8 items from 2015
Reviewed by Jesse Miller
After I had finished reading The Loney, the unsettling and hypnotic debut novel by Andrew Michael Hurley, I remained sitting on my couch just digesting what I had just experienced.
I decided to give it a few days just so everything in the novel - the imagery, the characters, the story and themes – had a good amount of time to be processed so I could sit down and write a review. Only I can’t think of where to begin tackling this powerful piece of writing.
The Loney is a superbly written gothic tale, worthy to take a place among the greats such as Wuthering Heights and The Haunting of Hill House. But it’s much more than that - It’s a tale about faith, examining not only the extremity of it in folks but also the absence of it. And it doesn »
Patricia Neal ca. 1950. Patricia Neal movies: 'The Day the Earth Stood Still,' 'A Face in the Crowd' Back in 1949, few would have predicted that Gary Cooper's leading lady in King Vidor's The Fountainhead would go on to win a Best Actress Academy Award 15 years later. Patricia Neal was one of those performers – e.g., Jean Arthur, Anne Bancroft – whose film career didn't start out all that well, but who, by way of Broadway, managed to both revive and magnify their Hollywood stardom. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” series, Turner Classic Movies is dedicating Sunday, Aug. 16, '15, to Patricia Neal. This evening, TCM is showing three of her best-known films, in addition to one TCM premiere and an unusual latter-day entry. 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' Robert Wise was hardly a genre director. A former editor (Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons »
- Andre Soares
Liam Neeson shows up in a ton of movies these days, but he rarely delves into the world of horror. And the less said about that dreadful remake of The Haunting, the better. But we won’t hold that flick against… Continue Reading →
- Todd Rigney
Widely considered to be one of the best haunted house stories ever put to paper, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is being adapted for the stage by Hammer and will be featured at the Liverpool Playhouse this winter.
From Hammer: "Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse in association with Sonia Friedman Productions and Hammer present The Haunting of Hill House.
No-one ever visits Hill House, especially not after dark.
When three strangers are invited to join the mysterious Dr Montague at the eerie house on the hill, not even their darkest dreams could have prepared them for what awaits. As their stay unfolds, they are plagued by a series of inexplicable events that propel them to the very edge of their existence.
Hammer is thrilled to announce the forthcoming production of The Haunting of Hill House at Liverpool Playhouse. Produced in collaboration with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Sonia Friedman Productions, »
- Derek Anderson
The argument over who directed Poltergeist - the credited Tobe Hooper or producer and co-writer Steven Spielberg - weirdly reflects the tone of the 1982 hit, which starred Craig T. Nelson as a father who moves his family into a California suburb built on a Native American burial ground. The film melds some genuinely strange and galvanizing images of the home rebelling against its new owners with a healthy dose of the thoughtful family dynamics that made E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind so distinct. In a way, one could see Hooper as the malevolent, unbound spirit trying to burst through the veneer of Spielberg's impeccably designed environs and relatively mild strain of sentimental hokum. [caption id="attachment_461657" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Associated Film[/caption] Both Hooper, the ingenious wild man behind The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Spielberg are obsessives when it comes to the realms of the supernatural onscreen, clearly versed in creature features, »
- Chris Cabin
Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.
Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.
From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...
25. An Innocent Man
Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller, »
Owen Wilson is back in the action game.
The first trailer for the film, released by the Weinstein Company, finds Wilson toting shotguns as comfortably as a former 007, co-star Pierce Brosnan. Wilson plays an American businessman who moves his family to Southeast Asia just as a violent political uprising erupts. Lake Bell plays his wife, while Brosnan is a government agent who tries to help the family run for their lives.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Though many know Owen Wilson for his more comedic roles in films like Wedding Crashers, earlier in his career he took on a variety of films from Behind Enemy Lines to The Haunting, and two of his earliest films were Armageddon and Anaconda. Now Wilson is getting back into action thriller territory with No Escape (formerly known as The Coup), the story of a man who finds himself and his family threatened in the middle of a political uprising just after moving to Southeast Asia. Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell also star in the film which looks pretty intense, and might open some new doors for Wilson in other genres again. Watch! Here's the first trailer for John Erick Dowdle's No Escape from The Weinstein Company: No Escape is directed by John Erick Dowdle, who co-wrote the film with brother Drew Dowdle (both of As Above So Below, Devil »
- Ethan Anderton
8 items from 2015
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