Hitchcock-Truffaut Interview Recordings Resurface Online

Anyone who is a fan of either Alfred Hitchcock or François Truffaut will have at one point at least heard of the legendary series of interviews that took place between the two in 1962. Truffaut, a great admirer of Hitchcock’s work, sat down with the master and conducted half-hour interview sessions that covered nearly the entirety of his films and his...

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5 Hidden Treasures of 2010

[While some of these may have had a theatrical release, in some cases I consider it 2010 because outside of festival showings, it only became available on dvd this year, at least here in Toronto, the center of the universe]     Cool It! Perhaps I am jumping the gun calling this Ondi Timoner documentary on controversial Climate Change skeptic, Bjorn...

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The Yakuza Papers

In my quest to actually contribute some content to the site, I thought I might re-post a few pieces I’ve written previously elsewhere. The following is a merge of several reviews I wrote earlier this year for the Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow site and looks at Kinji Fukasaku’s sprawling epic “The Yakuza Papers” (sometimes also known by the...

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Possibly The Best Film Ever…

. Title of this post a bit too much? Is that an overly dramatic way for me to make my entrance as a new member of Row Three? I suppose the statement is perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s pretty much how I felt after recently watching Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 jaw-dropping House (Japanese title “Hausu”). After being at the helm of...

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Mindwalk

In response to Kurt’s post about the death of VHS I had to draw attention to a great film that has still not yet made the leap to dvd. So a politician, a poet and a scientist walk into Mont Saint Michel… Sounds like the beginning of a lame joke but in fact it is the beginning of a very engaging philosophical musing on life. In the spirit of films like A...

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Hidden Treasures – Week of Oct. 19th

Here’s the latest installment of Hidden Treasures. (click on MORE below to view clips / trailers from this week’s films) Pretty Poison (1968) Movies often use fantasy to create a world for their audience. Pretty Poison does the opposite; displaying, in no uncertain terms, how little time the real world has for make-believe. In fact, there are some fantasies...

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Hidden Treasures – Week of Sept. 28th

Here’s the latest installment of Hidden Treasures. (click on MORE below to view clips / trailers from this week’s films) . Reap the Wild Wind (1942) One of early Hollywood’s most influential personalities, Cecil B. DeMille was renowned for making “big” movies, which boasted larger than life stories and casts grand enough to support them. Initially, one might be...

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Hidden Treasures – Week of Sept. 14th

Welcome to the latest installment of Hidden Treasures. (click on MORE below to view clips / trailers from this week’s films) . Spellbound (1945) Right out of the gate, Spellbound had all the makings of being something very special. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, one of the most respected filmmakers in cinematic history, and starring screen legend Ingrid Bergman...

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Hidden Treasures Crosses the Century Mark

With this week’s three entries, Hidden Treasures finally crosses the century mark, with over 100 films (102 to be exact) presented since its launch back in January. Thanks to everyone for their continued support. (Click on MORE below to view clips / trailers from this week’s films) Black Caesar (1973) Black Caesar opens with a young African American (Omar...

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Hidden Treasures – The Westerns of Anthony Mann

This week, Hidden Treasures takes a look at three Westerns directed by Anthony Mann, a versatile filmmaker whose career spanned a variety of genres, from film noir in the 1940’s (Railroaded, T-Men) to big-budget epics of the 60’s (El-Cid, The Fall of the Roman Empire). However, it’s the westerns, five of which teamed him with Hollywood legend James Stewart, for...

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