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Brian De Palma has become the directorial litmus test of cinephiles everywhere. To supporters, he stands as a startling visual genius with a penchant for set pieces and lurid subject matter. To naysayers, he remains a lowbrow imitator who spends his studio budgets chasing the ghosts of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard. Great director or high class hack? Inconsistent misogynist or Master of the Macabre? Much like his fractured narratives, the answer is never an easy one to attain.
Both sides provide ample support for their case. De Palma’s resume is riddled with enough hollow imitations (Sisters , Raising Cain ) and bloated commercial flops (The Bonfire of the Vanities , The Black Dahlia ) to sink any director. But even in misfires such as these, an undeniable attention to detail remains.
The split screen cover-up of Sisters or the heartbreaking screen tests of The Black Dahlia are breathtaking in scope and execution, »
- Danilo Castro
It’s the moment you wait for the entire horror film. It’s not just a plot twist or a payoff but a trigger to your deepest emotions. You want to be shocked and sickened and saddened when the killer is revealed, the hero suddenly dies, or the mystery is solved. Most of all, you want your jaw to be on the floor. **Spoilers obviously ahead**
The Brood (1979)- Mommy knows best
David Cronenberg’s third horror film is his first truly great movie and also his first superbly acted film. The Brood’s ensemble is solid but Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar stand out as maverick doctor Hal Raglan and his disturbed patient Nola Carveth. Nola’s estranged husband Frank (played by Art Hindle) teams up with Dr. Raglan in the film’s suspenseful climax. He confronts Nola while Raglan attempts to rescue Frank’s young daughter from a group of murderous deformed children. »
Special Mention: Dressed To Kill
Directed by Brian De Palma
Written by Brian De Palma
Brian De Palma’s films, like Tarantino’s, are a cinematic mash-up of influences from the past, and in De Palma case he borrows heavily from Alfred Hitchcock. Obsession is De Palma’s Vertigo, Blow Out his Rear Window, and with Dressed to Kill the director set its sights on Psycho. Dressed To Kill is more thriller than horror but what a stylish and twisted thriller it is! The highlight here is an amazing ten-minute chase sequence set in an art gallery and conducted entirely without dialogue. There are a number of other well-sustained set pieces including a race in the subway system and even, yes, a gratuitous shower murder sequence. Dressed To Kill features an excellent cast (Michael Caine, Nancy Allen, Angie Dickinson), a superb score (courtesy of Pino Donaggio) and »
- Ricky Fernandes
Kim Kardashian has legs for days! On the eve of her 35th birthday, the pregnant television personality hit the red carpet of the Cfda/Vogue Fashion Fund Show and Tea‚—which she was set to host alongside hubby Kanye West—held at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles Tuesday night. The Vogue Fashion Fund is an endowment established to support "the next generation of American fashion designers." Dressed to kill, Kardashian stepped out wearing a navy top and gold and navy high-waisted skirt with a thigh-high slit topped off with a matching navy duster jacket. She paired the whole look with a set of gold t-strap open-toed pumps and minimal jewelry. It's hard to believe this woman is just »
Internationally celebrated director Deepa Mehta embeds herself into the Indo-Canadian gang war with her latest endeavor, Beeba Boys. She's one of the first women to direct a film of its nature, and she had a lot of insight to share about what it meant to helm a gangster flick.
Inspired by real-life events, the film follows gang leader Jeet Johal (Randeep Hooda) and his loyal group of Beeba Boys, who want to take over the Vancouver drug and arms scene. Dressed to kill (some of the stars mayhave admitted to keeping some of the wardrobe), the Boys deal with loyalty, respect, and ultimately, betrayal. While the themes are common across the genre, Beeba Boys focuses on an area that not many are aware of, as the gang war takes place within our own country.
- Melissa Sheasgreen
Val Lewton’s third horror film, The Leopard Man (1943) initially seemed promising. Based on Cornell Woolrich’s novel Black Alibi, it had more pedigree than Lewton’s previous movies. He reunited his previous team: director Jacques Tourneur, writer Ardel Wray, even Dynamite, the black leopard from Cat People. Forced again to film on the Rko lot, he sent Wray to photograph Santa Fe, New Mexico and crafted meticulous sets around her snapshots. Despite this attention to detail, The Leopard Man is one of Lewton’s weakest efforts.
The plot is simple enough. Nightclub entertainers James (Dennis O’Keefe) and Kiki (Jean Brooks) arrive in Santa Fe with a leopard in tow; Kiki’s rival Clo-Clo (Margo) scares the cat, which escapes into the city. The leopard kills a Mexican girl, sending the city into a panic. Several other women die, but James grows convinced that the leopard isn’t behind them. »
- Christopher Saunders
July 25, 1980. That was the day Dressed to Kill opened in theaters across the country, and it marked the first of countless times I would see the movie projected on a big screen, on a drive-in screen, panned and scanned for home video, even interrupted and cut to ribbons for network TV. But I’ll never forget seeing it that first time, in a cavernous old movie palace in downtown Eugene, Oregon, its lush, complex, violently dynamic and meticulously choreographed images, all set to a Pino Donaggio score which reflected precisely those same qualities, thrilling me to my core. I left that theater buzzing, even if at first I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about the movie-- it took me a few days and another screening or two to decide that the outraged cries of Hitchcock plagiarism coming from some circles were unwarranted. For me, Dressed to Kill is »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Everywhere you look, filmmakers are talking about how they make films — from behind-the-scenes featurettes for each episode of a cable series to now-ubiquitous YouTube interviews with directors of even the most artless action movies. So perhaps it’s no wonder that the most august of fests, the 53rd New York Film Festival, is presenting documentaries on filmmakers Brian De Palma, Nora Ephron, Haskell Wexler, Robert Frank, Jia Zhang-ke and even one-time producer Ingrid Bergman. It’s a bigger reflexive lineup than at any Nyff in recent memory.
No film embodies this trend better than “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” which examines the two legendary auteurs through interviews with Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Richard Linklater and other filmmakers. Yet in a strange twist, despite garnering acclaim in Cannes, Telluride and Toronto, it was overtly snubbed by Nyff’s director, Kent Jones — who also happens to be the director of “Hitchcock/Truffaut.”
As Jones wryly notes, »
- Gregg Goldstein
Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s fleet and bountiful portrait covers the career of the number one iconoclast of American cinema, the man who gave us Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, and Carlito’s Way. Their film moves at the speed of De Palma’s thought (and sometimes works in subtle, witty counterpoint) as he goes title by title, covering his life from science nerd to New Hollywood bad boy to grand old man, and describes his ever-shifting position in this thing we call the movie business. Deceptively simple, De Palma is finally many things at once. It is a film about the craft of filmmaking—how it’s practiced and how it can [ Read More ]
The post New York Film Festival 2015: De Palma Press Conference appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Rudie Obias
“Murder In Soft Focus”
Brian De Palma’s crime thriller/horror flick, Dressed to Kill, was a controversial release in 1980 for its depiction of violence against women and its sexual content— nevertheless, it was a successful entry in the director’s oeuvre during the most fruitful period of his long career. The film was released in America with an “R” rating—but only after De Palma, under protest, compromised with the ratings board and agreed to cut some footage, re-edit a couple of sequences, and change some lines of dialogue.
De Palma’s preferred unrated version of the film was released on home video not too long ago, but The Criterion Collection has seen fit to issue a new, 4K digital restoration, supervised by the director, of what might have been an “X”-rated picture back in the day. The results are gorgeous. De Palma’s thrillers »
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Junun - New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
In the World Premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Junun, the director takes a trip with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, the composer for Inherent Vice, The Master and There Will Be Blood. Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach's De Palma on Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Mission To Mars, The Untouchables, Obsession, Redacted and Carlito’s Way director Brian De Palma and the 53rd New York Film Festival poster artist Laurie Anderson’s Heart Of A Dog are three of the Special Events to look forward to.
László Nemes’s Son Of Saul (Saul Fia), starring Géza Röhrig, Grand Prix winner at the Cannes Film Festival and Hungary's 2016 Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film is being screened as a Film Comment Presents. Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave and John Boorman »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Film Review: Dressed To Kill (1980)
Please Note: This review is of both the film and the new Criterion DVD and Blu-ray releases which are both available now. When the discs were originally scheduled for release in August, there was an error in the transfer of the film which is discussed on Criterion’s page here. A second pressing of the discs ...
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- Jonathan Stryker
Praise is coming in from Venice for De Palma, Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's documentary the winner of this year's Glory to the Filmmaker Award. The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney notes that "despite the highly influential support of Pauline Kael throughout the peak years of his prolific five-decade career, director Brian De Palma has often been sidelined in the critical conversation—at least compared to the rest of the 'youth group' that hit Hollywood in the early '70s, namely Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola." This "delicious documentary portrait" (Variety) gives him his due. We also have reviews of Criterion's release of De Palma's Dressed to Kill (1980). » - David Hudson »
“De Palma,” the first documentary in which Brian De Palma talks in-depth about his life and career, world-premiered positively at the Venice Film Festival Wednesday. Directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, and also De Palma himself, spoke about how he got drawn out to make this candid reflection on an extraordinary career.
Noah and Jake, you are from different generations than Brian and you’ve never done a documentary before. How did this one come about?
Jake Paltrow: It really comes out of our friendship. Noah and I have known and admired Brian De Palma as a director since we were very very young. Making this movie comes out of us spending so much time with him, and talking to him about making films, and watching films. I can’t tell you how many films I’ve been introduced to by Brian, and Noah, and our group.
Brian De Palma: and vice-versa. »
- Nick Vivarelli
A24 acquired worldwide distribution rights to Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow‘s documentary “De Palma,” the company announced Wednesday in advance of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The film explores the career and legacy of director Brian De Palma, who will be on hand in Venice to receive the festival’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. De Palma’s filmmaking career began in the 1960s and his body of work includes such acclaimed and diverse films as “Carrie,” “Dressed to Kill,” “Blow Out,” “Scarface,” “The Untouchables” and “Mission: Impossible.” Also Read: HBO Suspends Pre-Production of Brian De Palma »
- Thom Geier
Read More: Venice Film Festival to Pay Tribute to Brian De Palma After handling Asif Kapadia's breakout hit "Amy," indie distributor A24 is has just announced their acquisition of another insightful documentary about an icon in "De Palma." Directed by Noah Baumbach ("Mistress America," "Frances Ha") and Jake Paltrow ("Young Ones," "The Good Night"), the film paints a portrait of legendary director Brian De Palma, who is set to be honored this week at the Venice Film Festival with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. The documentary promises an honest and candid discussion with the one-of-a-kind director, exploring his illustrious 50-year career, in which he went from New Hollywood bad boy to highly respected film veteran, and directed celebrated and diverse films such as "Carrie," "Dressed to Kill," "Scarface," "Blow Out" and "Mission: Impossible." About »
- Tarek Shoukri
De Palma will be in Venice to receive the festival’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. The movie will also play at the New York Film Festival at the end of the month.
De Palma’s career has included “Carrie,” “Dressed to Kill,” “Blow Out,” “Scarface,” “The Untouchables” and “Mission: Impossible.” The doc covers De Palma’s singular approach to the craft of filmmaking and his experiences navigating the film business.
“Noah and Jake have not only created a funny, nuanced and deeply insightful portrait of one of the world’s most masterful and uncompromising filmmakers, but they have »
- Dave McNary
This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of September 8th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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- Ryan Gallagher
When Dressed to Kill was released in 1980, the Village Voice famously ran a point-counterpart take on the movie, with veteran critic Andrew Sarris slamming it as "derivative," while then-newcomer J. Hoberman called it "dazzling." But despite the highly influential support of Pauline Kael throughout the peak years of his prolific five-decade career, director Brian De Palma has often been sidelined in the critical conversation — at least compared to the rest of the "youth group" that hit Hollywood in the early '70s, namely Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola. Two longtime
- David Rooney
Criterion beautifully restores Brian De Palma’s early masterpiece, Dressed to Kill, his 1980 title often lumped in with a quartet of other films categorized as Hitchcockian riffs, criticized or celebrated for how they playfully exhume style, narrative and tone from iconic titles. Although it’s nearly impossible to discuss the film without an acknowledgment of its obvious homage, it’s also a strikingly original piece in its own right, one that most easily sidesteps the derivative trappings of the ‘anxiety of influence’ theory thanks to its complex design as a critique on rigid social constructions.
Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson) is an unhappily married housewife, saddled with husband number two, a man whose underwhelming lovemaking she describes to therapist Dr. Elliott (Michael Caine) as the root her problems. When her precocious teenage son (Keith Gordon) declines to go on a lunchtime museum trip, Kate goes alone, and becomes involved in a casual tryst with a stranger. »
- Nicholas Bell
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