Joseph Cotten in Alfred Hitckcock Presents episode Breakdown

‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’: The master of small screen suspense on Netflix and Hulu

“Good eeeeevening.” The master of suspense turned himself into an unlikely media icon when he spoofed his image to play host of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, an otherwise dark half-hour anthology series of mystery, suspense, and grim retribution with an often wicked streak. But more than just host, Hitchcock directed a number of episodes of the […]

Michael Redgrave, Margaret Lockwood, and Paul Lukas in Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes

Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Lady Vanishes’ and the pseudo-sequel ‘Night Train to Munich’ on Netflix

Hitchcock patented the romantic thriller with The Lady Vanishes (1938), a bright, breezy confection that takes his quirky cast (and the audience along with them) from an idyllic picture postcard of fantasy Europe to a nightmarish journey to the heart of the dark days of World War II that lay just ahead. This snappy, sophisticated […]

The five-part BBC mini-series Dancing on the Edge, about the fortunes of a black jazz band in 1930s London, is now on Netflix

Jazzy British mini-series ‘Dancing on the Edge’ on Netflix

The name Stephen Poliakoff doesn’t mean much to American TV and movie fans but in Britain he’s an acclaimed playwright and writer / director of original dramas on both the big screen and small screen. The five-part mini-series Dancing on the Edge follows the fortunes of a black jazz band in 1930s London as a […]

Kyle Chandler as Coach Taylor in Friday Night Lights

Watch This! Get coached in movie etiquette the ‘Friday Night Lights’ way

The Alamo Drafthouse makes the best “Don’t Talk” pre-show reminders for their cinemas. They also release them to the web, where they’ve gathered quite a following. Their latest, however, is a whole production that pays tribute to the locker room speeches of Kyle Chandler’s Coach Taylor in Friday Night Lights (the TV show, not the […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger is Conan the Barbarian on Netflix

Arnold Schwarzenegger is the original ‘Conan the Barbarian,’ now on Netflix

Arnold Schwarzenegger was the defining action hero of Hollywood from the mid-1980s through the 1990s, yet before he made his breakthrough, he seem the most unlikely American screen icon to lumber his way up the Hollywood ladder. The former Austrian bodybuilder turned Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia (he retired his crown undefeated) seemed destined to […]