Knives Out! is what it would look like if The Royal Tenenbaums were invited to dinner in Murder by Death.
It’s Thanksgiving weekend! Does the mere thought of traveling through terrible weather and traffic just make you want to commit MURDER? Instead of engaging in a terrible crime, make a pot of hot tea and curl up with the DVD set of Vera.
Mercer wrote more than 1,500 songs. He won four Oscars (and was nominated for 14 more), founded Capitol Records (and gave Nat “King” Cole his first contract) and founded the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
In celebration of Spooktober, I’m giving away one copy of the Criterion Blu-ray of Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious (1946), an underrated title in Hitchcock’s library. Starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains, it is a masterwork in quiet tension.
The Wind finds terror in the simplest, and harshest, place — the unforgiving, uninhabited prairie. A precise date isn’t given, but based on clues, it is set somewhere in the American west in the mid-to-late 1800s. The audience feels for the characters who try to stave off loneliness — and death — everyday.