Archives for October 2012

Tuesday’s Overlooked Film: The Uninvited (1944)

It is about that time of year when we are reminded of things that go “bump” in the night – may I submit for your approval this 1944 suspenseful, romantic gem from director Lewis Allen.

This is an old-fashioned English ghost story where brother and sister (Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey) purchase a lovely home on the Cornish coast. They are more than happy when they discover the rock-bottom price for the home – what could possibly be wrong with it?

Enter Gail Russell, daughter of the seller (Donald Crisp), an ethereal beauty who has an equally seemingly otherworldly attachment to the house …

 

There is no mistaking, this film is beautifully shot – apparently the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences thought so too. Cinematographer Charles Lang received an Oscar nod for his black and white camera work.

Check out the trailer below:

If you love good old fashioned ghost stories, especially those with an English touch.

Happy Birthday Joan Fontaine!

One of my favorite actresses hit the big 9-5 today. In honor of her birthday, I decided to take a look back into my blog archives to find a collection of articles featuring her films over the past five years – enjoy!

 

SUSPICION

ISLAND IN THE SUN

LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN

FROM THIS DAY FORWARD

 

Happy Friday Everyone!

Happy Friday Everyone!

The countdown begins … one week from now, I will have just finished Skyfall in London!

As you can imagine, plans for my (now annual) forthcoming hop across the pond got me thinking about creative travel related tie-ins that have not been previously posted in my 5 years in the blogosphere.

Well I found a new one – courtesy of the Londontown website. This go-around, I am staying in a hotel in central London – which got me thinking … how many hotels have been featured in famous movies? I am not saying that this list, London Hotels in Films is the most comprehensive, but I think that it is a fun piece of trivia for folks (like myself) who are into that sort of thing.

As for this weekend and going to the movies in particular, it looks like another weekend for me to continue the seemingly never-ending DVR-catchup/Netflix Game. Perhaps, in honor of [WARNING: DOWNTON SPOILER]

Spoiler Inside SelectShow

 

How about you? Any  movie-related plans …

 

Alex Cross

 

Paranormal 4

 

Holy Motors
(word is that this one is a bizarre gem of a film)

 

The Sessions


Comment below and have a lovely weekend!


Tuesday’s Overlooked Film: My Cousin Rachel (1952)

This week’s entry as part of Todd Mason’s weekly internet meme, Overlooked Films, is a Gothic/romantic mystery from the mind of Daphne duMaurier, who most notably penned Rebecca and The Birds, which were both adapted into films by Alfred Hitchcock.

SYNOPSIS (Source: AFI)

When Philip Ashley’s much-loved (and rich) cousin Ambrose dies, he is convinced that Ambrose was murdered by his new wife Rachel to inherit his wealth. But when he meets Rachel and falls in love with her, he knows that his suspicions must have been unfounded. But were they, or is Rachel just trying to use Philip to get at the estate Ambrose left to him instead of to her? And will she murder him next?

This adaptation was directed by Henry Koster (The Bishop’s Wife) and stars Richard Burton and Olivia deHavilland as the aforementioned Philip Ashley and Rachel, respectively.

The visuals of are wonderful at capturing the atmosphere of the rugged Cornish coast; that combined with Franz Waxman’s film score lends a proper air of  suspense and foreboding to the proceedings.

Overall it is an enjoyable watch, and perfect for a blustery, if not rainy weekend afternoon 🙂

 

This Weekend …

Alas I feel like we are getting to that point in the cinematic calendar where moviegoers will have a choice of solid alternatives for their filmed entertainment. Well almost. It would appear this week that there is about a 50/50 split in terms of movies that have piqued my interest  – at least among the “top 4” options that are out there.

So what you will be watching?

Yesterday it Was the Photos…

Today it is the official trailer dropping.

Enjoy!

 

ILC’s Take:

This looks absolutely beautiful. In watching this trailer, I am very happy about  the prominence of Alma Reville (his wife) has in the story.

For many who are not heavily into the Hitchcock biography, this film looks like it will shine a well overdue light on the woman, a supportive and heavily influential creative force in her own right, behind the man.

Of course that is not to say that we may also be peeling away few layers from “The Master of Suspense” himself.

I will definitely be seeing this one!

New “Hitchcock” Stills

Check out these photos for the upcoming film, Hitchcock.
Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh

 

James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins

 

Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock

 

Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins as Alma and Alfred Hitchcock

 

HITCHCOCK is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and partner Alma Reville. The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock’s seminal movie Psycho.

Directed by: Sacha Gervasi
Screenplay by: John J. McLaughlin
Based on the book: Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello
Produced by: Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock, Joe Medjuck, Tom Thayer, Alan Barnette
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Jessica Biel, Michael Stuhlbarg, James D’Arcy, Michael Wincott, Richard Portnow, Kurtwood Smith

 

 

Tuesday’s Overlooked Film: The Burbs (1989)

Directed by Joe Dante (“Gremlins”), The ‘Burbs was a slightly subversive look into the inhabitants of a cul-de-sac community, the fictional Hinkley Hills. A new family, the Klopeks has moved into the neighborhood. SURE –they are ‘strange’ by conventional (or any other standards but exactly what is going on behind closed doors and down in that basement is a mystery that Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) wants to uncover. Despite pleas appealing for reason and ‘neighborly-ness’ from his wife, Carol (Carrie Fisher), Ray and his buddies (Bruce Dern and Rick Ducommun) are not convinced. Conveniently, Carol and her son leave to visit her sister out of town, thus allowing Ray and company to pursue their quest to reveal their neighbors to be murderous psychopaths.

I know this will not work for everyone, but for me the slapstick nature of several of the scenes was enough to make this for fun (if slightly dark) family viewing.

Skyfall by Adele: What Do You Think?

Enjoy and share your comments below.

My take? a very Bond theme that is fit for the occasion. Hopefully the film will live up to (and surpass) this teaser we have been treated with.

October Highlights for i luv cinema

As we enter the merry month of October, here are a couple of things I am “cinematically” looking forward to:

1. SKYFALL SKYFALL! 26th of October, BFI – ’nuff said!

 

2. TCM – Wednesdays in October – Classic Horror. Of particular interest to me are:

  • The Haunting
  • The Uninvited
  • Dead of Night
  • The Innocents (really, really creepy)

 

3. In the category of “I always wanted to see it but now that it has received the Criterion treatment, I am reminded that I wanted to see it.” I speak of John Schlesinger’s Sunday Bloody Sunday, which is scheduled for release this month.

 

4. Last and certainly not least this month I celebrate my 5th Anniversary as a blogger! More fun stuff to come in the coming weeks 🙂 In fact, my official “birthday” was October 1st!