James Maitland Stewart is one of the most iconic legends of classic cinema. Born May 20, 1908, Stewart’s versatile, seven-decade-long career in film gave us many classics, and along the way earned the actor five Academy Award nominations as well as lifetime achievement award recognition from just about every major film organization.
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In my opinion, there has been no finer film director to ever walk this planet than the great Alfred Hitchcock, who would have turned 113 this past Monday, August 13th. The legendary filmmaker has made so many incredible movies that you could zoom down to the man’s seventeenth greatest film and still find a movie better than most directors personal bests. He’s just that good, people.
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Every 10 years, Sight and Sound Magazine polls respected critics and directors about what they feel are the top 10 movies of all time. This year, they invited more than 1,000 critics to partake in the poll and recieved 846 responses with 2,045 films listed. Coming out on top of the critics list by 32 votes was Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, besting Citizen Kane, a movie that had held the title since 1962. Included on the list are 3 silent films, a documentary (for the first time) and no movie after 1968. On the director’s side, Tokyo Story topped the poll, with Citizen Kane and 2001: A Space Odyssey tying for 2nd and Vertigo tying The Godfather for 7th place. Take a gander at the critics and directors list!
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“On March 21st, 1963, Alcatraz officially closed. All the prisoners were transferred off the island…only that’s not what happened. Not at all.”
Yes, this is the exciting premise to one of the new year’s best, most fascinating shows from the creative imagination of J. J. Abrams. Sci-Fi/Supernatural stories and J.J. Abrams go together about as well as champagne on New Years Eve, so it’s no surprise that Alcatraz could very well be the answer to the absence of Lost. J.J. Abram’s previous television hit launched a legion of fans dedicating their time to decrypting the secrets of its complex narrative, as well as pushing forward the production quality of a Broadcast television show. Before Lost, there had never been a show with such a high concept storyline, stunning visual effects, and set production values that had ever been done before. The show felt like a movie, but better — instead of neatly wrapping itself up in two hours, the show spanned six seasons with layer upon layer of mythology, fleshed out characters whose back-stories were given great weight and importance, and a highly complex science fiction plot that ignited fierce and passionate discussion on message boards across the internet. If ever there was a show that marked the beginning popularity of the post-millennium internet age coming together as an online community in debunking their favorite television show in such lavish detail and commitment, it was Lost. The show launched in 2004, and television has never been the same since thanks to J. J. Abrams. Many shows post-Lost have attempted to mimic its high concept narrative and extravagant production values, but to little avail. Most shows that did this were poorly received by the national audience, sank in the Nielsen ratings, and were forced to shut down production because their rating shares could not cover the cost to maintain expensive production. Only J. J. Abrams, it seems, could revive the high-concept science fiction show on Broadcast television. Even though Alcatraz is nowhere near Lost in its overall quality, it definitely holds promise to develop into a show that is both original, refreshing, and the remedy to the absence most sci-fi fans have been feeling since Lost’s series finale ended in 2010. Read more on TV Review: Alcatraz (***1/2)…
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