14 items from 2013
Let's sing a big raucous happy birthday to 98 years young Oscar winner Oswald Morris who is still with us! That's a lot of candles. And a lot of great movies.
The British born Morris only ever received Oscar nominations for big screen musicals (Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof , and The Wiz) but that's hardly the full picture of his career. Though reknowned for his use of color -- his cinematography on Moulin Rouge (1952, recently discussed) was particularly innovative -- he also won prizes for his black and white work, most notably: Moby Dick, The Pumpkin Eater, The Hill, and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Other well known pictures include Equus, The Guns of Navarone, Stanley Kubrick's Lolita and a couple of Liz & Dick adventures (The Taming of the Shrew and Reflections in a Golden Eye). His awards haul includes 1 Oscar, 3 BAFTAs, 3 British Society of Cinematography wins and »
- NATHANIEL R
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 4, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, the 1962 drama-romance Jules and Jim charts, over twenty-five years, the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession.
The legendary François Truffaut (The 400 Blows) directs, and Jeanne Moreau (La Notte) stars as the alluring and willful Catherine, whose enigmatic smile and passionate nature lure Jules (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold’s Oskar Werner) and Jim (The Fire Within’s Henri Serre) into one of cinema’s most captivating romantic triangles.
An exuberant and poignant meditation on freedom, loyalty, and the fortitude of love, the classic Jules and Jim was a worldwide smash a half-century ago and remains every bit as audacious and entrancing today.
Presented in French with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo of Jules and Jim includes the following features:
• New 2K digital restoration, »
Broadway actress Marta Heflin dead at 68: Featured in several Robert Altman movies (photo: Marta Heflin in ‘A Perfect Couple’) Stage actress Marta Heflin, who was featured in a handful of movies in the ’70s and early ’80s, including three Robert Altman efforts, died on September 18, 2013, after "a long illness." Heflin (born on March 29, 1945, in Washington, D.C.) was 68. On Broadway, Marta Heflin was featured in the musicals Fiddler on the Roof, Hair, Soon, and Jesus Christ Superstar (replacing Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene). Additionally, she was seen in Ed Graczyk’s Robert Altman-directed 1982 play Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, about a group of James Dean fans — among them Karen Black, Cher, Sandy Dennis, Kathy Bates, Sudie Bond, and Mark Patton — who get together on the twentieth anniversary of Dean’s death. Marta Heflin movies Along with her fellow Come Back to the Five and Dime, »
- Andre Soares
Here’s a brief look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases: Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - $25.99 (53% off) Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - $19.99 (50% off) Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray] - $94.96 (27% off) Parade's End (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) - $32.99 (34% off) Chasing Ice [Blu-ray] - $27.99 (30% off) The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $34.99 (12% off) Tyler Perry Presents Peeples [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (40% off) Homeland: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] - $29.99 (57% off) The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Sixth Season [Blu-ray] - $32.99 (40% off) Supernatural: The Complete Eighth Season [Blu-ray] - $39.99 (45% off) »
- Adam Chitwood
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? J.J. Abrams' second "Star Trek" installment follows the Enterprise crew when they're called back home and find an unstoppable force of terror within their own organization. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads the Enterprise against a one man weapon of mass destruction. Why We're In: This sequel is exhilarating from start to finish with tons of spectacle and a solid narrative. Abarams' film perfectly mixes classic references that will excite any "Star Trek" fan, but won't make newbies feel left out. "Star Trek Into Darkness" was one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far).
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- moviefone (@moviefone) September 10, 2013
- Erin Whitney
Cinephiles the world 'round are no doubt familiar with the mission of The Criterion Collection to preserve culturally significant classic and modern films, and so each month's release of 5 such films on Blu-ray offers movie-lovers a chance to add some of history's most enduring films to their collection. This September, The Criterion Collection has a number of recognizable titles debuting in HD, including the beloved La Cage Aux Folles, John Le Carre's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, the singular collaboration between Ingmar Bergman and Ingrid Bergman Autumn Sonata, Richard Linklater's Austin, Texas tribute Slacker, and a collection of 3 films by Roberto Rossellini starring Ingrid Bergman (Stromboli, Journey to Italy, Europe '51). For details on all of the above and the custom made extras Criterion commissioned for them, read on.
- Lex Walker
Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 10, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
The 1965 drama-thriller film The Spy Who Came In From The Cold starring Richard Burton (Cleopatra) and Claire Bloom (The King’s Speech) is generally considered to be one of the finest adaptations of a John le Carré bestselling novel to the big screen.
Burton is British operative Alec Leamas, a Cold War spy on one final dangerous mission in East Germany, whose relationship with a beautiful librarian (Bloom) puts his assignment in jeopardy.
Directed by Martin Ritt (Hud, Norma Rae) into a film that’s every bit as precise and ruthless as the book, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a hard-edged and tragic thriller that’s suffused with the political and social consciousness that defined Ritt’s career.
Criterion issued The Spy Who Came In From The Cold »
With Cannes screening Cleopatra (marking its 50th anniversary) two nights ago and yesterday’s re-release screenings at 75 theaters countrywide, we’re feeling the Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton love. The twice-divorced, Vatican-condemned couple continues to capture the public’s imagination and interest. In the past three years, we’ve seen Sam Kashner’s Furious Love and Richard Burton’s diaries become bestsellers, Liz & Dick being the most notable thing in Lifetime’s line-up, and John le Carré writing in The New Yorker just last month about working with Burton on The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, and those are just a few things that spring to mind. Although their film collaborations have gotten a bit of a bum-rap over the years (somewhat deservedly), here are five Taylor-Burton films that we think are worth watching, out of the eleven that they made together. Feel free to share your own »
- Diana Drumm
More than 500 years later, historians and archaeologists have unearthed, and then validated the skeleton remains of the two-year term King of England, and in the same token, the Criterion folks issue the crisp, restored Blu-ray edition of Laurence Olivier’s Richard III, his third feature as a director following 1944′s Henry V and 1948′s Hamlet. In 1957, the film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. During the same year, the film won Golden Globe Award for Best English-Language Foreign Film.
The great Olivier is Richard the Duke of Gloucester, a man with an insatiable appetite for power. He often smiles but his heart is full of poison. Assisted by the corrupt Duke of Buckingham (Ralph Richardson, Doctor Zhivago), he plans to kill his brother George (John Gielgud, The Elephant Man) and two nephews, while winning the heart of the vulnerable The Lady Anne (Claire Bloom, »
- Larry Peel
Next month will see the release of British author John le Carré's latest spy novel, A Delicate Truth, and already this book is set to join the ranks of le Carré's adapted works, like The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, The Constant Gardener, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Deadline reports The Ink Factory, the production company behind the recently-wrapped adaptation of le Carré's A Most Wanted Man, has acquired the rights to A Delicate Truth, and is close to finding a screenwriter to adapt it. William Monahan is reportedly close to signing on to the job. Considering he's best known for adapting the Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs into an Academy Award-winning screenplay for the Martin Scorsese-helmed crime-drama The Departed, Monahan seems an excellent pick for this particular project. A Delicate Truth begins in 2008, and follows a counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, that aims to capture »
William Monahan is adding yet another project to his slate. The Oscar-winning The Departed scribe is currently prepping his next directorial outing Mojave, starring Jason Clarke and Oscar Isaac, but Deadline now reports that he’s also been tapped to pen the screenplay for the next John le Carré adaptation. Monahan is in advanced talks to adapt the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy author’s upcoming novel A Delicate Truth, which tells the story of a spy who is trying to uncover the truth behind a counter-terrorist operation that presumably went according to plan. BBC Films is developing the adaptation, but there’s no timetable for when the pic might get in front of cameras. In addition to Mojave and A Delicate Truth, Monahan is also penning a remake of Park Chan-wook’s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance for Charlize Theron to star and he also penned the remake of The Gambler, »
- Adam Chitwood
For a select group of people, a movie is sold not by its star or its premise but, by simply who directed the film. And like all things that could be quantify by how great they are, there are those who are not as well known as the big named directors of Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. But, that does not mean that these relatively unknown directors are making anything less than those directors. Although not household names, these directors have made careers making great films that deserve more fanfare and for whatever reason did not.
This list is divided between Classic Hollywood directors and contemporary directors making small, yet some of the most interesting works of their time. The list is limited to filmmakers who make English language films as the list for foreign filmmakers would prove too large and daunting to limit it only to fifteen. With such »
- Patrick Hao
In his column on the Sound on Sight web site, writer Bill Mesce makes the case for "Seven Anti-007 Movies You Haven't Seen", which is a bit misleading considering several of his choice are not obscure oddities but major studio releases. At least two- The Spy Who Came in From the Cold and The Ipcress File- are considered classics. Nevertheless, Mesce makes a good case for catching up with these thrillers, if you haven't seen them before. Click here to view his list of worthy "anti-Bond" (i.e gritty, realistic) spy flicks. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Spoilers Ahead For Second Season
Showtime's "Homeland" will undergo a minor reboot later this year in the wake of the events of the second season finale. Producer Howard Gordon says "it is a little bit of a reset, it is really promising at the same time."
After universal acclaim for its first season, the second season of the series has met a more divisive reaction. The most common complaints were leveled at the frequently pointless hit-and-run storyline involving Brody's daughter Dana, and some dubious plot twists that felt more akin to the wild shenanigans of "24" than the grounded reality of the first season.
Some changes this past season though were well-regarded, such as the successful addition of Rupert Friend's Quinn character. Gordon says he is keen to introduce new characters and plot points for a third season that will be smaller in scale. The producer compares future episodes to »
- Garth Franklin
14 items from 2013
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