Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 by Rob Hunter
(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. In this edition, we go swimming in bad milk. Not like, evil milk, but milk that’s gone bad at the hands of man. More specifically, it’s… milk… poisoning!)
If you’re like me, you spend a few minutes each day thinking about Joan Fontaine. Not in a weird way, of course, but with a respectful appreciation for her acting talents, her wit (as evidenced in her autobiography No Bed of Roses), and the playful look in her eyes teasing the curious intelligence behind. From her star-making turn in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca (1940) to her battle with the supernatural in The Witches (1966), she was an unforgettable talent.
So what does she have to do with milk?
Fontaine won an Oscar for her performance in Hitchcock’s Suspicion (1941) – the only nomination for acting his films ever received – and one of the film’s most famous scenes involves poisoned milk. Well, she suspects it’s poisoned anyway, and Hitchcock shoots the hell out of it with ominous angles, increasing tension, and a small light hidden in the glass to make it glow against the black & white photography. It’s a nerve-wracking scene as we wonder and worry that her suspicions may be correct, but while it’s the most well-known sequence involving milk poisoning, it’s not the only one.
See? That wasn’t a convoluted journey at all. Now let’s take a look at some other good to great movies featuring poisoned milk.
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2008’s Jumper made money, but there was never a sequel, even though author Steven Gould continued writing novels. Jumper director Doug Liman decided to go back to this world by adapting the third novel, Impulse, for YouTube Premium.
Impulse stars Maddie Hasson as Henrietta, a high school student in a blended family. When the school jock Clay Boone (Tanner Stine) sexually assaults Henry, she teleports out of his car, crushing the car in the process and leaving Clay in a wheelchair. The town believes it was a hit and run, but as Henry continues to teleport, her stepsister Jenna (Sarah Desjardins) and classmate Townes Linderman (Daniel Maslany) try to help her figure out her powers.
Liman spoke with /Film this week about revisiting the world of his 2008 movie and how different he wanted Impulse to be. He also gave an update on his Edge of Tomorrow sequel, Live Die Repeat and Repeat. The first season of Impulse is available on YouTube Premium right now.
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Audiences may not exactly be jumping for a spin-off to the poorly received 2008 sci-fi film Jumper. And they may be even less excited to learn that the series will land on YouTube Red, the streaming subscription service that is still struggling to break in. But after the critical success of YouTube Red’s Cobra Kai, and Jumper and Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman throwing his weight behind this spin-off, Impulse may actually be worth a watch.
The first Impulse trailer shows us the new, moodier take on the franchise based on the novels by Steven Gould. And despite its spin-off label, the series looks wholly original.
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In this edition of TV Bits:
- An update on Fargo season 4
- HBO announces a premiere date for Fahrenheit 451
- Happy Holidays! Hallmark will debut 34 new Christmas movies in 2018
- The line-up for Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity has been announced
- Margot Robbie will produce a Shakespeare anthology series with a female spin
- A behind-the-scenes look at the new season of A Series of Unfortunate Events
- A teaser for the YouTube original Impulse
- Zach Braff can’t let the past die; pitched a 2-hour Scrubs reunion movie
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?
This week we catch up with Doug Liman’s latest project, watch a documentary about people who keep your smut off social media, watch some people take a stand against the man, go on Spring Break and quickly figure out why some people are sexually broken, slow it down to watch a mother and son grind out a very lonely existence, and catch up with 90’s pop rock sensation, Belly. Read More »
Doug Liman is returning to a world of teleporters for YouTube. The director is working on another adaptation of Steven Gould‘s science-fiction series, which he adapted into the 2008 film, Jumper. Liman’s new series is based on the third book in the series, Impulse. The filmmaker behind Edge of Tomorrow and Swingers will produce and direct the pilot.
Below, learn more about the Jumper TV series.
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