16 items from 2015
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
This week on ABC’s Castle, private eye Rick laid witness to his client’s own murder, leaving him with the highly difficult task of proving who (if in fact anyone) did it.
I’ve got two big issues with this episode (as well as one smaller one), which we’ll get to in a moment. But first, let’s take stock of the positives.
So, here we have our third variation on what a Castle, P.I. episode can look like. First, he essentially “raced” to solve an NYPD murder before Beckett & Co. Then, he worked a case that »
“A murderer would never parade his crime in front of an open window”.
Rear Window Screens at The Hi-Pointe Theater in St. Louis Saturday morning January 31st at 10:30am
As with so many of Alfred’s Hitchcock’s films, Rear Window (1954) is a wonderful example of how to take an almost absurdly simple idea and spin out the maximum tension, character, humor and drama from it. It should be boring (a movie set in one room with a guy who can’t move) and ludicrous (a killer who murders his wife and chops her up in front of his neighbors) but it’s quite the opposite – riveting and eerily plausible. If ever there was a film about voyeurism and its relationship to cinema, this is it; Hitchcock tells engrossing little silent movies of the tenants (the newlyweds, the sculptress, Miss Torso, the dog-owners, the killer, the songwriter, Miss Lonelyhearts »
- Tom Stockman
Clint Eastwood’s Navy Seal biopic, which earned six Oscars nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor, was mostly on target with critics
“American Sniper” earned six Academy Awards nominations on Thursday morning, including for Best Picture and a Best Actor nod for Bradley Cooper, who beefed himself up to play real life Navy Seal Chris Kyle — the U.S. military’s all-time leader in confirmed kills — and turned in a commanding performance by most accounts.
The nominations committee submitted in their votes well before “American Sniper’s” wide release on Friday, but would the critics offer up as much praise? »
- Travis Reilly
The Gone Girl team of director David Fincher, screenwriter Gillian Flynn and actor Ben Affleck have already set their sights on their next project: Strangers, a modern take on Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 suspense classic Strangers on a Train, according to Deadline.
In the Hitchcock original, the plot revolves a murder pact between a tennis star (played by Farley Granger) and the titular stranger on a train (portrayed by Robert Walker). Aboard, they devise a plan to kill the source of each other's problems – the tennis star's ex-wife, the stranger's father »
The films of Alfred Hitchcock still provide rich pickings for modern filmmakers, in spite of the fact that the last full-on remake was Gus Van Sant's ill-advised take on Psycho. Thus, Michael Douglas vehicle A Perfect Murder went back to the Dial M For Murder source material, whilst the Shia Labeouf-headlined Disturbia was inspired by the wonderful Rear Window.
Next up then? It might just be Strangers On A Train. Warner Bros is trying to get a remake of the 1951 original together, and it's recruiting the team behind Gone Girl to do it. Thus, the studio wants novelist and screenwriter Gillian Flynn, star Ben Affleck and director David Fincher to take the job on.
The new version will be modernised (taking place in the middle of an Oscar campaign, »
Paramount may have finally found a director for G.I. Joe 3. After G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu jumped ship to make Jem and the Holograms for Blumhouse, the studio scrambled to find a replacement, with Casino Royale director Martin Campbell‘s name at one point ending up in the mix before he moved along. Now, though, Deadline is reporting that Disturbia director D.J. Caruso is in “early discussions” to take over the blockbuster franchise.
THR adds that, before a deal could be reached, Caruso would have to receive a stamp of approval from franchise star Dwayne Johnson, currently the only actor confirmed to return for the threequel. It makes sense that Ray Park’s Snake Eyes, Adrianne Palicki’s Lady Jaye, D.J. Cotrona’s Flint and Elodie Yung’s Jinx would all make appearances in G.I. Joe 3, but whether screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin will see fit to introduce »
- Isaac Feldberg
The American Film Institute is probably best known for those lists of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time (y'know... if it's an American production in some way). Well, every year they hold their own awards, because every group of people has to have awards. They recognize the ten best films (for this year, it's eleven due to a tie) and the ten best television programs of the year. There are not winners in these categories, but each one gets celebrated. On that front, I kind of like the AFI approach to awards. Along with the awards, AFI has put together this four and a half minute montage chronicling the last 120 years of film. Now, it would be ridiculous to cover every single year. Instead, they start with 1894's Strong Man and jump every ten years, showcasing films like Rear Window, The Godfather: Part II, Pulp Fiction, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind »
- Mike Shutt
Using 40 movies from almost 40 years of filmmaking, director and author Steven Benedict has stitched together a visual list of Alfred Hitchcock‘s style-securing elements. The stuff he returned to repeatedly. The stuff that made a film, you know, “Hitchcockian.” No sugar or spice, stairs and trains and stabbings are what his movies were made of. There’s no voice over edification here; Benedict allows the raw juxtaposition (and the sheer number) of the images make the statement. The editing here is beautiful, gracefully creating a sense that we’re watching a series of images that were meant to be a singular series instead of snippets from several dozen different movies made a half-century apart. The video is also the latest, best reminder of just how many movies Hitchcock was able to make during his career, and it makes a strong companion to the Rear Window timelapse. Source: IndieWire
"This Supercut Shows The Elements That Hitchcock Shot Again »
- Scott Beggs
Are the liars finally getting closer to the truth? Tuesday night's winter premiere of Pretty Little Liars had some satisfying plot points, tying up threads left dangling from the fall finale and Christmas special. But as usual, Rosewood's most unlucky residents didn't get the happy ending they'd been hoping for. (Spoilers ahead!) The episodes flashes forward three months from Christmas, and the girls are mourning villain-turned-victim Mona (Janel Parrish) at her empty casket funeral. The liars wear purple leis over their chic black dresses - except for Ali (Sasha Pieterse), who's fashionably late in a bright floral getup. But it's »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
16 items from 2015
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