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Witness to Murder | Blu-ray Review

16 December 2014 12:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Available for the first time on Blu-ray or DVD and remastered in high definition is forgotten film noir Witness to Murder, a 1954 Barbara Stanwyck potboiler also starring George Sanders and Gary Merrill. As written by Chester Erskine (The Egg and I, 1947), the film feels like plenty of other narratives, though its frustrating contrivance of hysteria as dramatic tension places it squarely within a particular male dominated paradigm. In particular, the film feels eerily reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, which actually opened a month after this Roy Rowland directed venture, doomed to be overshadowed and quickly forgotten. But, magnificently photographed by John Alton, it’s a shadowy and angular motion picture, enjoyable for its considerable melodrama as a portrait of misinformed and misogynistic gender politics.

Cheryl Draper (Barbara Stanwyck) witnesses a young woman being murdered in the apartment complex adjacent to her own. She calls the police to report what she sees. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Watch: Explore The Life And Work Of Alfred Hitchcock In 55-Minute Doc 'Living Famously'

16 December 2014 9:54 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“Murder, mysteries and crimes of passion.” We would argue there’s a bit more to it than that, but if you had to distill the cinema of Alfred Hitchcock into just three elements, that’s a pretty good place to start. Few directors can come within spitting distance of an oeuvre encompassing some of the greatest films of all time, including “The 39 Steps,” “Strangers on a Train,” “Rear Window” and of course “Psycho.” He’s also one of the most memorable of filmmakers in terms of his public persona, with a capacity for charming, grandiloquent speechifying and a rapier wit that seemed to let his audiences know he was in on the joke even as he delighted in terrifying them. Hitchcock's legacy has loomed large over the last half-century of American film, directly influencing everyone from his friend and peer Francois Truffaut (see “The Soft Skin” if you haven’t »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Pretty Little Liars: Secrets Are Unwrapped in Christmas Special

9 December 2014 11:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Rosewood! The Pretty Little Liars came back together - after a shocking summer finale that culminated in beloved villain Mona Vanderwaal's (Janel Parrish) demise - for a special Christmas episode Tuesday night. The glistening, snowy streets and festive decor was a sharp contrast to the usual Halloween special viewers are used to. But despite the change of holiday, the episode gave fans legitimate scares peppered with some answers, and in true Pll style - even more questions. Spoilers Ahead! Spencer (Troian Bellisario) is out on bail for the murder of Bethany Young »

- Stephanie Robbins, @stephrobbins

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Review: "Witness To Murder" (1954) Starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Sanders And Gary Merrill, Blu-ray Release From Kino Lorber

2 December 2014 11:04 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

Kino Lorber has released the relatively forgotten 1954 murder thriller "Witness to Murder" on Blu-ray. The flick is film noir in the best tradition: modest budget, creative lighting and cinematography, an inspired cast and a compelling story. Barbara Stanwyck stars as Cheryl Draper, an independent, career-minded woman who has the misfortune to look out the window of her apartment late one windy evening only to observe a murder being committed across the street in another apartment. She is horrified to see an attractive young woman being strangled to death by a well-dressed, middle-aged man. She phones the police and is visited by two detectives: Lawrence Matthews (Gary Merrill) and Eddie Vincent (cigar-chomping Jesse White), who dutifully take the details and head over the apartment where the crime was committed. The murderer is Albert Richter (George Sanders), a snobby author of some repute who has had time to hide »

- (Cinema Retro)

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Childhood Memories: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

21 November 2014 8:24 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We all have holiday traditions. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, then Central Ohio, then Western Pennsylvania again, we had more than a few Christmas ones. Every Christmas morning, we weren’t allowed to open a single present until my father finished his coffee. And he took his time. When he finally gulped down the last swallow, we were still required to open present at a time. None of this chaotic ripping into boxes and bags simultaneously while no one paid any attention to anything anyone else opened. We all watched each other one-by-one open a gift, thank the giver, and look to the next person in the circle to take his or her turn.

Outside of those Christmas Day traditions, we had one Christmas Eve tradition that was never, ever, Ever under consideration for alteration. Every year, we’d go to church for the 45-60 minute evening service (in our second stint in Pennsylvania, »

- Joshua Gaul

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To Catch A Thief Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe

12 November 2014 5:48 PM, PST | | See recent news »

“Do you want a leg or a breast?”

To Catch A Thief Screens Saturday November 15th at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo) at 10:30am. This is a fundraiser for the Philanthropic Educational Organization (“P.E.O.”) which focuses its efforts on raising money for women’s education and supports an all-female college in Nevada, Missouri called Cottey College. 

You can read more about the organization at their website:

admission is $10.00

Squeezed in the middle of Hitchcock’s filmography, To Catch A Thief, is many times forgotten since it came out the year after Rear Window. Hitchcock also had greater success with his later films, Psycho, The Birds, North By Northwest, and Vertigo so this film is easily discarded when we compare it to his other works which is a shame because To Catch A Thief has many great things going for »

- Tom Stockman

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Open Windows movie review: click to close

10 November 2014 7:01 AM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A disgusting tale that imagines its tiny side dish of commentary on toxic fandom and male entitlement makes up for it being a perfect example of such. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s like Rear Window, except instead of taking place out the window of an apartment overlooking a busy residential courtyard, it’s all unfolding in the multiple windows open on a laptop. And instead of a journalist and war correspondent laid up with a broken leg, Elijah Wood (Grand Piano) is a nerdy fanboy obsessed with actress Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey); he runs a fan site called (he probably doesn’t see anything creepy in that). But it’s not like Wood’s Nick Chambers is stuck in one little room — that could have been potentially interesting; he could »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Open Windows | Review

8 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Peeping Tom: Vigalondo’s Virtual Voyeurism Thriller Too Wrapped Up in Tech

In the barest possible sense, Nacho Vigalondo’s latest film, Open Windows, can perhaps be described as Hitchcockian due to the fact that it concerns a voyeuristic male utilizing an opportunity to secretly observe a beautiful female a la a modernized Rear Window sort of set-up. Whether homage or coincidence, parallels with Hitchcock die out past Vigalondo’s log line and instead the film becomes yet another vehicle for an Elijah Wood protagonist to be manipulated in highly unlikely and increasingly silly fashion. Though Vigalondo has a rather inspired visual template for the unfolding of the narrative, much like the earlier release of technologically inspired Dutch film App, it’s a design that will only serve to hopelessly date the film which relays its tale via webcams in rudimentary form, making it also reminiscent of that multiple simultaneous perspective Mike Figgis film, »

- Nicholas Bell

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60 Years of Godzilla: A History and Critique of the Greatest Monster Movie Series in Cinema

4 November 2014 3:35 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

**Massive spoilers for every Godzilla movie, with the exception of the 2014 reboot, and Mothra follow**

August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and »

- Max Molinaro

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Philadelphia Film Festival 2014 Round Up

27 October 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Philadelphia Film Festival completed another offering of debut, homegrown, and festival circuit successes.

Cannes winner Winter Sleep, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s follow-up to his 2011 masterpiece Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is another slow-burner, awash in the director’s favored browns and tans. Thematically similar to both Anatolia and 2008’s Three Monkeys, Winter Sleep features a methodical style, long conversations, and as the title might suggest, a chilly atmosphere. It feels like something of Sartre or Bresson in its slow descent into ugliness and detachment.

Dave Boyle’s Man From Reno is a flawed but fun film, reminiscent of Pen-Ek Ratanaruang’s 6ixtynin9 from 1999. Intentionally overplotted, the film veers into unexpected Patricia Highsmith territory in its final 15 minutes – territory that seems to warrant its own film rather than a continuation of the narrative already at hand – but does have a second act worthy of the breakneck confusion of The Big Sleep. »

- Neal Dhand

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David Proud stars in thriller iWitness

27 October 2014 1:03 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

David Proud, who has broken ground as a disabled actor playing a wheelchair-using character on EastEnders, is now set for another first by playing an able-bodied character in psychological thriller iWitness.

Proud, who has Spina Bifida, stars in the project about miscommunication and distorted perceptions. “To me, iWitness is a game changer,” the actor said. “It is a British film making first. To have produced and starred in a film that I would have never even been auditioned for fills me with so much pride. It’s a gem of a film, but it’s the symbolism that I’m most proud of.”

104 Films, which champions film productions involving cast and crew with diabilities, produces. Steve Rainbow writes and directs.

Rainbow, who is based in the West Midlands, said: “The inspiration for the plot came from the opening of Rear Window but iWitness is more about modern day confusion caused by lack of information.”

Of Proud, Rainbow »

- (Wendy Mitchell)

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Deal! Pick Up the Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Blu-ray on Sale Now

16 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

One Blu-ray collection I do not own, but am really tempted to pull the trigger on right now is the Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection as Amazon has dropped the price down to $98.99. The set includes 15 of Hitchcock's films including classics such as Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds and Rope and all the special features that come with them. Msrp on the collection is $299.98 and the sale ends at midnight tonight so if you're looking to pick it up you better hustle. Here's the complete listing of movies that come on the set and you can click here to pick it up for yourself and take a look at all the features it includes. Saboteur Shadow of a Doubt Rope Rear Window The Trouble with Harry The Man Who Knew Too Much Vertigo North by Northwest Psycho The Birds Marnie Torn Curtain Topaz Frenzy Family Plot »

- Brad Brevet

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What the F!$@ Is All This: A First Time Writer/Director’s Trial by Fire

14 October 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | Hope for Film | See recent Hope for Film news »

Crafting a brilliant script. That’s all it takes to get a project noticed and “green lit”. This was my single-minded approach when I got the bright idea to start skipping down the indie filmmaking road. It was all so clear; admittedly up hill but I saw no potholes or wreckage to avoid. Nope. Curious sights and comfortable, clean rest areas amply stocked with fresh toilet paper lined my highway. The horizon seemed practically at arms length. My first detour: I had as much interest in writing a screenplay as Hunter S. Thompson probably did with the idea of writing sober.

Realistically, my chances of being offered a script to direct were slim to none – emphasis on none. Especially one that might satisfy my unrealistic specific creative goals as the filmmaker that I wasn’t yet. But with this elegant, single tier plan, I could suck it up and author my own brilliant script. »

- Craig Abell-Champion

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Bigfoot Saturdays: ‘Abominable’ and the Fluidity of Myth

11 October 2014 1:44 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

[Continued from Part 1]

Take two of why I wanted to write about Bigfoot: Bigfoot has an uncommon amount of myth malleability.

This is related, of course, to his unknowability; the strokes of his mythology are broad and vague, so he can be made and molded to slip into essentially any story vaguely set neat a forest. There are very few parameters that must be set and even fewer rules that must be abided by or addressed in order for that character to work successfully in a piece of art. Certainly, as before, many monsters can be said to exhibit aspects of this elasticity, but again Bigfoot finds his unknowability to be crucial to his difference and uniqueness. Bigfoot exists essentially without context. His being is not defined, and as such he exhibits no strong predilection or resistance to changes. An empty vessel never overflows when water is placed inside, and it has no reaction to substances it holds. »

- Michelle

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Remembering Superman Reeve Ten Years After His Death

10 October 2014 5:50 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Christopher Reeve: 'Superman' and his movies (photo: Christopher Reeve in 'Superman' 1978) Christopher Reeve, Superman in four movies from 1978 to 1987, died ten years ago today. In 1995, while taking part in a cross-country horse race in Culpeper, Virginia, Reeve was thrown off his horse, hitting his head on the top rail of a jump; the near-fatal accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He ultimately succumbed to heart failure at age 52 on October 10, 2004. Long before he was cast as Superman aka Clark Kent, the Manhattan-born (as Christopher D'Olier Reeve on September 25, 1952), Cornell University and Juillard School for Drama alumnus was an ambitious young actor whose theatrical apprenticeship included, while still a teenager, some time as an observer at London's Old Vic and Paris' Comédie Française. At age 23, he landed his first Broadway role in a production of Enid Bagnold's A Matter of Gravity, starring Katharine Hepburn. »

- Andre Soares

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How Princess Grace Made Childhood 'Not Palace-y' for Her Children

2 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Grace Kelly was the ultimate Hitchcock blonde: cool, elegant and mysterious. But the Rear Window star, who left Hollywood for good after marrying Monaco's Prince Rainier III in 1956, was also a "hands-on mom," her only son, Prince Albert, tells People in an exclusive interview. Beneath his mother's white-gloved glamour was a parent who brought her kids (Albert and his sisters, Caroline and Stephanie) to the Jersey Shore, wore turbans to "hide a bad hair day," and encouraged party guests to plunge into the palace pool after a private reception for the Monte Carlo ballet. (She jumped in after Rudolf Nureyev. »

- Liz McNeil, @lizmcneil

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How Princess Grace Made Childhood 'Not Palace-y' for Her Children

2 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Grace Kelly was the ultimate Hitchcock blonde: cool, elegant and mysterious. But the Rear Window star, who left Hollywood for good after marrying Monaco's Prince Rainier III in 1956, was also a "hands-on mom," her only son, Prince Albert, tells People in an exclusive interview. Beneath his mother's white-gloved glamour was a parent who brought her kids (Albert and his sisters, Caroline and Stephanie) to the Jersey Shore, wore turbans to "hide a bad hair day," and encouraged party guests to plunge into the palace pool after a private reception for the Monte Carlo ballet. (She jumped in after Rudolf Nureyev. »

- Liz McNeil, @lizmcneil

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2′

10 September 2014 5:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The market is open for another round of trading in “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2,” director Johnnie To’s sequel to his hit 2011 romantic comedy about a handful of Hong Kong One Percenters who swap romantic allegiances with the same manic brio with which they buy and sell shares of Fortune 500 companies. And , despite the somewhat disappointing decision to keep one of the series’ most appealing stars (Daniel Wu) sidelined on the mainland for much of the running time. Opening Nov. 11 in China, this Media Asia release should perform well at the local box office (where the prior pic earned $16 million), with offshore prospects mostly limited to Chinese-language cable and video buyers.

Whenever To, the undisputed master of the modern Hong Kong gangster drama, turns his attention to lighter fare (like this, or 2012’s sudser “Romancing in Thin Air”), it’s like watching a great baseball pitcher warming up »

- Scott Foundas

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Toronto After Dark 2014: First 10 Films Include Hellmouth Premiere, The Babadook, Wolves, Zombeavers, and More!

6 September 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

In case you haven't noticed, it's film fest season; and if you live in or near Toronto, one of the best is kicking off October 16th: Toronto After Dark, now in its 9th year. Per usual, it's chock-full of many of the latest high profile titles so read on for all the details!

From the Press Release:

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to officially unveil its first wave of exciting film announcements for 2014! Included in the lineup are some of the most critically acclaimed and eagerly anticipated new horror, sci-fi, action, and cult films from this year’s international film festival circuit.

These 10 new movies will all have their Toronto, Canadian, North American, or World Theatrical Premieres hosted exclusively at the festival’s 9th Annual Edition this October 16-24, 2014, at the Scotiabank Theatre, in the heart of downtown Toronto.

The remainder of Toronto After Dark's 2014 lineup, which »

- Debi Moore

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See Reddit users’ favorite movie from each year

2 September 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.

Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »

- Brian Welk

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