29 – Psycho (1960)

Norman goes a bit loopy.

Norman goes a bit loopy.

Bras were so much pointier back in the days.I mentioning this because of the scene at 11 minutes in,but i’ve noticed over a good few old or 50’s era films the bras or shape of a womans cleavage was pointier.You could take an eye out with one on a cold day i’d bet.Psycho is about a guy who runs a motel that’s off the beaten track who murders and kills young(ish) women.The woman in question is a secretary or something like that,who decides to steal $40,000 a client leaves in the office to pay for a house he’s buying.On the spur of the moment she decides to steal it and drive off.Drive to where?We never have a clue,i think we’re in the same boat as her.There’s some really dumb bits in this film.She’s being watched by a cop so she pulls into a used car garage and trys to swap her car and buy a new one in about 2 minutes.I think in reality if i were to trade in my old car the garage would want their mechanic to give it a look over wouldn’t they?Psycho doesn’t follow the Hitchcock formula of a perfect crime,it’s pretty much the opposite.It’s just about a nutter.Norman is a hard one to figure out;one moment he looks confident and is cracking jokes and other times he’s nervous and looks anxious.I guess that’s meant to highlight his psychosis or schizophrenia.Peep holes,oh shit don’t get me started on the peep holes in the film.If you were to make a peephole how would you go about it?Drill a small hole,cover one side with something so they don’t notice?Nope,make a hole the size of a XXL pizza one one side of the wall with a small hole on the other.Jesus.

IMDB RATING      –     8.6
MY RATING     –    7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES


41 – North by Northwest (1959)

Heil Hitler.

Heil Hitler.

Gregory Peck stars in another of Hitchcock films here.In this one he’s mistaken for a fictitious character made by the CIA or FBI to catch a crook selling american secrets to the soviets.He’s ducking and diving trying to avoid the cops after he’s implemented in a murder at the  U.N.But it’s not all bad.In his travels he meets a horned up blonde on the overnight train.She’s made for it.There’s quite a bit of vocal foreplay here and in the end i think he scores.If you look at Peck when he kisses or holds a woman he doesn’t know what to do with his hands.He looks like he’s just after washing them and there’s no towels.There’s a scene at 1 hour 41 minutes where a gun goes off,but they must have done a few takes because before the gun fires an extra,a kid,in the background puts his fingers in his ears to dampen the sound.I wouldn’t have noticed if the little fuckers wasn’t looking over his shoulder so many times and looking directly at the camera.Later on in the film,near the end,h e bumps into another horned up blonde.Lucky bugger.But this time he’s in a rush so he just brushes her off.It’s not a bad film as a hole but there are a couple of scenes that weren’t needed.For example when Peck meets the blonde after he’s been shot with blanks she asks if he’s okay after being shot by blanks by her.Christ obviously,and  we guessed they were blanks after he got afterwards you don’t need to spoon feed up.The last 5 minutes of the film has so many flaws it’s a joke but i’ll just leave this review at that.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    7.8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO

122 – Rebecca (1940)

In this fine display of acting what emotion is the actress trying to convey?Answer at the end of the post.

In this fine display of acting,what emotion is the actress trying to convey?Answer at the end of the post.

Directed by Hitchcock but not strictly his film as it was a novel and was adapted and screen written by someone else.The first hour or so don’t feel like a Hitchcock at all,it all moves a bit slow and there’s not much tension building.The last 30 minutes is when it all comes together and then you can feel his directorial presence.The story is a little different from his usual but not by a long shot.In Rebecca there’s a strong love story not seen in his other stuff.The plot is a ‘paid companion’ (not a hooker)is hanging out in Monte Carlo and she runs into this guy.She goes on 3 dates with him over 3 days and at the end of it he proposes.I don’t think they even kissed before he proposed.Man it must have been easy to get a chick back then.Anyways he takes her back to his mansion where she finds out his wife drowned 1 year ago.One of the old helpers who is a blatant lesbian and was in love his old wife,Rebecca,hates the new wife.Not much else happens then for a long while,but then they find a sunken boat with another body inside,Rebecca’s, then there’s an inquest as to whether it was suicide or foul play.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    6.8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO

166 – Dial M for Murder (1954)

This one's like an early Kirsten Stewart with her permanently stoned acting

This one’s like an early Kirsten Stewart with her permanently stoned acting

Hitchcock again here and this one’s a corker.It seems this film is the complete opposite of Rope that was on the list earlier.In this one the main guy devises a plot to kill his wife and get the insurance.The plan is almost too perfect and he’s too cold and calculated.But in true Hitchcock style;the shit hits the fan.The only real fault in the film is this blonde ones acting.She’s  perpetually stoned or retarded or doped to the gills. I’m not sure what year this films set but women weren’t walking around like zombies.

IMDB RATING      –     8.1
MY RATING     –     8.1
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO