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50 Reasons Why Ghostbusters Just Might Be The Greatest Film Of All Time

29 December 2010 4:48 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

…and One Reason Why Maybe It Isn’t!

(Article re-posted for your enjoyment)…

Owf’s Tom Fallows runs down 50 reasons why the 1984 classic horror comedy Ghostbusters is The Greatest Film of All Time.

Also check out the three sequels to this list Gremlins, Back to the Future and Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho!

1. Bill Murray

This is the movie that made the Saturday Night Live comedian a bonified movie star and would pave the way for such later delights as Groundhog Day (1993), Lost in Translation (2003) and Broken Flowers (2005). Without Bill Murray, would Ghostbusters be the classic it is today?

2. The Dialogue

Just transcribing the movie would enough reason why Ghostbusters achieves greatness. This list contains as many classic quotes as we could fit. i.e.

“You forget, Peter. I was present at an undersea unexplained sponge migration,” – Ray.

3. Ray Parker Jr’s Theme Song

All together now, “Who ya gonna call? »

- Tom Fallows

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The Toronto Film Festival’s Essential 100 Movies

22 December 2010 11:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

It seems like only yesterday that the American Film Institute released their 100 Years...100 Movies [1] 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

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Where Everyone Has Gone Before #23: 'The 39 Steps'

19 December 2010 6:20 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

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

Starring: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll and Lucie Manheim.

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

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Hidden gems of 2010: the DVDs you may have missed

18 December 2010 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Mark Kermode, the Observer's DVD critic, picks the releases that deserved greater attention, from Restrepo to the re-released Peeping Tom

Two intriguing titles slipped under this column's radar because their DVD releases coincided with their terrestrial TV premieres. Arguably the finest documentary of the year, Restrepo (2010, Dogwoof, E) provides an intimate account of life on the front-line in Afghanistan, where the battle for "hearts and minds" clashes with the harsh reality of chaotic violence, military and insurgent. Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger embed themselves among Us soldiers stationed in the Korangal valley in 2008 and watch them endure boredom, terror, adrenaline rushes, loss, confusion and exhilaration in roughly equal measure. Over a year, the film-makers earned the trust of their astonishingly youthful subjects, whose responses to their life-and-death situations are as honest as they are humbling. Intercutting raw outpost footage with more melancholic post-battle interviews that reveal still unhealed wounds, Restrepo »

- Mark Kermode

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The 9 Best DVD and Blu-ray Releases of 2010

14 December 2010 4:00 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

If you thought every great film had already maxed out its possibilities on home video (you know, VHS, DVD, special editon DVD, anniversary edition DVD, Blu-ray, special edition Blu-ray… and so on), well, you’d be mistaken.

This year proved another great year for high profile DVD and Blu-ray releases, and what better time to run through the 2010′s highlights than during holiday shopping mania?

Some of the films on this list are Blu-ray debuts, some are fan favorites packaged with collectible gewgaws and one set is a whopper too big to ignore. They all have one undeniable thing in common: someone you know wants one of them wrapped with a bow.

9. Clint Eastwood: 35 Films, 35 Years

Make someone’s day with this handsome collection of Eastwood’s 35-year relationship with Warner Bros. — from “Where Eagles Dare” through “Invictus.” Included in the set are the octogenarian’s “Dirty Harry” movies, »

- Robert DeSalvo

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Help Me Figure Out These 14 'Classic Screen Types' Offered by the New York Times

9 December 2010 9:24 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The following video comes courtesy of "The New York Times" from their "Fourteen Actors Acting: A Video Gallery of Classic Screen Types" project scored by Owen Pallett and directed by Solve Sundsbo. This came online yesterday, but as I looked through the various silent performances I couldn't make out just what "classic" screen types each was mimicking. So, as everyone and their mother posted the videos yesterday I was hoping someone would shed some light on each so I could pass the information on to you, but alas, no one that I've found has mentioned a single film in relation to each performance. I didn't even notice anyone mentioning how Tilda Swinton is obviously channeling Maria Falconetti's performance from The Passion of Joan of Arc or Jennifer Lawrence's obvious Janet Leigh in Psycho impression.

I can't help but be reminded of North by Northwest from Anthony Mackie's video, »

- Brad Brevet

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Death Of Scream Queens and The New Blood

8 December 2010 11:17 PM, PST | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

by Mike Pickle

The key selling point to many great (and tons of not-so-great) Horror films is young, attractive women. You can't have a scary monster or a psychopathic killer without a damsel in distress for them to terrorize.

Sure, a female lead is a necessary component to any film, but no other genre relies as heavily on strong female characters as Horror. The women who do it best and do it more often are awarded the title of "Scream Queen".

They are the emotional core, the eye candy, and the very reason that these films both scare and excite us. The look of fear in their eyes transports us into their world and makes us feel what it must be like to be chased by a demented murderer, mythical beast or demon from hell. As our society changes, adapts and evolves; so must the Horror genre.

Many Scream Queens »

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Ry Russo-young, “You Wont Miss Me”

8 December 2010 8:19 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Something of a prodigy even before she made her first feature, Manhattan native Ry Russo-Young (Orphans) had an early apprenticeship in the medium, studying visual arts and drama at Oberlin College and Yale, respectively, before putting in some time at the Lee Strasberg Institute and Nyu’s Tisch School of the Arts. Russo-Young eventually directed the short film Marion, a multi-screen deconstruction of scenes from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho enacted by three actresses, which won the 2005 Silver Hugo Award for best experimental short film at the Chicago International Film Festival. Two years later, she debuted Orphans, an emotionally wrenching drama about two twentysomething sisters, estranged since the death of their parents, reuniting at the family’s isolated country-getaway house in the midst of winter. The film, produced and co-edited by Russo-Young’s mentor Amir Naderi (A.B.C…, Manhattan), made a splash on the American independent scene, picking up a Special Jury Award at… »

- Damon Smith

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The Other Shelf: Santa Claus, Evening Primrose, Leapfrog Learning, Winning Season

1 December 2010 7:23 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

<p><img src="http://www.justpressplay.net/images/stories/theothershelf.jpg" alt="theothershelf" width="590" height="150" /></p> <p>Witness the origin of Santa Claus, spend a night in a department store with a psycho and let some frogs teach you how to count, while Sam Rockwell teaches high school girls how to handle balls. Here are some titles you may have missed recently.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">• • •</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><img class="Image-Left" src="http://www.justpressplay.net/images/stories/DVDcovers/santaclaus.jpg" alt="santaclaus" width="150" height="205" />Santa Claus</span></strong><br />by Marissa Quenqua</p> <p>{amazon}B003YCIE68{/amazon}</p> <p>In <em>Santa Claus</em>, we are privy to the process in which an elderly man who was beloved by his neighborhood for going out every Christmas Eve in snow, sleet, or blizzard with a sleigh full of toys eventually becomes <em>Santa Claus</em>. Hundreds of years ago, this man and his wife went out in a particularly severe blizzard, claiming that their reindeer can "handle anything," only to be blown off course and nearly freeze to death before being rescued by immortal elves. They are taken miraculously to the North Pole, where he is given immortality and bestowed »

- Arya Ponto

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Best Cyber Monday Deals 2010 for Horror Fans

29 November 2010 4:27 PM, PST | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

So, we've all noticed the heavy marketing from retailers for the Best Cyber Monday Deals 2010 over the weekend and started wondering where all the horror related gifts were hiding. Well, we found some online and thought we'd list a few items that might fit nicely under the Christmas tree for the often hard to shop for horror genre fan.

At the top of the list this year is a gory video game called Splatterhouse. Follow Rick and his mysterious Terror Mask as he unmercifully tears, cuts and beats his way through denizens of unearthly creatures in an epic adventure to rescue his girlfriend from the clutches of deranged occult figure Dr. West. Embodying the unfiltered, primal aggression of its namesake, Splatterhouse combines visceral, adrenaline-soaked combat with horror elements to deliver an original gaming experience that defies the boundaries of the traditional action category with over the-top gore and shocking new gameplay mechanics. »

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Alfred Hitchcock: 50 Years of Psycho

26 November 2010 7:05 PM, PST | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

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 »

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The Peeping Tom timebomb | Film

18 November 2010 2:42 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It took a single film to turn Michael Powell from one of Britain's greatest directors to a pariah in the movie business. Xan Brooks asks what it takes to kill a film-making career

The tale of Peeping Tom is the tale of a man who made a film that ate him up, like Frankenstein with his monster, or an X‑rated riff on The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Before its release, Michael Powell was an ageing lion of the British film establishment, the revered director of The Red Shoes, Colonel Blimp and A Matter of Life and Death. Afterwards he was a pariah, an exile. All it took was one movie to kill his career stone dead.

Fifty years on, Powell's achievement looks all the more remarkable. Failure, of course, is a given in the film industry. Jobbing directors make a flop film and never work again; it happens all the time. »

- Xan Brooks

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30 Greatest Gay Actors: #20: Anthony Perkins

17 November 2010 11:19 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Anthony Perkins made his film debut in The Actress (1953) in which he received the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year and three years later he received an an Academy Award nomination for his second film, Friendly Persuasion (1956). Although Perkins specialized in playing many awkward young men, notably in Fear Strikes Out (1957), The Tin Star (1957), and Desire Under the Elms (1958), he will always be known best for his role as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

The actor also went on to create a critically-acclaimed portrayal of Joseph K. in Orson WellesThe Trial (1962) a cinematic adaptation of the novel by Franz Kafka, and in 1968 he took the role of a disturbed young murderer in Pretty Poison (1968), which served to affect the rest of his career. He would later find himself typecast, starring in the sequels and prequel to Psycho, including Psycho II, Psycho III (which he »

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Warner Bros. Wants Robert Zemeckis to Remake ‘Wizard of Oz’ [Updated]

17 November 2010 7:09 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Another one bites the dust. That’s right, Hollywood’s never-ending (not to mention shameless) quest to remake every movie that has ever existed has claimed yet another victim. If you’re one of those rare human beings who somehow, someway managed to enjoy the 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho by Gus van Sant, then you’re going to love this.

According to Mike Fleming of Deadline, Warner Bros. wants Robert Zemeckis, who’s currently “filming” the motion-capture animated Yellow Submarine, to remake The Wizard of Oz using the original 1939 screenplay.

After reading this article, people also read:

Drew Barrymore To Direct ‘Wizard of Oz’ Sequel‘Red Riding Hood’ Trailer and Poster‘The Cape’ On-Air Promo Trailer; Premiere Date AnnouncedDetails of Warner Bros. ‘Oz’ Script EmergeColin Farrell Offered Lead Role in ‘Total Recall’Click to continue reading Warner Bros. Wants Robert Zemeckis to Remake ‘Wizard of Oz’ [Updated]

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- Ben Moore

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Robert Zemeckis In Negotations To Remake The Wizard Of Oz

16 November 2010 4:24 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In 1998, Gus Van Sant directed Psycho, a remake of the classic Alfred Hitchcock film. While certainly not the worst film ever created, it was largely dismissed by both critics and moviegoers for exactly one reason: it was a pointless, shot-for-shot remake of the original. There was no creativity expressed, no addition or subtraction. The film had absolutely no reason for being. Now Warner Bros. wants to do basically the same thing with The Wizard of Oz. Deadline reports that the studio has entered early talks with director Robert Zemeckis to direct a remake of the technicolor classic using the exact same script written back in 1939. Some may be confused by Warner Bros.' ownership of the property, but the script was bought off of MGM by Ted Turner years ago, who was subsequently bought off by the WB. Unlike Zemeckis' three previous films, the remake would be live-action and not »

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Has Fox Searchlight Embraced The “127 Hours” Fainting Narrative?

6 November 2010 10:49 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Everyone knows that numerous people have passed out during James Franco’s grisly farewell-to-arm scene in Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight, 11/5, trailer). Indeed, two people fainted and had to be carted away by ambulance after seeing it in Telluride, two people passed out and one had a seizure after seeing it in Toronto, and the tally has continued to grow after virtually every screening of the film since. But have the P.R. folks at Fox Searchlight — the same marketing team responsible for the unlikely awards campaigns of “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006), “Juno” (2007), and “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008) — figured out a way to capitalize on this narrative, which many assumed could only prove harmful to the film’s box-office prospects? As the film opens in select cities this weekend, a couple of reports that indicate they may have.

In a Tweet posted late on Saturday night, my fellow awards blogger Sean O »

- Scott Feinberg

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Movies... For Free! House on Haunted Hill (1959)

6 November 2010 3:32 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Showcasing classic movies that have fallen out of copyright and are available freely from the public domain (with streaming video!)...

House on Haunted Hill, 1959.

Directed by William Castle.

Starring Vincent Price, Carolyn Craig, Richard Long, Elisha Cook Jr., Carol Ohmart, Alan Marshal and Julie Mitchum.

A low-budget b-movie horror from 1959, William Castle's House on Haunted Hill stars Vincent Price as eccentric millionaire Frederick Loren, who invites five random strangers to attend a party for his fourth wife Annabelle (Carolyn Craig). Loren then offers them a proposal: to spend a night in his haunted mansion - the location of a series of brutal murders - in return for $10,000 each, payable upon their survival. Warning the guests that their host is psychotic, Annabelle soon commits suicide and the strangers begin to experience a series of macabre events with no means of escape from the terror...

Director Castle employed a unique promotional »

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Jermaine Stegall Talks Composing for Rogue River, The Psycho Legacy, and More

3 November 2010 11:01 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

A few weeks back this writer had the opportunity to chat with up-and-coming composer Jermaine Stegall while he was at the La Screamfest Horror Film Festival supporting the two features he had scored that were selected entries: Rogue River and The Psycho Legacy.

After quickly realizing that a few moments on the red carpet wasn’t enough time to learn about this new rising genre talent, Dread Central recently caught up with Stegall again to talk about his work on scoring both The Psycho Legacy and Rogue River, what inspired him to become a composer, and how it felt to be working on a documentary about a film series that featured one of the most memorable scores not in only the horror genre but in the entire history of cinema as well.

Dread Central: Can you talk about how you got interested in scoring movies and how you started off in the industry? »

- thehorrorchick

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Burke and Hare: Too soon?

1 November 2010 6:03 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

 ’Too soon?’ The old gag goes, when one makes perhaps an ill-advised joke at the funeral of another’s loved one – in fairness, no-one will forget Aunt Carol’s funeral, the beaver incident seared, as it is, into our collective memories. For Burke And Hare, it’s been almost 200 years, and I’m sure the flick doesn’t lionise serial killers, but does that make their murder victims fair game for a laugh? Just a tasteless thought.

This is no review of body-snatching black comedy bromance, Burke And Hare, though with director, John Landis – he of Blues Brothers and Animal House fame – I’m sure we’re in capable, if liver-spotted hands. And though this isn’t a critque of Hollywood’s warped vision of history, it has to be said, the real Burke and Hare weren’t a couple of devious, yet inept Gimli’s, as portrayed in the film. »

- Steve Clark

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25 Creepiest Movie Quotes

31 October 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Oh, Halloween is totally On! Counting down, "Extra" has collected 25 of the most spine tingling and scariest quotes ever uttered in movies.

25 Best Horror Movie Quotes25. 'Paranormal Activity' (2007)

"No, you haven't been having any progress, and you're not in control. It is in control, and if you think you're in control, then you're being an idiot! Not a single thing you've done has helped, and I'm sorry, I don't mean to burst your bubble, »

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