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Hitchcock-like Movies

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hitchcock-like Movies Alfred Hitchcock was unquestionably one of the greatest and most influential directors of all time and it didn’t take long before some of his peers recognized his talent and borrowed from (O.K. copied) his ideas whether they were camera techniques common plot elements or his mastery of suspense. I’ve reviewed 48 of Hitchcock’s 54 feature films for this site. One of the first movie books I ever purchased was The Films [...]

The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

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The Films of Alfred Hitchcock References: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock by Harris & Lasky; imdb.com; afi.com The Lodger (1927) – full review! Easy Virtue (1928) The Ring (1927) – full review! The Farmer’s Wife (1928) – full review! The Manxman (1929) – full review! Blackmail (1929) – full review! (photo) Juno and the Paycock (1930) – full review! Murder! (1930) The Skin Game (1931) – full [...]

Hitchcock

August 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Films of Alfred Hitchcock References: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock by Harris & Lasky; imdb.com; afi.com Blackmail (1929) – full review! Dial M for Murder (1954) Easy Virtue (1928) Family Plot (1976) Foreign Correspondent (1940) Frenzy (1972) I Confess (1953) – full review! Jamaica Inn (1939) – full review! Juno and the Paycock (1930) – full review! Lifeboat (1944) Marnie (1964) Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) [...]

America’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies

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America’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies This is the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 Most Heart-Pounding American Movies. AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 THRILLS (2001) 1 – Psycho (1960) 2 – Jaws (1975) 3 – The Exorcist (1973) 4 – North By Northwest (1959) 5 – Silence of the Lambs (1991) 6 – Alien (1979) 7 – The Birds (1963) 8 – French Connection (1971) 9 – [...]

The Skin Game (1931) – full review!

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The Skin Game (1931) – full review! Directed by Alfred Hitchcock who along with his wife Alma Reville adapted the John Galsworthy play the film’s title (in lieu of its more modern definition) refers to something akin to "an eye for an eye" where everyone turns out blind in the end. In other words no one has "clean hands" in the final accounting of this kind of grudge match. This average drama is not as bad as I [...]

Sabotage (1936)

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Sabotage (1936) This is a story of a saboteur (played by Oskar Homolka) a terrorist bomber if you will whose motivations are never really explained. The only recognizable actors/actresses in the film are Sylvia Sidney & Homolka; director Alfred Hitchcock gets perhaps Sidney’s best on screen performance. She plays the saboteur’s wife whose younger brother (Desmond Tester) is killed by one of her husband’s bombs leading to a [...]

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) A film Mr. Hitchcock directed as a favor to his close friend Carole Lombard who stars with Robert Montgomery (and Gene Raymond & Jack Carson) in this uncharacteristic screwball comedy. Predictably it’s not very good. It’s a rather thin story about a couple with an up-and-down relationship who are told that their marriage license is invalid and "humor" that follows as they each have to decide [...]

Rich and Strange (1931) – full review!

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Rich and Strange (1931) – full review! I’ll say strange that is! Directed & adapted by Alfred Hitchcock based on the Dale Collins novel with a screenplay by the director’s wife Alma Reville and Val Valentine this infinitely strange below average romance drama meanders for 80+ minutes and includes countless seemingly disconnected visual experimentations by the director. The story is a simple one – a bored 8 year [...]

Under Capricorn (1949) – full review!

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Under Capricorn (1949) – full review! I think it’s a shame that this Alfred Hitchcock film was such a bomb at the box office and with critics if only for the reason that few may have seen Margaret Leighton’s performance as Milly the Flusky family’s maid. She gives the character an evilness with even more depth that Judith Anderson’s “Mrs. Danvers” (recognized as #31 villain by the American Film [...]

Torn Curtain (1966)

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Torn Curtain (1966) Alfred Hitchcock produced and directed this film (written by Brian Moore); it’s a Cold War thriller that hardly does (thrill that is) and barely resembles the director’s other works excepting one scene in which he succeeds by showing how difficult it is to "kill a man". Having two of the day’s hottest stars Paul Newman and Julie Andrews and running on for more than 2 hours didn’t help it. The [...]
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