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(1946) Vincent Price in his first leading part as Nicholas van Ryn, the sinister master of the 19th-century mansion on the Hudson river.A young girl is invited to stay at a stately home only to discover that the owners are far from perfect hosts. Gothic thriller starring Gene Tierney, Walter Huston and Vincent Price, and written and directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz
For all the young filmmakers hoping to be the next Hitchcock or Scorsese, it's surprising there aren't more people in the world hoping to emulate the success of writer-producer-director Joseph L Mankiewicz. A man who won four Oscars in just two short years (and was nominated for a further six), Mankiewicz's list of important films features such genuine classics as All About Eve, The Ghost And Mrs Muir and Julius Caesar. 'Mank' also had the distinction of directing 12 actors to Academy Award nominations, the far-from-dirty dozen including Marlon Brando, Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. And while he might have made the calamitous Cleopatra, the fact he closed out his career directing Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier in the sublime Sleuth must have provided sufficient consolation.Mankiewicz's success is even more incredible when you remember that he only directed 22 films. Of these, few are as much fun as Dragonwyck, a superb haunted house movie featuring great work from Gene Tierney and Vincent Price.
As young Miranda Wells, Tierney finds herself dispatched to the Van Ryn family's Dragonwyck estate. What intially sounds like an exciting assignation soon turns scary as Miranda discovers that the Van Ryns are no strangers to insanity. And in the kingdom of the mad, few are quite as hatstand as Nicholas Van Ryn (Price), the young master of the house who is clearly up to no good in the darkest reaches of Dragonwyck.
(1958) Daft but wonderful 1950s sci-fi fable about a scientist whose tinkering with the laws of nature lead to a terrible result - he gains a fly's head.Daft but wonderful 1950s sci-fi fable about a scientist whose tinkering with the laws of nature lead to a terrible result - he gains a fly's head
The Fly Despite one of the silliest concepts in horror cinema - Price admitted being unable to keep a straight face during filming - there is something irresistable about this tale of a man who swaps heads with a housefly. Andre Delambre (Hedison) is a scientist in that wonderful 1950s mould - he's a genius tinkering with atomics, but he's also a domestic sort of chap. His invention of a machine that can transport matter - a teleporter basically - is the source of the troubles. To prove that it works, he tries it on himself. Whoops, suddenly Andre's got a fly's head and leg, while a poor housefly is sporting Andre's head and a human arm. Wife Helene (Owens) and brother FranÃ§ois (Price) are of course powerless to help. Andre has learned the hard way the perils of trying to bend the laws of nature too far.
From the grisly opening (the fly-man coerces his Helene into helping him to commit suicide in a hydraulic press) to the spider's web finale ("Help meeeeeeee! Please help meeeeeeeeee!"), the film is overcooked to the point of hysteria. Yet the unmasking of the fly at the end is the most effective scene of its kind since The Phantom of the Opera in 1925.
(1987) Matthew Broderick stars as Jimmy Garrett, a trainee air force pilot assigned to teach chimps to use flight simulators.A young army intern becomes attached to the chimps being used in a top secret military project. Kids adventure movie starring Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt
Project X He's now famous for being married to Sarah-Jessica Parker and for taking Broadway by storm in 'The Producers'. But there was a time when Matthew Broderick was best known for playing cocky teenagers - this in spite of the fact that he didn't even make his movie debut until he'd turned 21. Already something a stage veteran (he first worked on the New York stage aged 17) by the time he came to Hollywood, it was Broderick's good fortune that his boyishness allowed him to play well beneath his years. So while he was 22 when he threatened global security in War Games and 24 when he starred in John Hughes's Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Broderick had notched up his quarter century when he was cast in Project X Directed by Jonathan Kaplan the year before he made the rather more controversial The Accused, Project X is the story of Jimmy Garrett (Broderick), a military inductee who's placed in charge of the chimps who're being used in the titular experiment. Naturally, Garrett grows close to his simian chums and it's not long before he and his young friend Teri (Hunt, still some years away from becoming a bona fide star) are hatching a plan to allow the apes to escape.
The Man Who Knew Too Little
(1997) Jon Amiel's film, which openly acknowledges its debt to the Hitchcock's classic.Bill Murray makes an entertaining bumbling stooge in this affectionately put together but sharply observed espionage spoof
The Man Who Knew Too Little Shortly after arriving in London a slow-witted US tourist (Murray) signs up for what he believes is an Interactive Theatre experience with a thriller theme. Then, by virtue of a credibility-stretching coincidence, he innocently intercepts a message meant for a hit-man and becomes embroiled in a real plot to wreck an Anglo-Russian peace conference.Memories of Bob Hope and Benny Hill are awoken as Murray gets himself caught in compromising situations with a call girl (Whalley) and tries frantically to evade the unwelcome attentions of the assassin (Molina).
(1999) Robert 'Mac' MacDougal is one of the finest art thieves in the world and Virginia 'Gin' Baker, an insurance company agent who plans to trap him.Aging master-thief Sean Connery and slinky insurance investigator Catherine Zeta-Jones form a prickly alliance and plan a daring high-tech heist in this glossy caper
You remember Entrapment. Well, you remember that bit: Catherine Zeta-Jones poured into a jet-black skinsuit, arching and bending through a cat's cradle of laser beams. Is she an undercover insurance operative aiming to entrap legendary art thief Lothario Robert 'Mac' MacDougal (Connery)? Or is she really another super-thief planning to use him to walk off with a billion dollar mega-haul? Are they both double-crossing each other? You'll soon be way past caring, because nothing in Copycat director Jon Amiel's movie matches its laser-show ballet. For sure, Amiel know it: he pulls the scene twice. In fact, this twisty, romantic crime-caper gears up smartly, with a teasing training sequence involving swimming, chewing gum and a blindfold limbo between pieces of red string. All intriguing clues to the film's first heist - stealing a priceless Chinese mask protected by that criss-cross maze of throbbing security lasers.
But like a pensioner at a disco, Entrapment fades fast. Pairing Connery (then 68) with Zeta-Jones (then 29) as a duplicitous duo who steal each other's hearts as well as the loot, Ron Bass and William Broyles' screenplay aims for smart, spiky snap-crackle but forgets to shorn-horn in a decent story. With a beardy Connery coasting and Zeta-Jones barely convincing as a gymnastic glamour-criminal, their chemistry damp-squibs from the get-go and a milky support cast (including Ving Rhames, a lazy short-hand from Mission: Impossible) fail to add gristle.
Mr Nice Guy
(1997) The legendary Jackie Chan stars as a celebrity chef inadvertently dragged into the battle for incriminating evidence of a drug deal.A chef finds himself right in the soup when he encounters a news reporter with an incriminating videotape. Action-adventure comedy directed by Hong Kong veteran Sammo Hung and starring the Buster Keaton of kung fu, Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan wasn't a big star in the USA at the time he made Mr Nice Guy (aka Yatgo ho yan aka Yige Hao Ren aka No More Mr Nice Guy aka SuperChef). That he's now one of Hollywood's foremost martial arts stars has less to do with this film than with the Rush Hour movies, the first of which he made the year after this picture opened. But if Mr Nice Guy did little to spread the word about Hong Kong's king of kick-ass, it's a nice enough example of the little master's brand of gag-heavy action cinema. Made in Australia, Mr Nice Guy stars Jackie as, er... Jackie, a celebrity chef who has the misfortune to bump into Diana (Fitzpatrick), a journalist in possession of a videotape that incriminates villainous drug lord Giancarlo (Norton). As is always the way in these films, a mix-up follows which results in Jackie getting hold of the tape and a whole heap of trouble to boot.
(2006) Will Oldham and Daniel London play two friends who have lost touch and decide to re-kindle their relationship with a weekend trek.Two old friends take a camping trip in the Pacific Northwest backwoods to rekindle what they've lost. Low-key US indie drama, co-starring singer-songwriter Will "Bonnie 'Prince' Billy" Oldham
Old Joy It's a storyline you could fit on a Post-it note: two longtime, somewhat estranged buddies in their thirties, domesticated father-to-be Mark (London) and bearded drifter Kurt (Oldham), set off for a weekend trip into Oregon's Cascade Mountains to try and rediscover a long-forgotten hot spring, and their formerly close friendship. They eventually find one, but not the other. They go home. No hillbilly rapists waylay them; no flesh-rotting virus eats them alive; and the hot springs don't turn out to be the portal to a parallel universe. Adapted by director Kelly Reichardt and original author Jon Raymond, what makes Old Joy so unusual, and in many ways so brave, is that it's a short story blown up onto the big screen, yet still writ small. Even something as delicately expanded as Brokeback Mountain added entire scenes and characters to bolster its dramatic weight and credibility. No such attempt at beefing up the narrative has been made here. The duration is less than half that of the Pirates Of The Caribbean sequel and its budget wouldn't cover the cost of Johnny Depp's hats.