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200 Greatest Horror Films (110-101)

Special Mention: Dressed To Kill

Directed by Brian De Palma

Written by Brian De Palma

1980, USA

Genre: Thriller

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
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A Mysteriously Good Giveaway! Win a ‘Detective Dee’ Poster and Blu-ray

This coming Tuesday, December 13, Indominia Releasing will unleash Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame on DVD and Blu-ray for all of us here in the United States to enjoy. It’s an action adventure piece starring legendary Hong Kong actor Andy Lau. And to celebrate the release, we’ve scored three wicked prize packs for you, including a copy of the film on Blu-ray and a very cool poster from Chris Parks at Pale Horse Designs. You can see both the poster and more info about the film after the jump. It’s more than worth the time it will take to make an entry. First, the poster: How to Enter Just leave us a comment on this very article. What should you say? Tell us what the best martial arts film of the past decade is, and why. Winners will be chosen next week and contacted shortly thereafter. About
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Vision Quest: The Making of The Tree of Life

Trevor Hogg chats with visual effects supervisors Dan Glass and Bryan Hirota about the creation of Terrence Malick's latest, The Tree of Life...

Considered by many to be an enigma because of his reclusive nature and the long gaps between his films, American director Terrence Malick returns to the big screen with The Tree of Life (2011). Partly autobiographical, the story revolves around a boy growing up in the 1950s American Midwest whose relationship with his strict father and nurturing mother haunts him into adulthood. Featuring a cast of Brad Pitt (Se7en), Sean Penn (Mystic River), Jessica Chastain (Jolene), Joanna Going (Inventing the Abbotts), Jackson Hurst (The Mist), Fiona Shaw (Fracture), Crystal Mantecon (The Waiter), and Tamara Jolaine (Tough Love), the drama ignited worldwide curiosity when word came out that it included footage involving the formation of the universe. Could this be the resurrection of the mysterious project Q which
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