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
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!
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. Saying one director isn’t as good as Hitchcock isn’t exactly an insult, but Jackie Brown is not without it’s problems – or its successes. Here are 3 things I sorta understand about Jackie Brown. Read the rest of this entry
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
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
There’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.
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.)
After 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