March 3, 2016 |
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia threw open the door to its future on Monday. It was one of the more wide-reaching programs in its recent history - and it had music director Dirk Brosse's fingerprints all over it. The previous administration limited Brosse to standard classical repertoire. Now, he mixes lesser-known works by Gustav Holst, Bela Bartók, Ernest Bloch, Malcolm Arnold, Max Richter, and Philip Glass - many of them trafficking in the film-score world, much like Brosse - all leading up to music from the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho . Fascinating, all, and played in ways that showed minor works aren't necessarily minor experiences.
January 14, 2016
ISTANBUL - A suicide bomber detonated a bomb in the heart of Istanbul's historic districtyesterday, killing 10 foreigners - mostly German tourists - and wounding 15 other people in the latest in a string of attacks by the Islamic extremists targeting Westerners. The blast, just steps from the historic Blue Mosque and a former Byzantine church in the city's storied Sultanahmet district, was the first by ISIS to target Turkey's vital tourism sector, although terrorists have struck with deadly effect elsewhere in the country.
December 12, 2015 |
In Hitchcock/Truffaut , documentarian Kent Jones builds a celebration - and investigation - of filmmaking around the weeklong interview sessions between a young French director, Francois Truffaut, and Alfred Hitchcock, whose 47th film, Psycho , shattered both the box office and audiences' minds when it was released in 1960. To hear Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense, deconstructing his own work is not only a treat, it's a revelation. Jones enlists a group of contemporary filmmakers - Wes Anderson, Olivier Assayas, Peter Bogdanovich, Arnaud Desplechin, David Fincher, James Gray, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Richard Linklater, Paul Schrader, and Martin Scorsese - to offer their own takes on Hitchcock, his impact, his influence, his obsessions.
August 28, 2015 |
I LOOK UP at the heavens every once in a while and ask: When will we see the end of this interminable deluge of movies about psycho serial-killer rapist creeps stalking, hunting and victimizing scantily clad, weeping, screaming, pleading women? The subgenre has produced a few classics, such as "Psycho," "I Spit on Your Grave" and "Baise-moi," but many, many more duds. That includes "Unsullied," the feature debut from NFL defensive end-turned-filmmaker Simeon Rice. Drafted in 1996 by the Arizona Cardinals, Rice, 41, played pro ball for 12 years before turning his attention to the entertainment industry, first as a hip-hop record producer.
December 18, 2014 |
THEY SAY a protection-from-abuse order is just a piece of a paper. For Valerie Morrow, it might as well have been her death certificate. Hours after the 40-year-old mother had obtained the order on Monday, the man she'd feared the most - Stephen Rozniakowski, an enraged Delaware County cop with a history of harassment - grabbed a gun, strapped on a bulletproof vest, kicked down the door to her Glenolden home, ran up the stairs and shot her, authorities...
November 4, 2014 |
DAVID WELLS has no problem telling it like it is. Or was. The former major league pitcher talked candidly about his dislike for late Reds owner Marge Schott in a taped appearance on YES Network's "CenterStage" last night. Wells spent only a half-season with the Reds in 1995, but dealing with Schott made it seem like an eternity. "[She] was psycho," Wells said of Schott. "She's nuts - cheap as can be. You had to go in, if you wanted a pair of socks or sleeves or stirrups, whatever it was, you had to go up in her office, and it was like a cave in there . . . you had to buy them from her. She taxed our meal money.
March 16, 2013 |
This week's new DVD releases take you to worlds of fantasy, filmmaking, and furry heroes. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, Grade B : A young woman is pulled into a magical world of acrobats and artists. The film uses a rather standard boy-meets-girl plot to take the audience on a fanciful journey to a land of acrobats and artists who look at gravity as more of a suggestion than a law. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away should be appreciated like an abstract painting. It's beautiful to look at, but it isn't fully appreciated until you add in your own ideas about what all of the images are trying to say. There are positive and negatives of bringing the stage performance to DVD. It opens up the stage show to an audience who may have never had the opportunity, or the finances, to see one of the live shows.
March 14, 2013 |
* BATES MOTEL. 10 p.m. Monday, A&E. "WE OWN a motel, Norman Bates!" crows Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) in Monday's premiere of A&E's "Bates Motel. " What could possibly go wrong? I spent decades avoiding "Psycho" - so that I could continue to take showers - and even I knew the answer to that one. I finally broke down last weekend and borrowed the 1960 classic from my amused, Hitchcock-loving son, who's never quite understood why "The Birds" traumatized me as a child.
November 30, 2012 |
IT'S OSCAR SEASON - time for another homage to the wonder of movies and the people who make them, people who also, coincidentally, vote for Oscars. This year's model is "Hitchcock," an offbeat romcom featuring Anthony Hopkins as the great director, who's working on his game-changing independent feature "Psycho" while trying to maintain a happy marriage to screenwriter wife Alma (Helen Mirren). The movie has offended film historians, who note that its account of the making of "Psycho" is greatly fabricated.
November 30, 2012 |
WHEN SACHA GERVASI premiered his new feature "Hitchcock" at the American Film Institute last month (see review on Page 36), it was strange sort of homecoming. "Hitchcock, famously, never won an Oscar, though he was nominated several times. But in 1979, the American Film Institute gave him its lifetime-achievment award, and everybody was there - Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant, all of his stars and friends, and it was a huge evening for him," Gervasi said. "And he said 'I share this award, as I have my life, with [wife]