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A Touch of Evil


Orson Welles’ 1958 “A Touch of Evil” is one of AFI’s top 100 hear-pounding films for good reason: its a “stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town”…classic, thrilling cinema noir. The film will be theatrically released in July 2015 in the UK. From the BFI description:

“A brilliant fusion of pulp art with continental sophistication; it has all the energetic cruddiness of a Sammy Fuller ‘B’ picture, and all the self-consciousness of a New Wave melodrama.” -James Naremore, The Magic World of Orson Welles, 1978

Charlton Heston (starring here as Mexican border cop Mike Vargas) was apparently instrumental in persuading B-movie producer Albert Zugsmith to hire Orson Welles – who hadn’t directed in Hollywood for a decade – to make Touch of Evil.

Beginning with one of the most celebrated tracking shots in cinema history, a bravura three-minute take in which a bomb is planted in a car that then explodes after crossing the US border, Welles created a baroque, highly stylised masterpiece from inauspiciously pulpy source material.

With its story of murder, marijuana and police corruption, Touch of Evil is considered among the last of the 1940s/50s cycle of crime thrillers known as film noir. Welles’ vivid turn as corpulent bent cop Quinlan provided one of the genre’s most memorable villains.

Directed by Orson Welles. Written by Orson Welles (screenplay), Whit Masterson (based on the novel “Badge Of Evil” by), Franklin Coen and Paul Monash. Starring Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Joanna Moore, Ray Collins and Dennis Weaver. Return to Thumbnail View.

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8 Quentin Tarantino Film References You Should Know

Quentin Tarantino is a master of homages. He is a living encyclopedia of film trivia and history, and each of his movies is bursting at the seams with references to past works that have earned his admiration. Take a look at some of Tarantino’s top film references…
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2001 A Space Odyssey Digital Restoration


The ground-breaking science fiction film “2001 A Space Odyssey” from filmmaking legend Stanley Kubrick returns to UK cinemas in November after a complete digital restoration. This new trailer has been created for Kubrick’s 1968 “2001 A Space Odyssey” in advance of its re-release as part of British Film Institute’s sci-fi season.
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Lauren Bacall TCM Star of the Month Tribute


“Lauren Bacall TCM Star of the Month” is a short tribute created by TMC in 2012 for the star of Hollywood’s Golden Age narrated by Kelsey Grammer. Bacall passed away in her New York home August 12th, 2014. Bacall is best known for her films starring with Humphrey Bogart, who she married after their first film together at age twenty. She was ‘discovered’ by the wife of director Howard Hawks who saw her on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar.
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Once Upon a Time in the West


“History of Film – Once Upon a Time in the West” is a video essay by Michael Mirasol about Sergio Leone’s tribute to the Old West and its unique place as The Western in cinema history. Michael Mirasol is an independent film critic who has been writing about films for more than ten years. He briefly served as film critic for the Manila Times and now writes occasionally for Uno Magazine and his blog The Flipcritic. Mirasol is also one of Roger Ebert’s Far Flung Correspondents:
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June 2014 Releases on Netflix & Amazon Prime

If you missed any of “Orange is the New Black: Season 2″ or “Downton Abbey: Season 4″, you’re in luck: both will be available in the June 2014 Releases on Netflix & Amazon Prime. And don’t miss Nicole Kidman and Jude Law in “Cold Mountain”, the fabulous “The Triplets of Belleville” and Brad Pitt in “World War Z”.
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A Hard Day’s Night


“A Hard Day’s Night” is the 1964 film about The Beatles coming to America and follows Paul, Ringo, John and George running and finding craziness everywhere…and performing music of course…including their Ed Sullivan appearance. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Criterion Collection has restored the film from its original camera negative. From the film’s synopsis:
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