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“The truth is I’m just an old veteran character actor” says Robert Englund as we sit down to discuss The Last Showing, his latest foray into genre cinema. To find one standing opposite the genial and softly-spoken man who devoured so many hours of sleep by searing to the mind the menacing image of claws piercing first the mattress and then the torso, can only be described as ‘surreal.’ As these words flow onto the page there is a realisation that the reason horror cinema earns our affection was so eloquently phrased by Emily Berrington when she said, “There is a desire to feel that tiny part of your mind that otherwise doesn’t get tapped into.” By touching our sensibilities in a way that we crave, these terrifying encounters remain some of the most evocative and defining moments of the human experience, and therein cinema is our fix. »
- Paul Risker
Any Hitchcock fan has no doubt looked carefully while watching one of his movies in order to spot his infamous cameos. Hitchcock’s earlier cameos are especially hard to catch, and so Youtube user Morgan T. Rhys put together this video compiling every cameo Alfred Hitchcock ever made.
Hitchcock made a total of 39 self-referential cameos in his films over a 50 year period. Four of his films featured two cameo appearances (The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog UK), Suspicion, Rope, and Under Capricorn). Two recurring themes featured Hitchcock carrying a musical instrument, and using public transportation.
The films are as follows:
The Lodger (1927), Easy Virtue (1928), Blackmail (1929),Murder! (1930), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935),Sabotage (1936), Young and Innocent (1937), The Lady Vanishes (1938), Rebecca(1940), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941), Suspicion (1941),Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Lifeboat (1944), Spellbound (1945),Notorious (1946), The Paradine Case (1947), Rope (1948), Under Capricorn (1949),Stage Fright (1950), Strangers on a Train »
Sixth edition of Denmark’s largest fiction festival will feature 160 feature films and more than 400 screenings and events.
Flow will screen at the Imperial cinema on April 2 and also competes for the New Talent Grand Pix. The festival’s main prize will award €15,000 to one of ten debutants to feature at this year’s edition, including Paul Wright’s For Those in Peril and Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook. Competing for the prize are:
Jennifer Kent, The Babadook (Australia)Eskil Vogt, Blind (Norway)Felipe Barbosa, Casa Grande or the Ballad of Poor Jean (Brazil)Paul Wright, For Those in Peril (UK)Benjamin Naishat, History of Fear (Argentina, Uruguay)Michalis Konstantantos, Luton (Greece)Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child (USA)Allessandro Rossetto, Small Homeland (Italy)Bas Devos, Violet (Belgium, Holland)Fenar Ahmad, Flow (Ækte Vare) (Denmark) [pictured]
Overall, this year’s »
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Welcome, beloved guest-to-be. Upon your check-in to The Grand Budapest Hotel on Friday, you might meet a very important attorney that goes by the name of Deputy Kovacs, who is played by Jeff Goldblum in Wes Anderson’s new caper about friendship, honor, and promises fulfilled. This week, Wamg and a few members of the press sat down (in a roundtable discussion) with Goldblum to talk about the working with Anderson, upcoming projects, and memes. Check it out below!
The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis; and the sweetest confection of a love affair — all »
- Melissa Howland
Kenneth Branagh, as a villainous Russian oligarch, is the highlight of this thrashabout featuring CIA spies and familiar tropes
The best scene in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit shows someone's first murder. CIA analyst Jack (Chris Pine) has just been picked up from Moscow airport by his driver, a big Ugandan who drives him to his hotel, helps him carry his bags to his room, then calmly turns, unholsters a pistol and starts firing. What follows is a Bourne-ish kinetic thrashabout – sinks are smashed, porcelain shattered, doors splintered. The brawl ends with Ryan drowning his assailant in the bathtub. "In this much water", Jack later recounts in rattled tones to his CIA boss Harper (Kevin Costner), who looks at Ryan's still shaking hand and tells him, "better after than during".
It's been a while since I felt that kind of mortal dread in a movie. Ok, so it's not Paul Newman »
- Tom Shone
5 items from 2014
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