Maitland McDonagh


DVD Tuesday: Eyes Without a Face finds poetry in horror

Eyes Without a Face courtesy The Criterion Collection

DVD Tuesday Eyes Without a Face defines the beauty in the darkness and gets under your skin like a fishhook Send your movie questions to FlickChickSee Maitland McDonagh and Ken Fox review this weeks new flicks on the Movie Talk vodcastHear Maitland on the weekly podcast TVGuide TalkLong long ago in a world far far away I spent years trying to see French filmmaker Georges Franjus poetic horror film Les Yeux Sans VisageEyes Without a Face 1959 Id seen pictures and read plot synopses Everyone said it was great But this was before consumer VCRs let alone DVD or Tivo It never showed up on TV or at any of my local revival houses and I lived in Manhattan during the golden age of revival houses I finally caught it when a college-age friend who borrowed the 16mm print that had been rented by the film department and projected it on a classroom wall for a select group of friends And it was everything I could have hoped Haunting eerie elegant morbid incredib read more

Selling Sicko, Rocky Horror and more

Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show courtesy 20th Century Fox

The cult of Rocky Horror the selling of Sicko a remake of 13 Tzameti and more movie questions answeredSend your movie questions to FlickChickSee Maitland McDonagh and Ken Fox review this weeks new flicks in Movie TalkHear Maitland on the weekly TVGuide Talk podcastQuestion Do you think The Rocky Horror Picture Show would still be considered a classic if the midnight screenings with audience participation had never occurred LisaFlickChick Im not sure that anyone considers The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 a classic now but its a major league cult item and I dont think that would be the case had it not been for the audience participation factor I can tell you from my own experience that I saw it when it opened and thought it was simultneously dull and camp and that some of the voices especially Susan Sarandons were so unsuited to the music that they were hard to listen to Granted I saw the original Broadway production of The Rocky Horror Show and t read more

DVD Tuesday: Apocalypto -- through the past, darkly

Apocalypto courtesy Buena Vista Home Entertainment/Touchstone

Mel Gibsons Apocalypto Bloodthirsty exploitative spectacle or haunting look at a vanished world through 21st-century eyesSend your movie questions to FlickChickSee Maitland McDonagh and Ken Fox review this weeks new flicks on the Movie Talk vodcastHear Maitland on the weekly podcast TVGuide TalkI dragged my heels to Mel Gibsons Apocalypto when it screened for critics last year No matter how hard I tried to keep an open mind I just wasnt interested And I came out a convert which is why its this weeks DVD Tuesday pickNow Ive read enough to know that the film mixes characteristics of different periods in Mayan civilization I dont really care I dont claim to be well-versed in the details of Mesoamerican culture but I know better than to think seeing Apocalypto is a substitute for reading historical accounts Im also well aware that it is first and foremost a spectacle of the past refracted and filtered through the preoccupations of the present What historica read more

Vicious rabbits, hypnotic hyjinks and more movie questions

Last Year at Marienbad courtesy StudioCanal

Questions about a two-headed rabbit movie a killer hypnotist and why credits moved to the end of the movie from the start and moreSend your movie questions to FlickChickSee Maitland McDonagh and Ken Fox review this weeks new flicks in Movie TalkHear Maitland on the weekly TVGuide Talk podcastQuestion In a film class a few years ago I saw a movie about a man trapped on an island He falls in love with a woman who is in love with or engaged to a different man The image thats stuck in my memory is of the three of them in a garden They make shadows on the ground but the statues in the garden cast no shadow I was just sitting in on the class and have absolutely no memory of anything else in the film but that scene I tried googling what I could remember with no luck- can you help me -- PennyFlickChick Something about the shadows heres a larger image makes me think Last Year at Marienbad 1962 which involves an oblique almost ghostly relationship between a man referre read more

DVD Tuesday: How Great Is Citizen Kane?

Citizen Kane courtesy Turner Home Entertainment

Orson Welles Citizen Kane A pop masterpiece that plays like breaking news Send your movie questions to FlickChickSee Maitland McDonagh and Ken Fox review this weeks new flicks in Movie TalkEveryones heard that Citizen Kane 1941 is the best of the best It just topped the AFIs most recent list of the all-time greatest films and critics academics and movie buffs all genuflect before its flawless mix of technical invention and lacerating dissection of the American Dream gone wrong But what sometimes gets lost in the adulation is the fact that its a blast and thats why its this weeks DVD Tuesday pickTell people youre a movie critic and they want to know your favorite movie of all time There are a lot of ways you can go at that one After flailing embarrassingly at the question on more than one occasion I decided to come up with an answer and a rationale So now I say my favorite movie is the one Id take to a desert island if I knew Id be stuck there for years and read more

First Serial Killer Flick? And More!

Peter Lorre in M courtesy Criterion Video

Questions about serial murderers in movies a shower of blood The Godfather IIs Troy DonahueMerle Johnson mystery and moreSend your movie questions to FlickChickSee Maitland McDonagh and Ken Fox review this weeks new flicks in Movie TalkHear Maitland on the weekly TVGuide Talk podcastQuestion I love movies about serial killers and that got me to wondering What was the very first serial killer picture -- AlexFlickChick I love first questions because they always get the discussion going Id argue that Alfred Hitchcocks silent The Lodger 1926 gets the credit for being the earliest movie about a serial murderer That said it focuses less on the killer and his victims than on the increasingly concerned landlady who comes to suspect her upstairs lodger might be this Jack the Ripper fellow she keeps reading about in the newspaper Fritz Langs M 1931 seems to me the first film whose structure resembles that of contemporary serial killer pictures It focuses on both read more

DVD Tuesday: La Jetée -- The Ultimate Sci-Fi Movie

La Jetee courtesy Criterion Collection

Could La Jete -- the original Twelve Monkeys -- just be the most perfect science fiction film ever madeSend your movie questions to FlickChickSee Maitland McDonagh and Ken Fox review this weeks new flicks in Movie TalkThis is the shortest movie Ill ever feature in DVD Tuesday and its the ultimate vindication of the saying that good things come in small packages Chris Markers 28-minute 1963 science-fiction jewel La Jete which Terry Gilliam reworked into the film many fans consider his masterpiece Twelve Monkeys 1995 La Jete is also the most unconventional film Ive featured to date Its composed almost entirely of black-and-white still images and has no sync sound just a narrator Its Markers only fiction film And its mesmerizing thought-provoking and utterly haunting I like Twelve Monkeys but I love La Jete It begins in Orly airport where a boy on a family day-trip to watch planes take off instead sees a commotion on the ground Allo read more

Aliens, Undelivered Mail, Godzilla, Fantastic Four and More!

The Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer courtesy 20th Century Fox

Questions about the mayhem In the Mouth of Madness alien grashoppers The Fantastic Four and more See Maitland McDonagh and Ken Fox review this weeks new flicks in Movie TalkSend your movie questions to FlickChickQuestion I recently went to Shrek the Third and saw a trailer for the upcoming Evan Almighty Its rated PG for mild humor and peril and is being advertised as a family movie I remember the Jim Carrey original Bruce Almighty which was rated PG-13 and earned every bit of that rating with Carreys typical crude humor language and sexual content This got me to thinking Can you recall any other situation where a movie came out obviously aimed at adults and with adult themes where the sequel was toned down and aimed at kids I cant come up with anything BillFlickChick Off the top of my head the films that come immediately to mind are the PG-13 Fantastic Four 2005 and the PG-rated Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer which just opened Though F read more

DVD Tuesday: Start Your Engines and Prepare for the Greatest Car Chase Ever

Gone in 60 Seconds courtesy Brentwood Home Video

The original Gone in 60 Seconds Until youve seen it You dont know car chases Send your movie questions to FlickChickSee Maitland McDonagh and Ken Fox review this weeks new flicks in Movie TalkIm surrounded by squealing tires crunching metal and shattering glass and thats just when I go to the movies And not just your the run-of-the-mill car chases the ones every action picture is contractually obligate to have These are chases that take center stage The double-whammy of Nascar creep and the success of the Fast and the Furious franchise spawned a slew of moto-maniacal progeny from the comic Talledega Nights The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 to Redline 2007 and Collier Co Hot Pursuit 2006 a pair of home movies on a theatrical scale the former an excuse for exotic car collector Daniel Sedak to show off his expensive toys and the latter former Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneiders bid to make a family-friendly hot-cars picture -- and even the n read more

Pirates, He-Man Returns , Kill Bill and More

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End courtesy Walt Disney Pictures

Questions about Pirates the He-Man movie and what became of that extended DVD of Kill BillSend your movie questions to FlickChickSee Maitland McDonagh and Ken Fox review this weeks new flicks in Movie TalkQuestion Is this the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie or are they going to make a fourth -- RussellFlickChick Id say the odds are good that there will be a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film but its not a sure thing Assuming that youve seen Pirates of the Caribbean At Worlds End and why would you be asking otherwise you know it sets up the possibility that Captain Jack Sparrow Johnny Depp and who knows who else will embark on a quest for the fountain of youth Involved parties have alluded vaguely to various possibilities in promotional interviews for Worlds EndProducer Jerry Bruckheimer told Australias Herald Sun that This is the end [of the current trilogy] but whether one of the characters or a couple of the characters continue on its read more

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