War and his masterpiece, Gattaca. Set in 2010, it's about the experiences of Major Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke) - a distinctly 21st century brand of soldier. Once an adept pilot, he now clocks into work at a military base just outside Las Vegas, sits in an office chair, and launches aerial drone strikes over Afghanistan and other countries in the Middle East. »
There have been rumblings of a remake of the 1984 horror comedy Gremlins developing at Warner Bros. with last year bringing a rumor that Chris Columbus would be producing the remake. Now Deadline confirms that the studio is indeed working on reviving the original film from Joe Dante with a new version that will be scripted by Carl Ellsworth, who recently wrote the big screen adaptation of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps horror book series, as well as Disturbia (which is basically a remake of Rear Window) and remakes of Last House on the Left and Red Dawn. Steven Spielberg will also be producing this one too. If for some reason you're not familiar with the silly little horror flick, it took place in a small town where a young man came into possession of an odd little animal called a Mogwai. And this adorable little guy had some rules to take care of him, »
- Ethan Anderton
Over the course of 30 years, Ethan Hawke's appeared in a remarkable array of films, from his early breakthrough roles in Joe Dante's Explorers and Peter Weir's Dead Poets Society, to last year's spectacular Boyhood.
Hawke's latest film, Good Kill, reunites him with director Andrew Niccol - back in 1997, they worked together on the superbly moving sci-fi, Gattaca. Set in 2010, Good Kill's a military drama about a former Us pilot-turned drone operative, who carries out strikes in the Middle East from an office chair in Las Vegas.
Niccol shoots the film with the imagination of his sci-fi films, which makes Good Kill's true-life subject matter all the more disturbing. And once again, Hawke turns in a spectacular performance - one that, »
The American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation present the 17th annual Noir City fest, running April 3-19 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Rarely seen gems, restorations, new 35mm prints, films unavailable on DVD and Oscar nominees abound in this journey of 12 nights and 26 films through the side streets and back alleys of film noir. This year, some true giants of the genre get a salute, including Humphrey Bogart in Delmer Daves' pitch-black 1947 "Dark Passage" opposite Lauren Bacall, Barbara Stanwyck in Roy Rowland's 1954 "Witness to Murder" (like Hitchcock's "Rear Window" through the eyes of a woman) and John Sturges' 1953 "Jeopardy" and French-American auteur Jacques Tourneur's "Circle of Danger" and "Berlin Express." Also check out the Film Noir Foundation's 35mm restoration of "Woman on the Run," which world-premiered earlier this year at San Francisco's Noir City. Directed by Norman »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
The Birds screens at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143) Thursday, April 2nd at 7pm. It is a benefit for Helping Kids Together (more details about this event can be found Here)
This gives us a perfect excuse to re-run this top ten list from March of 2012. Alfred Hitchcock directed 54 feature films between 1925 and 1976, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:
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. Perhaps ole’ ” Hitch ” wanted to give those young up-and-coming »
- Movie Geeks
Amazon is selling the Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection Blu-ray edition at a savings of $200.
The set consists of 15 classic movies:
Rope, Shadow of a Doubt, Rear Window, The Trouble With Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 version), Vertigo, North By Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy and Family Plot.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter and the gang will live on the big screen once again in Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 "Rear Window." Presented by Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, this classic 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film is digitally remastered with a specially produced introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. The inimitable thriller that follows Jefferies (Stewart) from his wheelchair down a rabbit hole of creeping obsession screens March 22 and March 25 in theaters nationwide — just ahead of the TCM Film Festival, kicking off March 26. (In the La area alone, there are a lot of screens showing "Rear Window.") More info here. Read More: 'Vertigo' Hits Film Forum: Why It's Still One of the All-Time Greats »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Conversation is a new feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their third piece, they will discuss Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up.
The cultural impact of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up would be very difficult to overemphasize. Upon release, Andrew Sarris referred to the film as “a mod masterpiece” and ‘Playboy’ critic Arthur Knight went so far as comparing the film to Hiroshima mon amour, Rome Open City, and Citizen Kane in its potential influence on filmmaking. The film was also a massive hit worldwide and the tenth highest grossing film in the United States in 1966 – a memento of a brief window in time in which an art film by an Italian auteur could also do boffo box office. And, having been denied a seal by the Production Code Administration, Blow Up »
- Drew Morton
Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years. Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch. Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later, »
- Andre Soares
Directed by Peter Godfrey
*It should be noted that the following review contains spoilers pertaining to the film’s plot, including an important revelation on which most of the drama hinges. Readers have been forewarned.
Defence Attorney Craig Carlson (Raymond Burr) sits alone in his office late one night. Having turned on a recording machine he begins to narrate to a fellow lawyer that he is surely to be killed within the hour. At that moment the film flashbacks to some months ago when Craig approaches a dear old friend, Joe Leeds (Dick Foran) with terrible news: Joe’s wife and him have fallen in deeply in love. Joe appears visibly disappointed, but, curiously, less angry than one might expect. He implores Craig to give him time to mull over the situation. Shortly thereafter Joe returns home to see his wife, »
- Edgar Chaput
We at Thn love a good horror film and are beyond excited that It Follows is released this week. The film is a master-stroke for the – lets face it – rather stagnant genre and actually manages to be chilling and creepy. The story tells of Detroit dwelling teenager Jay (Maika Monroe) who, after sleeping with her new boyfriend, finds herself stalked by a relentless being. The story is the brainchild of writer/director David Robert Mitchell. Shockingly It Follows is only his second feature.
Ahead of the release we caught up with cast member Daniel Zovatto (his interview is here in case you missed it) and director David Robert Mitchell. We thoroughly enjoyed our chat with Mitchell as we reminisced about the films of our youth, the logistics of the surprise scare, and how to write a good script.
*The below interview may contain some spoilers to events in the film but don’t worry, »
- Kat Smith
[Press Release] Denver -- February 26, 2015 -- Spy through the “rear window” from the best seat in the house as “TCM Presents: Rear Window” arrives at select U.S. cinemas as a special two-day event on March 22 and 25, 2015 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time. Presented by Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, this classic 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film stars Hollywood legends James Stewart and Grace Kelly and is digitally re-mastered for premium picture and sound quality. In addition to the film, movie buffs will also be treated to a specially produced introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. Tickets for “TCM Presents: Rear Window” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in »
- Pietro Filipponi
This article contains a spoiler for the ending of Interstellar.
In case you missed it, the Oscars were this past weekend and Birdman was the big winner. The Academy’s choice to award Alejandro González Iñárritu's fever dream was a genuine shock, with Boyhood the running favourite for many months. Nonetheless, some things never change, and in that vein it's certainly a non-surprise the Academy also hardly noticed the most ambitious blockbuster of 2014: the Christopher Nolan space epic, Interstellar. Indeed, I use the phrase "non-surprise", because how could it be a winner when it was only nominated for the bare minimum of five Oscars in technical categories that are reserved as consolation prizes?
This is by all means par for the course with a film that has »
Castle serves up one of its most engaging and well-structured mysteries for a long time in I, Witness...
This review contains spoilers.
7.13 I, Witness
“Castle,” Beckett tells her husband, referring to his latest theory of the case in I, Witness, “there’s no evidence to support this.”
Ah, the irony.
But like the story of I, Witness, we’ll get to that in a moment. And that’s my first small issue with this episode.
Because it begins with the “How We Got Here” trope. Castle is seen searching through the forest, in the dark, armed only with a flashlight. After a few moments, an unknown man hits him over the head, Castle crumples to the ground, and we get the “12 hours earlier” captioning that we know is coming.
Now, as I have said before, there’s nothing wrong with a writer using a trope (or cliché). The true test »
Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »
- Brad Brevet
A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Producer Walter Mirisch is on a first- and second-name basis with Oscar, having a Thalberg, a Hersholt and a best picture statue for producing “In the Heat of the Night.” His career also includes cinematic highwater marks such as “Some Like It Hot” and “West Side Story.” But it all started on Hollywood’s so-called Poverty Row at Monogram Pictures where a 25-year-old Mirisch was high on “Cocaine,” a crime yarn by Cornell Woolrich, which in 1947 was turned into “The Fall Guy,” Mirisch’s first producing credit.
My second picture was also based upon a Woolrich story: “I Wouldn’t Be in Your Shoes.” But he was very private and I only spoke to him through his agents.
- Steven Gaydos
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