Anatomy of a Murder

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The MovieAnatomy of a Murder

Where You Can Stream It: The Criterion Channel

The Pitch: A folksy former district attorney takes the case of a U.S. Army lieutenant who admits to killing a man. But was the killing justifiable?

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Twenty years after Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Jimmy Stewart took on another monologue-heavy role in Anatomy of a Murder, which he later called one of the biggest challenges of his entire career. Seeing him rise to that challenge in Otto Preminger‘s courtroom classic is super satisfying – has anyone ever not rooted for Jimmy Stewart? Read More »

VFX Artists React to Actors Resurrected with Visual Effects

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, VFX artists react to the digital wizardry to bring deceased actors to the big screen in movies like Furious 7 and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Plus, a video essay takes a close look at the classic courtroom drama Anatomy of a Murder starring Jimmy Stewart, and Alec Baldwin breaks down some of his most memorable performances from his nearly 40 years working in film and television. Read More »

Watch A Brief History of Movie Title Designs

As part of the screening put together in relation to the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson from the website The Art of the Title Sequence put together a nice two and a half minute compendium of excellent film titles. (That features an occasional piece of television, too.) For any long-time film lover, this little video will probably elicit quite a few responses simply on the strength of the title cards on display. I queued several films to re-watch after exposure to just a few seconds of their titles.

Check out the collection after the jump. Read More »