Dial M for Murder Returns in 3D
For a grim slog, the Oscar movies are pretty fun
The Director of Anvil! seeks out the woman behind the Master of Suspense
Shouldn't the making of Psycho be more interesting?
I was so desperate for any entertainment--and for the chance to see something with illumination, heat, and a bathroom in the rear--that I adored every single film I saw during the blackout. Maybe when sanity returns, I'll re-evaluate them--for most of them, it's too soon to serve any critical judgm ... More >>
Get your tickets for the end-times
Toby Jones (above) plays the great Alfred Hitchcock in the HBO movie The Girl, about the way the British director tormented actress Tippi Hedren (played by Sienna Miller) during the making of the 1963 nature-gone-amok thriller The Birds. It premieres October 20, just in time to beat the Hollywood f ... More >>
You’d be psycho for missing this
Good evening. There's a biopic being done about the portly, macabre genius who directed one-word classics like Psycho, Vertigo, Rebecca, Suspicion, Rope, and Spellbound, among other films. So which stars are dropping by for a paycheck? Here's the answer to the mystery:
Frank Langella's insightful new book, Dropped Names, does just that, devoting a short chapter to each of the famous people he's encountered in his career. I was most fascinated by the one on Tony Perkins, who visited Langella backstage after a 1960s play. The Psycho star said people keep telling h ... More >>
MTV turns 30 today. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future. Angelina Jolie in a Michael Bay production. In the 30 years since MTV first hit the air, the music video has proven itself as a medium able to collapse high and low cultureor, ... More >>
It was plastered on the face of Arizona wacko Jared Loughner as he appeared before a federal judge for the slaying of six people and the attempted slaughter of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. But where had I seen that look before? That very same nervy, sick, entitled, arrogant smirk? On ... More >>
I'll start: The moment in When a Stranger Calls when Carol Kane is told by the police, "The call is coming from inside your house!" Runner-up: In Psycho, when Anthony Perkins's mother is spun around in her chair and turns out to be a worm-eaten skeleton. Any others?
For a day anyway. The genial director known for films like St. Elmo's Fire and The Lost Boys, did it with publicist/performer Cherry Vanilla back in the seventies, according to the latter's spicy new memoir, Lick Me.
It was 50 years ago this week, Alfred Hitchcock taught the world to shriek. Sunday morning June 16, 1960, Psycho opened at two midtown Manhattan theaters, with crowds already lined up on Broadway. Was it the insolently blunt title? Hitchcock's hilarious first-person trailer ("and here we ha ... More >>
Tired of shlocky sequels and franchise films? Then plunk your money down on something original: Johan Grimonprez's Double Take, which is a video installation, a retro montage, a museum piece, and a meditation on the way fear was marketed and manipulated in the '50s and '60s to sell the Cold ... More >>
Master of Suspense stars in Cold War/pop culture/essay film mashup
On neurotic birders and avian beauty
DISCUSSED: Elvis Perkins in Dearland, prepositions, festivals, Nick's House, homelessness, and Elvis Perkins's last show for 10 years. Seems like you can't mention Elvis Perkins without noting his father was Anthony Perkins, the star of Psycho and his mother, photographer Berry Berenson, died abo ... More >>
A must-see retrospective celebrates the work of a modernist master
A teenage cineaste falls in love with the Voice's film pages
Celebrity and Suffering in John Haskell's Factual Fictions
Gus Van Sant Jerry-Rigs the Road Movie
Losing the Plot at Sundance
Paul Pfeiffer Sees the Art Historical Vista from the Bates Motel
Notes on Hypothetical Hollywood
On Reverence, Remakes, and Retreads
''When the press release for Stupid Kids likened the play to Dawson's Creek, there I was in the front row, ready to applaud the acne.''