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Just when you thought there couldn't be anymore deals this year Amazon goes and lowers their prices on several of their Criterion Blu-ray titles, many of which are priced at $17.99 including personal must owns such as Seven Samurai, Stagecoach, 12 Angry Men, Diabolique, The Thin Red Line, The Wages Of Fear, The Great Dictator, The Night of the Hunter, Rashomon, 8 1/2, Last Year at Marienbad and a major favorite of mine... Breathless. There are even some titles available for preorder such as Terry Gilliam's Brazil and Christopher Nolan's Following along with recently released titles such as Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, David Fincher's The Game and Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby. I have broken the titles up into a few categories below based on my personal taste so sort through and give 'em a look and see if you can save a little money on some titles you've been wanting to add to your collection. »
- Brad Brevet
Do you like saving money? Well, Barnes and Noble is having their 50% off Art House Films sale and several Criterion Collection titles are available, including some for pre-order. If you'll allow me a second, I'll give you five quick selections right now: Breathless ($19.99) Seven Samurai ($24.99) Diabolique ($19.99) Yojimbo & Sanjuro ($34.99) The Night of the Hunter ($24.99) Back in July I made a top fifteen list of titles you should buy when they had the same sale, you can browse that list right here. I believe all the links in it still point to the right pages at Barnes & Noble. By the way, the only absolute must is this one right here. If you don't own it, now is the time. As for this post, let's see what new titles are arriving this week... Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection I own the outstanding DVD edition of this collection which was released back in »
- Brad Brevet
Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.
As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.
Directed by Samuel Fuller
Written by Samuel Fuller
Shock Corridor stars Peter Breck as Johnny Barrett, an ambitious reporter who wants to expose the killer at the local insane asylum. In order to solve the case, he must pretend to be insane so they have him committed. Once in the asylum, Barrett sets to work, interrogating the other patients and keeping a close eye on the staff. »
Directed by Ryan Smith
Written by Ryan Smith and Jason Parish
After is a unique kind of horror picture. There are no zombies, possessed children, murderous hillbillies, or deranged sharp-object-wielding maniacs. There are no jump scares, torture porn, or unneeded found footage shaky cam. No, After is a horror picture with a more frightening premise, a more palpable reason to be afraid. In Ryan Smith’s After, there’s nothing to fear but fear itself.
The story follows Freddy and Ana (Steven Strait and Karolina Wydra), two strangers who meet one night on an otherwise empty bus ride home. After a few awkward and clumsy attempts to hold a meaningful conversation, the bus is abruptly involved in a horrific accident. Ana wakes up a couple months later and finds the town abandoned, except for Freddy, who lives a few houses down the street. As they venture around town looking for clues, »
- Justin Li
Chicago – They don’t make ‘em like Robert Mitchum any more. Every few years, there’s a DVD collection of classic movies that rises above the others for the holiday season. One of this year’s most star-packed entries includes not only Mitchum but John Wayne, Deborah Kerr, Kirk Douglas, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Widmark, Gene Kelly, Paul Newman, Shelley Winters, Marilyn Monroe, and many more. Mitchum may be the face on the cover but the set is a trip through the golden era of Hollywood through more than just one star.
With a 10-dvd set, it can be difficult to sum up in one review. The quality of the films, the transfers, and the special features are wildly variable. “River of No Return” looks surprisingly good. “Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison” needs a better remastering (some of the darker scenes look horrendous). The Criterion Blu-ray edition of “Night of the »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 16, 2012
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $15.98
Studio: HD Cinema Classics/Film Chest
Terror comes to the sleepy small town of Suddenly, California when cold-blooded assassin John Baron (Sinatra) and his accomplices take a family hostage in their house atop a hill overlooking the local train station where the President is due to arrive as part of a whistle-stop tour. Standing between Baron and his plot to assassinate the President when he emerges from the train is the town sheriff (Sterling Hayden, The Killing), who engages in a battle of wits, wills and fists with the cunning and increasingly psychotic Baron.
During the first week of August, Sight & Sound organized a poll that dethroned "Citizen Kane" as the best movie ever made. Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" took the title as the Greatest Film ending "Citizen Kane's" long run. (See Dethroned! "Citizen Kane" No Longer Best Movie Ever! Critics, Directors Pick Top 10 Films of All Time!)
Academians, archivists, critics, directors, and distributors all over the world were among the ones invited to participate in the poll. Now, Sight & Sound has revealed the choices made by our favorite directors (via Collider). Here they are (it's interesting to note that among the list of directors below, only Martin Scorsese, David O'Russell, and Sam Mendes picked "Vertigo"):
Directed by William Friedkin
Written by Tracy Letts
Nudity doesn’t often serve as a statement of purpose for an American filmmaker, but Killer Joe delights in going against the grain. In the first scene, one of the lead characters opens the door to her trailer, naked from the waist down. In the context of the story, this brazen action tells us a lot about the setting and character, but for director William Friedkin, it’s a way of warning us, “Strap in. You’re in for a hell of a ride.” Working from a script by Tracy Letts (who adapted his 1993 play), Friedkin hasn’t lost his touch despite being an elder statesman of American cinema. Killer Joe is an intense, disturbing, and hellish Southern gothic neo-noir.
Chris (Emile Hirsch) is a drug dealer who needs $6,000 fast, or else he’ll be killed by a menacing group of mobsters. »
- Josh Spiegel
Earlier this month, a new “official” best film of all time was announced with the unveiling of the results of Sight & Sound’s most recent poll. Every ten years, the film magazine polls a number of critics, academics, and professionals and then tallies up the results for an ultimate list. The magazine also has a poll of directors for a second Top 10 list, and now they’ve unveiled the individual directors’ lists in an effort to occupy all the free time you have today. After the jump you can peruse personal Top 10 lists from the likes of Edgar Wright, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Guillermo del Toro, Woody Allen, David O'Russell, Sam Mendes, Matthew Vaughn, Francis Ford Coppola, Marc Webb and more. Hit the jump to take a look. This is obviously a small subsection of the filmmakers that took part in Sight & Sound’s poll, but the lists provide a »
- Adam Chitwood
Zeitgeist Films has acquired Ben Shapiro’s documentary “Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters” and plans to open it at Film Forum October 31 before a nationwide release. Crewdson is an influential photographer who took inspiration from Diane Arbus, Edward Hopper and films such as “Vertigo,” “The Night of the Hunter” and “Blue Velvet” in creating his elaborately staged photographs of small-town American life. Shapiro’s documentary had its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March. Read More: Exclusive: Zeitgeist Films Acquires Gay Jewish Comedy 'Let My People Go!' Zeitgeist has recently released “Elena,” “Payback” and “China Heavyweight.” »
- Jay A. Fernandez
After much media hoopla about "Vertigo" toppling "Citizen Kane" in its poll, Sight and Sound magazine have now released the full version of its once a decade 'Top 250 greatest films of all time' poll results via its website. The site also includes full on links showcasing Top Tens of the hundreds of film industry professionals who participated in the project.
For those who don't want to bother with the individual lists and to save you a bunch of clicking, below is a copy of the full 250 films that made the lists and how many votes they got to be considered for their positions:
1 - Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958) [191 votes]
2 - Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941) [157 votes]
3 - Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953) [107 votes]
5 - Sunrise: a Song for Two Humans (Murnau, 1927) [93 votes]
6 - 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968) [90 votes]
7 - The Searchers (Ford, 1956) [78 votes]
8 - Man with a Movie Camera (Vertov, 1929) [68 votes]
9 - The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, »
- Garth Franklin
This month's Sight and Sound dropped through my letterbox this morning, and in it contained their once-a-decade Top 10 Films of All Time, as voted for by critics and filmmakers. If you've been living as a recluse in your own personal Xanadu, Orson Welles, who's been number one for the past half century, got Citizen Kaned by Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (James Stewart).
In the issue, Sight and Sound also included "100 sample entries" representing "edited highlights of the 358 voting entries we recieved for the 2012 Directors' Poll." The whole bunch will be available online from 22nd August, but until then, here's Part 4 of our own sample of your favourite filmmakers' favourite films:
Seven Samurai (Kurosawa)
A Matter of Life and Death (Powell and Pressburger)
Taxi Driver (Scorsese)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Leone)
The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah)
The Night of the Hunter (Laughton)
Manhattan (Allen »
- Chris Villeneuve
This month's Sight and Sound dropped through my letterbox this morning, and in it contained their once-a-decade Top 10 Films of all Time, as voted for by critics and filmmakers. If you've been living as a recluse in your own personal Xanadu, Orson Welles, who's been number one for the past half century, got Citizen Kaned by Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (James Stewart).
In the issue, Sight and Sound also included "100 sample entries" representing "edited highlights of the 358 voting entries we recieved for the 2012 Directors' Poll." The whole bunch will be available online from 22nd August, but until then, here's Part 2 of our own sample of your favourite filmmakers' favourite films...
Singin' in the Rain (Donen and Kelly)
The Magnificent Ambersons (Welles)
The Night of the Hunter (Laughton)
Letter from an Unknown Woman (Ophuls)
The Searchers (Ford)
- Chris Villeneuve
It's that time of year and Barnes and Noble is selling Criterion Collection titles at 50% off (shop here). The problem is, what do you buy? Well, hopefully I can help you with that as I believe there are certain titles from Criterion that are absolute must owns for any cinemaphile and taking into account you are considering buying Criterion Collection titles in the first place, I'm certainly talking to you. So, with that said, let's dive in as I'll give you what I consider to be the top 15 must own Criterion Blu-ray titles as well as a few alternate considerations here and there. 15.) The Thin Red Line Why Should You Buy It? What else is there to expect other than an absolutely gorgeous film from Terrence Malick and that's exactly what you get from The Thin Red Line, but on top of the film you also get a wealth of special features, »
- Brad Brevet
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 4, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95 each, Blu-ray $29.95 each
Studio: Olive Films
The Dark Mirror finds Olivia De Havilland ( Gone with the Wind) portraying twin sisters who are implicated in a Hollywood murder, while a police detective (Thomas Mitchell) must figure out if one or both were involved in the killing. As a psychiatrist approached by the detective to help with the complicated case, Lew Ayres agrees to see them separately and he’s immediately attracted to one of them and fears the other one to be killer. But he’s also worried that if he’s wrong he could end up on a slab in the morgue himself.
The movie features taut direction »
(Erle C Kenton, 1932/Leo McCarey, 1935; Eureka! PG)
With one foot in the theatre and another in the cinema throughout his career, Charles Laughton (1899-1962) was one the greatest actors of his time, whose only movie as director, The Night of the Hunter, is a stand-alone masterpiece. A protean figure despite his bulk, his roles ranged from the sadly sympathetic (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) to the unforgettably sadistic (Mutiny on the Bounty). His success in Hollywood was immediate, and these two films in Eureka!'s Masters of Cinema series (each containing both DVD and Blu-ray formats) demonstrate his versatility.
In Erle C Kenton's sophisticated horror movie Island of Lost Souls (1932), long refused a BBFC certificate for its repugnance and alleged blasphemy, he is Dr Moreau, Hg Wells's mad scientist, ruling a Pacific island populated by increasingly rebellious mutants of his own overweening creation. One of the pathetic creatures is played by Bela Lugosi. »
- Philip French
Matthew McConaughey gives the best performance of his career as a fugitive befriended by two Mississippi boys
Screening right at the end of the festival, Jeff Nichols's film Mud made an urgent late bid for the Palme d'Or. An atmospheric thriller and coming-of-age tale set on a slow bend in the Mississippi river, Mud has the look and feel of an American indie classic. It is a surefire best picture nominee at next year's Oscars and likely to win some kind of award at Cannes, receiving the warmest applause of the festival at its morning press screening.
Mud takes its name from its lead character, played by Matthew McConaughey, delivering the best performance of his career (and his second at the festival, after The Paperboy) as a fugitive holed up on an island in the Mississippi after murdering a rival for his lover Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). Mud is wanted »
- Jason Solomons
Billed as 'claustrophobic, dramatic and a little bit sinister', True Love's dissection of a marriage fails to impress
True Love – which had its world premiere at Sci-Fi London on Friday – attempts to deconstruct a marriage by placing a couple in separate cells and forcing each to watch incriminating CCTV footage of the other, while an electronic voice repeats, "Love is truth".
At the beginning of the film, before the awfulness of the production had fully revealed itself, I had wondered which science experiments had influenced the script. Research on punishment, incarceration and separation by Stanley Milgram, Harry Harlow, Philip Zimbardo, or even the prisoner's dilemma? During the Q&A I asked the writer/producer team, Fabio Resinaro and Fabio Guaglione, about their science influences. I was told there were none and they didn't really think the film belonged in the science-fiction genre. I reflected on the film's objectified nod to »
- Carole Jahme
What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column that serves at the pleasure of the internet’s biggest film nerds. Currently those nerds are waiting with baited breath for the release of The Avengers. So why wouldn’t we turn a big, shiny lens toward Joss Whedon’s summer kick-off event film? Okay, lets do that… Now that The Avengers has already earned $260.5M overseas, it’s time for it to take over Movie News After Dark. As if it hasn’t been creeping its way in already. Tonight’s edition of the beloved movie news round-up column isn’t 100% populated by Avengers news, but it’s close enough. And it’s only Wednesday. We begin above with a shot from the film in question, featuring Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans) in the midst of battle. Needless to say, this all has me yearning to see the film again. It »
- Neil Miller
"The Avengers" isn't the only major team-up taking place this week. Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse's poster-art boutique Mondo has joined forces with Martin Scorsese's film preservation organization The Film Foundation to create new 35mm prints of eight essential films with brand-new posters to go along with them. The plan calls for new 35mm prints of "King Kong," "The Night of the Hunter," "The Old Dark House," "Paths of Glory," "Rashomon," "The Unholy Three," "Film" and "Shadow of a Doubt." Tickets have already gone on sale. Scorsese's Film Foundation has arguably played a more essential role in the preservation of film history than any other institution (its mandate to keep an awareness of the medium's fragility and wonder alive extended into the plot of last year's Scorsese-directed "Hugo"). However, the other participants in this collaboration have »
- Eric Kohn
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