Peggy Guggenheim not only amassed one of the world’s most impressive collections of contemporary art but also rightfully earned a reputation as the consummate bohemian. In her wildly entertaining follow up to Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel,Vreeland explores how Guggenheim crashed the international art scene, discovering the likes of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko in the process. “[With] so many love affairs and ego clashes Art Addict never feels a bit like a history lesson.”—Hollywood Reporter
Published in 1966 but conducted in 1962, the Hitchcock/Truffaut interviews are a bible for filmmakers, a treasure trove of information, insight and inspiration. This fabulous documentary adds plentiful clips to the recordings, plus testimony from many of today’s greatest directors: Wes Anderson, David Fincher, Richard Linklater, Olivier Assayas, Martin Scorsese et al.
Like so many Hitchcock heroes, Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) is the wrong man in the wrong place at the worst time. Mistakenly identified as a spy, this non-entity is propelled into an insane adventure that will be the making of him. Incorporating business from The 39 Steps, Saboteur, Notorious and others, this is in some ways the definitive Hitchcock picture – Thornhill was also a model for Mad Men’s Don Draper. With: Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau.
Based on an actual case of a New York musician who was identified as a violent criminal and whose protestations of innocence were never believed, this is the film where Hitchcock’s preoccupation with the fate of an innocent man in the wrong place at the wrong time gets its most severe and soul-searching treatment. A Kafkaesque, expressionist masterpiece, and for all its restraint, one of his most moving films. Starring Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle.
Everything you need to know about the roots of roots music, at least of Country variety: starting with the Original Carter Family—A.P., Sara and Maybelle—the film traces the trio’s early musical success, the transformation of the act into The Carter Sisters, June Carter’s marriage to legend Johnny Cash, and the efforts of the present-day Carter family to keep the music alive. Part history, part performance, part family saga, the film illuminates the Carter’s musical and cultural contributions and features a who’s who of Americana music, including Johnny Cash in one of his last interviews. Opening night show features a live performance by Petunia (of Petunia and the Vipers).
It’s the night before Christmas, and Sin-Dee is back turning tricks on the street after a month in stir. But it’s her pimp boyfriend who should be worried: Sin-Dee has heard he’s been cheating on her, and she means to get to the bottom of the rumours…
Shot entirely on iphones, this Sundance sensation from Starlet director Sean Baker is about as "now" as movies get, but also a surprisingly sweet, warm and forgiving yuletide tale.
Hitchcock’s favourite Hitchcock: a smalltown thriller about a young woman (Teresa Wright) who begins to suspect her beloved Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) is not quite what he pretends…
When Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) rashly takes off with a wad of stolen cash she reckons she has the weekend before anyone will find out about it. Fate has something else in mind for her… A chance encounter with a lonely motel keeper (Anthony Perkins), for starters.
"Psycho has a very interesting construction and that game with the audience was fascinating. I was directing the viewers. You might say I was playing them, like an organ." – Alfred Hitchcock
All Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son wants for Xmas is s Turbo Man toy. But it’s the night before Christmas and Arnie has been too busy to shop…
Not exactly It’s A Wonderful Life, Jingle All the Way is a relentless demonstration of the crass commercialism that has choked the Christmas spirit, full of unfunny antic mugging and slapstick mayhem. On the other hand, it does feature a young Jake Lloyd (Annakin Skywalker) in his second movie role).
Regularly voted one of the very best movies ever made, this is probably Hitchcock’s most personal and revealing film, a movie about male neurosis, fetishism and power, with James Stewart as the private detective who becomes obsessed with the married woman (Kim Novak) he’s been hired to follow.
James Stewart is the man who sees too much. “Jeff” Jeffries is a sports photographer waylaid by a broken leg, doomed to spend the summer in a wheelchair in his New York apartment. That’s how he comes to witness a murder in the dead of night in an apartment across the way… (or does he?). Certainly one of Hitchcock’s supreme masterpieces.
“We’ve come this evening to bring you some joy, happiness, inspiration, and some pos-i-tive vi-brations,” Mavis Staples tells concertgoers at the opening of this irresistible portrait of the irrepressible gospel/soul legend – a vow the movie delivers aplenty. Guided by her father, Pops, The Staples Singers married gospel and delta blues in the 50s; sang Freedom songs for the civil rights movement in the 60s; and topped the Billboard charts with “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” in the 1970s. Interviewees include Bob Dylan and Jeff Tweedy but it’s Mavis’s huge voice that does the real talking. You’ll have a blast.
Kleptomaniac Marnie Edgar (Tippi Hedron), who moves from job to job and has a pathological fear of the colour red, is caught stealing by her latest employer Mark Rutland (Sean Connery). Instead of turning her over to the police, Mark forces Marnie to marry him, convinced that he can get to the bottom of her psychosis.
In August, 1971, Dr Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) enlisted 24 male students to simulate prison life within the confines of the psychology department at Stanford. Scheduled to last a fortnight the experiment was called after just six days before lasting harm befell its participants. A brilliant young cast brings this notorious Psych study to life with riveting intensity. "Stark and riveting" New York Times
Propelled from the death of his father to confronting his mother’s Stage 4 cancer, James (Chris Abbott) is forced to grow up fast; much faster than he’s ready for. He finds fleeting relief in booze, drugs, girls and fights, but in the end he has to be there for his mom, Gail. With awards-worthy performances from Cynthia Nixon and Chris Abbott, this is a searingly honest piece of heartfelt cinema in the tradition of Cassavetes and Pialat from first film filmmaker Josh Mond.
It’s not called a murder of crows for nothing. Our little feathered friends decide they have had enough of smug, complacent humans and band together to do something about it. Bodega Bay, California bears the first wave of attack, and dilettante Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedron) seems to bring out the worst in them.
Truffaut: “Birds attack people! I am convinced that cinema was invented so that such a film could be made. This is an artist’s dream…"
One evening in New York, two young homosexuals enact an amusing demonstration of their intellectual superiority: they strangle a college friend for kicks, then stash the body in a trunk that becomes a makeshift table for the cocktail party they are throwing for the dead man that very night. The unique conceit of Rope is that is filmed in one continuous, single, flowing camera move, apparently in "real time", without a cut.
George Miller may have turned 70 in March, but that didn’t stop him from pulling off the biggest, fastest and most furious action flick in years. Like all previous Mad Max movies, this is a mytho-poetic demolition derby, a kind of punk valentine to the flaring embers of the petroleum era, a road rage against the dying of the light.
From the 1960s to the 1980s, the rock radio DJ played an unprecedented creative role in the rock music world. I Am What I Play profiles four disc jockeys in major markets (inc Seattle and Toronto) during this period: their programming, their politics and their deep connections with musicians and fans in the heyday of rock radio. Where are they now - and how did they reinvent themselves as the medium changed? Featuring the music of The Ramones, Joni Mitchell, Rush, David Bowie, The Cars, The Sonics and more.