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It seems like only yesterday that the American Film Institute released their 100 Years...100 Movies  list. Actually though, it was over 10 years ago when we first got our look at that "definitive" list of the 100 best American movies. They then did a ten year anniversary of it in 2007 with only minor adjustments and both years Citizen Kane held the number one place as the best American movie. Of course, the problem with those lists is that they only list American films. While Hollywood might be considered the epicenter of film, the art form itself spans the globe, way beyond American borders. That's why the Toronto International Film Festival came up with their Essential 100 movies. Created by merging lists made by Toronto Film Festival supporters along with another made by their programmers, these are supposed to be the 100 essential movies every cinephile must see. And it starts off with a bang as Citizen Kane has been toppled. »
- Germain Lussier
2010 was great year for HD imagery on the walls outside of theaters, as well as on indoor screens. The mark of a great poster comes when you get to the end of the year and remember a design and title even if you never made it to the box office to see the film. The exceptional ones may have even convinced you to make Friday night plans and dole out 12 bucks for a ticket.
Boasting some innovative layouts and homages to masterpieces of the past, as well as a keen grasp of what catches the eye, here are our top 10 picks for 2010 movie posters that will still be imprinted on our minds in 2011, 2012 and long after.
10. "The Town"
In the grand tradition of unsettling bank-robbery movie disguises showcased in such flicks as "The Dark Knight," "Point Break" and "Dead Presidents," Ben Affleck's "The Town" introduced prospective audience members to some ugly, »
- Brian Warmoth
Filed under: Columns, Cinematical
Welcome to Where Everyone Has Gone Before, the weekly column where I continue my film education before your very eyes by seeking out and watching all of the movies I should have seen by now. I will first judge the movie before I've watched it, based entirely on its reputation (and my potentially misguided thoughts). Then I will give the movie a fair chance and actually watch it. You will laugh at me, you may condemn me, but you will never say I didn't try!
The Film: 'The 39 Steps' (1935), Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Why I Haven't Seen It Until Now: As a young movie buff, Alfred Hitchcock was the first "classic" director to resonate with me. I devoured 'Psycho,' 'The Birds,' 'North By Northwest,' 'Rear Window,' 'Vertigo' and countless others and to this day, »
- Jacob Hall
Cahiers du cinema should need no introduction and this new series of books come to us under their banner from Phaidon Press; ten books, ten directors named Masters of cinema and a more perfect Christmas present for the cinephile in your life I could not imagine.
I’m familiar with each of the ten directors here (for a full list see the front covers to the right of the article) and I’ve seen almost every film discussed in the ten books but there was a tangible thrill on starting each one, it was the same sensation I felt when I discovered each director years ago and while I’m not a fan of all I am more than happy to read and discuss the merits, or lack thereof, of the films they produce.
These are beautiful books, and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Present in each are some »
- Jon Lyus
Many holiday shoppers have been busy with Black Friday and planning for the upcoming Cyber Monday sales. That got us thinking about the master himself Alfred Hitchcock. Why you ask? Well aside from the fact that shopping around humans this time of year could make anyone go psycho, but mostly because just last month the 50th Anniversary Edition of his masterpiece Psycho was released onto Blu-ray. If you are shopping for a family member that happens to be a horror fan and don't know what to get them, well that title should be at the top of your list.
Psycho is explained as "one of the most shocking films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is now available on Blu-ray featuring perfect picture, a newly created 5.1 audio track and bonus features that take you beyond the movie! Join the Master of Suspense on a chilling journey as an unsuspecting »
Nov 03, 2010
Not particularly successful at the time of its release, Vertigo has come to be recognized as one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, where his profounder obsessions are reinforced by his technical inventiveness. It can be argued that Hitchcock's "greatness" comes only from the accident that his recurring obsession with voyeurism is the topic that best meshes with the ontology of the filmgoing experience. In any case, the longstanding argument over the superiority of his British vs. American periods looks to have been settled in favor of the latter. The less savory aspects of Hitchcock's ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com »
The most famous work by the most famous thriller director gets a week-long run at Film Forum. Alfred Hitchcock's place in cinematic history is as cemented as places get by this point; no name in movies is more synonymous with the thriller genre. Truth be told, however, there were two Hitchcocks, expertly personified by his two most famous films. There was the more abstract Hitchcock, given to dual address and movies that doubled as critiques of the form itself; the apotheosis of this side of Hitch would be Vertigo. And then there was the more visceral Hitchcock, the guy capable of scaring the ever-loving-crap out of you, plain and simple. That Hitchcock was the guy who made Psycho. Inspired by the murders of Ed Gein, who also served as the inspiration for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho created many hallmarks of the contemporary horror genre that have now become »
Alfred Hitchcock's place in cinematic history is as cemented as places get by this point; no name in movies is more synonymous with the thriller genre. Truth be told, however, there were two Hitchcocks, expertly personified by his two most famous films. There was the more abstract Hitchcock, given to dual address and movies that doubled as critiques of the form itself; the apotheosis of this side of Hitch would be Vertigo. And then there was the more visceral Hitchcock, the guy capable of scaring the ever-loving-crap out of you, plain and simple. That Hitchcock was the guy who made Psycho. Inspired by the murders of Ed Gein, who also served as the inspiration for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho created many hallmarks of the contemporary horror genre that have now become so well-worn they're essentially cliches. No one was particularly shocked when Drew Barrymore met an unfortunate end »
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Writer-Director Marina de Van’s follow-up to body horror In My Skin Takes an even bolder step into the mysteries of identity.
French director Marina de Van's thriller Don't Look Back (Ne me retourne pas) plays with identity and body doubles a la David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. De Van directed the weirdly grotesque personal jouney In My Skin (Dans Ma Peau) in 2003, which shocked audiences with its brutal display of self-mutilation and self-discovery in the lead female character. This is the next film she's tackled, which stars Jeanne Sophie Marceau (The World Is Not Enough and Braveheart) and Monica Bellucci (The Matrix Reloaded, , Irreversible and The Passion of the Christ), two of France's most celebrated modern actresses.
It's on DVD in the USA from on November 16, 2010. »
Few would disagree that Alfred Hitchcock was a master film-maker, but the female characters in his films range from stupid to cunning to traitorous, complains Bidisha
Alfred Hitchcock, what a ladykiller. There he is, lurking with rotund grandeur at the very forefront of film greatness, like an over-zealous restaurant manager in a PG Wodehouse novel. There are lots of reasons to love Hitchcock, of course: the style, the guile, the pace, the pitch – I realised that afresh when watching a box set of all his films, in preparation for a talk at the Southbank Centre on Sunday. Hitch knows how to frame a shot. But when it comes to the ladies, it's slim pickings. Indeed that is literally what his women do: pick their way slimly through a range of awful experiences and deceitful pathologies so extreme you'd be howling with laughter, were the art of cinema not so very serious. »
Chicago – Are we going to have to wait for a major anniversary of every Alfred Hitchcock film for them to be released on Blu-ray? Only two of the films directed by the best filmmaker of all time are available in HD, last year’s 50th anniversary release of “North by Northwest” and the amazing new 50th anniversary edition of “Psycho.” While there’s a part of me that longs to have all of my favorite director’s films on Blu-ray today, if they’re all as incredible as the releases for “NxNW” and “Psycho,” I might be willing to wait.
Television Rating: 5.0/5.0
I’ve probably seen “Psycho” more than any film. If fans of “Star Trek” can be called Trekkies, you could call me a Hitchie. The filmography of Alfred Hitchcock is, without a doubt, the reason I do what I do. From a young age, I marveled at the »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Legendary screen siren Kim Novak, best known for her work in the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock thriller Vertigo, is expected to make a full recovery after being diagnosed with breast cancer, her manager says. "It was caught early by a routine yearly mammogram, and [she] is undergoing treatment. All her doctors say she is in fantastic physical shape and should recover very well," Sue Cameron tells the Hollywood Reporter. Novak, 77, a No. 1 box office star in the 1950s, gave up the Hollywood limelight for a quiet life on a 240-acre ranch in Oregon with her veterinarian husband Bob Malloy, whom she married in »
Actress Kim Novak has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Novak, best known for her starring role in the 1958 classic Vertigo, is undergoing cancer treatment and is expected to make a full recovery, according to her manager, Sue Cameron.
Cameron tells The Hollywood Reporter: "It was caught early by a routine yearly mammogram and is undergoing treatment. All her doctors say she is in fantastic physical shape and should recover very well."
Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is Alfred Hitchcock – The Masterpiece Collection. Included in the box set are 14 classic Hitchock films for $51.00 (almost 60% off). Included are:
Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Rope (1948), Rear Window (1954), The Trouble With Harry (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963), Marnie (1964), Torn Curtain (1966), Topaz (1969), Frenzy (1972), Family Plot (1976)
While I always recommend Blu-ray over DVD, if you’ve never seen any of these classic films, this box set is an awesome way to start. Hit the jump for more details but remember Amazon’s Gold Box Deal’s are only for one day.
–All 14 films are digitally re-mastered.
–All-new bonus disc showcases Hitchcock’s films, career and legacy.
–Ultra-premium velvet packaging
–36-page collectible book
–14 documentaries and 9 featurettes, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Alfred Hitchcock, 1959
Roger O Thornhill (his monogram is Rot) is unlucky and terribly accident prone – he is the sort of person who gets dead men collapsing in his arms, and who can't find himself at a lonely bus stop, near a farmer's field, without having a crop-dusting aircraft turn on him. On the other hand, he is lucky: when forced to jump on a train to escape, the beautiful and utterly available Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) is willing to let him into her sleeping compartment. Above all, he has the good fortune to be Cary Grant, who never quite loses his cool even when dangling from George Washington's stone lip on the Mount Rushmore memorial. All he has to do is just keep heading north by northwest.
- David Thomson
Alfred Hitchcock, 1958
The rehabilitation of Hitchcock's Vertigo is now fully complete – its reputation is as assured as that of Citizen Kane, and can only have been helped by a long period in which it was out of circulation – but what an oddity it is. Viewed as a conventional thriller, this adaption of Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac's 1954 novel, Sueurs Froides (D'Entre les Morts), is hardly the tightest of constructions. And there is also the notorious left-field touch of giving away the twist some distance before the end. But then, plot matters far less in Vertigo than the machinations of desire and obsession – and about those there is no finer film.
James Stewart plays Scottie, an acrophobic private eye who receives an unusual assignment: to follow Madeleine (Kim Novak), the wife of an old friend, who is drifting around San Francisco in a dazed funk. She seems to be under »
- Ryan Gilbey
This fan made movie trailer cut of Christopher Nolan's Inception is modeled after the trailers of Alfred Hitchcock's films from the 1940's and 50's. Here is a word from the editor, krishnashenoi93: The audio is picked from the trailers of 'Rear Window', 'Spellbound' and 'Vertigo'. The words are my own, but those are just like what they normally cover the entire screen with. Music from those three trailers too. It's so fascinating to see how movie trailers have evolved over the years. See this video and see the real trailer; you can see how things have changed over half a decade! Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. »
- Peter Sciretta
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “Road to Nowhere” already has led Steven Gaydos to some pretty special places. He’s hoping the journey has just begun.
Gaydos, who serves as Variety’s executive editor, recently penned a film-noir script that centered around a young director embroiled in a true-crime mystery. He pitched the idea to his friend and former colleague, acclaimed director Monte Hellman. To Gaydos’ surprise, Hellman bit on the idea, and the two were in business. They hired a cast that included Shannyn Sossamon and Dominique Swain. They filmed around the world, shooting in California, North Carolina, England and Italy. Earlier this fall, they unveiled the picture at the Venice Film Festival and received raves.
“Monte only knows one way to make a movie, which is ahead of the pack,” Gaydos said. “He does not tether himself to popular taste. But I think he has made a »
- Sean O'Connell
As part of the Guardian and Observer Film Season, welcome to our inaugural liveblog of a film. We pressed play on the DVD of Mulholland Drive that came free with today's Observer at exactly 7pm. And, with the help of uberfan Steve Rose and film scholar David Thomson, we tried to decipher this most mysterious of movies
Now choose which film we'll liveblog from the TV on Monday
6.30pm: Good evening! At 7pm we'll be kicking off our inaugural liveblog of a film on the Guardian's film site as part of our month-long Film Season. So there's still time to get a copy of Mulholland Drive, free with today's Observer, if you haven't already (and the garage/newsagent still has some in stock).
- David Thomson, Steve Rose, Catherine Shoard
"Ripped from the headlines" is the Law & Order franchise's catch phrase, but often times just one nugget of a real-life story is enough to inspire an episode.
This season's premiere slightly borrowed from the story of Jaycee Dugard (who was kidnapped and found to be living with her captor years later), added an element of the Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novack film Vertigo about remaking someone you love, and combined it with the idea of installing Rfid chips in your kids to trace their every move.
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- Robyn Ross
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