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(Brian De Palma, 15, Arrow, 1974)
In 1974, after a decade making low-budget, semi-underground movies, Brian De Palma thought he was about to enter the big time when 20th Century Fox paid $2m for this wild satire on indulgent rock musicians and the corrupt industry that exploited them. Basically it's a transposition of The Phantom of the Opera to the modern pop world, where an evil impresario, Swan (the diminutive, baby-faced composer Paul Williams,, who also wrote the songs), steals a pretentious rock cantata from Winslow Leach, its naive author, and frames him on drugs charge.
After he's been disfigured by a record-pressing machine, Winslow returns to seek revenge by haunting Swan's theatre, the Paradise. The piece also draws on Goethe's Faust, Wilde's Dorian Gray and Edgar Allan Poe, and refers to movies ranging from Psycho (the shower scene is reprised using a plunger) and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari.
But De Palma »
- Philip French
Bret Easton Ellis, who penned "The Canyons," is no stranger to psychological thriller territory, but his new short film "Are You Okay" is certainly a bit removed from his past work. Written by Ellis and directed by acclaimed music video directors Ben and Alex Brewer (collectively known as "Brewer"), the short film/music video features the new single "Are You Okay?" by Dum Dum Girls and follows a psychologically disturbed young woman played by singer/guitarist Dee Dee Palmer. In an interview with Vice's music channel Noisey, Palmer cited "Dressed to Kill" by Brian De Palma (referred to as "De Palmer") as an inspiration before the film turned into something more original. That's certainly true, but the video plays less like "Dressed to Kill" by the "American Psycho" scribe and more like "Dressed to Kill" as directed by Shane Carruth. The odd, atmospheric short is available in full below. »
- Max O'Connell
Last time on NCIS, Bishop began her stint as a "probie" while the team raced to locate defective body armor that was sent to Us troops through a charity organization. And McGee struggled to accept the reality that his girlfriend, Delilah, is in a wheelchair.
This week's episode of NCIS, titled "Dressed to Kill," has Tony's father, played by guest star Robert Wagner, coming to visit and landing squarely in the middle of a mystery. This episode is also the 250th episode of the series, which is quite a milestone. »
New NCIS season 11,episode 16 official spoilers,plotline revealed by CBS. Recently, CBS released the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "NCIS" episode 16 of season 11. The episode is entitled, "Dressed To Kill," and it sounds like things will get quite interesting and intense as Tony Dinozzo gets involved in a major gun-filled situation, and more. In the new,16th episode press release: Dinozzo is going to be the subject of an investigation after guns are drawn and a man impersonating a Navy officer is left dead. Press release number 2: When Dinozzo confronts a man impersonating a Navy officer, guns are going to get drawn and the perpetrator will be left dead. The subsequent investigation is going to uncover that the only eyewitness is Dinozzo’s father, who is in town to disclose a secret to his son. Guest stars will feature: Robert Wagner (Anthony Dinozzo, Sr.), Bess Armstrong (U. »
Review Laura Akers 24 Feb 2014 - 11:45
Castle goes back to high school in the latest episode. Here's Laura's review...
This review contains spoilers.
6.15 Smells Like Teen Spirit
One of the many joys that we get out of watching or reading narratives is that of identifying with the characters. We see ourselves in the struggles of those whose tales we are enjoying and we take pleasure in their triumphs as though they are, in some small part, our own. Likewise, such identification also offers us a kind of reality check, reassuring us that our doubts, our weaknesses, our ways of being are, if not universal to the human condition, at least not unique. They reinforce to us that we are not really alone in the things that challenge us or even in the peculiarities we fear might make us outliers.
Which is why I’ve always found the “will they? won’t they? »
Review Laura Akers 7 Feb 2014 - 06:39
This review contains spoilers.
6.14 Dressed To Kill
This week’s episode was full of surprises, most of them lovely.
The mystery at the centre of the episode took advantage of the success of The Devil Wears Prada to bring us into the fashion world. Because many of us had seen the movie, the writers were able to spare us the explanation of why fashion matters (at least enough to take all the characters but Yumi seriously), and more importantly, they were able to use the aide-leaving-her-apartment-at-the-crack-of-dawn-to-get-her-boss-her-nitpicky-breakfast to communicate a great deal about not only the kind of woman Matilda King is, but to instantly illustrate precisely what the relationship to her subordinates was like—even to the point of making the terrified receptionist seem a touch redundant.
In the "Castle" episode "Dressed to Kill," Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) has a true bridal fantasy moment: She tries on a couture wedding dress. Later, the owner of the dress gives it to the engaged woman as a gift.
Castle and Beckett have set a spring wedding date, so this may indeed be Beckett's wedding dress. The question now becomes: Is the dress amazing or not worthy of its wearer?
To the dress' credit, it works on Beckett. She is built like a model and this is the kind of dress that suits such a woman. Also, the silvery details all over the main part of the dress are incredible.
Then there's that tulle skirt. While some might like the effect, it's not exactly in harmony with the rest of the ensemble. But is that a forgivable offense? If it is, this might be a great dress. If not ... maybe not. »
Castle and Beckett uncover some hot fashions and warm up some cold feet (sorry, couldn’t resist). When our duo meets the world of the Devil Meets Prada, we bring back some of Beckett’s backstory and getting a free wedding dress out of it! The assistant to the hottest high fashion magazine owner is found murdered [&hellip
Castle 6.14 Review “Dressed to Kill” »
- Constance Gibbs
[This is a review of Castle Season 6, Episode 14. There will be Spoilers.]
Casual Castle fans who tuned in last Monday may have been a bit put off by the repeat that was aired in lieu of saving “Dressed to Kill” for Sweeps week tonight. And that might very well have been a good move, because not only does the episode live up to the buzz, but it looks like Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) could be heading down the aisle as early as this Spring!
But before we talk about what everyone will be talking about for the next two weeks, let’s stop to acknowledge that while this case wasn’t as pulse-pounding as some of ...
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- Heather Donmoyer
Have you guys all seen The Devil Wears Prada? I hope so, since I'm about to reference it a lot. That's because this week's episode of Castle, "Dressed to Kill," outright copies and/or describes scenes from the actual movie several times. Careless coat tossing? Check. Feuding assistants? Check. General disregard for the fact that one's employees have lives and a base level of individuality? Check and mate. All that's missing is Meryl Streep. Although to be fair, everything could use a little Meryl Streep. »
Murder seems just about right when "Castle" dives into the world of high fashion in "Dressed to Kill." And the show has the perfect dragon-lady magazine editor in guest star Frances Fisher. As Matilda King, Fisher is cool, calm and deadly.
It's just a good thing she likes Beckett.
Zap2it spoke with Fisher (a veteran actress who will soon be starring in "Resurrection" on ABC) about the role. Let's just say it sounds amazing.
Zap2it: Who is your "Castle" character?
Fisher: Matilda King is a fashion editor for a very successful fashion magazine. Her assistant has been killed, so that's why the team has come in and asks her question. And the story unfolds from there. It's a very well-written script! I just saw a rough of it, and I just love how it's put together.
What exactly is the relationship between King and Beckett?
It comes out »
The films of director John Landis are particularly suited to repetition—in both rewatchability for comedies like “Trading Places” or “The Blues Brothers” or horror like “An American Werewolf in London," but also in double-dip DVDs and Blu-rays from Universal every few years as well. Luckily, Landis is one of those filmmakers who reveals a new, fascinating behind-the-scenes tale with each new release, and that is certainly the case surrounding the Blu-ray of “Animal House” a few years back. In that spirit, here's a wide-ranging, three hour discussion with Landis on the Kevin Pollak Talk Show on YouTube. Granted, it's from 2011, but hat tip to Larry Wright to putting in on our radar, because it's great stuff. It’s the type of conversation that includes the director’s memory of lunching with Alfred Hitchcock and hearing his reaction to Brian De Palma’s “Dressed To Kill”, and ends with another »
- Charlie Schmidlin
A young woman enters a crowded high-rise apartment elevator. She doesn’t notice the man next to her slipping on a pair of flesh-colored rubber gloves. Soon, they’re alone, and the mysterious stranger overtakes her with gleaming blade in hand. Brian De Palma’s twisted 1980 thriller Dressed to Kill took a page from this opening scene in Giuliano Carnimeo’s 1972 giallo The Case of the Bloody Iris (directed under the pseudonym Anthony Ascott). Carnimeo also borrows things, looking to Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace and Dario Argento’s playbook for the guise of his murderer and several stylistic choices. Giallo queen Edwige Fenech stars in the Ernesto Gastaldi-scripted story (also known as What Are Those Strange Drops of Blood Doing on Jennifer's Body?) which pairs her with genre icon George Hilton again, months after the release of All the Colors of the Dark. There’s a »
- Alison Nastasi
Instead of airing on Monday, Jan. 27, "Dressed to Kill" will instead air on Monday, Feb. 3. The episode features a murder in the glitzy world of a high-fashion magazine and gives viewers a glimpse into Beckett's brief stint as a model. With Frances Fisher guest-starring as the magazine's intimidating editor and lots of talk about a future Castle-Beckett wedding, this is not an episode to miss.
Unfortunately, fans will need to wait another week to watch it.
In the meantime, there are some photos that give a glimpse at Kate Beckett's haute-couture wedding dress. The gown (which was created by the "Castle" costume designer) is rather gorgeous, covered in embroidery and tulle.
So why does Beckett »
"Castle" will be delving into the world of high fashion for its upcoming episode, "Dressed to Kill." Can the detectives balance haute couture and wedding planning with solving a murder? Get some hints with five spoilers from the episode.
2. Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) look at bridal magazines for approximately a millisecond before they find their absolutely perfect wedding venue. Actually booking that venue, however, may take a little more work.
4. At least one person is going to have cold feet about the Castle-Beckett wedding. But it might not be the person you think, and »
New Castle season 6,episode 14 dramatic spoilers & clips hit the net. Last night, ABC dropped the new spoilers and sneak peek/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Castle" episode 14 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "Dressed To Kill," and it appears to be quite interesting as Beckett and Castle will have to deal with the new fashionista on the scene, and more. In the new "Dressed To Kill" episode, A young woman's murder will send Castle & Beckett into the cutthroat world of high-end fashion. When the assistant to Modern Fashion Magazine’s dictatorial editor, Matilda King (guest star Franes fisher), is found murdered, Castle and Beckett are going to get thrown into the glitzy, ruthless world of high fashion in their attempt to locate the killer. In the meantime, Beckett’s history in the modeling world, is going to get her access to a very special wedding surprise. Guest stars are »
New Castle season 6,episode 14 official spoilers,plotline revealed by ABC. Recently, ABC dished out the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Castle" episode 14 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "Dressed To Kill," and it sounds quite intriguing as Beckett and Castle hit up the high-end fashion world to solve their newest case, and more. In the new,14th episode press release: A young woman's murder will send Castle & Beckett into the cutthroat world of high-end fashion. Press release number 2: When the assistant to Modern Fashion Magazine’s dictatorial editor, Matilda King (guest star Franes fisher), is found murdered, Castle and Beckett are going to get thrust into the glitzy, ruthless world of high fashion in their search for the killer. In the meantime, Beckett’s history in the modeling world is going to get her access to a very special wedding surprise. Guest stars will feature: Frances Fisher as Matilda King, »
The censors have been rethinking their movie certificates. Well, I have some ideas of my own
Not having children, I can only imagine what they're like from what I read in the newspapers. It seems they're low-maintenance companions, these days: happy to amuse themselves by spending long hours on the internet, watching hardcore porn and cyber-bullying each other. This must be relaxing for parents, freeing up plenty of time for sleep and gardening.
With the joys of unlimited sex and violence available at the tap of a keyboard, I wonder if children still feel excited at seeing 18-certificate films underage? I suppose they don't.
It's a shame. One of my happiest memories is of being allowed by my parents, as a 15th birthday treat, to impress my visiting friends by hiring Dressed to Kill (18) from the video shop.
One of my least happy memories is actually watching it. The hiring part was the highlight. »
- Victoria Coren Mitchell
"Dressed To Kill" - When the assistant to Modern Fashion Magazine's dictatorial editor Matilda King (guest star Frances Fisher) is found murdered, Castle and Beckett are thrust into the glitzy, ruthless world of high fashion in their search for the killer. Meanwhile Beckett's history in the modelling world gets her access to a very special wedding surprise, on Castle, Monday, Jan. 27 (10:01- 11:00 p.m., Et) ABC. »
"Castle" may not be rushing into a wedding for its lead characters, but preparations are underway. As seen in a new photograph from the Jan. 27 episode, Beckett is trying on wedding dresses.
Granted, this fitting probably has more to do with the case of the week than shopping for the big day, but we do what we can. The episode, "Dressed to Kill," finds Beckett (Stana Katic) revisiting her modeling past when a case crosses paths with a Modern Fashion magazine editor, Matilda King (Frances Fisher). This somehow leads Beckett to a couture dress straight out of a runway show.
According to TVGuide.com, the dress was created by Luke Reichle, the "Castle" costume designer and is made of re-embroidered French silver bullion lace, silk taffeta and organza. On the open market, such a dress would cost at least $30,000.
20 items from 2014
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