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
OVERALL     – HAS SOME GOOD STUNTS IN DOWN BY PECK.

66 – To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Boner hat.

Boner hat.

As i read the credits at the beginning i only recognised 2 names,Peck and Duvall and at over 50 years old i thought it might have been one of Duvalls early films.I completely forgot he was in it until the last 5 minutes.Needless to say he doesn’t have a big role,in fact i don’t think he has a speaking roll.The plot of To Kill a Mocking Bird seems abit familiar,i think there was a  few films in the early to mid nineties that had similar roles.If i remember correctly there’s a John Grisham adaptation with Bullock and  Mc Connachty in it.Maybe Samuel L. Jackson too,that guy’s in everything.Set in Alabama a Negro is accused of beating and taking advantage of a young woman.A local white lawyer defends him,much to the disapproval of all the white folk.The case doesn’t go too good for the black guy even though the evidence is stacked in his favour.In the end the guilty get their comeuppance. The sheriff has a good line near the end that i liked “Let the dead bury the dead” poignant

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8.1
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  THE COURT SCENES COULD HAVE BEEN FLESHED OUT A LITTLE.

209 – Roman Holiday (1953)

meanwhile at the local glory hole

meanwhile at the local glory hole

Good film.Basic rom/com stuff that’s been done time and time again rehashed redone and spat out again.But this is one of the early ones that manages to get it spot on.Story goes;a young princess sneaks out of the palace place and meets Gregory Peck and does all the normal stuff she wouldn’t be allowed to do.He plans to sell pics and a story of all this stuff but falls for her in the end and has a change of heart.The ending wasn’t what i expected but then i remembered the title of the film and see it was better this way.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –    YES
OVERALL     –  AUDREY HEPBURN IS A FINE LOOKING WOMAN.