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Holiday shopping season is upon us and if you're like us, you are always looking for fun suggestions for loved ones. For the special "Psych" fan in your life, here are some recommendations from Zap2it. Meanwhile, don't forget to tune into "Psych: The Musical" on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on USA. It's going to be epic.
Gifts under $50
"Psych: The Musical" ($16.99): Pre-order the musical event of the season. It's available starting Dec. 17.
"100 Clues" floorplan T-shirt ($26.99): We're striving to find more off-the-beaten-path gifts for TV fans in these gift guides, but there are a few gems at the official USA store and this is one of them. It's a T-shirt that features the floor plan of the mansion in the "Clue" send-up episode (pictured above, left).
Pineapple necklace ($24.95): Likewise, the official "Psych" jewelry is pretty cool. There's a neat charm bracelet and some earrings, »
Written by Anthony Shaffer
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Written by Ernest Lehman
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
There are some who opt for Alfred Hitchcock’s British years as his finest, taking into account his earliest silent features through Jamaica Inn in 1939. On the other hand, many regard the peak years in America as the Master of Suspense’s finest era, with films from Rebecca in 1940 to Marnie in 1964. Both have valid points to make and there are unquestionably several great works during each phase of the filmmaker’s career. Few, however, would rank Hitchcock’s final four films among his best. In a way, this is unfair, their lowly stature no doubt due to the masterworks that preceded them; with the films Hitchcock made before, the bar was set unassailably high. Taken apart from the imposing excellence of these earlier classics, these concluding films are solid movies. »
- Jeremy Carr
By Jon Heitland
On any list of the best films based on World War II, The Great Escape, directed by John Sturges and based on the novel by Paul Brickhill, will always rank near the top. The compelling story of a group of British and American prisoners of war and how they outwitted their Nazi captors observes its 50th anniversary this year, and actor David McCallum, who plays Ashley-Pitt in the film, travelled to Omaha, Nebraska on November 9, 2013, to help celebrate the classic film. Proceeds went to the Nebraska Kidney Foundation, which was why McCallum took time from his busy television schedule to make an appearance. The evening event centered around a showing of the film at the large, concert-style theater at the prestigious Joslyn Museum, to an enthusiastic, full house crowd of 1000.
The Great Escape 50 year retrospective was another »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The holiday season is now firmly upon us and it’s time to kick your Christmas shopping into high gear. Chances are, there’s at least one person on your shopping list who happens to be a big movie buff. We admit, we’re not the easiest type of people to shop for, but you’re in luck as our talented staff of cinephiles have come up with a Movie Buff Wish List of awesome movie related gifts we’d love to find under our tree. Come inside to check out the hottest items cinema enthusiasts want to help you find the perfect gift for that movie buff in your own life!
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Maybe you're one of the lucky ducks who doesn't have to work the day after Thanksgiving, so you can stay in your jammies all day and watch the movie marathon of your choice -- Capt. Jack Sparrow, Alfred Hitchcock, "Star Wars." So many choices.
Or if you're like us, you're getting the DVR set. But here are the marathons and specials being offered Friday, Nov. 29. Note: If you want to watch some "Friends" Thanksgiving Day episodes, start the DVR late Turkey Day night into the wee hours of the morning.
All times Eastern.
ABC: College football, noon to 7 p.m. (Iowa at Nebraska, Miami at Pittsburgh)
ABC Family: Harry Potter movie marathon, 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. ("Goblet of Fire," "Order of the Phoenix," "Half-Blood Prince," "Deathly Hallows Part 1")
The holiday shopping season officially kicks off tonight and we know it can be difficult to find presents for horror fans that seem to have everything. To help make things easier, we’ve put together the initial list of our holiday gift suggestions, which include cannibal wine, classic horror shirts, vinyl figures and Blu-ray collections.
While a handful of these items are only available at select websites, you should be able to find some pretty good sales on other items starting tonight. Specifically, Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart will have big sales on Blu-ray/DVD titles and video games. We’d like to give Tamika Jones a big thanks for helping put this guide together.
Silence of the Lambs Wine: “The Alamo Drafthouse’s 2013 Signature Wines are an oenophilic nod to noted gourmand, wine connoisseur and psychopath Hannibal Lecter. “The Chianti Slurp” is an iconic wine in film moment, celebrated »
- Tamika Jones
Quentin Tarantino has been named the most-studied director in the UK.
A survey of 17 academics by the recently-relaunched PureMovies.co.uk film website found that the controversial director had been referenced more than any other in the essays and dissertations marked over the last five years.
Head of Film Studies at Uxbridge College Dr Garth Twa said: "It's no surprise. Tarantino is visceral, accessible, and students new to film studies have an immediate handle on visual pleasure.
"What is great about Tarantino is that he can serve as a gateway to appreciate everything from the French New Wave to genre studies to gender representation in film."
He added: "Batman is a perennial franchise that will always find a market.
"He's a hero who's relatable, but also flawed like we are, »
Team Experience is assembling our own coven of preferred witches for Halloween. Here's Anne Marie on Kim Novak and her kitty.
How does a studio follow up one of the most iconic thrillers ever made? With a supernatural rom-com, of course! Bell Book And Candle was released in 1958 a few months after Vertigo. Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak once again play a bewitched man and the woman who desperately loves him, but this time Kim Novak wields magic and doesn't die twice.
As Gillian Holroyd, Kim Novak is the sexiest sorceress to ever sling a spell. By day, Gil sells "primitive art" from her chic New York art gallery. By night, she weaves powerful enchantments to ensare her rival's fiance and exact her revenge. One thing that never changes is her sense of style: Gil pulls off this double life in some stunning (Academy Award nominated) ensembles.
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- Anne Marie
It’s hard to believe there’s anything left to say about Psycho, the most renowned horror movie of all time, but here’s a thought worth revisiting: We are all in it. (Violin shriek.)
Alfred Hitchcock‘s notorious thriller is a methodically paced freakshow that takes its time shifting from one slightly off-kilter protagonist’s point of view to another, then another, and then another. Which character ends up mattering most? The one we’re never allowed to meet, of course. Rebecca flashbacks, anyone?
We begin the film rooting for, yet judging the runaway secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) who has stolen money from her odious boss. Would we do that? Maybe not, but we care about the boss-screwing machinations of 9 to 5 and love Lily Tomlin‘s revenge fantasy (right?!), so the arc feels righteous and valid. After 45 minutes behind Marion’s tense glance, we switch to the perspective »
- Louis Virtel
• Edith Head's classic designs – in pictures
Edith Head, the subject of today's Google Doodle, still holds the record for most Oscar wins by an individual woman: eight, all for her costume designs. Most of these wins came in the early 50s, including two for Audrey Hepburn movies, Roman Holiday and Sabrina, but it was Head's work on a string of Alfred Hitchcock films that have ensured her place in the cinematic firmament.
In fact, it's fair to say that Head's costume work in films such as Vertigo, The Birds, and Rear Window was integral to Hitchcock's particular, recondite concern: the dismantling of apparently perfect women. The co-ordinated suits and neat frocks worn by the likes of Tippi Hedren, Grace Kelly and Kim Novak were the most obvious part of »
- Andrew Pulver
Just in time for Halloween, today’s Google homepage celebrates Hollywood costume designer Edith Head, on what would have been her 115th birthday (she passed away in 1981).
In 1924, Head was hired as a costume sketch artist for Paramount Pictures. She would go on the create costumes for everyone from Sophia Loren to Elizabeth Taylor, and is probably most well-known for her work on of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, including Vertigo, The Birds and Rear Window.
- Erin Strecker
This kaleidoscopic compilation of soundtracks by Bernard Herrmann scored for film, television and radio presents a feature-length overview of this incredibly unique composer's wide-ranging and distinctive style. Working with directors such as Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese, during a career that spanned over forty years, Herrmann created scores of such innovative and emotional magnitude that notions of sound and music in cinema have never been the same. The breadth and scope of Herrmann's ingenious composing, arranging and orchestrating talent is on full display here, from the use of the theremin in The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951), to the all-string "black & white" sound for Psycho (1960), and the whistled main title of The Twisted Nerve (1968). Despite a well-charted, stormy history of personal and professional battles, Herrmann could work effortlessly in many musical idioms, seemingly without pause, whether it be within the Romanticism of Jane Eyre (1943) and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir »
- Paul Clipson
I met up with Arnaud Desplechin to discuss his latest film screened at the New York Film Festival and discovered masculinity in Hitchcock's Vertigo by letting Kim Novak die and the soul of a Russian doll while sounding like Danny Kaye in The Court Jester. We were photographed with just a touch of evil by co-screenwriter Kent Jones and tried to find out what it actually means to "become an American."
In Jimmy P: Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian, based on the case study 'Reality and Dream' by ethnologist and psychoanalyst Georges Devereux, nationalities and accents blur to bring light, while Devereux (Mathieu Amalric in fire and fervor) and his patient Jimmy Picard, a Native American war veteran played with internal radiance by Benicio Del Toro embark on mapping out disclosures of the mind. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day is Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) Blu-ray for $109.99 (63% off!). From Amazon: Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection features 15 iconic films including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery and Kim Novak, this definitive collection showcases a true cinematic master at his best. Featuring over 15 hours of insightful bonus features plus an exclusive collectible book, each film has been digitally restored from high resolution film elements for the ultimate Hitchcock experience. If you don't yet own the films, it's a great deal that only last until midnight or while supplies last. Hit the jump for more info or click here to buy it. Here's what is included in the set. It's a great one. Saboteur »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
San Francisco Symphony salutes Alfred Hitchcock: Halloween movies and Hitchcock movie music (photo: San Francisco Symphony and Cary Grant in ’North by Northwest’) The San Francisco Symphony will celebrate Alfred Hitchcock movies and their music scores beginning at 8 p.m. on Halloween eve, October 30, 2013, at Davies Symphony Hall. During Hitchcock Film Week, the San Francisco Symphony will perform the scores for Hitchcock’s Psycho, The Lodger: A Tale of the London Fog, and the world premiere presentation of Vertigo’s full score performed live, in addition to excerpts from To Catch a Thief, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, and North by Northwest. Alfred Hitchcock’s granddaughter Tere Carrubba will introduce the Psycho presentation on October 30. Hitchcock received his fifth and final Best Director Academy Award nomination for this cheaply made — but highly successful — 1960 thriller starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Janet Leigh. »
- Andre Soares
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Peter Bradshaw on crime
Controversially, the cinema has always made criminals look cool. The big screen loves bad guys and, to modify Blake's description of Milton, has often been of the devil's party, while knowing it perfectly well. Yet crime and transgression are the stuff of drama and real life, too. Howard Hawks's Scarface in 1932 gave us Paul Muni's criminal sociopath Tony Camonte, brilliantly reinvented by Brian De Palma in 1983 with Al Pacino in the lead role.
The gangster genre showed how criminal networks operated inside their own fiercely moral codes and stood in direct opposition to courtroom dramas such as Twelve Angry Men, with its »
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time around for one reason: that is, the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. Enjoy!
Written and directed by Peter Tscherkassky
Outer Space has gained a reputation over the years as being a key experimental film alongside the works of such legends as Stan Brakhage and Michael Snow. Horror buffs will recognise the actress in the short as Oscar nominee Barbara Hershey. »
- Ricky da Conceição
(Terence Fisher, 1959, Icon/Hammer, 12)
After nearly 20 years of unmemorable programme fillers, Hammer Films found sudden international success with horror movies, first the black-and-white The Quatermass Xperiment, then Technicolor versions of the 1930s Universal classics, The Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula and The Mummy. Made in a sprawling country mansion on the Thames at Bray, near Windsor, all three films featured the same stars (Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee) and the same crew, headed by director Terence Fisher, screenwriter Jimmy Sangster, designer Bernard Robinson and cinematographer Jack Asher. A distinctive style was born, and Hammer became synonymous with horror. The Mummy drew on four Universal movies for its tale of an Egyptologist (Peter Cushing) being pursued back to Britain by the ancient, vengeful mummy of an Egyptian priest (Christopher Lee) that he has roused from his tomb in Karnak in 1896.
Alternately corny and magical, scary and comic, naive and perverse, »
- Philip French
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Peter Bradshaw on action movies
In some ways, it should be the quintessential cinema genre. After all, what does the director shout at the beginning of a take? Action – at times a euphemism for violence and machismo – evolved into a recognisable genre in the 80s. Gunplay and athleticism resurfaced in a sweatier and more explicitly violent form, with movies such as Sylvester Stallone's First Blood. The hardware was all-important, and the metallic sheen of the guns was something to be savoured alongside the musculature of the heroes. The genre spawned the action hero. These were not pretty-boys there to melt female hearts: they were there to get a roar of approval from the guys. »
I hadn't heard of Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face until last year, following a screening of Holy Motors in Cannes when someone noted how Edith Scob was wearing a similar white mask (see here) to the one she wore throughout all but a few minutes of Eyes, where she plays the scarred daughter of a high profile Paris surgeon (Pierre Brasseur). Come to learn, the film's influence is more widespread than that, including films such as Pedro Almodovar's Skin I Live In, the mask for Michael Myers in John Carpenter's Halloween and even Tim Burton's Batman as Jerry Hall wears a mask to cover her face playing The Joker's secret lover, Alicia Hunt. Little did Alicia know, her plunge out the window was decided almost 30 years earlier. Described as a horror, the adjectives "lyrical" and poetic are also associated with this film and both are incredibly appropriate. »
- Brad Brevet
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