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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
Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »
- Andre Soares
Any Hitchcock fan has no doubt looked carefully while watching one of his movies in order to spot his infamous cameos. Hitchcock’s earlier cameos are especially hard to catch, and so Youtube user Morgan T. Rhys put together this video compiling every cameo Alfred Hitchcock ever made.
Hitchcock made a total of 39 self-referential cameos in his films over a 50 year period. Four of his films featured two cameo appearances (The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog UK), Suspicion, Rope, and Under Capricorn). Two recurring themes featured Hitchcock carrying a musical instrument, and using public transportation.
The films are as follows:
The Lodger (1927), Easy Virtue (1928), Blackmail (1929),Murder! (1930), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935),Sabotage (1936), Young and Innocent (1937), The Lady Vanishes (1938), Rebecca(1940), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941), Suspicion (1941),Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Lifeboat (1944), Spellbound (1945),Notorious (1946), The Paradine Case (1947), Rope (1948), Under Capricorn (1949),Stage Fright (1950), Strangers on a Train »
Ja from Mnpp here - The Film Experience is taking a look back at 1964 all this month and so it's the perfect time for our "Beauty Vs Beast" series to take a look at a movie that's turning 50 next month (it was released on July 22nd, 1964) and wades so deep into morally murky waters you're never quite sure which end of the screen you're rooting for (if any), making it perfect for this poll - I speak of Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie.
Starring Tippi Hedren as the titular troubled girl turned to theivery and Sean Connery as the businessman alternately turned on and repelled by that rascally blonde's baser instincts, Marnie's awash in dream symbols (so many snapping purses!) and psychiatry talk - too much of the latter by my count; like Hitch's film Spellbound I always find his movie's at their least interesting when they're explicitly spelling out his psychological obsessions. »
You'll want to make some time for this excellent "Siskel & Ebert" special from 1983, “Dial H for Hitchock,” in which the beloved and much-missed critical pair do their thing (after a few promos for their review of “The Big Chill”, for whatever reason). The show highlights an interesting bit of film history: it was made to coincide with the rerelease of several Hitchcocks in the early 80s–“Vertigo,” “Rear Window,” “Rope,” “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” “The Trouble With Harry”–all of which had been hard to see in the U.S. for some years before 1983, Hitchcock himself having intentionally kept prints scarce to increase their value. “Vertigo” and “Rear Window”, of course, are two of Hitchcock's absolutely most influential film, so it's strange to imagine a time when many film fans wouldn't ever have seen them. This isn't just a Hitchcock hagiography though: the other three films aren't quite of the same legendary status, »
- Ben Brock
She lit up movie screens and record charts in the '40s, '50s and '60s, and - as she turns 90 on April 3 - Doris Day remains one of America's Sweethearts. Here is the birthday girl in a recent shot outside her Carmel, Calif., home. Note her companion - the star has been a champion of furry friends for decades, and, in lieu of gifts on her big day, she asks for contributions to the Doris Day Animal Foundation. As Day told People in a rare 2011 interview, "I love life. I have my pets around me and good friends. »
- Stephen M. Silverman and Liz McNeil
It looks like "The Wolf of Wall Street" stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have another fact-based collaboration in the works. Per Deadline, 20th Century Fox has inked a deal to acquire rights to Marie Brenner's 1997 Vanity Fair article "The Ballad Of Richard Jewell" right in time for the Winter Olympics. The article investigates the eponymous 1996 Atlanta Olympics security guard who, after discovering a suspicious backpack on the grounds, infamously became the scapegoat of a legal rigamarole. The role is being developed for Jonah Hill, says Deadline, and Leonardo DiCaprio will player the Southern litigator who came to Jewell's aid. Vanity Fair writer Marie Brenner's "The Man Who Knew Too Much" was the inspiration for Michael Mann's Oscar-nominated whistleblower thriller "The Insider" (1999), set in the tobacco industry. Both Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio are up for acting Oscars for Martin Scorsese's best picture contender "The Wolf of Wall Street. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The project will be based on the 1997 Vanity Fair article "The Ballad Of Richard Jewell" by Marie Brenner, with Jonah Hill playing Richard Jewell, and Leonardo DiCaprio portraying a Southern lawyer who helped guide this hero-turned-pariah through a hellish ordeal that dragged on for months.
On July 27, 1996, Richard Jewell was working as a security guard at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, when he noticed an unattended green backpack at around 1 Am. He alerted police to the situation and helped clear the area. The backpack contained a pipe bomb which shortly thereafter exploded, killing one person and injuring 111 others. He was praised as a hero for the first few days after the bombing, until an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story was published revealing that the FBI was considering him a suspect, »
8 items from 2014
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