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Previously: Review: 'Masters of Sex' Season 3, Episode 3: After 'The Excitement of Release,' the Sweet Smell of Success The Syllabus As Bill Masters (Michael Sheen) scans the "thimble-deep" wisdom of Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People," his eyes dart toward the emblem of his own limited clout. Nearing the end of its first print run, "Human Sexual Response" has sold a "respectable" but unspectacular 15,000 copies, tucked into the dim back aisles of bookstores where prying eyes can't see, and Bill is willing to intervene if it ensures his study's read. He sidles up to a shamefaced customer and berates the store's snobbish owner, and if the suggestion that "winning friends is not [Bill's] strong suit" draws the connection rather too keenly, this week's "Masters of Sex" earns the chance to weave its tangled web nonetheless. Written by Gina Fattore and directed by Christopher »
- Matt Brennan
Previously: Review: 'Masters of Sex' Season 3, Episode 2: If 'Three's a Crowd," Four Spells Trouble The Syllabus "From now on, the best of everything is good enough for me," man-on-the-make Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) boasts in Alexander Mackendrick's acidly beautiful portrait of the Manhattan media elite, "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957), and though Bill Masters (Michael Sheen) may lack Falco's flashy manner, he expresses his ambition in much the same terms. "It's not enough," he tells Virginia (Lizzy Caplan) near the end of "The Excitement of Release," balking at Playboy founder Hugh Hefner's offer to fund the pair's future research in return for their "seal of approval." With glowing reviews, strong sales, and several prospective investors—in addition to mountains of hate mail and a member of the Committee for Decency's warning that "Hell is a real place"—"Human Sexual Response"...
- Matt Brennan
Previously: Review: 'Masters of Sex' Season 3, Episode 2: If 'Three's a Crowd," Four Spells Trouble The Syllabus "From now on, the best of everything is good enough for me," man-on-the-make Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) boasts in Alexander Mackendrick's acidly beautiful portrait of the Manhattan media elite, "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957), and though Bill Masters (Michael Sheen) may lack Falco's flashy manner, he expresses his ambition in much the same terms. "It's not enough," he tells Virginia (Lizzy Caplan) near the end of "The Excitement of Release," balking at Playboy founder Hugh Hefner's offer to fund the pair's future research in return for their "seal of approval." With glowing reviews, strong sales, and several prospective investors—in addition to mountains of hate mail and a member of the Committee for Decency's warning that "Hell is a real place"—"Human Sexual Response" »
- Matt Brennan
I didn't have much luck with the movies I saw in theaters this week and that's including skipping Pixels. I caught screenings of Southpaw (read the review here), Paper Towns (read the review here) and Vacation (review coming next week), but at home I had a little better luck, though I only watched one "new" film... new to me that is. In preparation for tomorrow night's screening of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, my wife and I watched Mission: Impossible and Mission: Impossible II, two films I like and yes, that even means I enjoy M:i 2 on some level, mainly on a level that I take enjoyment out of John Woo's ridiculous direction while, at the same time, I'm able to recognize it's a pretty bad movie. We watched Mission: Impossible III rather recently so tonight might be Ghost Protocol... we'll see. readmore postid="54359" The other film I watched »
- Brad Brevet
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner, Jeff Donnell, Sam Levene, Joe Frisco, Barbara Nichols, Emile Meyer, Edith Atwater | Written by Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman | Directed by Alexander Mackendrick
When it comes to Arrow and the releases they output I’ll always be a fan of the Arrow Video line because of my love of everything cult and horror. A close second though has to be their Arrow Academy range, whereas the name suggest they give more of an education based on films from the past which deserve our attention just as much as any modern movie does. Sweet Smell of Success is the latest release and gives an insight into one of the more unique Hollywood movies not only of its times in the fifties, but still remains just as good today.
When J.J. Hensecker (Burt Lancaster) a powerful New York newspaper columnist decides to come »
- Paul Metcalf
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what’s new in the world of Blu-ray…
One of the biggest films of last year with a worldwide gross of over $670 million, Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster opus Interstellar flies its way on to Blu-ray and DVD. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and a whole host of others, Interstellar is a complex but magnificent science-fiction film that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible.
You can read our review here.
The world loves Bill Murray. Especially if Bill Murray is doing grouchy comedy, like he is here in the charming St. Vincent, where he plays a loveable grouch who’s humdrum life is turn upside down by the arrival of Melissa McCarthy and her son, who he takes under his wing. Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd co-star. »
- Scott J. Davis
Film noir cognoscente Eddie Muller defines noir as "the flip-side of the all-American success story." On his website he has posted the list 25 Noir Films That Will Stand the Test of Time, a drool-worthy selection of classics that also happen to be some of our own favorites. Thus, in spirit, we present our picks below, including such Muller faves as "In a Lonely Place," "Double Indemnity," "Sweet Smell of Success," "Touch of Evil" and "Detour." For those lovers of more contemporary noir, here are our 15 favorite neo-noirs. From Jacques Tourneur to Humphrey Bogart, What to See at La's Noir City Festival Anne Thompson's Top 5: 1. "Touch of Evil" (1958): Orson Welles' bravura noir starts out strong with a delirious sustained single shot, as newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Vargas (Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh) stroll across the Mexican border to the sound of Henry Mancini and a ticking bomb, which explodes after. »
This little vampire makes you believe she can bite, wrestle and choke a man twice her size to death. It’s like a trip back to...
For those veteran theatergoers who saw Paris but didn’t visit the Grand Guignol before it closed shop in 1962, the new stage adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel and screenplay “Let the Right One In” is a must-see. Stage director John Tiffany offers some superb reincarnations of the bloodsucking and bloodletting that distinguishes Tomas Alfredson’s 2008 vampire film, and he adds another grizzly touch, inspired by Brian De Palma, that will shock no »
- Robert Hofler
When Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski came across the bizarre story of Walter and Margaret Keane, they thought they’d found a seamless vehicle on which to make their directorial debut. It was cheap, and had all the requisite characteristics of their best known scripts, Ed Wood, Man On The Moon and People Vs. Larry Flynt; charming oddball characters that never rose above the zeitgeist B-list. Tim Burton, who directed Ed Wood and Big Eyes, puts it best: “It’s what they excel at, their strongest work is finding weird real stories, torn from headlines you never read.” So why should their 11-year struggle to get Big Eyes made be anything but quirky and colorful?
Deadline: Where did you find this delightfully nutty tale of a man who stole credit for massively popular paintings art critics loved to slam, with his wife allowing herself to be shuttered in a studio, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
9 items from 2015
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