Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Grantchester




Grantchester is a detective drama set in a 1950s Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester near Cambridge, where local Anglican vicar Sidney Chambers (James Norton) develops a sideline in sleuthing—with the initially reluctant help of grumpy Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green). The series is based on The Grantchester Mysteries books written by James Runcie. The first television series is based on stories from the first of the books, Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death.

GenreDrama
Based onThe Grantchester Mysteries by James Runcie
Written byDaisy Coulam
Directed byHarry Bradbeer
Starring
  • James Norton
  • Robson Green
  • Morven Christie
  • Tessa Peake-Jones
  • Al Weaver
  • Pheline Roggan
Composer(s)John Lunn
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes
Production
Executive producer(s)Diederick Santer
Rebecca Eaton
Producer(s)Emma Kingsman-Lloyd
CinematographyJulian Court
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Lovely Day/Masterpiece co-production
Release
Original channelITV
Original release6 October 2014 (2014-10-06) – present

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Tales of Terror (1962)



The three short sequences are based on the following Poe tales: "Morella", "The Black Cat" which is combined with another Poe tale, "The Cask of Amontillado", and "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar". Each sequence is introduced by Vincent Price who also appears in all three narratives. The story Morella was remade in the 1990s as The Haunting of Morella.

"Morella"

When Lenora Locke (Maggie Pierce) travels from Boston to be reunited with her father (Vincent Price) in his decrepit and cobwebbed mansion, she finds him drunk, disordered, and depressed. He refuses her company, insisting that she killed her mother Morella (Leona Gage) in childbirth. Lenora then discovers her mother's body decomposing on a bed in the house. Lenora cannot return to Boston and remains in the house to care for her father. His feelings soften towards her when he learns she has a terminal illness. One night Morella's spirit rises, and kills Lenora in revenge for her childbed death. Morella's body is then resurrected, becoming as whole and as beautiful as she was in life. This is in exchange for Lenora's, which is now decomposing where Morella lay. Morella strangles her horrified husband as a fire breaks out in the house. Then Morella and Lenora return to their original bodies, Lenora smiling as she lies on her dead father, rotten Morella cackling as the flames consume the house. The cast includes Edmund Cobb as a coach driver.

"The Black Cat"

Montresor Herringbone (Peter Lorre) hates his wife Annabelle (Joyce Jameson) and her black cat. One night on a ramble about town, he happens upon a wine tasting event and challenges the world's foremost wine taster, Fortunato Luchresi (Vincent Price), to a contest. Herringbone becomes drunk. Luchresi escorts him home and meets his wife. Time passes, and Annabelle and Luchresi become intimate. The cuckolded Herringbone then entombs them alive in an alcove in the basement. The authorities become suspicious and two policemen (John Hackett and Lennie Weinrib) visit the house to investigate. Hearing screeching behind a basement wall, they knock the wall down to discover the dead lovers — and Annabelle's black cat, which Herringbone had accidentally walled up with the lovers. Cast includes Wally Campo as bartender Wilkins and Alan DeWitt as the Wine-Tasting Chairman.

"The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar"

Dying from a painful disease, M. Valdemar (Vincent Price) employs a hypnotist, Mr. Carmichael (Basil Rathbone), to alleviate his suffering by putting him under various trances. He then remains between the world of the living and the dead. In a trance, Valdemar begs Carmichael to release his soul so he can die but Carmichael cruelly refuses. Months pass and Valdemar's putrefying body remains in his bed under the complete control of Carmichael. The hypnotist tries to force Valdemar's wife Helene (Debra Paget) to marry him. When she refuses, he attacks her. Valdemar's putrid body rises from the bed and kills Carmichael. Helene is rescued by Valdemar's physician (David Frankham) and carried from the scene of horror.


Directed byRoger Corman
Produced bySamuel Z. Arkoff
Roger Corman
James H. Nicholson
Written byRichard Matheson
Based onMorella
The Black Cat
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar by Edgar Allen Poe
StarringVincent Price
Peter Lorre
Basil Rathbone
Music byLes Baxter
CinematographyFloyd Crosby
Edited byAnthony Carras
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures
Release dates
  • July 4, 1962 (1962-07-04)
Running time
89 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$1.5 million
64,396 admissions (France)

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Two Minute Warning



An unknown sniper (Warren Miller) positions himself at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum prior to a professional football championship (dubbed as "Championship X") similar to The Super Bowl. He is spotted by a Goodyear Blimp camera. Police and SWAT team are immediately called in by the stadium manager Sam McKeever (Martin Balsam).
Police Captain Peter Holly (Charlton Heston), working with SWAT team Sergeant Chris Button (John Cassavetes), devises a plan to capture the sniper before the conclusion of the game.
Multiple fans attending the game are introduced. They include Steve and Janet (David Janssen and Gena Rowlands), an argumentative middle-aged couple; Stu Sandman (Jack Klugman), a gambling addict; a Catholic priest (Mitchell Ryan), who is a friend of quarterback Charlie Tyler; young married couple Mike and Peggy Ramsay (Beau Bridges and Pamela Bellwood); an elderly pickpocket (Walter Pidgeon) and his young accomplice (Juli Bridges, the then-wife of Beau Bridges); and football fan Al (David Groh), who begins flirting with Lucy (Marilyn Hassett) when he notices her date (Jon Korkes) is more interested in the game than in her.

Directed byLarry Peerce
Produced byEdward S. Feldman
Screenplay byEdward Hume
Story byGeorge La Fountaine Sr.
StarringCharlton Heston
John Cassavetes
Martin Balsam
Beau Bridges
Music byCharles Fox
CinematographyGerald Hirschfeld
Edited byWalter Hannemann
Eve Newman
Production
company
Filmways
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
November 12, 1976 (USA)
Running time
115 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales)




Wild Tales (Spanish: Relatos salvajes) is a 2014 Argentine-Spanish black comedy film written and directed by Damián Szifron and starring an ensemble cast consisting of Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Érica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg, and Darío Grandinetti. It was co-produced by Agustín Almodóvar and Pedro Almodóvar. The film's musical score was composed by Gustavo Santaolalla. It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.
An anthology film, it is composed of six standalone shorts united by a common theme of violence and vengeance.
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From beginning to end this is an amazing film. ~Mike

Directed byDamián Szifron
Produced by
  • Hugo Sigman
  • Agustín Almodóvar
  • Pedro Almodóvar
  • Matías Mosteirín
  • Esther García
  • Felipe Photiades
  • Gerardo Rozín
Written byDamián Szifron
Starring
  • Ricardo Darín
  • Oscar Martínez
  • Leonardo Sbaraglia
  • Érica Rivas
  • Rita Cortese
  • Julieta Zylberberg
  • Darío Grandinetti
Music byGustavo Santaolalla
CinematographyJavier Juliá
Edited by
  • Damián Szifron
  • Pablo Barbieri Carrera
Production
company
  • Corner
  • El Deseo
  • Kramer & Sigman Films
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release dates
  • 17 May 2014 (2014-05-17) (Cannes)
  • 21 August 2014 (2014-08-21) (Argentina)
Running time
122 minutes
Country
  • Argentina
  • Spain
LanguageSpanish
Budget$3.3 million
Box office$30 million



Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Master Builder




Halvard Solness (Shawn) is an aging architect of a small town in Norway who has managed to attain some distinction and local reputation, and long married to Aline (Hagerty). One day while having a visit from his friend Doctor Herdal (Pine), Solness is visited by Hilde Wangel (Joyce), a young woman of twenty-four from another town whom the doctor promptly recognizes from a recent trip.
Soon after the Doctor leaves and Solness is alone with Hilde, she reminds him that they are not strangers and that they had previously met in her home town ten years ago when she was fourteen years of age. When Solness does not respond to her quickly enough she reminds him that at one point he had made advances upon her, offered a romantic interlude, and promised her "castles in the sky" during their encounter, which she believed. He denies this and she gradually convinces him, however, that she can assist him with his household duties and he takes her into his home.


Directed byJonathan Demme
Written byWallace Shawn
Based onThe Master Builder
by Henrik Ibsen
StarringWallace Shawn
Julie Hagerty
Andre Gregory
CinematographyDeclan Quinn
Edited byTim Squyres
Release dates
  • November 11, 2013 (2013-11-11) (Rome Film Festival)
Running time
130 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$46,874


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Paco and The Magical Book



The movie is set in a hospital where "strange" people are sent.
One of the older, gruffer patients, is Onuki, a business owner who is sent to the hospital after a heart attack, thinks little of the other hospital patients, and hopes to die without being remembered by such "worthless" people. Another patient, a young girl named Paco, is in the hospital due to a memory disorder- she can only remember the events of one day at a time. Each day she reads a pop-up children's book, and often asks Onuki to read to her. Each day it is a new story for her.
Eventually, the two of them develop a friendship, and Onuki decides to enlist the help of the other people in the hospital to perform a play of the book, hoping it will help Paco.

Directed byTetsuya Nakashima
Produced byYutaka Suzuki
Written byHirohito Goto original play, Nobuhiro Monma, Tetsuya Nakashima screenplay
StarringKoji Yakusho, Ayaka Wilson, Satoshi Tsumabuki
Music byGabriele Roberto
CinematographyShoichi Ato, Atsushi Ozawa
Edited byYoshiyuki Koike
Distributed byToho
Release dates
September 13, 2008
Running time
105 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box office$22,679,633

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Man Hunt




On July 29, 1939, renowned British big game hunter Captain Alan Thorndike (Walter Pidgeon) slips through the forest undetected near the Berghof, Adolf Hitler's residence near Berchtesgaden. Getting the dictator in his telescopic sight, he pulls the trigger on his unloaded rifle and gives a wave. He ponders a moment, then loads a live round, but is discovered at the last second by a guard, and the shot goes wild.

Directed byFritz Lang
Produced byKenneth Macgowan
Written by
Dudley Nichols
Lamar Trotti
Based on
Rogue Male
1939 novel 
by Geoffrey Household
Starring
Walter Pidgeon
Joan Bennett
Music byAlfred Newman
CinematographyArthur C. Miller
Edited byAllen McNeil
Distributed byTwentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Release dates
  • June 13, 1941 (1941-06-13)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language
English
German

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