19 items from 2014
By Mark Pinkert
Alfred Hitchcock‘s North by Northwest (1959) is his most famous rendering of the innocent-man-on-the-run thriller, but The 39 Steps (1935) is the original, and while the former is colored, cohesive, and so in a form for longevity, the latter is more eccentric, stylized, and perhaps more oddly compelling. But The 39 Steps hasn’t survived in popular memory because it is in black-and-white and is often difficult to understand (mumbling British accents and underdeveloped sound-mixing). Modern film viewers will have seen at least Psycho (1960),Vertigo (1958), and Rear Window (1954), or some combination of the Hitchcock essentials, but only the true enthusiasts–fewer and fewer they remain–will see The 39 Steps. My suggestion is to see it, regardless.
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- Mark Pinkert
An overwrought pastiche of Hitchcock that makes less sense and renders its protagonist far less plausible the longer it goes on. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): haven’t been a fan of Xavier Dolan’s work so far
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Tom is at the farm, in the countryside outside Quebec, for the funeral of his boyfriend. Except his lover’s mother, Agathe (Lise Roy), has no idea her dead son was gay, so she believes Tom is simply his friend from the ad agency where they work(ed), and laments that “that whore” whom she believes to be her son’s girlfriend — thanks to the machinations of her other son, Francis (Pierre-Yves Cardinal), who has been “protecting” Mom from the truth by inventing stories — hasn’t shown up.
Writer, director, and star (he plays Tom) Xaviar Dolan »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Every week Amazon rotates a number of their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. If you're a Star Trek: Tng fan, these are some of the best prices yet on the remastered seasons on Blu-ray. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1 [Blu-ray] - $31.49 (59% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] - $105.49 (65% off). Includes 15 iconic films from the acclaimed director’s illustrious career 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. Each film has been digitally restored. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Every Sunday Amazon rotates a number of their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. Some of these deals won’t last, so if you see something you like don’t wait too long. Also, if you're a Star Trek: Tng fan, these are some of the best prices yet on the fantastic remastered seasons on Blu-ray. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1 [Blu-ray] - $31.49 (59% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] - $105.49 (65% off). Includes 15 iconic films from the acclaimed director’s illustrious career including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
News Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 12:10
This one's direct in from our 'you can't make this shit up department'. It was marked urgent, but it's still taken us a week or two to get around to writing it up. We hope you understand.
So: you know the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece The Birds? The 1963 thriller with Tippi Hedren in the lead role? Well, firstly there's a remake coming (which has been chatted about for a while). Secondly, Michael Bay is producing the remake.
We'll give you a minute.
Shocking twists, suspenseful music, and unbearable anticipation are trademarks of mystery movies, keeping you on the edge of your seat wondering "whodunnit?"
And while movies love toying with the audiences' emotions (and we love them for it!), the real mystery is how filmmakers could make such blatant mistakes.
In case you missed them, here are seven mystery-movie blunders, from classics like "North by Northwest" and "The Usual Suspects." As usual, all photos are courtesy of MovieMistakes.com.
Photo Courtesy of Everett Collection / MGM »
- Jonny Black
True Detective wrapped its celebrated, intensely parsed first season last night with a finale that has invited a wide variety of reactions. Your opinion might hinge on whether or not you found the revelation of The Yellow King — Errol Childress, aka The Lawnmower Man — and his evil to be interesting and a surprisingly uplifting, optimistic ending for Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) to be the correct call for the series. The man behind the madness stands behind his choices, although the writer (best known before this for the crime novel Galveston) sounds a bit relieved that »
- Jeff Jensen
Earlier tonight, "True Detective" concluded its first season — and, with it, the stories of Rust Cohle and Marty Hart. I reviewed the finale here, and as a bookend to a conversation we had before the season started, I spoke with the show's creator, Nic Pizzolatto, about the finale and the season as a whole (along with a vague but intriguing hint about season 2, which hasn't been officially ordered yet, but only because I suspect HBO is waiting until they've signed the actors they want before announcing). That's coming up just as soon as I strike you as more of a talker than a doer... The structure of the series means you could have done anything with the ending, up to and including killing the two leads, because you get a clean slate with the next season. Why did you choose this particular way to end the story? Nic Pizzolatto: »
- Alan Sepinwall
A review of tonight's "True Detective" season finale coming up just as soon as I ask you what "scented meat" is... "Once, there was only dark. If you ask me, the light's winning." -Cohle When I interviewed "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto before this season began, I asked him about how he expected to distinguish this show from the abundance of other serial killer dramas filling (or polluting, if you'd rather) primetime at the moment. We've seen by now that even though "True Detective" has many superficial elements and character types and plot devices in common with a lot of those shows (and other crime-adjacent dramas, like an early scene here that evoked the last episode of "Breaking Bad"), it is very much its own thing, and could not easily be compared to the others. "True Detective" and "Hannibal" both featured killers who displayed their victims' bodies with antlers, for instance, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Now it’s gettin’ good, right? This section of the list begins to get into the portion where “you’ve heard it before.” A number of the films below have been universally acclaimed for one reason or another, but the focus here is on the writing. Some are innovative, some are unexpected, and some completed changed the way films were written, creating a new style or sub-genre. After all, isn’t that what makes for good writing?
30. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way.
Before he was one of the more recognizable directors in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino was a screenwriter just trying to make enough money to get the films he wanted to make off the ground. »
- Joshua Gaul
Eddy and Sid after a Master Class at Nyu, 2003. (Photo: Michael Doft)
Sid Caesar’s funeral service was held on Sunday afternoon, February 16 at a private ceremony in Los Angeles. Among the family and friends paying tribute was Sid’s biographer and friend, Cinema Retro’s Eddy Friedfeld, who co-authored Sid’s creative biography, Caesar’s Hours, published by Public Affairs in 2003.
What follows is the eulogy Eddy delivered before Sid's family, friends and colleagues.
Sid said that, like Isaac Newton, he stood on the shoulders of giants, his inspirations- Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy and W.C. Fields, who helped him develop his career and craft. Today, Sid, we stand on your shoulders- and celebrate your life, your art, your warmth, character, and friendship. You did things no one else could do and you inspired many others, including people in this room, to take the same artistic risks. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Amazon has two great deals going on right now for a couple of impressive Blu-ray collections. The first is the Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection, which also includes Skyfall along with over 120 hours of extras, including "World of Bond", "Being Bond", "Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style" and "Skyfall Videoblogs" for only $119.99, which is 60% off the $300 list price. This week's deal also includes three HD digital copies of past Bond movies. If you're interested, click here to buy it. Next is the Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection, which includes the following 50 titles along with Ultraviolet digital copies of each with the * noting Best Picture winners. Grand Hotel* (1932) Mutiny on the Bounty* (1935) Wizard of Oz (1939) Gone with The Wind* (1939) Maltese Falcon, The (1941) Mrs. Miniver* (1942) Casablanca* (1942) Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948) Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951) American in Paris, An* (1951) Singin' in the Rain (1952) Gigi* (1958) North By Northwest (1959) Ben-Hur »
- Brad Brevet
Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent is exactly the kind of film that benefits from a Criterion Collection release. I don't consider this to be one of Hitch's "best", but at the same time it's got the elements that make his films fascinating, and, most importantly, entertaining. And Criterion always does a great job bringing a focus to some of Hitchcock's less discussed gems. Add to that, Foreign Correspondent carries an additional weight as a result of its place in history as a propaganda film, emphasized most in Joel McCrea's speech at the end of the film amid the bombing of London, warning those back in the U.S. just what exactly Germany was up to. The scene was added after filming had already wrapped, just over a month before the film would actually hit theaters. Following Rebecca, Foreign Correspondent was Hitchcock's second American feature. Both would be nominated for »
- Brad Brevet
Cinema history has a few great double-up years: 12-month periods in which a classic filmmaker had not one but two great films. Mel Brooks may be the most notorious, releasing two of the best comedies of all time in 1974 (“Blazing Saddles” & “Young Frankenstein”) and Steven Spielberg has arguably done it a few times, inarguably in 1993 (“Jurassic Park” & “Schindler’s List”) and he would double-up again in 2002 (“Minority Report” & “Catch Me If You Can”) and 2011 (“Tintin” & “War Horse”).
One of the most-often forgotten double-up years was Alfred Hitchcock’s first year as an American filmmaker — 1940, which saw the premiere of “Rebecca” in April and “Foreign Correspondent” in August. The former has been a Criterion inductee for years and the latter joins the most important club in Blu-ray/DVD history this week in a finely-transferred and wonderfully accompanied release.
“Rebecca” has the higher historical pedigree, largely because it’s less dry »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Hitchcock’s War Face
Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film Foreign Correspondent is often underrated or forgotten when it comes to lists of the director’s “best” films. In fact, it was nominated for an Oscar Best Picture the same year as Rebecca (which won), and, personally, I think it’s the better movie. It’s certainly more of a “Hitchcock film” than Rebecca, as it is one of those cross-country espionage adventure-thrillers along the lines of The 39 Steps, Saboteur, and North by Northwest.
It was the director’s second Hollywood movie. Although Hitchcock was contracted to David O. Selznick (who produced Rebecca), Hitch’s deal allowed Selznick to “farm out” the director to other studios and producers, for a piece of Hitchcock’s salary, of course. In this case, Foreign Correspondent was produced by Walter Wanger (who had also produced John Ford’s Stagecoach). It’s interesting that »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Entertainment grade: B
History grade: D–
Ron Woodroof was diagnosed as HIV positive in the 1980s. He was part of a buyers club, an organisation distributing sometimes unlicensed drugs among members for the treatment of their condition, in Dallas, Texas.
Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) rides rodeo, drinks beer, parties in his trailer, and has sex with as many women as possible. In real life, he didn't ride rodeo. Apparently this is supposed to be a metaphor. Somebody at the metaphorical rodeo is reading a newspaper article about Rock Hudson suffering from Aids, which would date this to 1985. "Who's Rock Hudson, anyway?" says one guy. "He's an actor, dumbass," another replies. "You never seen North by Northwest?" Rock Hudson was »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
With I, Frankenstein in theatres, The Creature is sure to be on a lot of people's minds; and if you're in the UK, you'll soon get a chance to check out Michael Sarrazin in the role when 1970's TV movie Frankenstein: The True Story finally arrives to your shores.
One of the most acclaimed versions of Mary Shelley’s classic tale, Frankenstein: The True Story, featuring a stellar all-star cast including James Mason and Leonard Whiting, makes its UK DVD debut on 10 March 2014 thanks to Second Sight Films.
Originally airing on NBC in 1973, this much lauded film also stars David McCallum ("The Man From U.N.C.L.E."), Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"), Tom Baker ("Doctor Who"), Ralph Richardson (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes), John Gielgud (Ghandi), Peter Sallis (Last of the Summer Wine), and Michael Sarrazin (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?; Feardotcom) as The Creature.
In 19th century England, »
- Debi Moore
Memory Of The Camps features disturbing footage, provided by the Allied Forces after liberation in 1945, charting the atrocities committed during the Holocaust. It was intended to be used to shock Germany into acknowledgement, however the film was shelved due to worries about its counter-productivity in German post-war reconstruction.
Hitchcock got involved later in the project, helping produce the footage. According to PBS he acted as consultant and helped shape the footage into a meaningful structure.
After the project’s abandonment, five of the six reels ended up in London’s Imperial War Museum – where they were shown in 1985 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the death camps.
Now the Imperial War Museum has revealed plans to release all six »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
While the iconic director Alfred Hitchcock is primarily known for being the master of suspense with classic films like Vertigo, North by Northwest, The Birds, Psycho and Rear Window in his filmography, many have forgotten one project that was outside of his comfort zone in more ways than one. In 1984, a Hitchcock directed Holocaust documentary called Memory of the Camps was unveiled at the Berlin Film Festival and also on PBS. Now Open Culture (via The Playlist) has found the 53-minute cut of the dark documentary which has footage of Nazi concentration camps as seen by the British Army Film Unit in 1945. Here's the 53-minute version of Hitchcock's Holocaust documentary Memory of the Camps: Back in 1945, when Hitchcock reviewed the footage (at the request of friend Sidney Bernstein) from the British and Soviet units who captured the German forces despicable warfare on film, the director ended up leaving Pinewood Studios »
- Ethan Anderton
19 items from 2014
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