8 items from 2015
“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
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