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Frenzy (a "Better Know Your Hitchcock!" movie review)

By 1972, Alfred Hitchcock was finally able to get some boobs into a movie in the shade of Frenzy, which I believe to be the only Hitchcock movie of the R rated variety. Read the rest of this entry

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North by Northwest (a "Better Know Your Hitchcock!" movie review)

Ah, North by Northwest – a quintessential Alfred Hitchcock movie! Is it the most famous? The most memorable? The most popular? Is it the best of Hitchcock’s movies? One thing’s for sure – it’s certainly a great flick!

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The 39 Steps (a "Better Know Your Hitchcock!" movie review)

The 39 Steps is a 1935 Alfred Hitchcock spy movie and the subject of today’s Better Know Your Hitchcock! Like many Hitchcock movies, the flick is loosely based on a novel of the same name. Read the rest of this entry

3 Things I Sorta Understand About Jackie Brown (movie review)

If you don’t count one episode of ER and a segment from Four Rooms (I do not), Jackie Brown is Quentin Tarantino’s directorial follow up to Pulp Fiction, so expectations are high. If Alfred Hitchcock was still alive, I think he’d of made this movie… and done a better job, too. That’s not a fair comment as saying one director isn’t as good as Hitchcock is not exactly an insult, but Jackie Brown is not without it’s problems – or it’s successes. Here are 3 things I sorta understand about Jackie Brown. Read the rest of this entry

Notorious (a "Better Know Your Hitchcock!" movie review)

Notorious pairs Ingrid Bergman with Cary Grant, ultimately against Claude Rains. It’s typical Alfred Hitchcock – and by that, I mean it’s great. Read the rest of this entry

Dial M for Murder (a "Better Know Your Hitchcock!" movie review)

I briefly referenced Dial M for Murder when I talked about the remake of this film, A Perfect Murder, way back when. But now, it’s time for the real thing! Today on Better Know Your Hitchcock, take out your phone and hit the 6 button until your victim meets their grisly end! Or keep reading… either way. Read the rest of this entry

Rebecca movie review (Better Know Your Hitchcock!)

rebecca-hitchcockThere’s Alfred Hitchcock movies and then there’s Rebecca. It’s one of his older flicks (1940 – his first picture for Hollywood) that is consistently on everyone’s list of best Hitchcock movies, and it’s easy to see why. It flows like a lot of his other movies in terms of narrative, but the performances and revelations push this one above most of its peers.

Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier are great in the leads – especially Fontaine (Hitchcock sure did like his leading ladies, didn’t he?) Meanwhile, Judith Anderson is great as Mrs. Danvers, the head housekeeper. She’s completely over the top in a way I’ve never seen before… She’s over the top understated. It’s fascinating to watch. If you ever wondered how an actor could do so much by doing so little, Anderson is doing it here.

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The Lady Vanishes (1938) movie review (Better Know Your Hitchcock)

We’re still digging around in the Hitchcock archives and this time, we’ve traveled all the way back to 1938 to watch The Lady Vanishes. (Yes, to be clear – we’re talking about the original 1938 production and not the TV remake that debuted this year – and, after watching the original, I must repeat that old saying: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.)

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Hitchcock movie review

This post is about the 2012 film Hitchcock.  For reviews of films by Alfred Hitchcock, see Better know your Hitchcock.

Finally, a film about the film maker! Hitchcock, which is based on the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, is just that – and a bit more.

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Family Plot movie review (Better Know Your Hitchcock)

A Hitchcock movie that ends on a joke! But then, Family Plot is a comedy – and, a much better one (for me) than The Trouble with Harry.

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Topaz movie review (Better Know Your Hitchcock)

topaz-movie-posterAfter watching Marnie and The Birds, Topaz felt a bit more like business as usual from a Hitchock standpoint, but with one noticeable difference: this movie doesn’t have much in the way of star power, outside of John Forsythe in a supporting role. Maybe this is due to Hitchcock’s reported troubles with Julie Andrews and Paul Newman on the set of Torn Curtain… anyway, let’s dig in to Topaz!

Since I’m so hung up on the movie’s cast, I’ll start there.  Read the rest of this entry

Strangers on a Train (Better Know Your Hitchcock)

strangers-on-a-trainDr. Girlfriend and I are on a major Alfred Hitchcock kick, and we thought we’d take you along for the ride.  We’re going on a tour of some of his most famous films, a journey that’s sure to be filled with thrills, chills and other words that often appear on Hitchcock movie posters.  I’m not going to bother scoring or all out reviewing Hitchcock’s movies because they’re all great, all classics – this is more of an awareness campaign reminding you to check ‘em out.  Today, we’re taking a look at Strangers on a Train. Read the rest of this entry

Marnie (Better Know Your Hitchcock)

marnieDr. Girlfriend and I are on a major Alfred Hitchcock kick, and we thought we’d take you along for the ride.  We’re going on a tour of some of his most famous films, a journey that’s sure to be filled with thrills, chills and other words that often appear on Hitchcock movie posters.  I’m not going to bother scoring or all out reviewing Hitchcock’s movies because they’re all great, all classics – this is more of an awareness campaign reminding you to check ‘em out.  Today, we’re taking a look at Marnie. Read the rest of this entry

The Birds (Better Know Your Hitchcock)

the-birds-movie-posterDr. Girlfriend and I are on a major Alfred Hitchcock kick, and we thought we’d take you along for the ride.  We’re going on a tour of some of his most famous films, a journey that’s sure to be filled with thrills, chills and other words that often appear on Hitchcock movie posters.  I’m not going to bother scoring or all out reviewing Hitchcock’s movies because they’re all great, all classics – this is more of an awareness campaign reminding you to check ‘em out.  Today, we’re taking a look at The Birds. Read the rest of this entry

Torn Curtain (Better Know Your Hitchcock)

torn-curtainWhew!  It’s been a while since we did one of these.  My bad.  The Birds is coming soon, I swear!

Dr. Girlfriend and I are on a major Alfred Hitchcock kick, and we thought we’d take you along for the ride.  We’re going on a tour of some of his most famous films, a journey that’s sure to be filled with thrills, chills and other words that often appear on Hitchcock movie posters.  I’m not going to bother scoring or all out reviewing Hitchcock’s movies because they’re all great, all classics – this is more of an awareness campaign reminding you to check ‘em out.  Today, we’re taking a look at Torn Curtain. Read the rest of this entry

The Birds and Hitchcock coming soon

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I know I’ve promised you more Better Know Your Hitchcock, and I promise, it is coming, along with a bunch of other movie reviews.  Until then, please enjoy this slightly menacing picture of birds eating fruit from a tree… As opposed to flesh from your bones!

Better Know Your Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much

the-man-who-knew-too-much-movie-poster-1956Dr. Girlfriend and I are on a major Alfred Hitchcock kick, and we thought we’d take you along for the ride.  We’re going on a tour of some of his most famous films, a journey that’s sure to be filled with thrills, chills and other stuff that people thought would look good on a movie poster.  I’m not going to bother scoring or all out reviewing Hitchcock’s movies because they’re all great, all classics – this is more of an awareness campaign reminding you to check ‘em out.  Today, we’re taking a look at The Man Who Knew Too Much – the 1956 version, not the 1934 film of the same name. Read the rest of this entry

Better Know Your Hitchcock: Psycho

psycho-movie-posterDr. Girlfriend and I are on a major Alfred Hitchcock kick, and we thought we’d take you along for the ride.  We’re going on a tour of some of his most famous films, a journey that’s sure to be filled with thrills, chills and other stuff that people thought would look good on a movie poster.  I’m not going to bother scoring or all out reviewing Hitchcock’s movies because they’re all great, all classics – this is more of an awareness campaign reminding you to check ‘em out.  Today, we’re taking a look at Psycho. Read the rest of this entry

Better Know Your Hitchcock: The Trouble with Harry

the-trouble-with-harry-movie-posterDr. Girlfriend and I are on a major Alfred Hitchcock kick, and we thought we’d take you along for the ride.  We’re going on a tour of some of his most famous films, a journey that’s sure to be filled with thrills, chills and other stuff that people thought would look good on a movie poster.  I’m not going to bother scoring or all out reviewing Hitchcock’s movies because they’re all great, all classics – this is more of an awareness campaign reminding you to check ‘em out.  Today, we’re taking a look at The Trouble with Harry. Read the rest of this entry

Better Know Your Hitchcock: Rope

rope-movie-posterDr. Girlfriend and I are on a major Alfred Hitchcock kick, and we thought we’d take you along for the ride.  We’re going on a tour of some of his most famous films, a journey that’s sure to be filled with thrills, chills and other stuff that people thought would look good on a movie poster.  I’m not going to bother scoring or all out reviewing Hitchcock’s movies because they’re all great, all classics – this is more of an awareness campaign reminding you to check ‘em out. Read the rest of this entry

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